January 28, 2017

How can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations?

By coming to know Jesus Christ, and following him as his disciples.

Please join us for our Parish Mission: 

Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell

February 10th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, New Gym 

There are immense challenges facing the Church today. Come walk with the presenter, Sherry Weddell, as we go through the steps that will help Catholics make the conscious choice to follow Jesus as his disciples, transforming parish life and ultimately the life of the whole Church. (https://siena.org/fid-formation-days)

Drawing upon Sherry Weddell’s best-selling book, Forming Intentional Disciples, she will share what we have learned about evangelization and making disciples. 

We will learn:

how our larger culture affects evangelization;

how to recognize the stages of another’s spiritual journey;

how to have spiritual conversations with people of all religious backgrounds or none;

the first hopeful signs of change in a parish; and

the practical first steps parish leaders take when setting out to make their communities a center of discipleship.

Please help us advance our Parish Priority Plan!  

RSVP to: Melinda Foley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prayefully yours, 

C.Y. Suellentrop, Parish Life Coordinator

December 31, 2017

In 2011, we had the wild idea to give every person in the pew at Christmas Mass a book.   Since then, we have distributed  12 titles (over 15,000 books) and started “The Parish Book Program”.    The Parish Book Program has changed people lives!   Small groups to discuss the books are formed following the distribution of the Christmas and Easter book.   Our experience has shown that these small groups foster close relationships, create the space for sharing, and encourage learning and thus helping us live our Parish Priority Plan vision of “Creating Disciples and Living Stewardship Way of Life”.

I am pleased to share with you our 2017 Christmas book, Joy to the World, by Scott Hahn. What could be more familiar than the Christmas story--and yet what could be more extraordinary? The cast of characters is strange and exotic: shepherds, an emperor and a despot, angels, and a baby who is Almighty God. The strangeness calls for an explanation, and this book provides it by examining the characters and the story in light of the biblical and historical context.  Learn how Christ’s coming changed everything (and still does).

How can you be a part of the Parish Book Program?   Join a book club.  Be a facilitator. I invite you to prayerfully consider facilitating a book study or  joining a four-week small group book study.   Sign-ups sheets will be made available the weekends of December 31st, January 7th & 14th in the back of church, online or by calling the parish office at 316-682-4557.

In prayerful gratitude,

C.Y. Suellentrop 

Parish Life Coordinator

 Parish Book Program at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament 

Christmas 2011, Rediscover  Catholicism by Matthew Kelly 

Easter 2012, A Father Who Keeps His Promises, by Scott Hahn

Christmas 2012 4 Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly 

Easter 2013, Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Father Jacques Philippe 

Christmas 2013, Nine Words by Allen Hunt

Easter 2014, Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn 

Christmas 2014, Pope John Paul II 

Easter 2015, New Testament 

Christmas 2015, A Biblical Walk through the Mass, by Edward Sri

Easter 2016, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, Michael Gaitley, MIC

Christmas 2016,  Prayer for Beginners by Peter Kreeft 

Easter 2017, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, by Leo Mausburg 

November 30, 2017

News from our Parish Life Coordinator 

A priority of our Parish Priority Plan is “Enhancing Our Sunday Mass Experience”. 
 
The goal of this priority is to create the conditions for the faithful to more powerfully encounter the Lord at our parish Masses. One area of focus for this priority is the music at Mass. 
 
When we added the 5:15 PM Sunday night Mass in the spring, we introduced an approach to music that is aimed at guiding the congregation toward the interior silence that is essential to encountering the Lord. Then this summer we began incorporating some elements of this approach into our Sunday morning Masses twice a month. 
 
One part of this approach is to use more music at Mass that is only sung by the choir, while the congregation listens prayerfully. Pope Benedict XVI, writing before he was Pope, wrote positively of this “filled silence” -- a silence “in which the choir calms us interiorly, leading each one of us into silent prayer and thus into a union [with God] that can occur only on the inside”.1 
 
As we continue to refine and discuss this approach to the music at Mass, it will be helpful to learn a few musical terms. Our music director, Rachel Dugan, has provided us with the following: 
 
Say What? Music terms you may not know:
Schola: a group of musicians who specialize in liturgical music Choir: an organized group of singers, particularly one that takes part in church services 
Motet: a short piece of sacred choral music, typically polyphonic and unaccompanied Unaccompanied: singing without instruments 
Polyphony (polyphonic): the style of simultaneously combining a number of parts, each forming an individual melody and harmonizing with each other. 
 
