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.
Counting OUR Blessings Fall Raffle
Counting OUR Blessings Fall Raffle!
Please join us Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 26th for 9am Mass. Blessings to you and your family for a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for all our Parishioners.
Faith Formation Registration
Join us to celebrate the Feast St. Nicholas at the 10am Mass on December 6th. Beginning at 9:30am, there will be a Religious Education registration meeting in the Blessed Sacrament Church for children Pre-k to 11th grade. Plans for this year’s Faith Formation will be discussed. The enrollment materials and link can be found on the Blessed Sacrament Parish website the week of Dec. 1st. We will have refreshments to go, and a special appearance by St. Nicholas after Mass in the entrance hallway. (COVID protocols will be observed).
New YouTube Channel
We are working on making livestream more avaialable at the Parish. Please subscribe to our You Tube Channel and check back for updates.
Diocesan Annual Respect Life Essay Contest!
Diocesan Respect Life Annual Essay Contest! The annual Respect Life Essay Contest sponsored by the department of Marriage, Family and Life of the Diocese of Duluth has begun. The essay contest strives to promote middle- and high-school students' ability to articulate the arguments for respecting life. This year's theme is "Live the Gospel of Life." Students in middle school, grades 5-8, and high-school, grades 9-12, are eligible. All submissions should be postmarked by Dec. 18th. Prize amounts are higher this year since COVID has messed up almost everything else (1st prize is $150, 2nd is $75, and 3rd is $50). You may also see the guidelines and poster found under "Links" at https://www.dioceseduluth.org/marriage-and-family-life, or contact Betsy Kneepkens at (218) 724-9111 or [email protected] with any questions.
CHURCH HOURS: The Church will be open for prayer each week as follows: Sunday 7:30am until the conclusion of 10am Mass; Mon., Tues., & Wed.7:30am-4pm; Thurs. 7:30am-5pm; Fri. 7:30am-1pm; Saturday 8am-5pm.
MASS TIMES: Daily Mass times: Monday-Friday 8am.
Weekend Masses: Saturday 4:15pm; Sunday 8am & 10am
The Blessed Sacrament “giving tree” will be located at the front entrance of Blessed Sacrament Church the week of Thanksgiving. Please take a name if you are able, and return the WRAPPED gift, with tree tag, to the Parish Center by Tues., December 8th. Thank you!
Reminder: The State of Minnesota requires face coverings per Emergency Executive Order 20-81. Please keep this in mind when attending Masses. Thank you.
Hibbing Deanery 2020 Advent Penance Service
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.
We will have a Deanery Holy Hour from 6pm-7pm with prayers, on Tues., Dec. 1st at Blessed Sacrament Church. Please join us as we remember and honor Bishop Sirba.
Volunteers are needed for camera operator (8:00am & 10:00am Masses), cleaner (following 8am Mass), and Usher (all three Masses). If you are able to help, please fill out the following form: VOLUNTEER FORM. Thank you!
The 8am Mass is broadcast live each Sunday on local Channel 5. The Mass is re-broadcast during the week on Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10am. The 8am & 10am Masses are broadcast live on our Blessed Sacrament YouTube Channel. Please click here to tune into Mass and subscribe to our channel: YouTube Link for livestream of 8am and 10am Masses.
Christmas Food Baskets
CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS Non-perishable canned goods, cereals, baking supplies are needed for Christmas food baskets. Please check expiration dates– no expired goods. Please place items in the wooden boxes at the Church main entrance or bring them to the Parish Office. Thank you!
- Father Gabriel Waweru, Pastor
- Father Jeremy Bock, Associate Pastor
- Susie Marchetti, Business Manager
- Jessica Koland, Parish Secretary
- Mary Wanhala, Outreach Ministries
- Deacon Grant and Deb Toma, Family Faith Formation
- Jen Steinbrecher, Sunday School
- Sue Schwartz, Liturgy/Eucharistic Adoration Coordinator
- Lorri Frankson, Funeral Luncheon Coordinator
Friday....8:30am - 1:00pm
Fr. Gabriel's bulletin article for Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Please click here to read Fr. Gabriel's bulletin article for Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: Bulletin article Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Nov. 21st & 22nd.
