EFPN Thanks Blessed Sacrament for Their Support of the Mobile Food Pantry

EFPN Thanks Blessed Sacrament for Their Support of the Mobile Food Pantry

Blessed Sacrament hosted and funded a Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN) Mobile Food Pantry on June 19.   We served 222  families. Thank you to the staff for their support and to Father Kevin for the opening prayer.  Thank you to the maintenance staff who helped with set up and clean up.  We are grateful to all who donated personal care items.  We collected around 1000  items allowing us to give each family 4 items. We are the only mobile that provides personal care items for which the recipients are very thankful for.  We appreciate very much the set up volunteers who moved over 14,000 lbs. of food from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.  Thank you to those who distributed food, pushed the carts to gather the food, loaded cars and did all the other numerous jobs needed to make this a success.  Over 120 volunteers were involved in this effort.  Having enough volunteers allowed us to run two lines of carts at once.  The first recipients arrived the day before and spent the night in their car. Besides giving your time, you made the recipients feel very welcomed in our parish. One recipient commented that she loved the way we run our mobile.  As the volunteers worked and recipients and volunteers interacted, we were reminded of the Gospel’s words “Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do it for me”


Bishop Robert D. Gruss Named Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw

God, eternal shepherd, you tend your Church in many ways and rule us with love. You have chosen your servant, Robert, to be a shepherd of your flock in the Diocese of Saginaw. Give him a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he build your Church as a sign of salvation for the world. Amen.

SAGINAW — Pope Francis announced that he has selected Bishop Robert D. Gruss as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw.

Bishop Gruss, 63, has served as Bishop of Rapid City (South Dakota) since 2011. His installation in Saginaw is scheduled for July 26.

Bishop Robert Gruss was born June 25, 1955, in Texarkana, Arkansas. He attended Madison Area Technical College, in Madison, Wisconsin, and Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was a corporate pilot and flight instructor from 1980-1989 before entering seminary. He pursued seminary studies at St. Ambrose University, in Davenport 1989-1990; at North American College, Rome, 1990-1994; and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum, in Rome. He additionally earned a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Theology at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1994.  In 1999, he completed studies at the Institute of Priestly Formation (IPF) with an emphasis on Spiritual Direction training.

Bishop Gruss was ordained to the priesthood on July 2, 1994 by Bishop William E. Franklin, seventh Bishop of Davenport. In 2007, Pope Benedict named him a Chaplain of his Holiness, giving him the title of monsignor. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Rapid City in 2011 and consecrated as a bishop on July 28, 2011.

Bishop Gruss’ previous assignments have included chancellor and diocesan vocations director for the Diocese of Davenport, as well as pastor at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He also served as vice-rector at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Bishop Gruss also serves in the following capacities: St. Ambrose University Corporate Board, Member; Catholic Radio Association Episcopal Board, Member; Pope Leo XIII Institute, Episcopal Moderator; Institute for Priestly Formation Bishops Advisory Council, Member; National Assn. of Catholic Chaplains, Reg. VIII Episcopal Rep.; Pontifical North American College Episcopal Board of Governors.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on Feb. 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. In 1938, The Most Rev. William Murphy, the first Bishop of Saginaw, dedicated the entire diocese under the patroness of Mary of the Assumption.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter is 50 days, so don’t put away your Easter baskets right after Easter Sunday! Blessed Sacrament Parish will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt for elementary school children on Sunday, April 28 after the 11:00 Mass.

Please drop off a dozen plastic eggs stuffed with candy for each child who would like to participate in the Faith Formation Office during the week of April 22nd-27th. Eggs will be hidden on the playground and ready to be hunted after Mass! Questions? Contact Ansley Dauenhauer in the Faith Formation Office.

Episode 6: Holy Week

Kristyn Russell and Fr. Kevin Maksym sit down to talk about Holy Week, and what we experience during the week of the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection.

Podcast Notes:

    1. Introduction:
      1. Kristyn & Fr. Kevin
      2. We are approaching Holy Week, so we thought it would be appropriate to talk about what to expect and hopefully allow you to enter more deeply into the mystery of Holy Week.
      3. This is the week that we remember the events of the final days of Jesus’ earthly life, and we begin on Palm Sunday.
    2. Palm Sunday
      1. We’re currently gearing up for Palm Sunday and this is quite the entryway into Holy Week.
      2. We enter into Holy Week in the same way that Jesus enters into Jerusalem.


