Parish Office Phone Number: 608-238-3471................................................ Fax: 608-238-4220
Fr. DePorres Durham, O.P., Pastor.................................................. Ext: 117 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Steve Kuhlmann, O.P., Parochial Vicar .................................Ext: 127 – email@example.com
Ed Emmenegger, Pastoral Associate ............................................. Ext: 119 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Maryann Slater, School Principal ................................ Ext: 115 – email@example.com
Kitty Maas, Director of Music and Liturgy .................................. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Jo Vitale, Director of Religious Education ...................Ext: 118 – email@example.com
Melanie Ahern, Coordinator of Youth Formation .................. Ext: 116 – Melanie@blsacrament.org
Brad Klingele, Young Adult Ministry.......................................... Ext: 124 – Brad@blsacrament.org
Andy Robertson, Maintenance Director ..................................... Ext: 145 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindy Wendt, Pastoral Administrative Assistant........................ Ext: 110 – email@example.com
Diane Jones, Bookkeeper ......................................................... Ext: 120 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 AM
Youth Mass usually every third Sunday of the month, 5:00 PM – during the School Year
Monday & Friday 8:30 AM Mass
Tuesday – Thursday 7:00 & 8:30 AM Mass
Saturday 8:30 AM Mass, 9:00 – 10:00 AM Eucharistic Holy Hour
Saturdays immediately following the 8:30 AM Mass
Communal reconciliation services with an opportunity for individual confession/absolution are offered four times a year (Advent, Lent, summer, fall)
Holy Day Worship
See bulletin for Mass times
A weekly bulletin announces upcoming events, posts assignments for liturgical ministers, publishes the pastor’s weekly letter, lists contact information for staff members, states the financial contributions to the parish, and posts Mass intentions. The deadline to submit bulletin announcements is Monday by 1:00 PM for the following Sunday Bulletin. The back page contains advertisements. For more information, contact Mindy Wendt @ 238-3471 ext. 110.
Baptisms are ordinarily celebrated each month alternating between weekend Masses and outside of Mass at 12:30 PM on a baptismal Sunday. A preparation session is required prior to the Baptism of a first child. For more information please contact Ed Emmenegger @ 238-3471 ext. 119.
Baptism, Confirmation, First Eucharist for Adults
Adults who wish to become Catholic, or to be confirmed as adults, do so through the RCIA. The letters stand for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
The process of initiation into the church usually includes a time of inquiry, and a period of catechesis and formation, the length and shape of which depend on individual circumstances. Baptism and Confirmation of adults usually is celebrated at the Easter Vigil.
A person can start whenever ready; contrary to one misconception, there is no set beginning time or ending time for preparing to become a fully initiated member of the Catholic community. Whenever a person would simply like more information, or wonders what is involved in becoming Catholic, or has decided to begin the process, at any time during the year, call Ed Emmenegger, Pastoral Associate.
Children in the grade school and in the Religious Education program prepare for the reception of First Eucharist in the second grade. For more information, please contact Mary Jo Vitale @ 238-3471 ext. 118.
Children in the grade school and in the Religious Education program prepare for the reception of First Reconciliation in the second grade. For more information, please contact Mary Jo Vitale @ 238-3471 ext. 118.
The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation normally occurs during the Junior year of high school. Preparation for this Sacrament includes large and small group sessions, and a retreat. The program begins in September and culminates at the celebration of the Confirmation Mass. Candidates meet once a month at the parish for large group sessions, and also meet once a month in smaller groups. For more information, please contact Melanie Ahern @ 238-3471 ext. 116.
Use of the Parish and Facilities for the Sacrament of Matrimony is ordinarily reserved for members of the parish, or children of members. Please contact the parish office at least six months prior to your wedding @ 238-3471.
Family members or those responsible for the liturgical elements should contact the parish as soon as possible. A meeting time will be scheduled so that appropriate readings and prayers, psalms and songs may be chosen to express the deep faith of the Church and simultaneously provide and awareness of God’s healing and saving presence. The parish priest who is presiding for the funeral will contact the parish music director who will in turn contact musicians and vocalists. Blessed Sacrament parish is generally able to coordinate funeral luncheons when funerals occur before noon. For more information regarding funerals, contact Fr. Clint @ 238-3471 ext. 117. For more information regarding funeral luncheons, please contact Joan Emmerich @ 831-5291.
Anointing of the Sick
Please contact the parish office for a priest to administer the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Communal celebrations of the sacrament are celebrated four times each year, and dates may be found in the bulletin. For more information, contact Fr. Clint @ 238-3471 ext. 117.
