Blessed Sacrament was a name selected by Monsignor Joseph Illeg and for parishioners who strive to live as one in the Body of Christ.
The first Mass in the new Church was celebrated in August of 1967, and consecrated on October 8, 1967, after 16 years of planning. In 1951, Bishop Woznicki chose the month of October, the month dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary, to assign Father Camill Klos to Midland to organize the city’s second parish that would bear the name, “Blessed Sacrament.”
Ground was broken for the school and auditorium, which would serve as the interim Church, on Easter Sunday 1954. In 1955 the first Mass was celebrated in the new building and classes began in each of the school’s six grades. Blessed Sacrament Catholic School continues to educate and form disciples for Jesus Christ to the present day!
Shape: The round shape of the Church took form due to the area of property not being suitable for the original cruciform design. The round shape has contributed to the unity of the parish as we see one another as we gather for the Mass! Capacity is around 1,000 persons and no one is more than 70 feet from the altar.
The Altars: Sculpted out of travertine marble from Italy, our altar is 7 feet long and weighs 10,000 lbs. It represents Christ the cornerstone, Christ the rock, the gate where Heaven and earth meet, the supper table around which we gather, where we become the body of Christ. The Main Altar contains the bodily relics of Sts. Timothy, Irenaeus, and Aurelia. Saints in the Chapel Altar include Eutropius, Lucretius, and Theophilus. We are ever present to the early Church at Blessed Sacrament!
The Ambo: Also sculpted of travertine marble, the ambo is 4 feet across and weighs 5,000 lbs. Just as Christ is present in the Blessed Sacrament, his is present in the WORD. Here is the table where the WORD of God is proclaimed.
The Font: Here, in baptism, we are plunged into the death of Christ as to rise with him in new life! Here we become members of the body of Christ, new creations in God’s image, where we become Catholic Christians. This is the living water that flows with new life, as we bless ourselves week after week, as a reminder of our identity in Christ. This font of living water greets us at our funeral when our baptism is recalled by sprinkling the casket with baptismal water as we are sent forth to be greeted by the angels into paradise. Baptized into Christ’s death, risen to his new life, we will live with him forever.
The Chapel: The Second Vatican Council calls the Eucharist, “The Source and Summit of the Christian Life.” Beyond the celebration of the Eucharist, the Church has had a most ancient tradition of reserving the Eucharist. The purpose of this reservation is to bring communion to the sick and to be the object of private devotion. Our beautiful tabernacle was created to bear the resemblance of the entire Church.
Original wooden statues of the Holy Family rest above a devotional area featuring candles for private prayer. Across the chapel resides a beautiful mosaic of the Mother of Perpetual Help that is original to the Parish.
The Organ: Our Organ has 33 ranks of pipes ranging from 10 inches to 30 feet. It forms the backdrop of the altar and side walls of the chapel.
Reconciliation Room: Our reconciliation room was built to offer a hospitable space for the sacrament of healing. It is furnished with chairs and a screen with kneeler.
Architecture: 16 wooden arches support the roof of the Church, furnished with cedar wood. The stone is North Carolina Green Rebel stone. Most weigh between 100 to 150 lbs. The stained glass windows show a spectacular spectrum of color and are housed within cast aluminum.