Let us continue to pray for The Sunday Mass Experience Team as they lead us to create the conditions for the faithful to more powerfully encounter the Lord at our parish Mass. 
 
Yours in Christ, C.Y. Suellentrop and the Sunday Mass Experience Team 
 
1 “‘In the Presence of the Angels I Will Sing Your Praise’: The Regensburg Tradition and the Reform of the Liturgy” from J. Ratzinger, A New Song for the Lord: Faith in Christ and Liturgy Today.

October 29, 2017

I am pleased to provide you with this update on the Parish Priority Plan and its progress. This update represents an outpouring of perseverance, prayer, and planning. It is clear the Holy Spirit is at work within our parish. For any plan to work, it must be reviewed regularly. this article provides some accomplishments since the Parish Priority Plan was first published. 

Cultivating the Spiritual Life – The goal of this priority is to encourage those habits that lead us to experience the deep joy of encountering the Lord through a better prayer life. In response to this basic need for prayer, Father Jirak is offering a morning retreat entitled “Father, Teach Me How to Pray!” on Saturday, December 9th from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Your relationship with Jesus Christ will be deepened by practicing Lectio Divina, St. Ignatius Examen prayer, and other forms of prayer. In addition, on Wednesday evenings during Advent, Father will teach us the ancient practice of Night Prayer, more information to follow. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, the Cultivating Spiritual Life team hosted a special showing of the movie on Our Lady of Fatima on Friday, October 13th. The evening was so successful that we are in the process of planning more movie nights. 

Enhancing the Sunday Mass Experience – We hope to create the conditions for the faithful to more powerfully encounter the Lord at our parish. We have recently trained new Mass Captains. The Mass Captains program provides direction for the younger servers and ensures that the liturgy runs more smoothly and orderly, eliminating distractions which inhibit prayer. A specific goal of the Parish Priority Plan is to attain 1400 parishioners. We are currently averaging about 1470 Sunday Mass attendance. Only approximately 46% of our parishioners are attending Mass at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament. Although our obligation is fulfilled by attending any parish, there is added significance and fruit by worshiping with our parish family, and as Catholics our faith is not individualistic but rather has a very tangible communal element. 

Living the New Evangelization - The goal of this priority is to equip Blessed Sacrament parishioners with the skills needed to share their faith in an inviting and compelling way. 94 parishioners just completed the Discover Christ series. Following Christ, the 7-week series began October 25th. Following Christ helps one to grow in his/ her relationship with Jesus Christ. It is accomplished by praying together, teaching, and supporting one another. Following Christ equips Catholics for the essential work of evangelization and provides a great opportunity for parishioners and guests to encounter Jesus and to grow in this personal relationship. It is also a way that our parish can begin to create conditions to becoming an evangelizing community. It’s not too late to join. Please call or stop by the parish office for more information. 

For our Parish Priority Plan to bear fruit, we need to be reminded that the plan will require the commitment, energy, and partnership of ALL parishioners. Please prayerfully consider any area that you can offer support and participation. We must believe that our parish will grow stronger through the relationships we build with God and each other in fulfilling our Vision. 

Please continue to pray for God’s blessing on this plan as we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. 

Yours in Christ, C.Y. Suellentrop

 

August 27, 2017

This year’s stewardship renewal poster is both a silhouette of a young man on his phone and a silhouette of Saint Peter with his fishing nets. Peter has chosen to follow Jesus; but the young man is distracted. Distractions are everywhere in our society today. What is distracting us from following Jesus? Who are you following? Stewardship is gratefully recognizing and receiving this invitation to follow Jesus, and then sharing our life with others, just like Peter. 