Family Life Care Center Assistance
Our Hibbing Family Life Center, formerly known as Options for Women, has been hard hit financially due to the Coronavirus. The services they provide are dependent on the generosity of people committed to life and on fundraisers. Both venues have been severely hampered or curtailed during this crisis. In order to even keep their doors open, they are need of financial assistance, as well as baby items such as diapers, wipes, formula, etc. They counsel women contemplating abortion, help families with baby necessities, and provide parental education in the Learn to Earn Program. The message on their website is, "If you are unsure where to turn, we will walk with you. If you need baby items, we will share. If you want to talk, we will listen, If you are feeling alone and scared, we will be there". Please be there for them in this time of emergency. Donations can be dropped off in person from 10am-1pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 802 E. Howard St. Hibbing. Or, you may call them 262-5768 for questions.
Important update! Access to Parish Offices: Now that school is in session, please use Door 2 or Door 3 on 7th Ave to gain access the parish offices. Door 10 from the parking lot may also be used, but you will need to walk through the courtyard or around through the church to the other link. The doorway into St. Leo's Hall will remain locked. St. Leo's Hall is temporarily being used as the school cafeteria to socially distance our students.
2019-2020 Fiscal Year-end Report
Please click here to view the fiscal year-end report: 2019-2020 Year-End Financial Report July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.
In need of special prayers? Please call: Nancy at 218-262-4401 or Carolyn at 218-263-4684.
Diocese of Duluth ~ Letters to the Faithful
Blessed Sacrament - 4:15 pm
8:00 am * 10am
Side Lake Chapel Mass at 10am (through Labor Day)
Blessed Sacrament - Monday -Friday 8:00 am
+ MASS IN LATIN 1st SATURDAY(each month) and all Saturdays during Lent: 8:00 am
Mass Sign ups are no longer required
Effective the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 12th & 13th), Mass sign up is no longer required.
Please note: Sunday Mass will be broadcast live each Sunday at 8am on HPAT.org or Channel 5. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is dispensed.
What Can I Expect During "Phase 2 Liturgy during the Pandemic"?
A letter was sent May 20th, detailing what to expect upon returning to public Mass. To view this letter, please click here: What Can I Expect During "Phase 2 Liturgy during the Pandemic"?.
In order to safely return to Mass, we are asking for volunteers to assist in the areas of Security, Greeter/Usher, and Cleaning team following Masses. If you are interested in helping with the return to Mass, please call the Parish Office 262-5541.
Updated Protocals for Public Masses
Please click here for updated protocols for public Masses: Updated Protocols for Public Masses dated May 23, 2020.
Return to Public Mass
The illustrations show what the Church will look like with our limited return.
Return to Public Mass ~ Think in terms of Households for seating and Communion
As we return to public Mass for sign up, seating and communion we will have to get use to thinking in terms of Households. Social distancing limits us based on households.
"Rest in the Rosary"
Please join us at 7pm, live on Facebook, to "rest in the rosary." Let us be united as a family in prayer!
The rosary was given to St. Dominic in the 1200's, by Mary, as "the weapon the blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world". In the 20th century, theologian Fr. Reginald Garrigou-LaGrange said, "What the word of the preacher (St. Dominic) was unable to do, the sweet prayer of the Hail Mary did for hearts". Pope Leo XIII said," thanks to this new method of prayer...piety, faith and union began to return and devices of the heretics to fall to pieces". Our world is in much need of the assistance this heavenly prayer can obtain for us. Our mother has told us often to pray the rosary for the conversion of sinners and for peace. As we are beginning to return back to church, we are resuming our practice of praying the Rosary for Life on Tuesday mornings before Mass at 7:30am, the rosary for children at 8:30am on Wednesday, and the Rosary for Priests at 8:30am Thursday mornings after Mass. Social distancing will be practiced.
|Collected as of 11/23/2020||$64,915.51|
|Needed by 12/31/2020||$43,877.14|
During these challenging times, “You are the Light of the World.” The work of Christ and the mission of the Church continue within our parish and diocese. You make this happen. Recently, you received an invitation to participate in the parish’s United Catholic Appeal. As always, it’s simply an invitation for you to pray about. There are various giving options for you to choose from depending on how you prefer to contribute. Please strongly consider giving online which saves the parish valuable resources. You may mail your gift in the enclosed envelope or give throughout the year by using your UCA giving envelopes. I hope you see how You Change lives, including your own through your prayer and sacrificial generosity. Thank you for the gift you are to this parish community! If you are not the Light of the World, who will be?