Religious Education K – 8th grade
The religious education program meets three Sundays each month during the school year (September – April) from 10:15 – 11:30 AM. Children receive basic catechesis in the Catholic faith and, when applicable, prepare for the reception of sacraments. For more information, contact Mary Jo Vitale @ 238-3471 ext. 118.
The Blessed Sacrament Youth Ministry Program is for all teens in grades 7-12. The program includes activities in the areas of Community Building, Prayer & Worship, Service, and Catechesis (Religious Education). Community Building includes social activities such as trip to Noah’s Ark and Kalahari, and Fun Nights and Party Bus Nights with other Westside Catholic Churches. A youth-focused Mass is usually celebrated every third Sunday of the month at 5:00 PM during the School Year. Service opportunities include the annual summer trip with Catholic Heart Workcamp, weekly help with Salvation Army, and our new initiative with St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, and Port St. Vincent. Catechesis includes Sunday morning sessions for middle school youth (grades 7-8), high school mini-sessions for high school youth (grades 9-11) on Sunday evenings, and Confirmation preparation sessions for older high school youth, also on Sunday evenings. For more information regarding the youth ministry program, please contact Melanie Ahern @ 238-3471, ext. 116.
Young Adult Ministry
Graduate students, young professionals, engaged couples, newly married couples, and those with very young children, and 18-35 year olds are all welcome. Meet other young adults and grow closer to Christ and the parish through small faith sharing communities, Bible studies, service events, educational opportunities, and social events with young adults. Or just meet Brad Klingele, who is in charge of young adult ministry, for coffee. Contact Brad Klingele here at the parish: email@example.com, 238-3471, ext. 124.
New Parent? Pregnant? Very Young Children? Play & parent, support groups & Bible studies expanding. Contact Maura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become a member of our parish you will need to attend a Morning or Evening of Welcome. During this session we will have an opportunity to get to know each other, and we will fill you in on some of the basic information about the parish. We are “family friendly;” child care will be available. You will have an opportunity to fill out the registration form. To begin this process please call the parish office and let us know when you will be coming to a Morning or Evening of Welcome, 238-3471, Ext. 110. If any of the dates are not possible for you, you can call and arrange a meeting with the pastor and a parish representative from the welcoming committee. Brochures are available in the pamphlet racks at the back of Church.
Blessed Sacrament School
Catholic values, which take their meaning from Jesus’ message in the Gospels, are the center of Blessed Sacrament School’s philosophy. Truth, peace, compassion, community, and justice reflect our Dominican tradition. These values create a safe and respectful school atmosphere. The school strives to provide a program of academic excellence within a Christian environment for 4-K through 8th grade. A variety of teaching techniques enables children to work toward their potential, experience success and see learning as a life-long process. For more information, please contact the principal, Maryann Slater @ 233-6155 ext. 115.
Blessed Sacrament Parish has joined with the neighboring parishes of Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Maria Goretti as a “cluster.” This means that the parishes will work together in offering programs and events for Catholics on the west side of Madison.
There are many opportunities for members of Blessed Sacrament Parish to grow in their faith through study programs and lectures offered by the parish, including Bible studies, the Dominican saints lecture series, lecture series on topical issues, retreats, book clubs, and more.
Pastoral Council and Commissions
Term Ending 2013 2014 2015
Greg Gisi Mary Blanchard Dan Wanish
Mary Murphey Stuart Herro Ben Schmidt
Kathy Burdulis Jan McNally Sue Cranley
Secretary Trustee: Brendan Floyd
Youth Representative: Maddie Kothe
The purpose of the Pastoral Council is to serve as the primary representative and consultative voice of the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish in dialogue and cooperation with the pastor and staff of the parish in order to promote a vibrant and faith filled parish life. The Council consists of the pastor, the secretary trustee who serves a 2 year term, nine at large members who serve staggered 3 year terms (6 elected and 3 appointed), and an appointed youth representative who serves a 1 year term. Elections for these positions are held each spring. Meetings are held monthly, September through June. All meetings are open to parish membership. The Council oversees the four pastoral commissions: spiritual life, education, community life, and human concerns. For more information contact the current chair, Greg Gisi, 608-278-6874.
Spiritual Life Commission
As a branch of the Pastoral Council, the Spiritual Life Commission assists the pastor and the parish in attaining a full, conscious and active participation of the faithful in the Mass and the prayer life of the parish. Responsibilities include collaborating with clergy and the music director/liturgist in developing liturgies and the environment, supporting the efforts of various liturgical ministries, assisting with policies for sacramental preparation, developing appropriate budgets, and planning and execution of periodic retreats/missions. For more information, contact Susan Hundt-Bergan @ 238-0176.
