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The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 17, 2016 - July 22, 2016

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We invite you to explore opportunities to know Jesus Christ and grow deeper in your
Catholic Christian faith.

As a reminder, don't forget to turn off your cell phone in Church.
Thank you and have a good week!

NO ADORATION for Wednesday July 20th due to the Inspiration Youth Mission.
NO 8:30 am Mass. Our Mass for the day will be at 11:30 am. All are Welcome to attend!!


Date Time Intention
July 16
4:30 p.m. Lech Zarniewski req. by Agnes & Ken Fron
July 17
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
July 17
10:30 a.m. Eleanor Malinowski req. by Malinowski Family
July 18
8:30 a.m. Ron Orland req. by Ron Nowodzelski
July 19
8:30 a.m. Jack & John Sintich req. by Horton Family
July 20
11:30 a.m. Maureen & Bill Boviek req. by Lynne Albrecht
July 21
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
July 22
8:30 a.m. Deceased Family & Friends req. by Herbert Gizowski
July 23
4:30 p.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
July 24
8:00 a.m. Edward Brouch req. by His Family
July 24
10:30 a.m. Roy, Bob & Joe Melgosa req. by Melgosa Family

Join us for the Rosary
The Rosary is prayed on week days at 8:10 am and on weekends a half hour before Mass.


Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)
Saturday, July 16nd 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 23th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Lord, Hear Our Prayers

Praying Hands For parishioners, relatives and friends who suffer from illness, are homebound, confined to a care facility or hospitalized and the unemployed. May the healing hand of God rest on these people and guide them in their time of need.

May the healing hand of God rest on these people and guide them in their time of need.

Pray For The Deceased Priests Of The Diocese Who Celebrate Their Anniversary Of Death This Week:
  • Rev Walter J Ryan
  • Most Rev John J Boylan
  • Rev Edward J McIsaac
  • Rev Rechard W Paddock
  • Most Rev Loras T Lane
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • IT2Jeremy Daly
  • PFC Ethan J. Feltes
  • Sgt Kyle W. Feltes
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • Capt Ryan C. Lutz, SPC
  • 2nd Lt Nicole E Maenza
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • LCPL Gail Patsch
  • PFC Wyatt VanderLinde
  • LCPL Luis Velazquez Jr.
  • Cadet Ethan J. Young, AFA
Almighty God look with love upon our men and women in uniform and protect them in their time of need. Bless them and their families. Amen If you have a name you would like to add to our prayer list, call the parish office or email Jennie Bourge at:

Pray For Our Sick:
  • John Aister
  • Bob Albrecht
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Cathie Burns
  • Geraldine Daraban
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Janice Feltes
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Baby Grace
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Bill Middleton
  • Vic Olah
  • Sammy Panganiban
  • Molly Paris
  • Viola Plante
  • Benjamin Santos
  • Mary Willett


From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk
Dear Blessed Sacrament Families/Friends,

Greetings to you from Father Max!

A couple of months ago, I was happy to help one of the Mission Communities through Fr. Loui Studer, a Missionary Oblate and a friend of the Boecker family of Blessed Sacrament. We donated some of the extra chalices and ciboriums on behalf of Blessed Sacrament along with some of my own Mass Vestments to the Mission. I am glad to learn that they have found a place in much needed Mission Parishes. Fr. Stan Zowada OMI, shared his appreciation with our parish for these gifts (please see letter).

On a different note, our Youth Mission, ,b>Inside Out: The Joy of Communion With Jesus, will begin on Monday, July 18th and run through Wednesday 9am-Noon. If you haven't registered yet, there is still time to do so and take advantage of this faith-filled event geared to-ward our children and youth.

Have a great Weekend.
Peace, Joy and Blessings,
Father Max

Tijuana, México, May 10, 2016
To Fr. Max Lasrado, Pastor
Blessed Sacrament Church

Greetings from Saint Eugene Church in La Morita, Tijuana.

We want to let you know that we have received your generous donations of the chalices, the patens and the priestly vestments. They were sent to us by Fr. Loui Studer, Missionary Oblate. We will distribute these liturgical items to some of our chapels.

On behalf of Saint Eugene Parish and the chapels that will benefit from your gener-ous donations, we express our appreciation for these gifts. We assure you that they will serve our people well and remind them about the sacredness of the Holy Eucharist. Your generous donations are expressions of love for other church communities in need.

May God continue to bless your community and all your parishioners. May God reward your generosity.

Sincerely, Fr. Stan Zowada OMI Pastor

Vocation Corner: Which Kind of Tears?
Rev. Keith Romke

Vocation Corner
The other day I was sitting on a plane for an overnight flight and I was overjoyed when I realized that the 2 seats next to me were open. I was ecstatic because it meant that I would be able to sprawl out and sleep.

A woman sitting in front of me turned around and mentioned that her husband was stuck up front between two other people and asked me to let her know after takeoff if he could come back and have one of the 2 open seats. Deep down I didn’t want to do it! I'll admit that for about 3 minutes I actually laid down and tried to sleep. But my conscience told me that I knew what I had to do.

Fr. Romke Eventually I got up and offered the seat to this woman's husband.

The reason why I mention this story is because I knew what I was supposed to do the whole time, yet I hesitated! I think this happens frequently to most of us. How often do you have a prick of your conscience or a tug at your heart, and then after a bit of deliberation decide to ignore it or to do something else? If we want to do God's will, then we need to believe that the Holy Spirit works through our consciences! Often times we know what we are called to do, but we don't do it.

So I simply encourage you today to say YES to whatever God is calling you to. Don't hesitate and don't hold back!

Jubilee Of Mercy

Jubilee of Mercy
During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us to contemplate the notion of a Holy Door, "a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope."

