BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, CLERMONT, FLORIDA
BSCCW TRANSFORMING PILLOWCASES TO CLOTHE THE NAKED
CLERMONT, FLA — AUGUST 20, 2015 — When the Blessed Sacrament Council of Catholic Women (BSCCW) began collecting pillowcases and t-shirts in Fall 2014 for the parish’s medical mission in Uganda, some might have been left to wonder how useful the items could be. The group had a plan that would turn these simple items into clothing the residents of Kambaala, Uganda, often find in short supply.
The donated pillowcases and t-shirts will be transformed into dresses and britches for children who are in need. Representatives of the BSCCW recently presented Fr. Ponce Kaweesa with some clothing for the children.
Fr. Kaweesa, who administrates the clinic, shares his joy. “Clothing is so expensive back home, and it is not uncommon for children to go without. What this ministry is providing will be a wonderful blessing.”
The clinic is Our Lady of the Sick – Kambaala Health Center, located in the Central Uganda village of Kambaala. The center assists with general treatment as well as immunizations, maternity, pediatrics, and minor surgery.
The BSCCW continues to accept donations of new and gently used pillowcases or men-sized t-shirts. The sewing group meets at Blessed Sacrament on the second Tuesday of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. New sewers are always welcomed.
BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, CLERMONT, FLORIDA DEDICATES COMMISSIONED ARTWORK
CLERMONT, FLA — JULY 26, 2015 — In Tabgha, Israel, in a deserted place on the hillside on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, is a small church that had been built over a limestone rock venerated as the place where the Lord Jesus sat when and taught the crowds and multiplied the loaves and fish. Today there stands a new church, built in 1982, preserving the limestone rock under an altar. The surrounding mosaics date back to the fifth century is the inspiration for a new installation at Blessed Sacrament.
Very Rev. Robert Webster, Pastor, reflects on the original mosaic. “In one sense it typifies the sacramental life of the Church, which is ever ancient yet ever new. In front of the limestone rock, in the floor, is preserved the earliest icon mosaic of the multiplication itself. Its basket of five loaves and the two fish remind us that the gifts we offer are ever multiplied by the Lord Jesus to nourish and feed us.”
On Sunday, July 26, Fr. Webster blessed an image of the ancient mosaic which was expanded to include “The Leftovers” that were a result of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Created and designed by artist Jim Piercey, the artwork was a donation by Robert Richey in memory of his beloved wife Deborah and is located over the main doors of the church.
In his blessing, Fr. Webster prayed, “Bless this image of the Multiplication and of Leftovers, that it may remind us of our holy mission as we enter and depart this Church. And keep our eyes fixed on the glories of heaven, where you, Father, receive those who will reign with your Son, for ever and ever.”
BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, CLERMONT, FLORIDA CELEBRATES EXPANSION OF MEDICAL MISSION IN UGANDA
CLERMONT, FLA — JULY 13, 2015 — Parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Clermont, Florida, warmly welcome back Father Pontian Kaweesa – known as Father Ponce to his friends – from Kambaala, Uganda. Father Ponce serves as director of Our Lady of the Sick Health Unit, Kambaala, a medical mission supported by the Central Florida parish for nearly 10 years.
Father Ponce shares the beginning of his vision. “I woke up one day from a dream of building a small heath unit in my home village of Kambaala in Uganda,” he revealed. “For many years our people had suffered and died of diseases that easily could have been treated, and precious lives saved. I related this dream to some of my friends in the United States of America. It was a dream worth sharing and many people chose to not only dream with me, but to help me bring the dream to reality.”
What started as a simple health clinic, constructed and furnished with donations from the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament in Clermont, continues to expand and serve the needs of the village and outlying areas. The addition of Mother’s and Women’s Wings provides Surgical and Recovery Rooms, and a Mother’s ward along with Prenatal and Postnatal rooms. Patients also benefit from a pharmacy and a multipurpose room used for instructing mothers on child care and disease prevention.
The clinic’s growth has continued with solar and generated power, indoor plumbing, nurse’s quarters and several water wells. There’s more to be done, and the people of Blessed Sacrament are putting their love into action as they continue to help Father Ponce realize his dream from eight thousand miles away.
Understanding the Catholic Church
The word “catholic” means “universal,” in the sense of “according to the totality” or “in keeping with the whole.” The Church is catholic in a double sense:
First, the Church is catholic because Christ is present in her. “Where there is Christ Jesus, there is the Catholic Church.” In her, subsists the fullness of Christ’s body united with its head; this implies that she receives from him “the fullness of the means of salvation” which he has willed: correct and complete confession of faith, full sacramental life, and ordained ministry in apostolic succession.
The Church was, in this fundamental sense, catholic on the day of Pentecost and will always be so until the day of the Parousia. Catechism of the Catholic Church #830