SCAVENGER HUNT DETAILS:
This year’s Faith Formation theme is Team Catholic, and we’re inviting you to kick-off the year and connect with your Catholic teammates from the past and present in this Midland-wide scavenger hunt!
HOW TO PLAY:
1) Create your team, and choose a team name!
2) Like the Blessed Sacrament Facebook page and follow Blessed Sacrament on Twitter and Instagram.
3) Each Friday, starting on August 9 and lasting five weeks, a clue will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and in the bulletin. The answer to the clue can be found on the Blessed Sacrament website and will be a location in Midland.
4) Once you find the answer to the clue, go to that location (Friday through Tuesday) and find the Team Catholic flag to collect your Team Catholic trading card. The card will give you a little history of the location, its Catholic connection, and an action to complete at the site.
5) To prove that you completed the action, post a photo of your team at the site and tag Blessed Sacrament. Don’t forget to include your team name!
6) Take your trading card home. If you are unable to post a photo to social media, you may submit your cards at the end of the hunt to prove you found each location.
All teams who are able to post a photo at a minimum of four of the five locations (or submit at least four of the five trading cards) will be eligible to win a prize!
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”
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 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.
Join the Ladies of Blessed Sacrament at the Spring Rummage Sale!
Come see what treasures you can find!
THURSDAY, 9AM – 5PM
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.
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…
Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley
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.