  • What are some of the special things that we see at Palm Sunday?
  • Fr. Kevin to answer


      1. The procession that we walk in is a very Ignatian act of entering into the scriptures. As we process this weekend, put yourself in the shoes of someone who was there.
      2. We have the advantage/disadvantage of knowing the whole story. We know how the week ends, so despite the harshness of Good Friday, we know that Sunday is only days away. On the flipside, the disadvantage of knowing how the story ends is that we might skim the middle portions of the story. We’re all in for the beginning and end, but the middle is overlooked.
    1. Entering into the Triduum.


  • Why is it a Triduum aside from the fact that it’s three days?


        1. Fr. Kevin to answer?
      1. I think it’s important to remind people that Thursday, Friday, and Saturday really are one celebration
    1. Holy Thursday
      1. I love Holy Thursday. From the feet washing to the Eucharist it is one of the most powerful days evenings in the Triduum.
      2. In this liturgy we remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ gift of himself in the Eucharist.
      3. We also see the foot washing ritual– which reminds us that we are called to serve. Service is the call of Jesus’ followers. I think back a couple of years ago when Pope Francis went to a prison to wash the feet of the prisoners, so of whom were women, some of whom were non-Christians it is a great reminder of who we are called to serve.


  • Fr. Kevin what are the things that you look forward to at Holy Thursday?


      1. After Mass on Holy Thursday, the Eucharist is reposed and we have the opportunity to sit in the presence of the Lord. To be with him. To place ourselves in the garden with him.


  • The final opportunity is night prayer. Fr. Kevin what’s so special about night prayer?


    1. Good Friday
      1. And so we leave Holy Thursday and face Good Friday. I think Good Friday is the hardest of all days. As a society we want to avoid suffering at all costs, and on Good Friday we come face to face with the suffering that done on our behalf.


  • Fr. Kevin can you unpack some of things we do at Good Friday liturgy?
  • Laying prostrate
  • Veneration of the Cross
  • Why is this liturgy not a Mass?


      1. There’s a certain presence in the air on Good Friday. There’s a feeling of the ominous as you walk into church, the feeling that something terrible is going to happen. But there’s also this feeling of the numinous. The feeling that something holy, something mysterious is happening. I imagine that the world woke up to this same feeling however many years ago when Jesus the Teacher, Friend, the Christ, Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, King, was crucified for sins he didn’t commit, and overcame sin and death so that we might live. Those feelings of the ominous and of the numinous are appropriate on Good Friday. Those feelings you feel when hearing and participating in the reading of the passion of Christ are appropriate because they point to something else.
    1. Holy Saturday
      1. These feeling of uncertainty and darkness are appropriate because the Christ has been killed. He’s dead. Imagine what his disciples must have felt as they waited … for what? He said he would rise in three days, but would he really?  
      2. The Easter Vigil captures that feeling of waiting and that transition into realization.


  • Fr. Kevin– what’s your favorite part of the Easter Vigil?
  • The theological depth of the Easter Vigil is vast, but if there is one thing that you want people to know about the Easter Vigil– what would it be?


      1. These feelings that we feel during the Triduum: the silence, the numinous, the ominous, the waiting, the suffering, the darkness– they point us to something greater: a Love that overcame death some that we might have eternal life.
    1. Easter Sunday
      1. And with that we can rejoice on Easter Sunday. He is risen. What he said was true. He died and rose on the third day.


  • The implications of Easter are huge! Fr. Kevin why are we an Easter people?


      1. It’s a like a new year celebration– we get to try our hand at this discipleship thing again and anew.


  • Reminder of our baptisms


  1. Conclusion
    1. Thank you for joining us on this Holy Week podcast. We hope that you found it helpful and that it will deepen your walk during Holy Week.

Women’s Christ Renews Retreat

Christ Renews

Weekend of Renewal For Women

May 4 and 5, 2019

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 14th

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.

Registration for Women’s Christ Renews is now closed.

Can’t attend the weekend, but would like to help out? Click here for ways to volunteer!

Help Wanted: Women’s Christ Renews

We are seeking help for the Women’s Christ Renews Weekend, May 3-5, 2019.

How can you help?  A number of ways:

♥ Food*

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

♥ Time*

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

♥ Financial

♥ and of course, Prayer!

Contact Mary Jo Kerlin at

(989) 205-1510 if you have any questions.