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We have been VERY successful donating school equipment & supplies. We are almost cleaned out of everything! We gave most of our equipment and supplies to neighboring Catholic Schools including St. Brigid’s (25 desks & chairs; 10 computers; various school supplies); Auburn Catholic (8 computers complete with monitors; 13 desks & chairs); Sacred Heart Catholic ( 63 desks; large ceiling fans; document cameras). In addition, we donated large tables and 50 chairs to St. Mary’s Cathedral for their children’s FF groups. Also preschool toys, supplies and books to Chippewa and Sanford Preschool and daycare programs. ESA will take all our library books and re-distribute to MPS schools (both St. B’s and Auburn did not want them).

Lastly, Windover High School off M20 who experienced significant flood damage in May took:

  • 6 teacher desks
  • 4 file cabinets
  • 3 kidney shaped tables
  • All but 1 of our smart carts
  • 1 document camera
  • 1 stand
  • All of the classroom shelving that is removable
  • All of the student dry erase boards
  • All of our student rulers
  • All of our student scissors
  • All of our filler paper
  • 1 Art easel
  • Science  & Art supplies

Congratulations!

We extend a special congratulations to all the students who received their first Eucharist and were confirmed over the summer! Please join us in continuing to pray for these students!

Crop Hunger Walk October 4

Coping with Divorce … There is no need to go through it alone.

Coping with Divorce There is no need to go through it alone.

Any adult experiencing the pain of divorce is invited to join us for this 8 week Divorce Group Recovery Process.  All of our group discussion leaders and presenters have experienced divorce and lead with warmth and understanding. Many people have found help, hope and healing through this process.

These two-hour, weekly meetings begin September 15 at the Blessed Sacrament Parish Center at 7:00pm. Please call 835-6777 to register. There is no fee to participate.

 

COVID-19 Updates

Updated: September 8, 8:00am
Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Community,
Our church is open for public Masses and the Parish Center will be open beginning September 8. We are still in the midst of a pandemic, so Mass and programming will look and feel different than the last time we gathered in March. Below you will find the guidelines for Mass and programs at Blessed Sacrament.

Information Regarding Mass

Mass Times

  • Saturday at 4:00pm
  • Sunday at 10:00am (outdoors weather permitting, see information below)

Seating

  • Certain sections and pews will be roped off
  • Each person/family should maintain 6ft of social distance between the next person or household in the pews and at all times while in the building and on the grounds
  • Please follow the instructions of the ushers for seating and recognize you may not be seated where you usually sit

To Combat the Spread of COVID-19

  • Everyone is required to wear a face mask while in the church
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance, please use it to sanitize your hands before coming in
  • There will be no worship aids or hymnals, you are asked to sing softly or hum along
  • The font will remain drained
  • Pews and surfaces will be sanitized between Masses
  • Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass and you will leave the church immediately after you receive

Outdoor Mass

You may bring a chair or remain in your car. There will be a specific section for chairs. If you bring your own chair, please park near the playground, so those remaining in their cars can be closer to the altar.

Other notes

  • The obligation to attend Mass remains lifted through the end of September
  • The max capacity per Mass will be 125 people
  • Doors will open 30 minutes before Mass begins
  • The chapel will be roped off and votive candles will not be available at this time
  • The church building will remain closed in order to ensure clean and sanitized surfaces for Mass
  • Bulletins will continue to be available electronically only
  • Evening Prayer and Rosary will take place outdoors as long as weather permits
    • Evening Prayer – 7:00pm on Wednesday at the main entrance of the church
    • Rosary – 8:30am on Saturdays at the statue of Mary

Information Regarding the Parish Center

Hours

  • 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday, Thursday and Friday
  • 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Tuesday & Wednesday
  • The building will only be open on Saturday and Sunday if there is a scheduled event

Procedures

  • Even though we are “open for business,” all exterior doors will remain locked as well as office entrance doors
  • Meetings in the Parish Center and School Building are allowed, but they must adhere to the State Covid 19 rules for gathering indoors. Currently, that means a limit of 10 people per gathering with masks and appropriate social distancing.
  • We are also implementing participant sign in and hand sanitizing protocols. Upon entering either building participants will need to sanitize their hands and fill out a sign-in sheet for that meeting. Meeting sheets will be maintained to be used in tracing efforts in the event of a possible COVID-19 exposure.
Each group is making accommodations for virtual participation. We will continue to record Mass and make it available on our YouTube page. If you are at risk, immunocompromised, or feeling unwell in any capacity, please stay home. By stopping the spread of COVID-19, we will be able to worship together as a whole community sooner.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Daily Readings Resources

Prayer Resources

Resources for Families and Kids

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 remains closed as well.

