Have you been FORMED?

On Demand Catholic Faith — does it get any easier than that?  I really don’t know if it does. It turns out that an increasing number of Catholics are turning to an online platform for Faith Formation, called FORMED, as a place to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Did you know…

Happy Hello, Fr. Tony!

Back on July 10, Fr. Anthony Kruse, along with his mom and many wonderful friends from his previous parishes, rolled into Blessed Sacrament, ready to help move him in, and we in the office were ready to welcome him! Anticipation was the name of the game.  Witnessing the move that day, there was one similarity…

Until we meet again …

Fr. Tom, May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Priests teach us to live in the…

Joyfully Yours!

Let me begin with telling you how uncomfortable it makes me to use my face as the image for this post.  I have a brother-in-law who is quite fond of jokingly singing to me that line from the Rod Stewart song “Maggie May,” which goes something like … “Oh Maggie I wish I’d never seen your face … ”  Don’t worry about me though, as much teasing as I take, I can certainly be known to dish it out, too.

A Final Farewell; A New Beginning

I don’t usually make my posts this personal, and I certainly never put myself as the cover image, but today it felt appropriate. Friday, June 22nd was my (Karla Bray’s) last day as Blessed Sacrament’s Volunteer Coordinator. Starting today, the wonderful Maggie England will be taking over. Even though I am technically finished, I wanted to…

Exercise Because you Love your Body

“Exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it”. The above quote speaks volumes. Many of us equate exercising with being unhappy with how we look, but as Catholics we know we were all created perfectly in God’s image. Why then do we let ourselves become unhappy with our appearance? Autumn Calabrese, one…

Votive Candles

When I first came to this parish, someone gave me an article on small spaces. I forget the exact words, but the main idea was that there are spaces where you just feel closer to God. Whether it is the peaceful atmosphere, the location, the colors, or perhaps all of the above. It said these…

Appreciation

My favorite event of the year was this past Sunday  – the Volunteer (Ministry) Appreciation Breakfast! As the Volunteer Services Coordinator I certainly have a vested interest in this event, but my love for it goes much deeper. All year long I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our parishioners. They give of their time…

Live Streaming

If you are reading this, chances are you are an avid internet user and so I am going to assume that you are aware that Blessed Sacrament has gone live! We are now live streaming weekend and weekday Masses. If you weren’t aware, you may have been wondering what that odd thing hanging from the…

Mother’s Day

Perhaps this post should be about our amazing new live streaming service. It certainly deserves some attention. Today though, I want to talk about mothers. Yesterday was Mother’s Day here in the US. It is a secular holiday, but every year we make a point to acknowledge the mothers of our Parish and say a…

Salad Supper and Fashion Show

For the last few years we have really struggled to find leaders for events. It’s understandable, people are busy. Jobs and families take precedence. It would be so much easier to give up on the events; to rely on other means of fundraising and depend on the odd hospitality weekend to boost our sense of…

Tailgating

Last week, on April 7th, several of us came together in the Parish Center for a little tailgating party. Not being a big sports fan, this was a new experience for me.  I have to admit, I have never understood the connection between sports and food. Tailgating has always been a bit of a mystery…