As a branch of the Pastoral Council, the Education Commission assists the pastor in his catechetical responsibility to provide opportunities for faith education and formation for all age groups. Responsibilities include helping the catechetical staff in formulating policy and assist in creating ideas for programs, including sacramental programs. In addition, each member serves on one of three committees that do much of the “nuts and bolts” planning – adult faith formation committee, school advisory committee, and the religious education and youth ministry advisory committee. Meetings are every other month during the school year (September through June). For more information, contact Jane Clark @ 231-0660.
Adult Faith Formation Committee
This committee plans and executes a variety of activities designed to help adult Catholics come to know about their faith, come to know God more deeply and to think critically about their faith. Programs include such activities as movie and theological discussion nights, seasonal book clubs, various Bible studies, Dominican Saints series, lecture series on topical issues, retreat days, etc. For more information, contact Amy Kothe @ 301-9878.
School Advisory Committee
This committee provides practical advice to the principal on issues pertaining to the grade school. The group seeks to develop opportunities to help school children grow in their faith and also promotes ways to help the children grow in a healthy manner in a Christian context (e.g., developing a wellness program). For more information, contact Maryann Slater @ 233-6155 ext. 115.
The athletic committee consists of the athletic director, president, treasurer, secretary, and two committee members for each grade (5-8). Committee members serve a minimum of two years. The committee meets once a month (September – May) and is responsible for finding coaches, fundraising, supervising programs, communicating information concerning athletics to families, and coordinating coaches’ meetings for each sport at the beginning of the season. For more information, contact Chris Semrow at 276-8510.
Community Life Commission
A branch of the Pastoral Council, the Community Life Commission helps support the building of community and the involvement of all baptized members into the mission of the church. This includes such things as developing various social events in parish life, promoting hospitality and facilitating communication of parish-wide events through the bulletin, parish website, etc. For more information, contact the Michelle Horton @ 695-6060.
Human Concerns Commission
As a branch of the Pastoral Council, the Human Concerns Commission assists the parish in its mission of promoting peace and working for justice within the parish community and beyond. This involves promoting events which raise consciousness about issues of justice and peace, developing outreach and pastoral care programs (e.g. bereavement ministry), providing opportunities for community service to the poor and marginalized, and oversees the variety of programs already in existence. For more information, contact John Franz @ 238-6879.
The Finance Council acts as an advisory voice of the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish to the pastor, assisting him in the administration of the parish’s resources and assets and in financial planning so as to ensure a vibrant and faith filled parish life. This includes making sure resources are available for pastoral programs, developing and monitoring the parish budget, engaging in long range planning, overseeing plant maintenance, promoting stewardship of resources by parishioners, etc. Members are appointed by the pastor to renewable three year terms with the exception of the treasurer trustee, who is elected by parish membership to a renewable two year term. For more information, contact council chair Jay Everard @ 233-3784.
Buildings and Grounds Commission
The Building and Grounds Commission is a branch of the Finance Council. It helps to maintain the property of the parish through timely maintenance, oversees construction projects, ensures appropriate property insurance and helps to arrange seasonal grounds work. For more information, contact Andy Robertson @ 238-3471 ext. 145.
The Budget Commission is a branch of the Finance Council. It assists various entities in the parish to prepare their respective annual budgets, collates budget proposals into a master budget, assists in preparing annual finance reports and works to facilitate alignment between parish finances and pastoral goals. For more information, contact Todd Argall @ 273-8852.
Endowment/ Development Commission
The Endowment/ Development Commission, a branch of the Finance Council, assists with the oversight of endowment funds and helps coordinate major fundraising efforts. For more information, contact Tom Shellander @ 274-7159 or Fr. Pat @ 238-3471, ext. 117.
The Revenue Commission, as a branch of the Finance Council, looks at weekly contributions and other regular collections to determine how to promote better stewardship. It also seeks to ensure that there is coordination between various groups
in terms of minor fundraising projects. For more information, contact Nick Reiland @ 233-8993.
Spiritual Life Ministries
The lector prepares and proclaims the readings at the Sunday Mass. Two lectors are assigned for each Mass. Initial training is required. For more information, contact Liturgy @ 238-3471.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
The extraordinary minister assists in the distribution of communion (body or blood) at the Sunday Mass. Diocesan training and commissioning is required. For more information, contact Liturgy @ 238-3471.
