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Community-wide Easter Egg Hunt

Community-wide Easter Egg Hunt

Please share with your friends and neighbors– the more the merrier!!
The Coronavirus can’t stop us from celebrating Easter with the traditional Easter Egg Hunt! Blessed Sacrament is inviting Midland churches and the entire community to participate in this germ-free Easter Egg Hunt! Here’s how to participate:
  1.  Decorate or color paper Easter eggs at home with your family. Be creative! If you’d like one ready to color, click here or here.
  2.  Tape them on your front door or in your windows before you go to bed on Saturday, April 11! (You can do as many as you like!)
  3.  Walk or drive around Midland anytime from Easter Sunday to Sunday, April 19, and see how many Easter eggs you can spot!
  4.  Want to be eligible to win an Easter prize? Please post a picture on the Blessed Sacrament Facebook page of your family hunting for eggs and how many you found or submit them through the form below. Three families will be randomly drawn from all of the participants. We’ll contact winners by Monday, April 20.
Happy Hunting and Happy Easter! 
  • Your email will only be used to contact you if you your name/family name is drawn for a prize.
  • Please upload your scavenger hunt picture.

Easter-Card Project

Easter-Card Project

Wondering what you can do for others now that we’re all at home? The Blessed Sacrament community is coming together to reach out to those in our parish who may be most isolated at this time by making Easter cards for our parishioners who are 65 or over! There are a lot of them, but if every Faith Formation and School family committed to making 10 cards, we should be able to send a note to every single one of them!

Here’s how to participate:

  1.  Contact Lyn Pajk at lynp@blessed-midland.org and tell her how many cards your family wants to make. If you have a family of 5, maybe each of you could commit to making two cards!
  2. Lyn will send you the names and addresses of your family’s pen pals.
  3.  Make an Easter card or write a nice letter full of Easter joy to your pen pal. (Reminder: Wash your hands before writing your note or making your card! We don’t want to inadvertently spread germs through the mail!)
  4.  Address your envelope and send it off! We recommend sending your letter by Tuesday, April 7 to ensure delivery before or by Easter Sunday!
  5. Or, if you’d like to drop it at the Parish Center, one of the Faith Formation staff will be happy to mail them for you. Last day for drop-off is Tuesday, April 7. The drop-off bin is by the Parish Center doors of the big parking lot.

COVID-19 Updates

Updated: April 6, 2:00pm

Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Community,

Although we are not able to gather together physically for Mass, we hope that you will join us in prayer as we open the Word together. Fr. Rob suggests using the Liturgy of the Word as an introduction to your meal. Break open the Word, and then break bread together like the earliest Christians.

You can find it under the Sunday Homilies, as well as on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Ansley Dauenhauer will be putting together Children’s Liturgy of the Word services for kids as well. Watch them here.

We will be trying to live-stream Evening Prayer and Holy Week liturgies. You can find them here.

As long as we cannot gather, we will provide these weekly Liturgy of the Word services.

Have not received word on an official day that we will be able to offer public Masses, but please know you are in our prayers always!


Updated: March 17, 11:00am

Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Community,

This evening Bishop Gruss released a letter stating that all public Masses have been suspended through Sunday, April 5. You can read his entire letter here. This includes weekday Masses and weekend Masses.

Jesus says “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt. 18:20). Here are some resources you can use alone or with your family to continue to keep your days prayerful and holy.

Daily Readings Resources

Prayer Resources

Resources for Families and Kids

Local Livestreams of Mass

More Resources

As a reminder, the church will remain closed to ensure that facilities stay clean in the case of a funeral. The Parish Center will also be closed until April 6th.

If you would like to continue to contribute your weekly offering to Blessed Sacrament, we have several options:

  • You can give online.
  • Donate via Facebook
  • Mobile Giving App available on Android or Apple
  • Mail your contribution to Blessed Sacrament, 3109 Swede Ave, Midland, MI 48642

Thank you for your understanding.

In Christ,

Blessed Sacrament Staff


Updated: March 13; 4:53pm
We will have regularly scheduled weekend Masses. Bishop Gruss has dispensed the Sunday obligation of attending Mass. In order to comply with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order only 250 people will be allowed per Mass via Bishop Gruss’s instructions. More information will be available on the Diocese of Saginaw website: www.saginaw.org.
 
Please use your best judgment. If you are a member of the at-risk group (over 60 and/or have a compromised immune system) please join us in prayer from home. For Sunday’s readings and resources, visit The Sunday Website at St. Loius University or Catholicmom.com for kid-friendly resources.

