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Gospel Meditation

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 25:14-30

14 "For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. 17 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, `Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.' 21 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, `Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' 23 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.'

24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, `Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' 26 But his master answered him, `You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'

Meditation: What can economics and productivity teach us about the kingdom of heaven? Jesus' story about a businessman who leaves town and entrusts his money with his workers made perfect sense to his audience. Wealthy merchants and businessmen often had to travel abroad and leave the business to others to handle while they were gone.

Why did Jesus tell this story and what can it teach us? Most importantly it tells us something about how God deals with us, his disciples, and servants. The parable speaks first of the Master's trust in his servants. While he goes away he leaves them with his money to use as they think best. While there were no strings attached, this was obviously a test to see if the Master's workers would be industrious and reliable in their use of the money entrusted to them. The master rewards those who are industrious and faithful and he punishes those who sit by idly and who do nothing with his money.

The essence of the parable seems to lie in the servants' conception of responsibility. Each servant entrusted with the master's money was faithful up to a certain point. The servant who buried the master's money was irresponsible. One can bury seeds in the ground and expect them to become productive because they obey natural laws. Coins, however, do not obey natural laws. They obey economic laws and become productive in circulation. The master expected his servants to be productive in the use of his money.

God rewards those who use their gifts for serving him and the good of others
What do coins and the law of economics have to do with the kingdom of God? The Lord entrusts the subjects of his kingdom with gifts and graces and he gives his subjects the freedom to use them as they think best. With each gift and talent, God gives sufficient means (grace and wisdom) for using them in a fitting way. As the parable of the talents shows, God abhors indifference and an attitude that says it's not worth trying. God honors those who use their talents and gifts for doing good. Those who are faithful with even a little are entrusted with more! But those who neglect or squander what God has entrusted to them will lose what they have.

There is an important lesson here for us. No one can stand still for long in the Christian life. We either get more or we lose what we have. We either advance towards God or we slip back. Do you seek to serve God with the gifts, talents, and graces he has given to you?

-Reflection by

Confessions Mon-Sat Throughout Advent.

Mon-Fri From 9:15am-10:00am & Saturdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm

Beginning on Nov. 30th, confessions will be available following daily Mass from approximately 9:15am-10:00am Monday - Friday and Saturdays from 1pm-2pm. As of November 30th confessions will be taking place in the confessionals. 

The Angel Tree (Gift Tree)

The Angel Tree will start on the weekend of November 30th and gifts will need to be dropped off by Dec. 13th here are the organizations we will be assisting!
  • Ministry of the Sick (Yellow Tags)
  • Outward sign special request (Red Tags)
  • Santo Toribio (Purple Tags) 
  • Lake Hill School (Orange Tags)     
  • Headstart (Blue Tags)
Blessed Sacrament parishioners have been incredibly generous over the years with support for the Angel Tree donating thousands of gifts and thousands of dollars to help make Christmas a little more special for children and seniors in South Lake County.

The first tree went up when John Bosco Hall was the main church for Blessed Sacrament, we didn't even have a Christmas Tree.  The 300 angels were taped to the back wall of the church and by the deadline, every angel was taken.  

With the special challenges this year, it may leave more people in need of assistance than in previous years. We ask that you consider assisting to your ability. 

  1. Choose an angle from the tree
  2. Purchase the gift listed on the angel
  3. Place the gift, with the angel attached, in the narthex of the church by Dec. 13th.

Donations for Fr. Ponce

We have been in continued contact with Fr. Ponce to help streamline the process for him since he has been unable to visit due to COVID.  We do direct deposits to his account each week.  If you are looking to send a donation to Fr. Ponce you can put cash in a sealed envelope with “Pontifical Mission Societies” on front or make a check out to the “Pontifical Mission Societies” and drop it off in the offertory or in the church office and it will be included in the weekly deposit to Fr. Ponce’s account.


Church Now Open for Private Prayer Mon-Fri!

The church building is now left open after daily Mass for personal prayer Monday through Friday from 9:30am-5pm! If you come in after mass is concluded, you’ll need to enter through the main entrance left door. Please take care to distance yourself from others while inside the church building.

Misión Santo Toribio Romo Annual Raffle

Keep your eye out in the coming weeks for ticket sales in-person or ONLINE!

Buy Tickets Online

Misión Santo Toribio Romo to
Open on 1st Sunday of Advent

STR will resume Mass Services on the weekend of November 28/29, that is, beginning the first Week of Advent. Due to security protocols and to maintain a safe environment, the number of people is limited. All who attend must wear masks. Due to the limitation of the number of people who can attend Mass we have added a Mass on Saturday afternoons in addition to Masses on Sunday mornings. The new STR Mass schedule will be:
Saturday 4pm and Sunday 8am and 10am.
The STR office will be open on Wednesday 2pm-6pm and Friday 2pm-6pm. (Following the official reopening on Nov. 28th)

Youth A/V Ministry

We’re looking for young people ages 15-25 to help with operating the Live Stream, Video shoots, photography etc. To learn more please contact Communications Coordinator, John Donahue at

BSCCW Rummage Sale

The Annual Rummage Sale put on by the BSCCW is set to take place at the end of January as it typically does, Stay tuned for more information as the event grows closer!

Altar Servers and Ministers of Hospitality Needed!

If you’re interested in volunteering at Mass please contact Marie Messner at

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Accepting Applications for New Positions at BSCC

Blessed Sacrament is looking for applicants for the following positions:
  • Receptionist
  • Custodian 
  • Communications Assistant  
Please click the link below and find the position you're interested in on the list (Make sure it says Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church)
Apply on the Diocese Website

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.

