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Since beginning my assignment here at Blessed Sacrament on July 1st, I have been continually impressed and edified by the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the parish, the desire for growing in and sharing of the faith, and the diversity of ministries and opportunities for involvement which are available here at Blessed Sacrament.  This parish is a well-oiled machine with so much life and the presence of the Holy Spirit is tangible. Of course, there is always room for improvement, but with Fr. Jirak’s leadership we are steadily marching onward to the future.

While there are many things about Blessed Sacrament that we can be proud of, there is one area that I would like to highlight—Blessed Sacrament’s online presence. As a member of generation Y, I definitely see the importance of a good website and reaching out through social media. Our website offers so many helpful tools, including but not limited to:

  • Registration forms for new parishioners, PSR, stewardship or the upcoming events.
  • The Calendar of upcoming events for both the parish and the school.
  • The bulletin, for the current week and the recent past.
  • The Pastor’s Corner.
  • Mass and confession times.
  • The prayer request line.
  • Information for our perpetual adoration chapel.
  • Information for how to contact and get involved with our various ministries and services.
  • Online Giving.
  • Podcasts with all the recent homilies from both myself and Fr. Jirak. 

The last item on the list is one that I would like to point out in particular, because over the last few months I have received a lot of requests for my homilies from people who would like to share them with friends and family. Having our Sunday homilies posted on our website is a great resource for evangelization, or to gain clarifi cation if there was something mentioned in a homily that you might not have caught, or for facilitating family discussions.

In addition to having a great website for our parish and school, Blessed Sacrament also has an excellent page on Facebook (shout out to our social media coordinator, Randi Marino!).  The Facebook page is a great way to stay up-to-date with the events of the parish; you can see pictures from weddings, baptisms and parish events, you can also see pictures and a brief description of new parishioners so that you can welcome them when you see them at Mass.  There are also short inspirational quotes from the daily readings, or the saints or the Holy Father, which can give you a nice encouraging boost in your day.

These things are a small but important part of our parish life and they can help us stay connected with our parish family and reach out to those in our surrounding community. As we continue to strive to be a parish where the faithful encounter Christ anew and emerge as his disciples to continue his mission of redemption may we be good stewards of all the gifts and resources that God has given to us.

In Christ through Mary,

Fr. Curtis Hecker

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