Second Annual Taste of Summer Success!

Taste of Summer 2022

Our annual Taste of Summer event was a success! We had over 40 people join us for a bike ride and ice cream at The Cottage Creamery. We also collected food donations for the local food pantry. We are so grateful to everyone who attended and also to Dave and Patty Kepler for sponsoring the event!

We hope to see you all next year!

MACC @ the Loons!

Get Ready for Loon’s Baseball!

Join your fellow MACC parishioners on Friday, August 12th, 7:05 p.m. as the Great Lakes Loons battle the Peoria Chiefs.

Hear the MACC choir sing the National Anthem and cheer on the Loons. We have reserved seating in the pavilion.

You can order tickets from Travis Webb at the Loons ticket office at 989-837-6173 or email.

 

Pastoral Council Minutes | May 4, 2022 7:00pm

Blessed Sacrament Parish Pastoral Council Minutes

May 4, 2022 7:00pm

Attendees: Dick Dolinski, Fr. Rob Howe, Jim Mahoney, Jim Marinek (virtual), Lyn Pajk, Jeff Paulus, Patrick Regier, Cathy Richard, Barb Warczinsky

Excused: Annette Clark

Opening Comments: Fr. Rob

  • Facilities

    • Pews project is complete
    • Church carpeting will be replaced in the fall (sample representation at end of minutes)
    • Church entrance doors will undergo maintenance
    • Church west entrance area will be renovated. The appearance will be similar but stamped concrete will be used instead of individual concrete pavers / tiles
    • Options are being explored for improving the playground equipment and area
  • Events

    • Parish picnic is being planned for the weekend on August 27-28
    • Community bike ride from the Tridge to the ice cream store is being planned

Synod 2021-23—Parish Summary: Fr. Rob

  • Kristyn Russel has processed and summarized all of the input from the Synod meetings and prepared a draft report
    • Total of 9 in-person sessions held along with on-line participation
    • 184 people provided input
    • Parish results have been submitted to the Diocese as well as directly to the Vatican
    • A report to the Parish will be provided on our parish feast weekend    (June 18/19)

Faith Formation Update—Lyn Pajk

  • Lyn described the plan for developing, implementing, sustaining, and growing small faith groups
    • Brainstorming meetings will be held in June
    • A six-month effort will begin in August/early September to gear up to launch the week of February 18-19, 2023 (Weekend before beginning of Lent on February 22, 2023)
    • Small faith groups to meet throughout Lent, finish the session before Holy Week, and will be encouraged to celebrate at Holy Thursday Potluck dinner
    • Continue the experience with diverse opportunities by season, ministry, population, etc.

Finance Update—Patrick Regier

  • Parish finances are strong
    • Current year-to-date weekend collections were higher than budget by ~$49,000; Net Revenue (total revenue less expenses) increased by $26,274 through end of March, 2022.
    • 2021-22 Christ’s Mission Appeal (formerly Catholic Services Appeal—CSA) is still lagging behind target
    • 2022-23 Christ’s Mission Appeal will begin in the Fall

Rendering of Church Carpeting

rendering of church carpet

Meeting ended at 8:15pm

Gun Violence is a Pro-Life Issue

Gun violence in the United States is absolutely a pro-life issue.

As Catholics, we believe that “Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2258). Gun violence is claiming the lives of innocent human beings and it is our duty to uphold the sacred dignity of each human life.

We also believe “The production and the sale of arms affect the common good of nations and of the international community. Hence public authorities have the right and duty to regulate them. The short-term pursuit of private or collective interests cannot legitimate undertakings that promote violence and conflict among nations and compromise the international juridical order” (CCC, 2316, emphasis added).

As faithful Catholics, we are called to stand up for the common good of our nation. We are called to stand up for the lives of the innocent. We are called to defend life at all stages, in all circumstances. We are called to use our voices to speak up for life.

We are called to be PRO-life without exception, without hesitation.

Please join us in standing up for life and protecting all lives against gun violence in our country.

FINANCE AND ASSET COUNCIL MINUTES – April 20, 2022

FINANCE AND ASSET COUNCIL MINUTES – April 20, 2022

Attendees: Fr. Rob Howe, Pat Regier, Dan Kozakiewicz, Judy Gross, Andy Pasztor, Mike Erickson, Joe Dostal, Kathy Fothergill
Reported by: Fothergill

Opening Comments:

Father Rob commented on the refurbished pews and polished terrazzo floors, which look very good. Following last month’s discussion on carpet replacement, we expect the new carpet will be in place later this year. Father Rob welcomed Joe Dostal to the Council. Joe will also join the Asset subcommittee of the Council.

