As a parish, we are committed to working together to make Jesus Christ known, loved and served in our families, throughout the Hibbing community and in the world. We are also committed to live as the Lord taught, drawing inspiration from the scriptures and strength from the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Our parish strives to nurture spiritual growth, share the gifts God has given us, and invite others into a relationship with Christ.
We are One Body, One Spirit in Christ.
- Father Gabriel Waweru, Pastor
- Father Jeremy Bock, Associate Pastor
- Jessica Koland, Parish Secretary
- Susie Marchetti, Business Manager
- Mary Wanhala, Outreach Ministries
- Daly Myers, Youth Minister
- Deacon Grant and Deb Toma, Family Faith Formation
- Jen Steinbrecher, Sunday School
- Sue Schwartz, Liturgy/Eucharistic Adoration Coordinator
- Lorri Frankson, Funeral Luncheon Coordinator
Ash Wednesday Masses
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule:
7:00am CYA Mass ; 9:00am;12:05pm; 6:30pm
Lenten Soup Suppers
Lenten Soup Supper! 4 - 6pm St Leo's Hall, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26th
Tomato Basil Soup, Cabbage Soup, Wild Rice Soup, Clam Chowder
Suggested donation $5.00 Adults, $3.00 for children 10 and under with a maximum of $20.00 for a family. Take out available, please bring a container. Preparation for the soup suppers will be held following 9:00am Mass on all Wednesdays during Lent, beginning February 26th! If you would be able and willing to lend a hand please come to the school kitchen. There will be a potluck lunch served to all workers.
Lenten Fish Dinners
Knights of Columbus Fish Dinners. The Knights of Columbus will be hosting our first Lenten Fish Dinner in St. Leo’s Hall from 4:30pm to 6:00pm on Fri., Feb. 28th and each Friday this Lent. Breaded Pollock and Lemon Pepper Cod, coleslaw, garlic mashed potatoes, bread sticks and a cookie will be served. The cost $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for children K-12, under 5 eat free, with a Family Max of $35.00. Take outs available! Come join us for fellowship and a great meal! The public is always invited!
10th Annual Parish Funspiel
The 2020 Blessed Sacrament Family Funspiel will be held on Sun., March 8th at the Hibbing Curling Club. $40/Team with a guarantee of two games. Lunch, Beverages and Snacks Provided! Team draws are at 11:30am & 2pm, 12:45pm & 3:15pm. Clean shoes must be worn (no street shoes), and please wear warm clothing! Register at the Parish Office or Hibbing Curling Club 218-262-2841. Sign up sheets are at the entrances of the church. No experience necessary!
Men of Faith Conference
Men of Faith – Men on Fire The 9th annual Men of Faith conference is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 29th at Marshall School in Duluth. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, our featured speaker, is dedicated to spreading the knowledge, love and practice of the Roman Catholic faith. Deacon Harold is known as the “Dynamic Deacon” throughout the world and is co-host for radio shows “Morning Glory” on ETWN and “Living Stones” on Mater Dei Radio. He is author of the book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality. The registration fee is $30 per person through February 17th and $40 February 18th and after. Clergy, male youth ministers and Catholic school teachers are free of charge. Register at https://tinyurl.com/DuluthCatholicMen2020.
Deacon Grant Toma will be driving to the Men’s Conference and has room for those needing a ride. Please call Deacon if you would like a ride to the Men’s Conference 218-348-9703.
Women of Faith Conference
Diocese of Duluth Eighth Annual Women of Faith Conference will be held Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Marshall School. The theme this year is “Worthy”. Come join us for a faith-filled day with nationally acclaimed motivational speaker, television contributor, radio host and life activist Deby Schlapprizzi. The day will conclude with our very own, Nic Davidson who will certainly hare his perspective in an insightful yet witty way. Register now by visiting dioceseduluth.org and clicking on the Department of Marriage, Family and Life. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEAL ENDS ON MARCH 8TH. Space is limited to the first 575 participants, so don't miss out on your chance to grow!
Save the Date! Parish Family Dinner Dance
Save the Date! The Parish Family Dinner Dance will be Fri., April 24th from 5pm-10pm in St. Leo’s Hall. Dessert raffle, games, and so much more for the entire family! More information to follow.