Children's Catechumenate Sessions

Parents, is your older child in need of Baptism?  The Children’s Catechumenate for ages 7 & Older will begin soon.  For more details, please call Chris Stalnaker, DRE in the Faith Formation Office.  352-394-3562 ext 121. 

Outward Sign

Our humanitarian assistance ministry is in need of the following food items:
  • Small cans of veggies
  • Snack items
  • Etc.
Please leave donations by the day chapel of the church.
Donate to Outward Sign

Stewardship for the Weekend of Nov. 8th:

First Collection: $24,505.10
Second Collection | Backpack program: $170.00

Remembering the Priests of our Diocese: November

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.
Msgr. John Caulfield, (1935 – 2013) Father Thomas Bergin, (1933 – 2004)
Father Charles C. Anderson, (1919 – 1994) Father George Moreau, (1925 – 2000)
Father James Fahey, (1924 – 1995) Father William Killion, (1921 – 1994)

Msgr. John Caulfield, (1935 – 2013)
Msgr. John Caulfield was born on January 28, 1935 in Kiltrogue, Claregalway, Co, Galway, Ireland.  He attended St. Peter’s College in Ireland, and was ordained on May 31, 1959 for the Diocese of St. Augustine.  Msgr. Caulfield served as Assistant Pastor at St. John Vianney, Orlando, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Daytona Beach.  He served as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Melbourne, and St. Joseph in Lakeland.  He served on the Teaching Staff of Bishop Moore High School and Fr. Lopez High School, and served as President of both Bishop Moore and Fr. Lopez High Schools.  Fr. Caulfield served as Administrator of Epiphany Parish in Port Orange, and Blessed Trinity in Orlando.  He retired in 2012, and died on November 3, 2013.
Father Charles C. Anderson, (1919 – 1994)
Fr. Charles Anderson was born on September 19, 1919 in New York.  He attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained on May 15, 1947 in Hartford, Connecticut for the Diocese of St. Augustine.  Fr. Anderson served as Assistant Pastor in the following parishes: St. Paul, St. Petersburg; Corpus Christi, Miami; and Church of the Little Flower, Hollywood.  He also served as Pastor of the following parishes: St. Mary of the Lakes, Eustis; St. Margaret, Clewiston; St. Joseph, Winter Haven; The Church of the Good Shepherd, Orlando; and St. Ann, Haines City.  He also was a member of the Liturgical Commission from 1961 to 1964.  Fr. Anderson retired from St. Ann, Haines City in 1978.  He died on November 9, 1994, and is buried in Westport, Connecticut.
Father James Fahey, (1924 – 1995)
Fr. James Fahey was born on September 22, 1926 in Cloonfad, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.  He attended St. John’s College in Waterford, Ireland, and was ordained on June 14, 1953 for the Diocese of St. Augustine.    Fr. Fahey had served as Assistant Pastor at St. Joseph, Miami Beach; St. Mary, Miami; and St. Joseph, Lakeland.  He also served as Administrator for the Missions in Flagler County; Palmetto and Ruskin Missions; and St. Thomas Mission, Bartow.  Fr. Fahey served on the Teaching Staff and Vice President of Barry High School; St. Petersburg; he also served on the Teaching Staff of Santa Fe High School in Lakeland.  Fr. Fahey served as Assistant Editor of the Florida Catholic newspaper, was Vice Officialis of the Diocese of Orlando for eight (8) years, and retired in 1981.  Fr. Fahey died on November 15, 1995 and is buried in Ballyhaunis, Ireland.
Father Thomas Bergin, (1933 – 2004)
Fr. Thomas Bergin was born on October 17, 1933 in Ireland.  He attended All Hallows Seminary in Dublin, and was ordained on June 17, 1962 for the Diocese of St. Augustine.  Fr. Bergin served as Associate Pastor of St. Paul, Jacksonville Beach, and then was appointed to establish a new parish, Blessed Sacrament in Sharpes, where he served as Administrator and then Pastor.  Fr. Bergin also served as Pastor of Blessed Trinity, Orlando, and Our Lady Star of the Sea in New Smyrna Beach, and retired in 2003.  Fr. Bergin died on November 17, 2004 and is buried in Tipperary, Ireland.
Father George Moreau, (1925 – 2000)
Fr. George Moreau was born on January 12, 1925 in Salem, Massachusetts.  He attended Oblate College in Washington, DC, and was ordained on June 4, 1951 into the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  He served at Bishop Fallon High School, Buffalo, New York; National Catholic Education Association, Washington, DC, and Bishop Newmann High School in Williamsville, New York.  He became Director for the Diocese of Orlando Department of Education, and served as Campus Minister for the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne.  He served as Pastor of Our Lady of Hope in Port Orange, and retired in 1989.   Fr. Moreau died on November 20, 2000.
Father William Killion, (1921 – 1994)
Fr. William Killion was born on February 14,1921 in Curramore, Kiltoom, Co. Athlone, Ireland.  He attended St. John’s College in Waterford, Ireland, and was ordained on June 13, 1965 for the Archdiocese of Miami.  He became incardinated for the Diocese of Orlando upon its creation in 1968.  Fr. Killion served as Associate Pastor at St. Clements Church, Ft. Lauderdale, and St. Anastasia, Ft. Pierce.  He served as Pastor at St. Paul, Leesburg; Our Lady of the Lakes, Deltona; and St. Timothy, Lady Lake; he retired in 1992.  Fr. Killion died on November 30, 1994 and is buried in Ireland.

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During the week beginning Monday, August 3, the Church and Parish Office will be open:
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
    9:30am - 12:30pm.

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