LOVE WORKS when…

July 5—

Back  in  February,  before  there  was  Covid  19,  and  floods,  and  race  riots,  the Faith  Formation  Team  had  settled  on  the  theme, LOVE  WORKS for  the 2020/2021  catechetical  year.  Who  would  have  known  how  appropriate  that theme  would  be?! During  this  time  when  EVERYTHING  is  different,  it  has become  abundantly clear  that LOVE still WORKS, even  when  nothing  else seems to:

  • When we  wear  masks  in  public spaces  to  protect  the  lives  of  the vulnerable, LOVE WORKS.
  • When we  carry  the  flooded  lives  of  friends  and  strangers  to  the  curb, LOVE WORKS.
  • When we  wash  laundry  and  cook meals  for  people  without  appliances  or power, LOVE WORKS.
  • When we march in a Black Lives Matter demonstration, LOVE WORKS.
  • When we  examine  our  hearts  and  attitudes  for  traces   of  bias  and prejudice, LOVE WORKS.
  • When we pray for justice and healing, LOVE WORKS.

We aren’t certain what parish programming will look like when September rolls around because we can’t be certain that the old ways of doing things will be safe  and  appropriate.  But  maybe  that’s  OK.  Maybe  it’s  time  to  once  again examine who we want to be as Blessed Sacrament Parish and how we get there over  the  next  few  years.    As  of  now  we  have  all  of  our  favorite  traditional programs   on   the   calendar   and   we   are   looking   at   adding   some   new opportunities  as  well:  “Financial  Peace”  A  program  to  help  with  money matters, “Cherish”: a marriage enrichment opportunity, “Love Does”: a study of what it would look like to boldly show love and grace to everyone.

July 12—

Another way that LOVE WORKS in our parish is when we are welcoming and inclusive. Sometimes this requires us to step out of our comfort zone. Sometimes it requires us to learn something new or to examine the unconscious biases that we have.

July 19—

In keeping with our theme, LOVE WORKS, I would like to continue talking about how LOVE WORKS in a parish. With everything happening in our world and community these days, it has been easy to showcase LOVE at WORK and invite you into that experience. So far we have highlighted 2 ways.

LOVE WORKS IN A PARISH WHEN:

  • We serve others and share the stories
  • We are welcoming and inclusive.

This week I would like to focus on a third way that LOVE WORKS in a parish and that is by celebrating Mass together EVERY Sunday unless we are sick or out of town. I saw this love at work on July 5 when we had Mass outdoors. People were so incredibly happy just to be together and catch up with each other face to face though of course it was “mask to mask.” I had the honor of being a Eucharistic Minister and people literally had tears in their eyes when they received. Some folks hadn’t had the opportunity to receive the Eucharist in 4 months and to see how moved they were brought me to tears. So many people said “thank you” after saying “Amen.” It truly felt like Thanksgiving dinner!!! After all, Eucharist means, “thanksgiving”. And if we approach every Sunday as an opportunity to gather with the family of faith that we love around the Thanksgiving table, where we also welcome the stranger and include the marginalized, think about the joy we will receive and be able to share in the world. We are filled with the love of Christ to be the love of Christ. That’s how LOVE WORKS when we gather each Sunday for Mass.

July 26—

In keeping with our theme, LOVE WORKS, let’s continue talking about how LOVE WORKS  in  a  parish.  With  everything  happening  in  our  world  and community these days, it has been easy to showcase LOVE at WORK and invite you into that experience. So far we have highlighted 3 ways.

LOVE WORKS IN A PARISH WHEN:

  • We serve others and share the stories
  • We are welcoming and inclusive
  • When we celebrate Mass together every week

The  fourth  way  that  LOVE WORKS  in  a  parish  is  when  we  embrace  new opportunities  to  grow  in  our  faith  and  relationship  with  Jesus  Christ  and  to talk about  those  experiences  with  others.  From  3  year  olds  to  103  year  olds there    are    opportunities    for    everyone    at    Blessed    Sacrament.    These opportunities vary in length and content. They could be occasional like a Men’s Morning  of  Reflection  or  Theology  by  the  Glass.  They  might  look like  a Scripture Study that lasts for 6 weeks or an on-line book club where you read and chime in when you have time. And just maybe it’s a small group where the relationships  built  last  a  life  time.  Check  out  our  offerings  for  youth  and adults  on  our  website  and  in  the  bulletin.  Jesus  wants  to  be  in  a  personal relationship with each and every one of us. How might Jesus be calling you to grow in your faith in him and your love for him?

August 2—

keeping with our theme, LOVE WORKS, let’s continue talking about how LOVE WORKS in a parish. With everything happening in our world and community these days, it has been easy to showcase LOVE at WORK and invite you into that experience. So far we have highlighted 4 ways.

LOVE WORKS IN A PARISH WHEN:

  • We serve others and share the stories
  • We are welcoming and inclusive
  • We celebrate Mass together every week
  • We grow in our faith and relationship with Jesus Christ and share our faith with others

The final way we want to look at how LOVE WORKS in a parish is when we support the mission of Jesus Christ through the generosity of our time, talent, and treasure. When we spend time in prayer or participate in liturgical ministries (hospitality, lector, homebound…) or lead a small group or become a catechist or give of our financial resources, we are living out our special role in building the Kingdom of God right here, right now. We are so grateful to the members of our Blessed Sacrament community who have continuously supported the work of Jesus Christ with their generosity. A heart felt “thank you” to each of you.

For the past several weeks we have looked at our theme LOVE WORKS in relation to how love works in a parish setting. Here is the list we came up:

LOVE WORKS IN A PARISH WHEN…

  • We celebrate Mass together every week
  • We are welcoming and inclusive
  • We serve others and share the stories
  • We grow in our faith and relationship with Jesus Christ and share our faith with others
  • We are generous with our time, talent, and treasure to help in building the Kingdom of God?

We want to hear from YOU! We want to know how you think LOVE WORKS in a parish. How can our parish family help to support the mission of Jesus Christ in our little corner of God’s vineyard and in the world?  How can we be more inviting and inclusive? How can we better support one another on our faith journeys? How would YOU like to see LOVE WORKING at Blessed Sacrament Parish?

Share your thoughts now!

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