Lenten Perpetual Adoration
Adorers needed! Lenten Perpetual Adoration begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26th and will continue through Wednesday, April 8th. There are many hours to fill! We invite each of you to join us at any time of the day or night during Lent in this beautiful devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. We would like 2 committed adorers per hour but please keep in mind as you sign up that all hours must be filled! Sign-up sheets can be found in the east link hallway by the back parking lot. If you have any questions, contact Sue Schwartz at 969-4718 or call the Parish. Please consider spending an hour with Jesus!
Lenten Retreat! All are invited to prepare your heart for Lent by attending a Lenten Retreat “Be Still and know that I am God”~ Psalm 46:10. The retreat is Saturday, March 7th at Blessed Sacrament Church from 8am-5:30pm. The retreat is hosted by the Council of Catholic Women and Blessed Sacrament Faith Formation. The day will begin with 8am Mass and conclude following the 4:15pm Mass. There will be time for confession, adoration, and reflection. The retreat will consist of talks from Fr. Thomas Galarneault and Deacon Grant Toma. Free will offering will be taken and no childcare is available. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Please call the Parish Office no later than March 3rd to register.
We will begin an afternoon Mitten Ministry Tuesday, Feb 4th at 3:30 in the Courtyard Annex to assist the needy in keeping warm during the cold winter months. Join other knitters for an afternoon of knitting and conversation during the next few months. For those who don't possess this skill, instruction will be available. Please bring size 8 needles and yarn. A BIG thank you to those who donated yarn for our new ministry! At this time, we are not in need of yarn.
Adoration Open Hours
Adoration – Open Hours
Friday - 7:00 am – ongoing - immediately - need second adorer
Friday 4am - ongoing
Please contact Sue Schwartz at (218) 969-4718 or email her at [email protected] To stay current on Adoration happenings – download Microsoft Kaizala app and join our Adorers Group using code – 10860 37584
CYA Classes: CYA Class Feb. 19th; Dinner 5:30pm-6:25pm; Fan into Flame 6:30pm-8pm
Sunday School Classes: No Class Feb. 16th; Classes resume 8:45am-9:45am on Sun., Feb. 23rd. There is a parent Meeting for all First Communicant Parents on March 1st, beginning at 8:45am in the Courtyard Annex.
The Million Dollar Fund Raiser Returns to Assumption School!
The Catholic Schools Raffle returns this winter to Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing, giving you the opportunity to turn $5 into a brand-new car or $20,000 in cash while supporting your local Catholic school.
Starting January 17, students from Assumption will join students from 89 other schools across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets. Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the opportunity to win a 2020 Buick Encore (or $20,000 in cash), a $5,000 Dream Vacation,(3) Breezy Point Resort Packages, (4) 65" 4K Smart TVs, (4) Wisconsin Dells Gift Cards,(5) Apple Watches, (6) Cabela's Gift Cards, (10) Amazon Gift Cards,(15) Visa Gift Cards. Best of all, every penny of every ticket sold stays at Assumption thanks to the Raffle’s sole sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials for the Raffle at no cost to the participating schools. Additionally, there will also be an Assumption Catholic School drawing for anyone that purchases 10 tickets under the same name. For every ten tickets purchased, one entry will be put in for prizes of $1,000 cash, $500 cash, and $250 cash! There are incentives for parents and students to sell tickets as well.
“Catholic United’s mission since our founding 142 years ago has included supporting Catholic education, and we couldn’t be happier or prouder to support our schools with the Catholic Schools Raffle,” explained Catholic United President Harald Borrmann. “Since the program started, we have invested nearly one million dollars in the Raffle because we understand how this unique fundraiser greatly benefits the students and their teachers.”
Now in its eleventh year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised over $8.5 million for Catholic schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. This year, Catholic United is challenging the 89 participating schools to collectively raise $1 million during the six-week selling period. To help reach this goal, Assumption hopes to sell enough tickets to raise $35,000.00 . The money raised allows schools like Assumption to provide tuition assistance, update technology systems, or to cover the cost of special learning opportunities like guest speakers and field trips.
Ticket sales begin January 17th and run thru March 1st. Tickets are only available at participating schools. The Grand Prize drawing ceremony takes place at 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Thursday, March 12th at the Catholic United Financial Home Office in St. Paul, MN. Raffle updates and a full list of participating schools can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CatholicSchoolsRaffle.