Welcomes and assists those who come to Mass on the weekend. This includes distributing worship aids, directing worshippers to open seating, collecting the parish offering, and distributing bulletins. For more information, contact Liturgy @ 238-3471.
Gift bearers present the community collection, as well as the bread and wine, to the celebrant. Gift bearers are typically assigned by family. For more information, contact Liturgy @
The Mass server assists the celebrating priest during the weekend Mass. This includes leading both processions and preparing the altar for celebration of the Eucharist. Boys and girls may begin serving in the 5th grade after attending an initial training session, and typically serve through high school. Two servers are assigned for each weekend Mass. For more information, contact Liturgy @ 238-3471.
Funeral Mass Server
The funeral Mass servers, typically adults, assist the celebrating priest at funeral services by leading the processions, preparing the altar for celebration of the Eucharist, and preparing the incense. Servers are contacted during the planning of a funeral. For more information, contact Liturgy @ 238-3471.
Liturgy of the Word for Children
This special separate liturgy during the first part of the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass is offered to our children from October to April. The volunteers leave with the children and conduct a “liturgy of the word for children,” during which they help the children understand the lessons from the weekend readings. For more information, contact Corinne Engelman at email@example.com.
Church environment volunteers assist in the upkeep and decoration of the worship space. This includes helping decorate the church for new liturgical seasons and special feasts. For more information, contact Fr. Steve Kuhlmann @ 238-3471 ext. 127.
Volunteers wash and iron soiled linens used in the parish liturgies (corporals, purificators, towels, etc.), and typically are responsible for 1 or 2 washes every year. For more information, please contact Liturgy @ 238-3471.
Light Housekeeping and Church Cleaning
Volunteers straighten, dust, clean, and fill holy water fonts on a two-week rotation; church cleaning is held prior to our major liturgical celebrations and includes deeper cleaning and wood care.
Several different choirs assist the community in its worship by leading in the singing of traditional and contemporary worship music. For more information, contact Liturgy @
Traditional Choir: Sings at the 11:00 AM Sunday liturgy.
Various Contemporary Groups: Rotate and sing at the 9:00 AM Sunday liturgy.
Teen/Adult Contemporary Choir: Consists of junior high/ high school students and adults; sings at the 5:00 PM Sunday teen liturgy.
Children’s Choir: Consists of children grades 1 – 8; sings the 4th Sunday of each month.
Funeral Choir: Available members sing at parish funerals.
Handbell Choir: Members practice on Monday evenings and play at various Masses throughout the year.
Cantors & Song Leaders
Cantors lead the assembly in Sunday worship by reading a brief reflection at the beginning of Mass, announcing the hymns, singing solo parts (particularly during the responsorial psalm), proclaiming the prayers of the faithful, and reading the parish announcements. Cantors occasionally sing for funerals, weddings, and other special celebrations. For more information, contact Liturgy @ 238-3471.
Instrumentalists help lead the community in worship by accompanying any of the choirs or an individual cantor. For more information, contact Liturgy @ 238-3471.
Sound board operators help maintain a balanced volume for the priest, lectors, cantors, and choirs during the celebration of the Mass. Initial training is required. For more information, contact Liturgy @ 238-3471.
Rosary Altar Society
All women are automatically members of the Rosary Altar Society and, as such, are invited to attend any meetings. The Rosary Altar Society organizes fund-raising for the Parish Bazaar and other events, sponsors retreats and missions, coordinates the Trash & Treasure fund-raiser, provides for sacramental supplies (e.g. hosts, wine, vestments, candles), and organizes receptions. For more information, contact Francie Wesley @ 231-3920.
Parents of small children are welcome to bring their children to the nursery during the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass. The nursery is located in room 22 off of the school basement (a.k.a. the friary). For more information, please contact Carla Zentmyer @ 236-4517.
Parishioners on the “prayer chain” offer to pray for those in need. If you would like to be held in prayer during a time of need, or would like to volunteer to pray, contact Janet Hogan @
Parishioners may volunteer in a number of ways at Blessed Sacrament Grade School, such as helping as aids in the classroom, supervising during recess or in the after school program, coaching Blessed Sacrament athletic teams, helping with the hot lunch program, helping in the front office, etc. For more information, please contact Maryann Slater @ 233-6155 ext. 115.
Religious Education K – 8th grade & Sacramental Preparation
Parishioners interested in working with the religious education program as catechists or in assisting with the sacramental preparation program should contact Mary Jo Vitale @
233-6155 ext. 118.
