This Week at Blessed Sacrament
Do you think
there must be more to life than work, worry, hustle, and anxiety?
Would you like to have more peace in your life?
Is God calling you to something more but you’re not sure what that means?
Are you a non-Catholic married to, or marrying a Catholic?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, exploring the Catholic faith may be for you. At Blessed Sacrament we offer a way for you to explore Catholicism that respects who you are and the journey of faith you’ve already lived. In a communal setting we will help you to understand what Catholics believe, how we live as a community of believers, how we worship, and how we interact and serve the wider world. In better understanding those things you may find that you better understand what God is calling you to.
The process we follow is known by the acronym
, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Led by lay ministers and clergy, some of who have been through the same RCIA process, we make sure you get all your questions about Catholicism answered. We pray, we share each other’s joys and sorrows, and we look for God’s hand in all things.
The RCIA is sort of apprenticeship in the Catholic faith. It combines a weekly evening meeting with Sunday Mass. Whether you are unbaptized or were baptized in another Christian faith tradition, we’re all God’s children and you will be welcome at Blessed Sacrament. Our first meeting for the fall session will be in the rectory basement (through the glass door facing Walnut Street) on September 9 at 7 pm. If you would like more information about RCIA, please call our lay coordinator, Bob Vincent at 217-523-4335 or email
Bob Vincent wrote the above invitation to our RCIA fall program but if you know a friend or family member who could benefit from this, offer them your personal invitation. Over the past 40 years, I have witnessed many people come through this process. Not only did they learn what the faith teaches, but they heard and shared how Catholics live out this faith in today’s world. Finding a deeper peace in life comes from building a stronger relationship and commitment to Christ. If your faith makes a positive difference in your life, wouldn’t it make sense to share it with someone you love.
Blessed Sacrament is looking to form a
junior high youth group
for grades 7-8. (ages 12-14) Our plan is to meet bimonthly on Sunday evenings for faith, fun, fellowship, and food. We could use some adult volunteers to help. If you are interested, let me (Fr. Jeff) know. I would be happy to fill you in on the details. This group would be open to any youth from the parish in that age category. Watch the bulletin or website for more information.
Plan ahead: drop off used uniforms in the school vestibule on Sunday, August 1st.
Watch Weekend Mass HERE
on Thursday, July 15 at 2:00PM