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Sunday, May 2 , 2021
Fifth Sunday of Easter

We are a true community, encountering His TRUE PRESENCE, sharing His true love, making a TRUE IMPACT!

 

Somos una verdadera comunidad, descubriendo Su verdadrea presencia,compartiendo Su verdadero amor, ¡generando un verdadero impacto!

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Our Parish and Mission


Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
Daily Mass

Monday – Friday 8:30am
Weekend Mass
Saturday 4pm, 6pm (Spanish)
Sunday 8am, 10am, 12pm
Masses available online on our YouTube Channel.

Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 4pm
Friday 9:30am – 12:30pm
Reconciliation / Confessions
Saturday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
During Advent & Lent: Monday - Friday 9:15am - 10:00am
Eucharistic Adoration
During Advent & Lent:  Friday 9:15am (Exposition) -12:30pm (Benediction)

Horario Mission Santo Toribio Romo
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Domingo 8am, 10am
Horas de oficina
Miércoles y Viernes 2pm-6pm

GOSPEL READING: John 15:1-8

1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser. 2 Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.

Gospel Meditation
 

“Spiraling out of control,” is a phrase that can easily describe the current display of human existence. In addition to the violence, unrest, uneasiness and turmoil that are common elements of our daily news, other essential pieces are misplaced or missing. Many lack an objective center around which to order and structure their lives or a clear set of definable goals or mores to act as guideposts and life directives. It appears that “feelings” have become a “new god” and traditional structures and ideals set aside. It is almost as if history
only shows that we got this whole thing wrong and many are determined to finally set things right. The real truth, however, is that while wrongs and errors are certainly a part of our often-checkered past, it is hardly the case that all was wrong. It is not our task to rewrite the history of our lives, but to learn from mistakes that were made, and preserve the perennial wisdom at the root of our successes. Learning is an essential part of being human.
 
The question becomes, however, from whom do we learn? Some have such a hard time placing God in that position, but that is precisely where God needs to be. God is the Master Teacher from whom all of humanity learns and gets its cues. It is in and through this relationship with the Gardener of Life that we are fashioned and pruned into the people we are intended to be and can be. It is only in God that we are able to find our best selves. Sadly, many think that religion too, as well as history in general, has also gotten all this wrong. Yet, our resurrection faith tells us differently. We are reminded, today especially, that we are meant to remain in Christ as Christ remains in us. We are also reminded that Jesus, the Incarnate God, is the vine upon which we grow, the branches that flow from the source of God’s life.
 
Giving up our will to God’s can be a painful endeavor. It is not easy to set our own desires and wants aside and allow God to step in and direct and guide our growth. But this is the only way to prevent deadly weeds from overtaking us and bringing us to a place of self-destruction. God’s commandments are the very guideposts and benchmarks we need, yet many seek to remove them from all public view because they appear to limit self-expression and suppress what is considered by many to be “human freedom.” They are the only way we can find freedom, however. And, until we learn this fundamental lesson, we will continue to spiral out of control, never really knowing who we are, what our potential can be or how life really can be lived. We will not know peace.  ©LPi
 

Mass Intentions May 3 - May 9, 2021
 


 

If you would like to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Blessed Sacrament or Santa Toribio Romo (STR) in memory of or in celebration of a loved one, please come by or call the Parish Office.  Suggested donations are $20 for Daily Mass and $25 for a Weekend Mass or Solemnity.  Our Memorial Mass Association is also available if you would like to add a loved one's name to be prayed for each Wednesday for one year.  The suggested donation for our Memorial Mass Association is $30.  

New Seating Arrangements at Masses beginning May 3

 
The Diocese of Orlando has just released new guidance related to COVID-19 precautions and seating for Mass. Beginning with the morning Mass at Blessed Sacrament on Monday, May 3, all those attending in person Masses at both Blessed Sacrament and Santo Toribio Romo will be asked to seat themselves rather than be seated by a Minister of Hospitality. At BSCC, one side of the church will remain partially roped off, and the other side will be completely open and available for seating. Chair placement will remain the same at STR as we await installation of pews. Please seat yourselves where you feel comfortable while taking the safety and comfort of others into account. We enter this new phase with trust in the guidance of our Bishop and joyful hope for the future!

Budget Workshop for Ministry Leaders / Treasurers

 
Attention Ministry Leaders and Treasurers!  There will be a very important Budget Planning Workshop on Tuesday, May 11, at 6 pm in the Social Hall.  Please plan to attend!  For more information, please contact Kimberly Sikorski.  KSikorski@myBSCC.org

Saturday Morning Mass at BSCC beginning in June

 
Beginning in June (date TBD), we would like to add Saturday morning, 8:30 am Masses at our Blessed Sacrament campus.  To do this, we will need Ministers of Hospitality and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to serve at these Masses.  If you are able to help, please contact Kevin Feltmann by email (KFeltmann@myBSCC.org) or by calling the Parish Office.  We are so happy to prepare for this additional opportunity to encounter Christ’s true presence!