Resignation of Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy
Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, has issued a statement regarding the resignation of Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy. Statement on resignation of Bishop-elect Mulloy.
Please click here for a full statement from the Diocese of Rapid City: Bishop-elect Mulloy statement of resignation.
Eucharistic Adoration is available in the Main Church each Thursday from 12:00pm-5:00pm.
Confessions are available Thursday at 12:00pm; Saturday at 10:00am and 3:00pm. The confessions have moved to the nursery.
Please click here to learn more about Safe Environment through our Diocese of Duluth website: Diocese of Duluth Safe Environment.
Fr. Jeremy's YouTube Videos
Please click the links below to view videos provided by Father Jeremy:
Your gifts will help us reach the most vulnerable during this time. Please consider signing up for online giving through our website. You may also mail in contributions to: 2310 7th Ave. E. Hibbing, MN. Thank you for your continued generosity!
Help us stay connected with you!
Parishioners! We want to stay connected to you during this time. Please take a moment and click the link to submit updated contact information to our Parish Staff. Parishioner Information Form. God Bless you and stay well.
Divine Mercy Image on Door for Home Protection - by Fr. Mark Goring
Please click here for a video showing how the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will protect our homes. Sacred Heart of Jesus.
To Fr. Gabriel Waweru and the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament parish,
Brian Lederer, who previously served as an Associate Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hibbing, MN, has voluntarily requested, and Rome has granted his dismissal from the clerical state, effective March 14, 2020. This means that he cannot exercise ministry as a Catholic priest and is dispensed from priestly celibacy.
Very Rev. James B. Bissonette
Diocesan Administrator Diocese of Duluth
An update on the Immaculate Conception Closure
Update as of November 2nd, 2020:
Update on Immaculate Conception Rectory: After four months on the market, we closed on the sale of the rectory, receiving our original asking price. The statue of the Blessed Mother from the south lawn will remain there until the Spring of 2021. At that time, she will be moved over to Blessed Sacrament. Please offer prayers for the new owner, that she may enjoy the house as much as our Parish did. We also ask for continued prayers as we discern the next steps to take with the church building.
Update as of September 19th, 2020:
Please click here to read the decree provided by Fr. James Bissonnette in regards to the reduction of the Immaculate Conception Church.: Decree provided by Fr. James Bissonnette in regards to Immaculate Conception.
Update as of July 28th, 2020:
The rectory has been on the market for roughly a month. In that time, we have had one offer that fell through. Please pray the right buyer comes along to purchase the property. With the potential for a sale, the rectory was readied to be emptied and items moved over to the Blessed Sacrament Rectory. We patiently await the installation of our new Bishop to be able to proceed with the status reduction of the church.
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.
Philip M. Scalise, Author and Publisher, has written a book entitled: The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hibbing, Minnesota, An Illustrated History. This book is available for purchase from the Hibbing Historical Society and Museum website located at www.hibbinghistory.org. This book is copyrighted and has an assigned ISBN under Phil's name as both author and self-publisher. If you would like a copy of the book, please look under the "Store" tab.
If you have been on or driven by the church campus in recent weeks, you may have noticed work being done on the rectory. We have contracted with Jerome Stanoch of Building Restoration Services to remove the chimney and repair damage done to the roof and exterior walls from years of water infiltration. Bricks on the north wall have been removed and replaced, and the column on the balcony on the east side above the patio has been demolished and rebuilt. It, too, had sustained much damage due to water infiltration. The old gutters will be replaced with large new gutters capable of shedding large amounts of water away from the building.
Once the rectory work is complete, Jerome will move to work on stabilizing and securing the guttering system on Blessed Sacrament Church. His work here should help prevent future ice damming on the roof.
This is not the first time Jerome has worked on Blessed Sacrament. He spent the summer of 2015 restoring, cleaning, and tuck pointing our bell tower. We thank God for his talents and expertise!
2019 Mortgage Burning Celebration
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