Pillar of Service News

Homeless Lunch

    Thanks to the volunteers who are serving lunch to the homeless this Sunday at Riverside Park and Naftzger Park. Naftzger Park will be closing on 5/21 for a total reconstruction of that block, so our lunch this weekend will be the last-ever homeless luncheon at this location. Blessed Sacrament (SVdP, JrSVdP, CYO and Altar Society) has probably served lunch a total of 30 times. Thanks to all the volunteers and benefactors!  And thanks very much to Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers (Maple and Ridge location) for donating over 200 hot dogs, buns, and condiments for the meal this weekend!

   Here is a thank you note from Gina Adams, who coordinated the Mother’s Day Gift Bag project again this year.  “Hello! I just wanted to send a word of thanks to all of you for participating in the Mother's Day gift bags. We delivered nine directly to clients’ homes and three of the women cried when we handed them the bag. Many of you have supported this endeavor since the beginning and do not get to see first-hand the impact you have when you purchase shampoo, nail files, cotton balls, etc... The personal note that many of you take the time to include offers encouragement to women who really need it.  We also took 13 bags to the  women living at St. Anthony Family Shelter and 16 to the Interfaith Family Inn.  The remaining few we gave to a couple of women outside of the Lord's Diner who were also extremely grateful. Thank you again for your help in making this project a reality. “ 

   God's Food Pantry will be closing for about a year and a half, while Holy Savior Parish begins the construction of their new Parish home.  In the meantime, we will continue encouraging food donations, which will be taken to Our Daily Bread food pantry.  It is located across from the low income neighborhood of  Planeview. Blessed Sacrament has supported God's Food Pantry for about 25 years and we plan to support them again when they reopen. 

    This month’s Weekend Kid’s Food Program is fruit cups.

We are called to be Peacemakers

 As Father Heiman stated in his “Pastor’s Letter” on Divine Mercy Sunday, “We are called to be peacemakers through the beatitudes Christ taught us. It is not an option; rather it is our life as disciples of Christ. If we are to be true disciples, true peacemakers, it must begin with imitating the Divine Mercy of Christ.

At the conclusion of Mass, the Sacrifice of Mercy and Reconciliation, we are commanded by God to be sent out with the peace of Christ and to bring that peace to others. This peace begins with the mercy we give to others, imitating the mercy God has given to us…May we learn to give an act of mercy through a kind word, a warm smile, or a loving act of kindness. For through forgiveness and acts of love, we imitate Christ’s paschal mystery and help establish peace”.

Better yet, we say through our actions, “Peace be with you!” As Father Heiman states, we are called to be peacemakers, and this is the primary reason that we, in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, do what we do.  That is why we respond to those who are in need.  And we not only help those within our Parish, we go to the poorer parts of the city to help. We have developed relationships with St. Anthony’s Family Shelter, Harbor House, Dear Neighbor Program in Hilltop, Guadalupe Clinic, McKinney Vento Homeless Children’s Program (USD 259), Dirty Vagabonds, other St. Vincent de Paul Conferences, and other organizations, to seek out and find the forgotten, the suffering and deprived. Thanks to the countless number of Parishioners who are either actively involved, or who support this mission with donations of needed items, or with monetary support.

Thanks very much to Paul Stadler and his son Paul, Dan Martin, Trent Oatman, Jane Schwartz, Dee Ziegert, Matt Hesse and two of his friends, who recently helped  pick up and deliver furniture on two different occasions for SVdP clients!  This was a huge help.  Just a reminder that we can always use volunteers (and trucks) to help  pick up/deliver furniture to assist clients in need. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 316.617.4000, if you are interested in being on an email list for when the need arises.  No obligation! 

The Weekend Kid’s Food Program “food of the month” for March, is Pop-Tarts. Please place donations of this food in the drop box inside the parish office.

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The Church of the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church + 124 N Roosevelt Wichita, KS 67208 + 316-682-4557 + Sacramental Emergency Phone: 316-512-2206 + parish@blessedsacramentwichita.com

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