About Catholic United Financial Catholic United Financial is one of the largest fraternal life insurance associations in the Upper Midwest, serving more than 75,000 members in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. As a not-for-profit company, Catholic United transforms profits from the sale of life insurance, annuities and retirement products into programs that support and amplify the Catholic community’s ability to thrive and grow. Visit our website to learn more: www.catholicunitedfinancial.org.
God Bless! Mr. Gabe Johnson
2018-2019 Fiscal Year-end Report
Please click here to view the fiscal year-end report: 2018-2019 Fiscal year-end Report to the Parish.
Way to Go! Thank you to all who contributed to our 2019 UCA Campaign! We reached our goal of $112,958.47 and only had to take $7,387.54 out of operating income! God Bless all of you!
An update on the Immaculate Conception Closure
Here is an update of the Immaculate Conception since the closing on December 8th:
- A Letter of Reduction has been submitted to the Diocese to reduce the status of the church from sacred to profane—meaning it can be used as a secular space. This reduction gives us the ability to make decisions on how to proceed with the church building. No formal response has been received.
- Requests have been sent to local appraisers and realtors for bids on appraising the property, as well as, requesting formal presentations of how they would suggest marketing the two properties should we decide to sell.
- Kitchen items have been inventoried and categorized by: keep for use, sell, or broken and thrown out.
- Items from the church and sanctuary have been earmarked for the Side Lake Chapel.
- All sacramental items have been brought over to Blessed Sacrament for safe keeping and to be used with Sunday liturgies.
As more developments happen, we will keep you informed.
Immaculate Conception Church Closure
Immaculate Conception Church is now closed. Please join us for 8am Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church. This Mass will be broadcast live and re-broadcast during the week on Wednesday at noon and Thursday at 10am.
For a history of Immaculate Conception Church, please click here: "Built by Living Stones with a Vision of Heaven" A History of Immaculate Conception Church
Prayer for a New Bishop
We Remember Bishop Paul Sirba
Bishop Paul David Sirba, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, MN, beloved shepherd of the people of the Diocese of Duluth, dear son, brother, uncle and great-uncle died of apparent cardiac arrest at his home in Proctor, MN on Sunday morning, December 1, 2019, the First Sunday of Advent.
To honor the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ as carried out by Bishop Paul D. Sirba, memorial gifts may be sent to:
The Diocese of Duluth
2830 East Fourth Street
Duluth, MN 55812
Please write in the memo Sirba Memorial
or click donate at www.dioceseduluth.org
Take time to meet Christ...to know Him...to speak with Him...to adore Him. Come to him with humbled hearts. The Adoration Chapel is open: Monday from 8:30am-9pm; Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 9pm; Thursday from 8:30am through 8:00am Friday. We adore You and we praise You... because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Monday, Tuesday, Friday - 7:30 am
Wednesday - 8:30 am
Saturday, 10 am & 3 pm
Sunday 9:30 am
In need of special prayers? Please call: Nancy at 218-262-4401 or Carolyn at 218-263-4684.
Blessed Sacrament - 4:15 pm
8:00 am * 10am
+ Memorial Day through Labor Day:
BlSac/Side Lake: 10 am
Blessed Sacrament - 8:00 am
(9 am Weds. during the school year)
+ MASS IN LATIN 1st SATURDAY(each month) and all Saturdays during Lent: 8:00 am
*Friday.................8:30 am - 1:00 pm
*Beginning June 14th, the Office will close on Fridays until mid August.
Out of concern for the safety of our staff, if school is closed because of inclement weather, the parish office will also be closed.
2019 Mortgage Burning Celebration
The Parish is excited to offer wonderful and free Catholic content for everyone in the family! Movies, books, studies, and much more is here and FREE for you as a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish. Please click the link and create a user name and password using the parish code. ENJOY!
In Nov. 2015, the Parish received new Missals from JourneySongs, which is a permanent, hard cover book that includes Sunday readings for all three liturgical cycles (A, B, & C), many beautiful prayers and reflections and Rites of the new Church. We are offering Hymnal Memorials. If you would like to dedicate a book “in memory of a loved one, or to honor someone you know”, please fill out the Hymnal Memorial form and return to the Parish Office. Forms can be found at the church entrances, or please stop by the Parish Office.
Recommended donation per book: $20
Bankruptcy Letter from Bishop Paul Sirba
A letter from Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba, updating the faithful on the diocesan bankruptcy, was read in parishes across the diocese the weekend of May 4-5. The letter can be read here: Letter from Bishop Paul Sirba.