Vaccine Visits for Homebound Seniors

 

 
Florida is bringing COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound seniors.  For more information or to register for a vaccine, email HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com  Residents can also contact the state's COVI D-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121 for assistance.
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Exploring the Catechism, a Video Series


We are very happy to announce a brand new weekly video series for Blessed Sacrament!! Hosted by our very own Richard Ferris, Exploring the Catechism will be exposing the beauty of the church’s teachings in bite-size 5-10 minute videos. Look for these videos on our Facebook page and YouTube channel!
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Banco para Bancos / Bank for the Benches!

 
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National Day of Prayer:  May 6

 


On May 6, join the faithful across our nation in prayer!  On that day, say a special prayer for our church and for our country!

High School and Middle School Youth Group
 



May 2nd is the first Sunday of the month, so there will be Contemporary Praise & Worship and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 6-7pm in the Church.  After, the Youth Group will go to the social hall for snacks and games until pick up at 8pm. ANYONE who would like to attend Exposition and Praise and Worship is more than welcome! Join us! For more information: mybscc.org/YOUTH  
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First Communion Preparation:  May 3


First Communion Parent / Student preparation sessions began on Monday, April 26, at 6:30 pm in the Church and continue each Monday on May 3, 10 and 17.  All four Monday sessions are required.  Please mark your calendars! 

Young Adult Ministry

 


Our Young Adult Ministry program welcomes all those between ages 18-39.  Gatherings are on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Youth Center.  This Wednesday, April 28, please join us to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  For more information, visit mybscc.org/YAM
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The Backpack Program
NEEDS YOUR HELP!

 

We continue to serve our community through our outreach programs.  Please help us by continuing your generous donations! 

Supplies are running low!  The Back Pack Program has a big need for Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna Fish or Chicken in either cans or a foil envelope, Vienna Sausage, Chef Boyardee individual servings, and Ramen Noodles.  Please help!
 

We are Nearing the Goal for Our Catholic Appeal!


Thanks to the faithful generosity of over 500 donors so far, we have raised $311,382 of our $329,172 OCA goal!  We have less than $20,000 left to raise, so please take a prayerful moment to consider making a gift to this important fund.  For more information or to donate, please visit:  orlandodiocese.org/our-catholic-appeal.  Thank you!
 
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Ordination to the Priesthood, May 29


Bishop John Noonan invites the faithful to attend the Ordination to the Priesthood of three transitional deacons via livestream on Facebook and You Tube, Saturday, May 29, 10 – 11:30 am, from the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Bishop Noonan will celebrate Mass and the priestly ordination of Transitional Deacons Francisco Ojeda, Nathanael Soliven, and Blessed Sacrament’s very own, Roberto Marquez! Due to COVID restrictions the Mass of Ordination will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Orlando’s Facebook and https://www.facebook.com/orlandodiocese/ and Diocese of Orlando’s YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/orlandodiocese
 

Help Build Houses in the Dominican Republic

 
Construction missions to our sister Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana have resumed. Trips are limited to 10 volunteers due to COVID-19 safety protocols. Adults must be at least 20 years of age.  Currently the mission is building 41 houses in La Cueva. Those with construction experience are welcome. If you are interested in serving, contact the Mission Office, 407-246-4890 or email Caroline Genovesi at cgenovesi@orlandodiocese.org. Mission dates are: May 29-June 5, June 19-26, July 17-24, Aug. 28-Sept. 4, Oct. 23-30.

For Our Young Parishioners

 
Sharing the Gospel

When you go into a strange place, you like to stay close to your parents. You trust them to keep you safe.  Jesus wants you to stay close to Him every day.  Jesus is your vine. You are one of his branches. Learn His  teachings and obey them. When you stay close to Jesus and follow His commandments, God the Father will answer your prayers.
 
Prayer:  God, help me to stay connected to Jesus.
 
©LPI

Opportunities to Grow in Faith with FORMED.ORG
 

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2020 Tax Letters


If you have not received your updated 2020 tax letter, please reach out to the office. We thank you all for your patience and understanding!

Volunteers Needed: Parish Office Reception Desk, Cleaning Ministry, & Ministers of Hospitality


We are in need of many hands to do the work of God at our parish and in our community!  Please consider giving of your time in one of the following areas: Parish Reception Desk, the Cleaning Ministry or the Ministry of Hospitality at Mass. If you're interested please email Info@mybscc.org or click the button below to submit a contact form.  Thank you!
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If you already shop online with Amazon.com, you could be benefiting BSCC with every purchase! Amazon Smile is a program that benefits charities by giving a small portion of each purchase toward that organization.
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Inquiry into the Catholic Faith


Are you considering becoming Catholic or are you seeking more knowledge about the Catholic Church and its teachings? Inquiry sessions have begun to meet on Monday nights from 7-8:15 pm. These gatherings are open to people who are not baptized as well as those who are baptized Christians from Protestant or Evangelical backgrounds. We’re waiting for YOU!  For more details, please call Chris Stalnaker, DRE in the Faith Formation Office. 352-394-3562 ext. 121. FaithFormation@mybscc.org