Youth Ministry 7th – 12th grade
There are a number of ways volunteers may serve in the youth ministry program: moderating small group discussions in the junior high or high school programs; teaching an elective course for the high school religious education program; joining the teens for service activities, including Catholic Heart Workcamp, Salvation Army, Port St. Vincent, and the St. Vincent Food Pantry; supervising Sunday evening basketball at the Blessed Sacrament gymnasium; or chaperoning at lock-ins or retreats. For more information, please contact Melanie Ahern @ 238-3471 ext. 116.
Parishioners may sponsor a candidate for Confirmation. Volunteers may also serve a small group leader by moderating group discussion and helping the candidates share faith experience. For more information, contact Melanie Ahern @ 238-3471 ext. 116.
Those interested in assisting with the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults can serve by sponsoring a candidate or catechumen, giving a presentation on a topic pertaining to the Catholic faith, and sharing your faith experiences with those preparing for initiation into the Church. For more information, contact Ed Emmenegger @ 238-3471 ext. 119.
Adult Faith Formation
(See “Adult Faith Formation Committee” under Pastoral Councils and Commissions)
Members of the Adult Faith Formation Committee meet once a month in order to establish, implement, and evaluate faith formation programs at Blessed Sacrament Parish. This includes selecting presenters for talks and lectures, choosing Bible study programs for the parish, selecting books for the book clubs, deciding upon a topic for a lecture series, etc. For more information, contact Amy Kothe @ 301-9878.
Association of Parents and Teachers (APT)
The APT provides opportunities for parents and school teachers to meet and discuss common goals. Parents are strongly urged to attend and give their ideas and support to APT events. Each family at Blessed Sacrament Grade School is required to volunteer for at least three APT activities each year. For more information, contact Sara Jimenez Soffa @ 271-0778, or Torrey Jaeckle @ 661-0286.
Coffee and Donuts
Individuals and families can help by setting up and serving after the 9:00 AM Mass, or by serving and cleaning up after the 11:00 AM Mass. For more information, contact Rochelle Engel @ 256-9424.
Parishioners can help set up, serve, clean up, or prepare salads and desserts for funeral luncheons held at Blessed Sacrament Parish. For more information, contact Joan Emmerich @ 831-5291.
Lunches for seniors take place in the parish center on Wednesdays, September through May. Volunteers are needed for set up, serving, and clean up. Parishioners may also help by preparing meals. For more information, contact Ed Emmenegger @ 238-3471 ext. 119.
For more information, contact Karen Gallagher @ 238-2795.
The spaghetti dinner is a parish wide fundraiser for the athletic teams at Blessed Sacrament grade school. Volunteers are needed for cooking, set up, clean up, and hosting. For more information, please contact Hank Cuccia @ 238-1827.
Each September the parish celebrates a Mass in the park, followed by a parish picnic. To help with set up, clean up, or other volunteer opportunities for the parish picnic, please contact Fr. Clint @ 238-3471 ext. 117.
Encore is a musical variety show sponsored and performed by parishioners and other volunteers. It takes place every other year in early spring. For more information, please contact Joan Rock @ 238-1700.
Parish Golf Outing
Each year the parish holds a golf outing in early fall, shotgun scramble style. For more information, contact Jim VanGemert @ 233-2493.
At the parish bazaar artisans come to Blessed Sacrament to sell goods; parishioners make and sell baked goods and other treats, including “Mound Bread”; a salad luncheon is held on Friday afternoon and another lunch is held on Saturday; a raffle is held for prizes donated by parishioners; and “Sunday Funday,” sponsored by the APT, is a time for parents and their children to enjoy a cooked breakfast and games in the church basement and friary.
Welcome meetings for new parishioners occur once every month on weekday evenings or Sunday mornings after the 9:00 AM Mass. To assist at a welcome meeting by bringing refreshments, as well as your experience as a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish, please contact Jean Heinrichs @ 238-8044.
A quarterly newsletter is published by the parish, which includes announcements for upcoming events, coverage of previous celebrations and events, and letters from the pastor and other staff members. For more information, contact Peggy Angevine @ 441-1538.
The parish maintains a website at www.blsacrament.org in order to provide general information concerning liturgies and religious education, links to archived bulletins and newsletters, calendars for parish events, and contact information for staff members and parish council members. For more information, contact Mindy Wendt @ 238-3471 ext. 110.
