Welcome to Blessed Sacrament Parish
On behalf of the parish staff and members of the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament, welcome.
As disciples of Jesus Christ it is the Eucharist that binds us together as one community of faith. As part of the Body of Christ, we share in the mission of Christ on the East Side of Saint Paul. We seek to grow in our faith that we may live out in communion with and according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church the goals of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis; to make the name of Christ known and loved and by this to foster Christian truth and love.
We invite you to celebrate the Eucharist with us which is offered every day of the week and to be an active member through participation in our various programs. Part of our journey in faith is lived out in being generous stewards of God’s blessings by offering our time, our gifts and our financial support to help promote the vision and programs of our parish community. Your presence, however, is most cherished
There are many different opportunities available within the parish to volunteer and share your time and gifts for the greater glory of God. You can contribute to our liturgical life by singing in the choir, by serving as a reader, extraordinary minister of the Eucharistic, or maybe you have a child who could participate at Mass as an altar server. You can participate in our Pastoral Ministry by visiting parishioners who are sick, hospitalized, elderly, or homebound. You are welcome to break away from the busyness of your daily life and spend some quiet prayer time in our Adoration Chapel, or even commit to an hour a week at a regular prescheduled time. Other programs and events will be announced from time to time in our weekly parish bulletin.
As a part of our commitment to Christ as his disciples we strive to offer opportunities to grow in faith through catechetical events and programs for both children and adults. The largest program of our Faith Formation is our Religious Education for children (offered during the school year on Wednesday evenings) but we offer faith enrichment for adults as well with various events that promote both spiritual and catechetical growth.
Newcomers? We invite all who are interested in the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament to contact the parish office.
We Are All In Transition And Your Help Is Needed!!!!
As we prepare for the closure of Blessed Sacrament Church site the Transition Committee will be sharing important information with all parishioners as well as seeking your help as we prepare for this transition. Here are some updates:
Please mark your calendars/schedules with the following important dates:
The two last Masses at the Blessed Sacrament site will be:
Saturday, January 10, at 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 11, at 9:30 AM
(No Sunday Mass at the St. Thomas site on Sunday January 11)
As final plans for the Sunday Mass and Leave-Taking Ceremony are developed we will keep you informed. Hopefully the weather will be mild that day which will make the car procession of parishioners over to St. Thomas the Apostle a bit easier. (These details have yet to be worked out.) Once the procession and parishioners arrive at St. Thomas a light lunch will be served.
Presently the Transition Committee is in the process of gathering pictures, stories and memorabilia from parishioners to share about both sites. As we move forward in planning the closure of Blessed Sacrament Church site we know there are many stories and pictures to share as we celebrate the many years of wonderful service that was provided and shared by parishioners.
We encourage you to help us in this project. Please contact a member of the Transitional Committee or call the parish office. We are interested in your stories, pictures and/or memorabilia of the history of each parish site. Old pictures need to be labeled indicating what the picture is and the name and address of the person wanting the picture back.
We are also looking for a “tech minded volunteer” who can put together a video presentation of the memorabilia. Please call the parish office if you might be that person or are willing to work with that person to sort through the pictures and put them in a meaningful sequence for everyone to enjoy.
Transitional Team members are: Nancy Burns, Kathy Ebert, Angela Florin, Sue Kronschnable, Lloyd Maus, Karen McGahn, Carol McKenna, Deacon Jerry Saladin, Bev & Bob Schmitz, Garry Stucci and Fred Yekaldo.
Talking Points from October 29, 2014
Transitional Committee Meeting
We’d like parishioners to help identify people who may be interested in coming to the closing Mass and celebration and invite them to attend.
The committee recommended ads be placed in the Catholic Spirit and local newspapers inviting people to the closing Mass & celebration.
Please send us any stories, pictures or memorabilia of the history of each parish site so we can share our stories with each other of the history of each site.
Old pictures need to be labeled with what the picture is and the name and address of the person wanting the picture back.
We need tech minded volunteers to help put together a video presentation of the memorabilia.
Recommend that tours of the St. Thomas site be offered the weekends of Dec 13 & 27 after the Saturday evening and the Sunday 10:30 Masses for those who are interested.
We would like to plan a celebration to follow the closing ceremony on Jan 11th.
Parish of the Blessed Sacrament Transition Committee Meeting of October 15, 2014
Communication to the Parish
The first meeting of the Transition Committee was held Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The meeting started and ended with prayer. The purpose of this committee is to make recommendations to Father DeGrood for the combining of the two parish sites into one site. Items that were identified as high priority are: starting a transitional prayer to be recited at both sites; keeping the parish members informed as to the progress of this committee; the final Mass at the Blessed Sacrament site on January 11, 2015; an inventory of all the items at the Blessed Sacrament site and what will happen to those items; the moving of the Adoration Chapel; and developing a timeline of tasks related to the transition.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
Members of this committee are: Nancy Burns, Cathy Coleman, Kathy Ebert, Angela Florin, Sue Kronschnable, Lloyd Maus, Karen McGahn, Deacon Jerry Saladin, Bev & Bob Schmitz, Garry Stucci, and Fred Yekaldo.
If you have any questions, ideas or comments please contact a committee member.