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!
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.
Thank you for participating in the Disciple Maker Index Survey!
The Disciple Maker Index (DMI) is a survey tool, created by Catholic Leadership Institute, that allows parishioners to reflect on their spiritual growth and discipleship, provide input to the Bishop, pastors, and parish leadership to make decisions on ways to support that growth in the future, and to create a sense of opportunities for the improvement of parish life. Our parish participated in the survey earlier this year and, as promised, we’d like to share the outcomes. Overall, with some exceptions, we generally compare favorably with the responses from other parishes in the Diocese as well as with national averages. The summary can be accessed here.
Blessed Sacrament Parish is exploring the option of hosting a support group for families and friends of children who identify as LGBTQ. Learning a son or daughter is part of the LGBTQ community can be shocking, confusing, uncertain and challenging. Having a space to sort through these emotions in a healthy, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment can be helpful.
If you would be interested in attending a support group, please contact either Fr. Rob or Stacey Trapani. Your name will remain confidential. Based on response, we will determine next steps. Thank you.