Volunteers help by planting seasonal flowers, weeding, watering, and mowing parts of the Blessed Sacrament campus. For more information, contact Andy Robertson @238-3471 ext. 145.
The “men’s group” meets every second Saturday of the month at 7:00 AM in the parish center to share and discuss faith. For more information, contact Mark Landgraf @ 250-1993.
Soup and Substance
Four Wednesdays during Lent parishioners gather in the evening to share a simple meal of soup and bread, as well as listen to a presentation on a particular theme. Volunteers can help by making soup for the event. For more information, contact Ed Emmenegger @ 238-3471 ext. 119.
Keeping the Connection
Parishioners write letters/send cards and help assemble and send packages to college students who come from Blessed Sacrament Parish. For more information, contact Melanie Ahern @ 238-3471, ext 116.
Luke House Dinner
Luke House offers an evening meal five days a week for those in need. Members of Blessed Sacrament Parish prepare and serve an evening meal on varying days in the fifth week of the month. For more information, contact Bill Rose @ 238-8381.
Noon Meal at Luke House
Now located at Luke House, the meal program formerly at St. Paul’s University Catholic Center serves lunch to those in need. Volunteers from Blessed Sacrament Parish serve on the fourth Monday of the month. For more information, contact Ruth Shively @ 294-9485.
The Road Home
IHN serves homeless families by mobilizing religious communities to provide shelter and meals, by working with families to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency and by raising awareness of social justice issues. Volunteers work to provide overnight shelter, three meals per day and evening activities for the families. For more information, contact Mary Johnson @ 270-9585.
Grace Episcopal Shelter
Volunteers from Blessed Sacrament parish provide dinner and breakfast on the first Tuesday night and Wednesday morning of the month for the homeless who stay at the shelter overnight. For more information, contact Donna Eaton @ 836-9732.
Our Parish supports and assists women and their families during their child-bearing years. Contact Patrice Qualey @ 226-0733, for more information about receiving assistance during adoption, pregnancy, birth and after your child is born.
Pregnancy Helpline provides emotional and material goods support to men and women struggling with the variety of issues surrounding a pregnancy. Whether someone is afraid they or a loved one is unexpectedly pregnant, already pregnant or struggling to support their children. Volunteer opportunities include answering phones for the emergency helpline, assisting families at the Sharing Center with maternity & children’s clothes, diapers and formula, refurbishing, delivering or setting-up cribs and delivering layettes to area mothers of newborns. For more information send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Multi Cultural Center
This ministry provides services meeting immediate needs, providing educational services and opportunities of offering spiritual and cultural activities to recognize and respect the dignity of each person. Some of the services provided include: Free Community Meal, Food Pantry, ESL Classes, GED Classes, various other classes, computer lab, basic health services, child care, Mass and employment services. For more information and volunteer opportunities please contact Andy Russell at 661.3512 x106, or email@example.com.
Badger Prairie Care Center
Volunteers visit and play bingo with nursing home residents every third Saturday of the month. For more information, contact Lorrie Hylkema @ 233-7103.
St. Vincent De Paul
Members of the St. Vincent De Paul Society meet monthly in order to form a Catholic community dedicated to serving the poor together. They respond to those in need by visiting people in their homes, hospitals, or other institutions; reaching out to the lonely and alienated; donating time and labor for the collection of food, furniture, and clothing; assisting at the food pantry; and helping at the housing projects of Port St. Vincent de Paul (a home for men) and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House (transitional housing for women and children). For more information, contact Tom DuBois @ 236-4116.
Blessed Sacrament parishioners assist the mission of Salvation Army by spending time with children of homeless families staying at the shelter. Every Wednesday evening (once a month during summers) a combination of adults and youth volunteer at the shelter. For more information, contact Joan VandenBrook @ 258-8005.
Project Angel Tree
Project Angel Tree assists families of prisoners during Christmas by donating gifts to the children of inmates. Volunteers are needed to help register gifts, box and sort gifts, and make home deliveries. For more information, contact Marcella Claridge @ 238-3979.
Members of the parish community visit those who are hospitalized or at home with illness or disability, to offer support and encouragement. Distribution of Communion to the homebound is available for those unable to attend weekend liturgies due to illness or disability.
You can represent the presence of Christ to members of our community who are sick, homebound, hospitalized, or living in a wide variety of local care facilities. Training is available to support these volunteers. Contact the Pastoral Associate, Ed Emmenegger @ 238-3471 ext. 119.
For changes, additions, and updates to the Blessed Sacrament Parish Ministry Book, please bring them to the attention of Mindy at 238-3471, ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.