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.

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*

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♥ Time*

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♥ Financial

♥ and of course, Prayer!

Contact Mary Jo Kerlin at

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


Spring Rummage Sale

Join the Ladies of Blessed Sacrament at the Spring Rummage Sale!

Come see what treasures you can find!
FRIDAY, 9AM – 5PM – Half-Off Day
SATURDAY, 9AM – Noon – $2.50 Bag Day

Don’t miss out on wonderful bargains for yourself and help the Ladies of Blessed Sacrament raise money to help others. Proceeds from our Rummage Sale help support charities in our community.

Bishop Hurley’s Message Regarding Upcoming Trials

Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse

God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his cross.

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

This week, the criminal trials of Father Robert DeLand are scheduled to begin. We are confident that the criminal justice system will bring about justice for all. We respect the work of our local law enforcement and will continue to cooperate with their efforts.

These past months have been a difficult time for those who brought forth their complaints, their families and many in the community. While the difficulty and uncertainty will continue for some time, I share your deep concern for all those affected by the tragedy of sexual abuse.

In these difficult days, I want to assure you of our steadfast and ongoing commitment to the protection of young people and the community. We will not waver in our efforts to ensure the safety of minors and all those entrusted to our care.

Also, please know that we continue to take our responsibility seriously to work to prevent abuse to any individual, young or old, and to assist victims in their healing.

Since 2002, more than 12,000 people in the diocese have participated in training on the prevention of child abuse and have undergone state and federal background checks.

We encourage anyone who has been a victim of abuse or has reason to believe abuse has occurred to contact the Attorney General’s hotline 844-324-3374. We will continue to cooperate with the efforts that are underway in the various diocese of Michigan, as well as with local law enforcement.

Because some have asked, I want to assure you that your Catholic Services Appeal contributions, and local church support of our parishes and the diocese, are not used for legal fees for clergy abuse cases.

As people of faith, we know God walks with us on this journey and we find hope in His presence. I ask for your continued prayers for healing and justice. And, I thank you for your prayers and understanding.

My good wishes to all…
Sincerely yours,

Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley
Apostolic Administrator

CSA Early Pledges Begins

Our annual CSA Campaign has begun.  We are offering the opportunity for parishioners to make their CSA pledge early!  On March 16 & 17th CSA volunteers will be available in the Parish gym after all masses for anyone who wishes to come over and fill out your 2019 CSA Pledge Card and payment.  You will also be able to come into the Parish office Monday through Friday, on March 18 -22nd, to make your CSA pledge. For those who do not take advantage of this opportunity we will continue to do CSA home visits which will take on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

Catholic Schools Week 2019 Jan 27 – Feb 1

Schedule of Events for Catholic Schools Week 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School

Monday, Feb. 4thStewardship Day

  • 7:35-Parents line halls at beginning of day to cheer for our children! Star Wars theme – adults bring light saber if you have one!
  • Students finishing “household baskets” for needy-student council led.
  • Spirit Wear : Your favorite color day

Tuesday, Feb. 5th: Parish Personnel Appreciation Day

  • Luncheon served for parish personnel
  • Spirit Wear : Crazy Hair / Clothes

Wednesday, Feb. 6th : Student Appreciation Day

  • Pizza luncheon provided for students in social hall (students shouldn’t bring a lunch)
  • Live animal assemblies (12:15-2:00) Mr. B. will do a Michigan animal assembly 12:15-1:00 preK-2 and 1:05-2:05 grades 3-5 J critters: turtles,  snakes, salamander, frog. (Conf. A and B)
  • Spirit Wear : Star Wars dress!

Thursday, February 7: Catholic Faith Day

  • Mass at 8:30 am
  • 9:45-10:30 (recess at 10:30 that day) Former BSCES students coming to talk to our students about their faith journey. In classrooms on rotating basis.
  • Kindergarten Round-Up / Registration and Preschool Open House 6:00-7:30pm (please also invite new / prospective families to attend J )

Friday, February 8: Parent Appreciation Day

  • Parents join us for refreshments (coffee, donuts, cold items, yogurt, etc) in hallway from ~ 7:20-9:00am (for drop-off parents) or 2:15-2:45pm (pick-up parents, other)
  • No mass at St. B’s
  • School Carnival postponed TBD

Prayers for the Unborn & the Protection of All Life


Prayers for the Sanctity of Life

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are Creator of all and the Giver of life. You have created humankind in your image to reflect your glory to the world, and we praise you for the work your hands have done. On this Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, we mourn that many of your precious sons and daughters have lost their lives too soon. We grieve their absence today and every day.

We are broken people, and we have all sinned against you in so many ways, and we pray that today would be a day of repentance and forgiveness. We humbly come before you knowing that all of us have fallen short of your glory, and we ask that you would forgive us of our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. Restore us to right relationship with you. Open our eyes, our hearts, our minds, and our hands as we seek to serve you and glorify you through our love for one another. Transform us into new creations. May we truly be your hands and feet in our world, serving others like Jesus came to serve, loving others like we are to love ourselves.

Jesus, you made a way for us where there seemed to be no way. We pray today that you would breathe new life into us. We pray you would increase our empathy, compassion, and love for our neighbors, no matter their age, race, ability, background, or need. We pray we would be people whose hearts echo your own heart for your people—be our strength, Holy Spirit.

Help us to be champions of life, Jesus. Strengthen us and equip us to do your work in our communities, our nations, our world. May we stand for what you have taught us, and may we give you glory in all that we do.

We love you and praise you on this day and every day, Lord. Thank you for the gift of life. Help us to protect and preserve it in every way we can. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

In your holy and mighty name,