"Who are you following?” That is the theme of this year’s stewardship renewal. This question relates to the one Jesus asks in today’s Gospel: Who do people say that the Son of Man is? I bet most of us would say that we are following Jesus. But who do you say that Jesus is? How do you know Jesus loves you? Stewardship requires that we know, love, and serve God. Before we can love or serve Him, we must first know Him. Discovering Christ is a seven-week experience where anyone and everyone is invited to get to know Jesus Christ. Some of the weekly topics include: “Why does Jesus Matter?”, “What Does Jesus Want Us to Know?”. Discovering Christ starts this Wednesday, August 30th at 6:00 PM in the Bishops Hall. For more information or to register, please call the parish office or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

The Bible Timeline is a Catholic Bible study that can help anyone to make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. e study takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history, so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. e Bible Timeline has helped hundreds of thousands of people to have a better understanding of the Bible and a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. e study will include a series of twenty-four videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a lively group discussion. Blessed Sacrament will begin The Bible Timeline on September 11th at 7:00 PM. For more information or to register contact Jody Elson at 402-690-9222 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July 30, 2017

I recently had the privilege of taking a pilgrimage to Fatima. My knowledge of Fatima was very limited. I knew that Mary had appeared to three young peasant children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinto. That was about it. To prepare, I read Fatima for Today. I thought I was prepared. 

What I experienced shocked me! On the first day as we reached Fatima I could not stop myself from running to the exact place where Mary appeared. Everything I read came alive. To stand where Mary appeared only 100 years ago was very powerful. I was so moved that I Face-timed each member of my family so they could experience it as well.  

That same evening my group participated in the rosary procession where several thousand people recited the rosary. Some were processing, some kneeling and praying. I was really moved by all these people from all over the world praying in perfect harmony. There were so many languages, races, and cultures all praying in unison in devotion to Our Lady. I was weeping. I had only known of the Universal Church in abstract terms, but this gave me the opportunity to see the big picture. 

What I left with was “the message” - prayer and penance. The Blessed Virgin Mary tells us the easiest way to show our devotion to her and practice our faith is by praying the rosary every day. I couldn’t help but thinking of our Parish Priority - Cultivating our Spiritual Life and asking myself: “Why don’t I pray the rosary every day?” The rosary is a beautiful prayer that awakens our spiritual life when prayed daily. Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary can become real if we imagine and think about the meaning of each individual mystery as we pray them. 

Praying the rosary has changed the course of history. I am confident that it can change the course of my life too! I encourage us all to pick up our rosaries. Pray. It will help us all. It will bring us closer to God.

Prayerfully yours,

CY Suellentrop

 

June 25, 2017

Want to experience something life changing? Join other parishioners encountering the love of God through the series Discovering Christ, which begins on August 30th. Discovering Christ is a 7-week experience where anyone and everyone, from the baptized in the pews to the unbaptized, is invited to hear the Good News and personally encounter Jesus Christ. is series is part of our Living the New Evangelization Priority. The goal of which is “to equip Blessed Sacrament parishioners with the skills needed to share their faith in an inviting and compelling way.” 

What others are saying about Christ Life…. “I have been a member of Blessed Sacrament for at least 40 years. I probably didn’t know at least 98% of the people in our parish. ! ey were just faces with no names. I always viewed everyone in church as being there for themselves. Since Christ Life, I feel a closeness to the people that before wasn’t necessarily there. It’s exciting for me to meet and build new friendships. Blessed Sacrament is no longer a place where I went to church with a bunch of people I didn’t know. We are a “FAMILY” coming together to worship our God. We can’t be Catholic by ourselves. Christ Life has lit a fi re in me and has challenged me to reach out to others.” Phil Carrillo 

“Christ Life gave me the opportunity to get to know my fellow parishioners on a more personal level, deepen my relationship with Christ, and provided valuable information on how to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. It has truly changed my life and given me the courage to reach out to others to encourage them and pray for them!” Susan Hitt

Each evening consists of a delicious dinner, a video, and small group discussion. You won’t want to miss this. Registration forms are available on our website, in the parish offi ce, or in this week’s bulletin (page 8). To learn more about Christ Life, please contact the parish offi ce (682-4557) or reach out to these parishioners that have completed all 3 Christ Life series (Discovering Christ, Following Christ and Sharing Christ). 

 

June 2016

News from our Parish Life Coordinator

  For our Parish Priority Plan to bear fruit, we need to be reminded that the plan will require the commitment, energy, and partnership of ALL parishioners. We must believe that our parish will grow stronger through the relationships we build with God and each other in fulfilling our Vision of “Creating Disciples and Living the Stewardship Way of Life”. 
 
