Car Show Success

1st Annual MACC Car Show a Success!

Saturday, September 18 was a beautiful day for a car show! The first annual MACC Car Show can absolutely be classified as a success! Thank you to everyone who brought vehicles to display, and a big thank you to everyone who came to check out the cars. Thank you to the volunteers and organizers who put so much work into this event to make it a success. It was a great day to be outside and see everyone. This event will be back next year! Check out the pictures below!

 

Building Update

South Wing Building Update

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.


Additional Information

Three Rivers Building Assessment

Updated September 21, 2021

CROP Hunger Walk 2021

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…

~Jesus

Parish Survey Results

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.


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For a PDF file click here: Blessed Sacrament Survey Charts

Taste of Summer Success

Taste of Summer was a great success!

This past Sunday was our parish feast day! In the spirit of being the Body of Christ in the world, over 50 people gathered for our Taste of Summer event! We celebrated together with a bike ride, some ice cream, and supporting our local food pantry. Thank you to everyone who participated and a special thank you to The Cottage Creamery and the Keplers for your hospitality! To view the full photo album, click here.

Support & Hope

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.

 

Protecting God’s Children

Please stop by the Parish Center or in the entrances of church to pick up a copy.

In order to replace or supplement what parish/school locations have been able to do in Safe Environment training, Bishop Gruss has authorized the Knights of Columbus Protecting Our Children Guide for Families to be made available to all Catholic households with youth (not solely families enrolled in Catholic schools or Faith Formation programs). The guides are available at the Front Desk in the Parish Center and in the entrances of the church.

COVID-19 Updates

Updated:March 4, 11:00am
Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Community,
Below you will find the guidelines for Mass and programs at Blessed Sacrament.

Information Regarding Mass

Mass Times

  • Saturday at 4:00pm
  • Sunday at 8:30am (indoors & livestreamed) & 11:00am (outdoors weather permitting, see information below)
  • Wednesday at 8:30am
  • Thursday at 8:30am

Please check the Worship Times for the most up-to-date liturgy schedule.

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
  • Please print off a worship aid and bring it with you. A limited number will be available at Mass.
  • The font will remain drained
  • Pews and surfaces will be sanitized between Masses

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 max capacity per Mass will be 200 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 and a small number will be available at each indoor Mass

Information Regarding the Parish Center

Hours

  • 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday – Wednesday
  • 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday & Friday
  • 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.
  • 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 are now livestreaming 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

Daily Readings

Reflections for Sunday Readings

Online Access to Magnificat

Prayer Resources

Liturgy of the Hours

A Compilation of Prayers

Prayers from CRS

Resources for Families and Kids

Free Printables from Tiny Saints

Praying as a Family

Catholic Mom

Activities for Kids

More Resources

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

 

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