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
- 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
- 13th XII (on Netflix)
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Help
- Birth of a Nation
- Hidden Figures
- Just Mercy (free on streaming platforms for the month of June)
- American Son (on Netflix)
- 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
- 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.
Community-wide Easter Egg Hunt
- Decorate or color paper Easter eggs at home with your family. Be creative! If you’d like one ready to color, click here or here.
- Tape them on your front door or in your windows before you go to bed on Saturday, April 11! (You can do as many as you like!)
- Walk or drive around Midland anytime from Easter Sunday to Sunday, April 19, and see how many Easter eggs you can spot!
- Want to be eligible to win an Easter prize? Please post a picture on the Blessed Sacrament Facebook page of your family hunting for eggs and how many you found or submit them through the form below. Three families will be randomly drawn from all of the participants. We’ll contact winners by Monday, April 20.
Here’s how to participate:
- Contact Lyn Pajk at email@example.com and tell her how many cards your family wants to make. If you have a family of 5, maybe each of you could commit to making two cards!
- Lyn will send you the names and addresses of your family’s pen pals.
- Make an Easter card or write a nice letter full of Easter joy to your pen pal. (Reminder: Wash your hands before writing your note or making your card! We don’t want to inadvertently spread germs through the mail!)
- Address your envelope and send it off! We recommend sending your letter by Tuesday, April 7 to ensure delivery before or by Easter Sunday!
- Or, if you’d like to drop it at the Parish Center, one of the Faith Formation staff will be happy to mail them for you. Last day for drop-off is Tuesday, April 7. The drop-off bin is by the Parish Center doors of the big parking lot.
Updated: June 11, 12:00pm
- 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
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
Updated: April 13, 9:00pm
Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Community,
Although we are not able to gather together physically for Mass, we hope that you will join us in prayer as we live-stream Evening Prayer on Wednesdays at 7:00pm and Mass on Sundays at 9:00m. You can find them here.
Ansley Dauenhauer will be putting together Children’s Liturgy of the Word services for kids as well. Watch them here.
We have not received word on an official day that we will be able to offer public Masses, but please know you are in our prayers always!
Daily Readings Resources
Resources for Families and Kids
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.
Blessed Sacrament Staff
Our CLOW program is designed for all children 5th grade and below. To accommodate this diverse age range, we offer two CLOW sessions at the 11:00 Mass and one on Saturday. We need catechists to teach them! Please prayerfully consider being a CLOW catechist 3 times a year. Training and materials provided.
You can volunteer with:
- seven-year-olds and under at 11:00 Mass on Sunday
- eight to ten-year-olds at 11:00 Mass on Sunday
- seven-year-olds and under at 5:00 Mass on Saturday
Contact Ansley Dauenhauer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sunday, October 27: Day One
St. Brigid of Kildare
3:30-5:00pm Dinner: Chicken, rice and green beans & beverages.
5:30-6:30pm Mission Mass: Our Mission begins with Mass celebrated by Fr. Daly.
6:45-7:45pm Mission Presentation: Saints are invited to see Jesus more clearly.
Monday, October 28: Day Two
5:30-6:45pm Dinner: Sloppy joes, chips, salad, dessert & beverages.
6:45-8:00pm Mission Presentation: Saints are called to love Jesus more ardently.
6:30-8:15pm Childcare will be provided for children ages 1-10. Homework room available for older children.
Tuesday, October 29: Day Three
Our Lady of Grace –Sanford
5:30-6:45pm Dinner: Ham, meatballs, side dishes, salad, desserts and beverages.
6:45-8:00pm Mission Presentation: Saints are those who follow Jesus more closely.
5:30pm Children’s Dinner
6:45-8:00pm Vacation Bible School: A special youth program full of fun and entertaining activities will engage our children from PreK – 5th Grade.
Wednesday, October 30: Day Four
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6:45-8:15pm Concert with ValLimar Jansen This concert is for all ages.
8:15-9:15pm Reception: Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages.
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”