Lent 2024

Lent is a time of going very deeply into ourselves… What is it that stands between us and God? Between us and our brothers and sisters? Between us and life, the life of the Spirit? Whatever it is, let us relentlessly tear it out, without a moment’s hesitation.
~Catherine Doherty

Please consider joining us for prayer this season of Lent. Below you will find a list of prayer opportunities at the parish.

Mass:

Wednesday & Thursday: 8:30 am
Saturday: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am (livestreamed)
Sunday: 11:00 am

Evening Prayer:

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Stations of the Cross:

Friday, February 16 at 7:00 pm
Fridays beginning February 23 at Noon

Reconciliation

Communal Reconciliation

March 10 | 2:00 pm | Blessed Sacrament

Individual Reconciliation

First Saturday of the month at 2:30 pm.

Taize Prayer

Wednesday, March 13
Prayer at 6:30 pm

Holy Hour with Bishop Gruss

Wednesday, March 20
7:00 – 8:00 pm

2nd Stations of the Cross, Jesus is given his cross, Church of the Holy Trinity in Gemunden am Main, Bavaria, Germany

Around the MACC

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our Lady of Grace
St. Brigid of Kildare

Faith Beautifully Crafted

I try to make sense of life. I try to keep myself open to people and to laughter and to love and to have faith.
– Sr. Thea Bowman-

At long last, Anne Boyd is back with another opportunity for us to tap into our creativity and faith.

On February 29, each participant will create an inspirational box decorated with paper, die-cut words, and a cross with thorns and roses. Please register below. All supplies are provided and there is a free-will offering to help to offset the cost of materials. The session will run from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

There he hangs—pale figure pinned against the wood.
God grant that I may love Him as a I really know I should.

I draw a little closer to share that love Divine
And almost hear Him whisper, “Ah, foolish child of Mine!

If I should now embrace you
My hands would stain you red.

And if I leaned to whisper,
the thorns would pierce your head.”

And then I knew in silence that love demands a price,
’twas then I learned that suffering is but the kiss of Christ.

-Caryll Houselander, “Kiss of Christ”
~Blessed is She


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Lenten Reflections  

New for Lent 2024!

Lent is the perfect time for renewal.  Please join us as we gather and open our hearts to reflect on Lenten scripture. While reading together, we respond to the Good News of Jesus and begin to change our thoughts and actions in our lives as individuals (LIFE), family members (HOME), parishioners (PARISH), and Catholics (WORLD).   Each of these 4 areas will have reflection questions with optional sharing time.

Two Options!

There is an afternoon (1:30) or an evening class (7:00) on Tuesdays for your convenience.  Class dates are February 13, 20, 27, and March 5, 12, 19.  

Please contact Christy at christyg@blessed-midland.org or call the parish center to register.  

Women’s Christ Renews

Therefore we do not lose heart … our inner self is being renewed day by day.

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Women’s Christ Renews Weekend
April 13 & 14

Christ Renews is an ongoing process for the personal spiritual renewal of women over 18 that results in the revival of our faith community. The process begins with a weekend of prayer, talks, reflection, social activities, and small group discussions. This all takes place in a relaxed, prayerful, and caring atmosphere. Participants are free to share as much or as little as they wish.

It is held at the Blessed Sacrament Parish Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, and ending at about 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.

Where can I get further information?

You are welcome to contact the Faith Formation Office at 989-835-6777 or speak to any parishioner who has experienced the weekend.

What about the cost?

The renewal weekend is a gift from the women putting on the weekend to the women attending the weekend.  Volunteers provide food and service.

Note:  This is not an overnight retreat. You will be home Saturday night and return to the Sunday morning retreat. 

Think and pray seriously about this opportunity . . .

… do you need to deepen your faith?
… do you need space for your inner journey?
…is your life out of balance?
… are you out of touch with the action of God in your life?
…are you seeking to enrich your understanding of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world?
… do you see yourself as “church”? As a disciple of Jesus?
… do you need to listen anew to Jesus’ call?

If you said “YES” to any of the above…then this weekend is for you!

Register Now!

Christ Renews

Life has a way of teaching us that all of our commitments, including our commitment to Christ, need continual renewal if we are to be faithful!

Christ Renews is an ongoing process for the personal spiritual renewal of men and women over the age of 18 that results in the renewal of our faith community. The process begins with a weekend of prayer, talks given by members of our Midland Area parishes, times of silence and reflection, social activities, and small group discussion. This all takes place in a relaxed, prayerful, and caring atmosphere. Participants are free to share as much or as little as they wish. This is a wonderful time spent exploring our faith and growing in our relationship with Christ.

Think and pray seriously about this opportunity

  • do you need to deepen your faith?
  • do you need space for your inner journey?
  • is your life out of balance?
  • are you out of touch with the action of God in your life?
  • are you seeking to enrich your understanding of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world?
  • do you see yourself as “church”? As a disciple of Jesus?
  • do you need to listen anew to Jesus’ call?

What about the cost?

The renewal weekend is a gift from the team putting on the weekend to the participants attending the weekend.  Volunteers provide food and service.

Who facilitates the weekend?

A team of people from the previous Christ Renews weekend is in formation now with a Spiritual Director, preparing to make your weekend a truly special experience.

What happens during the weekend?

The many activities include prayer, reflection, talks, small group discussions, and social activities; all in a relaxed, prayerful, and caring atmosphere. Participants are free to share as much, or as little, as they wish. The entire weekend is informal. Casual clothes are recommended.

There will be a Reconciliation Service and we participate in Sunday Eucharist together with the rest of the parish community. There are opportunities for private and shared prayer.

It is a Spirit-filled weekend!

Sacred in the Secular: Rosary on the Go

If you enjoy walking or jogging by yourself or with others why not turn it into a time of prayer so that you can exercise your body and your soul at the same time?!

If you are new to the Rosary on the Go, Blessed Sacrament will provide rosary rings for each participant and a weekly prayer intention based on Pope Francis’s monthly prayer intention. Please contact Christy to request your rosary ring(s) and list of weekly intentions. In Mark 16:15 Jesus said, “GO into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature…” On your mark, get set, GO!!!!