Memorial Mass Association


Members of our Memorial Mass Association are prayed for each Wednesday for one year from enrollment.  To add a loved one's name to the Association, please stop by or call the Parish Office.  The suggested donation is $30.  Our current members are:

Bill Lynch, Robert Hard, Kathryn Fox, Carol Koster, Sylvin Damon, Ismael Perez
Lydia Santiago, Carmen Vizcarrondo, German Vera, Connie Godbold, Wayne Roth
Dawn Sobierajski , Katia A. Espinosa, Robert Gear, Edythe Gear
Myrtle Louise Gear, Jearald Jean Gear, Kathryn Lauren Gross, Caridad Farina
Roland Titus, Eve de Sales, Jose Luis Herrera, Nancy Soto, Lawrence Bergin
Daniel Boyle, Carol Ann Baker, Edward Hawkins, Elsa Ruiz, Joan McEvy
Henry Joseph Fortier, Adrian Gonzalez, Eric Boyd Hawley, Sr, Dorothy Nell Hawley
Timothy Lance, Mary E. Scharr, Calvin C. Scharr, Joseph Sutera, Luis Benavides, Daniel Perez, Edith Romero, George E Welch, Ramona Welch, Richard Olson, Olympia Olson, Sharon Gilford, Ed Grill, Walter Ross
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Remembering the Priests of our Diocese: May

On the anniversary of their passing, we remember and pray for the repose of the souls of the following priests of our diocese who have gone before us. May perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.

May 1, 2005:  Rev. John Garvy
May 6, 2013:  Rev. Patrick O’Carroll
May 17, 2005:  Rev. Edwin Pawlak
May 20, 2010:  Rev. James John MacLoughlin
May 30, 2020:  Msgr. Fachtna Joseph Harte
 
Father John W. Garvy
Father Garvy was born March 16, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois. He studied law, worked as an attorney and in real estate.  He married and had 4 children.  He and his family moved to Florida in 1954 where he and his wife operated a real estate business. After his wife’s passing and his eventual retirement, he discerned a vocation to the priesthood. He was accepted as a candidate by Bishop Grady; he attended St. Mark’s Seminary in Kentucky and was ordained May 28, 1983. He spent four years as an associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Lakeland. He retired in 1987 and relocated to North Carolina near two of his adult children.  Father Garvy died May 1, 2005 at the age of 100.
 
Father Patrick O'Carroll
Father O’Carroll was born October 19, 1929 in County Tipperary, Ireland.  He attended St. Patrick College Seminary and was ordained June 6, 1954 for the Diocese of St. Augustine.  He served at Bishop Kenney High School, and at Bishop Moore High School; he served at Blessed Trinity in Orlando; was appointed pastor of St. Mary in Rockledge from 1963-1972. He then served as pastor at St. Joseph in Lakeland, Divine Mercy in Merritt Island, St. Teresa in Titusville, and St. Luke in Barefoot Bay. Father O’Carroll retired in 2010. He died May 6, 2013.
 
Father Edwin Pawlak   
Father Pawlak was born October 12, 1926 in Chicago, Ill. He attended St. John’s Seminary in Arkansas and was ordained April 28, 1968 for the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas. He served in parishes in Texas until his retirement and relocation to Florida.  He assisted at St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Cloud and Blessed Sacrament in Cocoa.  Father Pawlak died May 17, 2005.
 
Father James MacLoughlin
Father MacLoughlin was born April 24, 1938 in Warrenpoint, County Down, Ireland. He attended the Redemptorist Minor Seminary followed by the Cluain Mhuire Seminary.  He was ordained in the Redemptorist order on January 20, 1963. He served in New Hampshire, Washington State, and New York before arriving in the Diocese of Orlando in 1972. He was incardinated in 1978.  He served at St. Margaret Mary in Winter Park, Blessed Trinity in Ocala, St. Paul in Leesburg, St. Mary of the Lakes in Eustis, and St. James in Lake Placid before going to St. Theresa in Belleview as pastor in 1983. He was very involved with Cursillo and Kairos prison ministry. He was also a Dean and a Consultor for the Diocese. Father MacLoughlin retired from St. Theresa’s in 2006. He resided at St. Augustine in Casselberry and assisted with Masses there.  Father MacLoughlin died May 20, 2010.
 
Msgr. Fachtna Joseph Harte
Msgr. Harte was born February 21, 1930 in Killala, County Mayo, Ireland. He attended All Hallows College Seminary and was ordained July 18, 1961 for the Diocese of Yakima, Washington.  He taught in the diocese for 9 years before arriving in the Diocese of Orlando in 1970. Msgr. Harte served at Blessed Trinity in Orlando, Epiphany in Port Orange, and St. Joseph in Winter Haven. He was incardinated in 1973. He became the founding pastor of Holy Family in Orlando and was named Director of Ministry to Tourists in 1980. Under the direction of Bishop Grady, he headed a project to establish a church to serve the theme park area which eventually became the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. He received the honor of becoming Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor in 2003. He retired in 2007.  Msgr. Harte died on May 30, 2020.
 

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