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!
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.
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.
Last fall, the former school wing of the Parish Center was assessed by Three Rivers Construction to determine viability for future endeavors. Three Rivers determined that the building structure was in good condition and identified some minor cosmetic issues to be resolved. The hope was that the south wing of the Parish Center might be home to nonprofits in Midland in line with the Church’s mission of care for the poor, education, and also provide an opportunity for our parish community to serve.
As we previously communicated in May, a task force was assembled to determine what nonprofits had a need for space and fell in line with the Church’s mission. After site visits and discussions, an invitation was extended to the Legacy Center. Unfortunately, due to restrictions at the diocesan level, the Legacy Center was unable to move into the space and continue their mission of tutoring children. They remain in their location on the corner of Waldo and James Savage. Although the Legacy Center will not be located in the south wing of the Parish Center, they are always looking for volunteers. Please consider giving your time to this amazing organization.
However, one nonprofit was able to utilize the space: ACT Uganda. They are using a room for storage of handcrafted items made by the women and men of the Muko Empowerment Program. It also serves as their packaging center for online sales. To learn more about this organization or to purchase handcrafted items, please visit their website.
The other rooms continue to be used in service of the Church’s mission. Our high school youth ministry program will meet there on Sunday evenings to alleviate COVID concerns of meeting in homes. Other programs that are utilizing the space include: bible study meetings, prayer groups, chair yoga, etc.
We continue to be hopeful that our original goal of housing nonprofits in line with the Church’s mission will come to fruition. We will continue to keep you updated on any developments in a timely manner.