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:
After Mass, we will be walking around the Swede/Sugnet/Kentwood/Ashman big block. Socially distanced and with masks.
Register to walk or feel free to donate. In addition to doing our part to stop hunger, we are collecting socks that will be distributed to local agencies fighting homelessness in our community. Our Corporal Work of Mercy for the month of October is Clothe the Naked. We will collect these at Masses on October 3 or 4, or you can drop them off to the parish center the week of September 27th.
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.
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
Saturday at 4:00pm
Sunday at 10:00am (outdoors weather permitting, see information below)
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
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.
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
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
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.
“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