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

 

Acts of Service – Being the presence of God in the community

“He chooses them, inspires them, motivates them to act, makes them live in solidarity, pushes them to activate networks, to create virtuous ties, to build bridges and not walls…We must not be afraid or feel inadequate for such an important mission. Let us remember this: God does not choose us because of our abilities, but precisely because we are and feel small.” ~Pope Francis

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Anti-Racism Resources

Anti-Racism Resources

Prayer for an End to Racism Prayer Service Outline

US Conference of Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letters/ Documents

All of these documents and more resources are available on the web or at the USCCB website: www.usccb.org

  • Racism: Confronting the Poison in Our Common Home, USCCB: Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development, January, 2016
  • The Racial Divide in the United State: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015, A Pastoral Letter, Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville, IL, January 1, 2015
  • Statement of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, KY, President of the USCCB to the Spring General Assembly, June 10,2015
  • 25th Anniversary: U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Racism, October, 2004
  • In God’s Image: Pastoral Letter on Racism, Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN, September 12, 2003
  • Created in God’s Image: A Pastoral Letter on the Sin of Racism and a Call to Conversion, Most Rev. Dale J. Melczek, Bishop of the Diocese of Gary, IN, Aug. 6, 2003
  • Dwell in My Love: A Pastoral Letter on Racism, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago,IL, April 4, 2001 (33rd Anniv. of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • On Racial Harmony, A Statement Approved by the Administrative Board, National Catholic Welfare Conference, Aug. 23, 1963
  • Brothers and Sisters to US, US Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter on Racism, 1979
  • The Ghost of the Legacy of Racial Inequity Continues to Haunt Us, Bishop Michael Pfeifer, O.M.J.
  • Diversity and Racial Justice Resources, www.wearesaltandlight.org 
  • Resources on Racism for Youth Ministry Leaders, http://www.nfcym.org/racism.htm

Books

  • Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, Bryan Massingale, S.T.D. (a must read!)
  • America’s Original Sin, Jim Wallis
  • Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation, Jennifer Harvey
  • Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Justice: 15 Stories, Eddie Moore, Jr, Ali Michael, Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, Editors
  • Understanding & Dismantling Racism, Joseph Barndt
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
  • Between The World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Nobody, Marc Lamont Hill
  • Why Race Matters, Cornel West 
  • The Cross and The Lynching Tree, James H. Cone                                            
  • White Like Me, Tim Wise
  • Waking Up White, Debbie Irvin
  • Witnessing Whiteness, Shelly Tochluk
  • Race is a Nice Thing to Have, Janet Helms
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen
  • People’s History of the US, Howard Zinn
  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, Paul Kivel

Movies

  • 13th XII (on Netflix)
  • Loving
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Help
  • Selma
  • Birth of a Nation
  • Hidden Figures
  • Just Mercy (free on streaming platforms for the month of June)
  • American Son (on Netflix)

Articles

  • Still Separate, Still Unequal: White Catholics and the Perduring Sin of Racism, America Magazine Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2016
  • Breaking Silence on Racism, America Magazine Nov. 30, 2015
  • Editorial: New Dialogue on the Old Problem of Racism, National Catholic Reporter March 24, 2016
  • As Church Demographics Shift, Catholics Urged to Address the “Sin of Racism.” National Catholic Reporter Nov. 10, 2015
  • Blind Spots: Reckoning with Racism, Commonweal Magazine Oct. 5, 2016
  • Racism: Will We Ever Overcome?, U.S. Catholic Magazin, July 13, 2016
  • Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack  (A classic in literature about race,) Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D. nationalseedproject.org/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack
  • Race/Related: New York Times – weekly email newsletter, NYTimes.com/race-related
  • When Whites Just Don’t Get It: Parts 1 -7, Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Sunday Review, 8/30/14; 9/6.14; 10/11/14; 11/15/14; 11/29/14; 4/2/16; 10/1/16
  • Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?, Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Opinion Pages, Aug. 27, 2014
  • Why Talk About Whiteness: We Can’t talk About Racism Without It, Emily Chiariello
  • Teaching Tolerance: www.tolerance.org/whiteness, Summer 2016
  • Confronting White Privilege, Katy Walwell, Teaching Tolerance Fall 2012
  • Can We? A Brief History of American Racism, Melissa Harris-Perry, The Nation Sept. 1, 2009
  • Black as We Wanna Be, Matthew McKnight, The Nation Sept. 15, 2016
  • Embrace Race: Raising Kids in a World Where Race Matters, www.embracerace.org

Speeches

  • YouTube: What I Didn’t Tell My White Friends Jim Crow Explained – Keith Hughes
  • Ted Talks:  Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America (9 talks)
  • Ideas.Ted.Com: My Hopes, Dreams, Fears for My Future Son, Clint Smith May 1, 2015
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander speaking at Union Theological Seminary, www.utsnyc.edu
  • Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University, www.ferris.edu/jimcrow

Resources courtesy of Pax Christi USA.

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