FIVE NEW PRIESTS!

On Saturday, May 25, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral in Dubuque, we had not one, not two, not three, or even four … but FIVE new priests ordained!  It is said somewhere that the number 5 is a symbol of God’s grace.  If that is true, God has certainly showered us with his grace through these…

Lent … Don’t Give Up Now!

We are getting close to the halfway point of Lent, and if you are anything like me, you are finding that IT-IS-A-STRUGGLE! I can’t help but to go back and think of New Year’s and all the resolutions that both Christians and non-Christians alike make each year.  Many of those resolutions are made with the…

Fire & Ice Gala

On Saturday, February 16, just over three weeks from now, our parish will be holding its first ever Fire & Ice Gala, and even though right now it appears that the ICE outside will take over, things will be heating up inside the Parish Center on February 16. As we are building up momentum the…

Rise Up To Glory …

Our theme this Advent season is “Rise Up To Glory.” Right there, in that theme, a challenge is presented to us. With all the hard news these past number of months, can we really do this, this rising up to glory thing?  This past weekend, we heard John the Baptist tell us that there is…

Many Gifts, One Spirit

Have you ever wondered how best to serve your parish, your child’s school, your co-workers, the community at-large or even the world?  I certainly have.  I have also wondered whether the areas I currently volunteer my time for are best-suited for me.  A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of attending a Joyfully Gifted…

Nourishing Bodies & Souls

DID YOU KNOW?  Every 4th Tuesday of the month, Blessed Sacrament provides the Community Meal over at Queen of Peace Church.  Back in the early 90’s, Deacon Jim and Lori Freet began this ministry, and the tradition carries on today, although it is under the guidance of the EVER-SO-FABULOUS Betty Gauger.  (It should be noted…

What is Hope?

H.   O.   P.   E. Healing Our Painful Experiences Boy, oh boy, has it been hard to listen to the news lately, or what?  There seems to be a recurring theme of suffering, pain and loss in our recent news, and it’s been tough to digest and make sense of. Suffering, pain and loss are, of…

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…