Updated: March 13; 2:10pm

Dear Blessed Sacrament Community,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through best practices to combat the spread of COVID-19. Our staff is regularly discussing these issues that affect our parish family.
Right now, we would like to reemphasize the steps regarding liturgy, as well as additional changes and initiatives.
Steps beginning the weekend of March 14/15:
  • Suspend hand-holding during the Our Father
  • Suspend physical contact during the Sign of Peace
  • Suspend offering the Blood of Christ
  • It is suggested that proper reception of the Eucharist be in the hand versus on the tongue
As of right now, we will be having our regularly scheduled weekend Masses.
Canceled Events:
  • Communal Reconciliation (March 15)
  • Faith Formation Registration & Christian Service Funding Open House (March 15)
  • Jesus Experience Day (March 21)
  • Social Justice Presentation (March 26)
  • Rummage Sale (March 30-April 4)
Additional steps effective immediately:
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic School will be closed from Monday, March 16-April 6
  • Emptying baptismal font
  • Church will be locked during the week (no weekday Mass) to ensure clean and disinfected facilities for weekend Masses
  • All activities are canceled until further notice including
    • Stations of the Cross
    • Evening Prayer
    • Awakening Prayer
    • Meditative Walk
    • Faith Formation
    • Youth Ministry
    • Bible studies
What you can do:
  • Parishioners at greatest risk for COVID-19 (those over 60 and/or with compromised immune systems) are encouraged to stay home and join us in prayer.
  • Continue using preventive practices before coming to and while on campus, e.g. thorough hand washing with soap and warm water, coughing or sneezing into your arm or a tissue, and using hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cooperate with standards set by the CDC, which includes staying home if you are ill or are caring for a family member who is ill. If you are sick or caring for someone who is sick, your obligation to attend Mass is dispensed. This applies to every illness, not just COVID-19. Influenza, strep, and other viruses are always present in our communities, and we should be mindful of the threats these illnesses pose to our community.
As Christians, we are called to have faith during uncertain times. We invite you to consider this reflection: A Faith Response to the Coronavirus

In Christ,
Blessed Sacrament Staff

Outreach Team Easter Flower Sale

You can help support the high school outreach team! Team members will be taking orders for Easter flowers on March 7 & 8 and March 14 & 15 following all Masses.

Four types of flowers!

Lilies, Daffodils, Tulips, and Hyacinths

$15.00 each 6in pots

Orders are due by March 17th.

Download the order form.

Flowers will be available for pick-up on the weekend of April 4/5.

 

Women’s Christ Renews Retreat

Christ Renews

A Weekend of Renewal For Women

May 2 and 3, 2020

Life has a way of teaching us that all of our commitments, including our commitment to Christ, need continual renewal if we are to be faithful

Registration Deadline is April 13th

Think and pray seriously about this opportunity . . .

… do you need to deepen your faith?

… do you need space for your inner journey?

… is your life out of balance?

… are you out of touch with the action of God in your life?

… are you seeking to enrich your understanding of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world?

… do you see yourself as “church”?  As a disciple of Jesus?

… do you need time to listen anew to Jesus’ call?

What about the cost?

The renewal weekend is a gift from the women putting on the weekend to the women attending the weekend.  Volunteers provide food and service.

Where can I get further information?

You are welcome to call the Coordinator of Adult Formation Programs 835-6777 or speak to any parishioner who has experienced the weekend.

 

Second Grade Updates

Second grade had a great 100’s Day!  We all know the importance of exercise to keep our bodies strong.  So, we decided to do 10 repetitions of 10 different exercises to build body strength.  We also had a “Live” word find.  The students were able to go around the school with their papers and clipboards to search out 100 words.  Finally, we are working on 100 Act of Kindness.

The second grade has been studying frogs.  We have integrated Science and our Reading story “Frogs,” an expository nonfiction story.  We have completed in-class diagrams, comparing differences of frogs and toads,  and have had Mr. B. come in and share his information and pet toad, “Mr. Lumpy.”

WE LOVE READER’S THEATER!!!  The second grade enjoys plays and being able to bring stories to life.  The story the students acted out was “The Magic Snowman.”  All students took part to recreate this wonderful story.  Thank you Mrs. Pasek and Mrs. York!!!

Catholic Schools Week Recap

Catholic School’s Week was great fun at Blessed Sacrament. BRAVO to our Parent School Association (PSA) members, staff, and students for making it so fantastic! Highlights included our Shine Parade, Carnival / Dance, Reader’s Theater with the Amazing Angela Pasek, and lots of yummy food and great company!