Financial Results as of March 31, 2022:

Net Assets increased by $26K for the first nine months of the current fiscal year. Net Revenue (excluding Major Expenditures) increased $168K. The reduction in the Christian Service Fund reflects $115K in grant payments made to 43 different organizations during the year. As a result of our tithe (10% of Weekend Collections) we have set aside $113K YTD for outreach ministries next year. Major Expenditures Fund has decreased as a result of significant projects, including repair and restoration of church pews and terrazzo floors.

Weekend Collections were $18K higher than Budget for the quarter ending in March. YTD Weekend Collections were $46K higher than Budget and slightly better than last year. Other sources of revenue were lower vs. Budget for the quarter ($17K) and YTD ($46K). Total Expenses for the quarter were below Budget, as lower than budgeted salaries and employee expenses offset higher utility costs and emergency assistance payments. Weekend Collections for the first three weeks of April remain higher than Budget.

Assumptions for Preliminary Budget (July 2022 – June 2023):

  • Weekend Collections – flat vs. Current Budget
  • Other Income – reduce by $40K, based on current year actual
  • Salaries – Merit and COLA increase of 6% (vs. 4% current year), partially offset by resource savings in Admin; will follow Diocesan guidelines for clergy.
  • Medical Benefits – increase 5%; Michigan Catholic Conference guideline 3% – 5%
  • Non-Medical including Dental – small change from current year
  • Christian Service Outreach – increase in line with higher tithe (10% of Weekend Collections)
  • Modest increase in Property and Liability Insurance
  • A payment of $40K for Christ Mission Appeal will be included in Budget

Budget timeline – Preliminary Next Year Budget will be reviewed at next Council meeting. Final version will be presented at May or June meeting.

Facilities Update:

Work completed

  • Church pews repair and restore, including terrazzo floors; started January 5, completed March 30 (ahead of schedule); cost $136K
  • Church entrance doors, replaced thresholds and sweeps; cost ~$20K
  • Parish Center air handler coil broke; insurance provided partial coverage

Parish K of C featured in Documentary and article

Blessed Sacrament’s Knights of Columbus Council’s award winning “Wood for Warmth” project is being featured in an organization-wide publicity campaign. This includes a 3 minute video, an article in the monthly magazine, and the weekly message to all members.

The video was produced by an Academy Award winning production company from Chicago. Check out the links below.

Meeting Minutes – April 5th 2022

Ladies of Blessed Sacrament – Meeting Minutes – April 5th 2022

President Eileen Foster called the meeting to order at 1:39 p.m. The 28 ladies in attendance presented prayer intentions and prayed the Hail Mary.  Joanne Tanner, Elaine Warakomski, and Rita Wernette provided refreshments with Dorothy Kociba and Connie Latuszek supplying the table decorations.

Eileen Foster thanked Joanne Tanner for making colorful spring table centerpieces to be used on the tables at funeral lunches. Also, a huge thank you to all the ladies who brought new twin sheets, pillows, pillowcases, comforters, and mattress pads for the non-profit Sleep In Heavenly Peace.

Elaine White read the minutes of the March 1st 2022 meeting.

Tana Zemanek reported that the balance in our treasury is $5057.55.

Our spring potluck lunch will be on Tuesday, May 3rd at noon. Please bring a dish to pass, your own table service, and your friends. Our speaker for this special event will be Mary Anne Stone who will share tips on how to spring clean and declutter.  Tana Zemanek will be the chairperson for this event with assistance from Ramona Lalka, Anne Boyd, Agnew Brewer, Connie Latuszek, and Anne Southworth.

Our rummage sale with be held the week of June 6th. Donations will be accepted starting Monday, June 6th at 9 a.m. Set up and pricing will take place through Wednesday. Sale opens on Thursday, Friday is half price day, and Saturday is bag day. All proceeds go to local charities. More volunteers are still needed.

Our speaker for today’s meeting was Brian Rueger from “Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Auburn MI Chapter” (SHP). This national organization started in 2012. The Auburn MI chapter started in July 2020 serving the Great Lakes Bay region. Since inception, the Auburn Chapter has delivered 440 beds. This organization’s mission: We believe that no kid should sleep on the floor in our town, but we want to make everyone’s town our town. SHP is donation funded and volunteer driven. Each bed costs $250 from start to finish. This includes the cost of materials, mattresses, and bedding. Stay up to date with SHP’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/SHPAuburnMI   To sponsor a build day, contact brian.rueger@shpbeds.org

Our feature speakers were Kelly Osborn and Ann McLaughlin from Menu Manager. Kelly is the owner of the business and Anne is the chef. Menu Manager does corporate catering, space rentals, take & bake, private dining events, and sells homemade food wholesale and retail. Menu Manager is now located at 309 Dartmouth. Always call ahead. Phone 989-835-3663 or email them info@themenumanager.net.

No business meeting in May. Please join us on Tuesday, May 3rd for our spring potluck.

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine White