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We will meet at the Monastery on Sunday, May 17th  from 1-4 pm.  Looking forward to seeing all!Our agenda is as follows:  INITIATE:  Unit I - Introduction  CANDIDACY II:  Unit 10 - The Rule  FULL CHAPTER - "The Dominican Way"  - Chapters 13 and 14After Study we will enjoy a delicious repast supplied by Vyvian & Scott, Chris & Feria.Lucy will report on a saint and Dave McDonald will preach.Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item for the Needy.  It's very Dominican!All (and I…See More
May 15
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What a great day for all Lay Dominicans to remember one of our own - St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)!  She was a Lay Dominican who had the spirit to confront Pope Gregory XI and ask him to return to Rome which he did.  She, along with St. Francis, is a patron saint of Italy.  She also is a Doctor of the Church and one of six patron saints of Europe.  She is renowned for her spiritual writings (e.g. The Dialogue) and strength to speak "truth to power". The following quotation taken from the…See More
Apr 29
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Happy Easter-This Sunday, April 12, is our Chapter Meeting at the Monastery from 1-4 pm.    Initiate - We will be handing out Unit 1, Introduction, and discussing it   Candidacy II - Finishing up Unit 9, Liturgy of the Hours.   General - The Dominican Way, Chapters 13 & 14   Preaching - Paul Moore OP   Saint - John Allen   Food - Brenda, Adeline and PaulAll who receive this reminder are encouraged to join us as we pursue a Dominican way of life.  It will be interesting!See More
Apr 10
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Thanks to all that attended our meeting this month and participated in the election of our new council. We had a spirited debate but in the end I pray that the Holy Spirit selected those who will lead our chapter in the future with his blessings. With the prayers of all members of our Community, your new leadership will move forward in a positive way to continue the work of the Lord, Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine. Your brother in Christ, Dr. Dave your new ModeratorSee More
Feb 10
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Today is the feast of one of our greatest saints, Thomas Aquinas OP (1225-1274).  Not only is he a great philosopher and theologian but also a poet who wrote some of our greatest hymns still popular today, e.g.: Panis Angelicus, Adore te Devote, O Salutaris Hostia, Pange Lingua, Tantum Ergo!But Thomas was a well-balanced, happy man:"It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes." - Thomas Aquinas See More
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Dec 12, 2014
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HERE IS A VERY IMPORTANT LETTER WHICH KAREN HAS RECEIVED.  LET'S TRY TO ATTEND!Dear Karen, I have some good news!   The Master of the Order, Fr. Buno Cadore, OP  will be visiting the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday November 6, 2014 as part of hisVisitation of the Province of St. Albert the Great, USA. Plans include a celebration of Vespers at 4:30 p.m. then a pause long enough for the Friars to vest for the Mass which will follow. I'm told the Master's schedule is very tight, but…See More
Oct 31, 2014
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LAY DOMINICAN-PROVINCE OF ST. ALBERT THE GREAT,USACHAPTER MEETING REPORT FORM CHAPTER NAME:  The Blessed Sacrament ChapterDATE  OF MEETING:  October, 12, 2014ACTIVE MEMBERS:  23  ATTENDING THIS MEETING:  16 Minutes for the September 14, 2014 were read and approved.Treasures report:  Current checking balance: $2,417.01Vice Moderator comments/announcements:  Our next meeting will be November 9, 2014 at which time we will celebrate our Annual Day of Recollection;  The day will start with a Mass in…See More
Oct 30, 2014

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This is a very interesting question which requires much thought, even after we have the answer!  Pope Benedict XVI has supplied us with the answer.  He writes, "The meaning of Christ's Ascension expresses our belief that in Christ the humanity that we all share has entered into the inner life of God in a new and hitherto unheard-of-way.  It means that man has found an everlasting place in God...We go to heaven to the extent that we go to…

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 3:06pm

WHAT was Jesus thinking about on the Cross?

Actually we do know what Jesus was thinking about on the cross.  He had 'Seven Words' on the cross.  These words or sentences came right out of His gut as He was dying on the cross.  They are worth meditating on and asking ourselves what would we say on our death bed?  Notice how often He was concerned about others.  Which saying particularly strikes you?


1.  Father, forgive them. They know not what they are doing.

2.  Today you will be with me in…


Posted on April 21, 2011 at 10:25pm


We have now passed the half-way mark for Lent.  How are you doing?  Great?  That's terrific!  Just so-so?  Join the crowd.  It is human nature to need a pick-me-up during Lent.  A 'Tira mi su'.  It is good to reevaluate our situation.  And, most importantly, it is never too late to have a great Lent, leading to a truly wonderful Easter.


The Office of Readings for the third week, Tuesday, featured a sermon by St. Peter Chrysologus in which he said:  "There are three…


Posted on April 3, 2011 at 8:25pm


The Dominicans are fond of the saying, "If you've met one Dominican, you've met one Dominican."  The thing is we are all different.  We come from different backgrounds, educational levels, religious viewpoints.  We are different sexes, ages, races, etc.  Some are conservative;  some are liberal. This is why we accept all who wish to follow the 'Dominican Way of Life'.

We are united in our differences because we all follow Dominic who followed Christ.  It's a…


Posted on March 24, 2011 at 5:37pm


Please remember the following:   Pablo, Vyvian Gorbea's brother-in-law, 44 years old, who has suffered a stroke.  Our Vice-Moderater, Cheryl Beckman, is scheduled for an operation on March 21.  Lucy Chesney is having eye troubles.  Jim Knivel is still ailing.

Vyvian took quite a bit of food donations from our last meeting to Active Faith.  Check them out:  Thanks, Vyvian!

Posted on March 19, 2011 at 8:16pm

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At 1:43pm on June 17, 2008, Terry McSweeney said…
What a great group! We are Lay Dominicans intent on following the Gospel Jesus with the help of 800 years of Dominican Life. We meet together on the SECOND Sunday of each month at Blessed Sacrament Monastery located at 13 Mile and Middlebelt at 1:30 P.M. We believe in: Prayer; Study; Community; and Mission. We preach by word and life. Join us and enrich YOUR LIFE.
At 6:20pm on February 25, 2009, Vyvian said…
Thank you Terry. I would like to come to one of the meetings to learn more about Lay Dominicans. I was taught by Dominican Sisters and my daughter is now being taught by Dominicans also. How do you dicern a vocation as a Lay Dominican?
At 9:58am on May 9, 2009, Steven George said…
I am interested in attending a meeting. Is there a meeting later in May, as I'm interested in learning more about the Dominican Laity?


Steve George
At 8:39pm on April 24, 2010, Jeff Cline said…
Thank you very much for the welcome Terry! I very much look forward to attending the next meeting! I have been doing a lot of reading and studying about the Dominican Order and I really think it would be a great thing for me to participate in! I'll see you in May!
At 10:06pm on April 30, 2010, Fr. Ed Fride said…
What time is the meeting on Sunday, one location says the meetings are at 1:30 another says at 1?
At 4:27pm on June 28, 2010, Vyvian said…
It was a pleasure meeting you at the Open House today! I am planning to attend the next meeting in July. After reading the handouts I have a few questions: 1) When do I fill an application if I am interested in being considered as a lay Dominican? 2) I am familiar with the liturgy of the hours but do not know how to use the prayer book is that something that is learned as we attend the meetings?
At 5:33pm on June 29, 2010, Vyvian said…
Thank you very much. I may bring my mother to the next meeting if that is OK.
At 2:37pm on August 4, 2010, Judith Anne Reznich said…
I'm really looking forward to the meeting this Sun. Someone mentioned a meeting for newcomers (formation?). Is it just prior to the regular meeting at 1? Thanks.
At 12:16am on September 10, 2010, ROMEO said…
St. Dominic drew his strength and inspiration to live by his charism through his holiness and prayers. I may not come close to his holiness; I can only emulate him. His nine ways of prayer are classics; universal and timeless.
At 7:10pm on November 13, 2010, Phillip McCown said…

Janice and I just want to make sure we are to bring items for lunch tomorrow, we already have everything, but wanted to make sure. Please advise. Also, when we bring the food, some of it needs to be cooled, where do you need it brought?

God Bless,

Phil and Janice

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