Please continue to pray for God’s blessing on this plan as we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. I am pleased to off er opportunities to assist you in living out our Parish Priority Plan and Living the New Evangelization, Cultivating your Spiritual Life and Enhancing your Sunday Mass Experience. 
 
Forming Intentional Disciples Book has become one of the most talked about books of the decade in Catholic parishes across the country. ! is book connects seamlessly with Pope Francis’ call for evangelization and our Parish Priority Plan. Study group sessions are being formed to discuss the book, provide you with tools and resources to “break the silence”, initiate conversations, share your story of faith and begin walking the path of discipleship together. Prayerfully consider joining a 6-week study group on Wednesdays at 7:00 AM or 6:00 PM in the Bishop Gerber Room, beginning June 7th
 
Opening the Word is returning! Imagine coming to Mass each Sunday aware of the readings and how they apply to your daily life! We can greatly enhance our Sunday Mass Experience if we are spiritually prepared each week. It happens when we read Sunday’s readings ahead of time, and make this part of our personal prayer. Opening the Word is a program that offers prayers and insights into the Sunday readings through videos, personal prayer journals and small group discussions. ! e weekly video is designed to facilitate thought and discussion for personal faith formation. Prayerfully consider joining Opening the Word programs on Sundays at 8:00 AM or 10:00 AM in the Bishop Gerber Room, led by Deacon Schibi beginning June 11th
 
Signs are available in the parish office, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on our website

April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017 Parish Life Coordinator Update


I am pleased to provide this update on the Parish Priority Plan and its progress.  This update represents an outpouring of perseverance, prayer, and planning.  It is clear the Holy Spirit is at work within our parish.  

Cultivating the Spiritual Life – The goal of this priority is to encourage those habits that lead us to experience the deep joy of encountering the Lord through a better prayer life. There may be no purer form of prayer and expression of stewardship of time than Eucharistic Adoration.  This hour Jesus wants you to spend with Him is spent any way you want. You may bring your own prayer books, use the books in the chapel, read the Bible, pray the rosary, or just sit and relax and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from simply being in the Presence of God. You may feel that you can’t pray well. Don’t let this discourage you. The mere fact that you take time out at a specific time each week to spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament pleases Him very much and is in itself a prayer of great faith. Please remember that Perpetual Adoration in a parish is not just for a day, a week, a month, or a year. Rather, it is for always. It is not temporary, but ongoing, lasting, permanent.  Jesus waits for us in the Adoration Chapel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Can you give one hour?   Please consider committing to an hour each week.  Sign ups are available at the entrances of the church, on our parish website, or by calling the parish office. 

Living the New Evangelization - The goal of this priority is to equip Blessed Sacrament parishioners with the skills needed to share their faith in an inviting and compelling way.     If you are interested in knowing more about how to transfer our faith to future generations, please consider joining a group reading: Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell.  This 6 week book study provides tools and resources to “break the silence,” initiate conversations, share the story of faith, and begin walking the path of discipleship together.  Stop by the parish office to pick up your copy of the book and weekly reading assignment.   Start date, time and location to be announced soon. 

Enhancing the Sunday Mass Experience – We hope to create the conditions for the faithful to more powerfully encounter the Lord at our parish.  Deepen your understanding of the Sunday Readings and how they apply to your everyday life by joining the Opening the Word Scripture Study Groups.  Study Groups will be held Sundays starting June 4th at 8:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. (Locations announced later.)  All materials will be provided to you each Sunday or visit FORMED.org* (parish code 3MKD43) and experience Opening the Word on your own. 

For our Parish Priority Plan to bear fruit, we need to be reminded that the plan will require the commitment, energy, and partnership ALL parishioners.  Please be mindful of any area where you can offer participation.  We must believe that our parish will grow stronger through the relationships we build with God and each other in fulfilling our Vision of “Creating Disciples and Living the Stewardship Way of Life”.  Please continue to pray for God’s blessing on this plan as we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us.

Prayerfully yours,
C.Y. Suellentrop

 

March 26, 2017 Parish Life Coordinator Update

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