News, Pastor's Note

Pastor’s Note 3/29/20

Catholic Charities Appeal continues. When mailing your donation cards and checks to the parish office, please remember to include in the check memo our parish number “0507.” Thank you for your support of this needed cause.

  Msgr. McCarthy and I continue to celebrate Masses daily for intentions scheduled in our parish bulletin, but without a congregation.  The Pastor always celebrates one Mass each week for the particular intention of all living and deceased parishioners of Blessed Sacrament. 

  Due to the NYS directive for all non-essential businesses to work 100% from home, our PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED until further notice.  Phone messages, emails, and mail continue to be screened daily.  One can leave a direct message for the Pastor at 834-4282 ext. 408.  The emergency cell phone number is also listed there. 

  Our CHURCH REMAINS OPEN every day for individual prayers including weekends, from 12 pm – 4 pm, pending any future schedule updates.  Please ONLY use the chapel entrance or the main church entrance to enter.  The other doors are locked from outside.  All church and chapel door knobs, door crush bars, sinks, and toilets, are disinfected daily.   
  Please only use the restrooms adjacent to the chapel entrance for the time being.  For safety, try not to touch any surfaces with a bare hand, but with a tissue, glove, or part of your clothing.  The tops and edges of all church and chapel pews were disinfected with commercial sanitizer on March 21st.  When coughing or sneezing, do so in a tissue or bent elbow clothing.  Seniors over 60 or anyone with underlying severe medical conditions are strongly advised to continue to self-isolate at home for their safety. 
  For more timely announcements, which should be coming every few days or so in the weeks to come, please make sure to subscribe to the current parish emailing list of over 280 parishioners.  It can be done by sending a “Please add me to BSC Parish email list” line to bsctonanwada@gmail.com

We invite people to submit or resubmit the names of the seriously chronically sick or terminally ill or requiring general anesthesia for surgery to the bulletin’s “Praying for the Sick” list.  Please contact the Parish Office by emailing bsctonawanda@gmail.com or by calling 834-4282.
  New digital and online forms of prayer and spiritual inspiration, education, and support will inevitably evolve in the next weeks and months.  John Rozak, our parish Trustee and an ardent Divine Mercy devotee, invites all to join him in a live reading of the Diary of St. Faustina on Sundays at 11:30 am for our Church and our World.  He will lead it via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/maryrozak. Feel free to share this with others, for we need to engage in prayer more than ever.

  Since we cannot easily come to be united with Jesus in Holy Communion at Mass, the Risen Christ will come to our streets.  I plan to walk or be in a slowly driven van with Jesus in the monstrance within the boundaries of our parish.  No one would be following or congregating.  People of faith would be invited to stand in front of their porches, driveways, open doors, or even in windows. They could genuflect or bow and bless themselves and say a short prayer of Adoration and Thanksgiving.  Perhaps pray the Rosary or the Chaplet.  We invite people to send an invitation to come by a particular home, especially with the sick or homebound, or a specific street or neighborhood, and to bless them with the Eucharist. Please send a note or email to the office with a name, address, and contact number, if desired.  I will do the walk and/or drive during Holy and Easter Weeks, between Palm Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday, weather permitting. 

  Please remember our parish in your ongoing prayers and weekly or monthly financial support.  We depend on this now more than ever, considering there is no regular Sunday offertory collection. Please visit our parish website for options of EFT direct debit or PayPal giving at https://bsacramentchurch.com/give
   Practice social distancing.  Wash your hands often.  Boost  
your immune system – please see page 5 of the bulletin. 
   Fear not.  Christ is in charge.  Trust in Jesus.

Fr. Matt