The door symbolizes a passage or transition into a special year of evangelization and prayer. Pope Francis will formally open the Holy Door December 8th to begin the Year of Mercy. The ritual of the Holy Door is to evoke the concept of forgiveness, which is always the main focus of a Holy Year.

You are invited to make a diocesan pilgrimage of Mercy by visiting and passing through each of the Holy Doors in the Rockford Diocese. To commemorate your pilgrimage and encourage ongoing prayer for Mercy, you are invited to take along a "Year of Mercy Passport," to be stamped at each Holy Door parish.

Holy Doors in the Diocese of Rockford are located at:
Our Lady of Good Counsel - Aurora St. John the Baptist - Johnsburg
St. Mary - DeKalb Cathedral of St. Peter - Rockford
St. Thomas More - Elgin Poor Clares Corpus Christi Monastery
St. Michael - Galena St. Mary - Sterling

A Prayer for the Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees God.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy;
let the Church be your visible face in the world.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm,
may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind. Amen.

—Pope Francis


Don't forget to update us! If you have recently moved or are in the process of moving, please notify us of your new address, phone number and/or new email address. This will help us continue to communicate with you and reduce costs incurred from returned cards and envelopes.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Ministries Announcements

Liturgical Ministers and Parents of Altar Servers

Liturgy Mininisters and Altar Servers
Attention Liturgical Ministers and Parents of Altar Servers:

Our schedules are now online. If you would like a printed schedule, they are available in the Altar Server's Room.

To view our online ministry schedules, visit our Home Page at:

Once there, click on the
tab, scroll down to Ministry Schedules and then click on the button to open the current PDF schedule.

Art And Environment Ministry

Responsible for the changing of banners, altar cloths and floral arrangements in the church seasonally. This includes decorating for the major feasts of Easter and Christmas. Also responsible for the beautification of the outdoor garden spaces, including planting and maintaining landscaping.

If you have a green thumb, an artistic eye, or just want to be a part of the gardening and decorating of our church then this ministry may be for you. For more information, contact Ann Koskey (630) 896-5375.

Join The Choir

Here are some reasons to join our choir:
  • Friendship. More than 42 million Americans sing in choruses, so you're sure to make some new friends.
  • Student's bring home A's. Research shows that students who sing in choruses get better grades than students who don't.

If you love music and are interested in joining our choir, please call Linda Fandrich at (630) 896-9116.

Food For Friends

Food for Friends
Anyone who could use some assistance with meals after an illness or hospitalization or would like to cook a meal, contact Kitty Melby at (630) 896-4355.

Coffee and Donuts Ministry

Coffee and Donuts
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Eva Castillo at (630) 391-3993 or

Parish Announcements

2016 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal

Diocesan Appeal
Our Diocesan Appeal helps thousands in our diocese to grow in their Catholic faith. Please contribute the best way you can. No gift is too small when given from the heart.

By pooling our resources, we can make a difference in our parishes, our diocese and society at large. Your gift to the 2016 Diocesan Appeal supports ministries like these:

  • Help to Those in Crisis
  • Protection for the Vulnerable
  • Training Lay Ministers
  • Support for Retired Priests
  • Sacramental Preparationfor all Ages
  • Diversity Outreach
Our 2016 DA target is $52,164.00. So far 236 out of 547 families have made their pledges. Thank you!

Please help our parish reach our goal!

If you haven't received an envelope, one can be picked up either from the Church or the parish office.

The Rockford diocese offers an online giving program for this appeal. Visit to donate online.

Thank You

Building Maintenance
Thank you to to the Building & Grounds Committee under the volunteer leadership of Dominick Leo.


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Please note that online giving is available to Blessed Sacrament parish for regular contributions or one-time church donations. Online giving can replace or supplement envelope donations given at Mass and users can make changes at any time. For more information, please reference the GiveCentral instructions printed and available in the Narthex, click the “online giving” button on the Blessed Sacrament website, or simply visit and search for our parish. Thank you for considering online giving!

Signing up is easy - Just click on the icon above the arrow.
There also is an instructions flyer, found in the Narthex, or you can call the office for further assistance.

Attention E-givers!
You will be receiving your envelopes this quarter. Envelopes were ordered before the Give Central program was in place. You will not be receiving them in the future.

Doors Of Mercy
Day Trip
Fr. Max Car
St. Michael Day Trip

Last Friday, Father Max led a Doors of Mercy Pilgrimage to St. Michaels in Galena (along with visits to St Mary’s and Holy Trinity.)

Thank you to all the parishioners that participated in this prayerful and meaningful pilgrimage!


Feed My Starving Children
Volunteer Family Night

Feed My Starving Children
SERVICE & SOCIAL! Join us at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora,
working to pack meals that will be shipped across the world
for those in need.
Knights of Columbus
Join us on July 16th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Pre-registration required, sign-up sheet can be found in Narthex two weeks prior to event. Minimum age for volunteering is 5 years old. This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

For more information contact Patrick Casher (630) 801-8945 or

Inside Out: The Joy of Communication with Jesus

Inside Out
Save the Dates July 18th - 20th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm each day! We are hard at work designing a unique children's mission for the youth of our parish!

In collaboration with outreach leaders from Marmion Academy,
"Inside Out: The Joy of Communion with Jesus," will be an inspiration mission for those going into 3rd grade through high school with leadership opportunities for students in 7th - 12th grade.

Look for more information to come!

Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Picnic

Mark your calendar for our annual parish picnic Sunday, September 25th after the 10:30 mass!

We are currently looking for volunteers to help in the planning of this event. Please contact Steve Auchstetter at (630) 740-8886 or Kim Auchstetter at (630) 730-3949 for more information.

Summer Time - Can We Count On You?

Summer Time

It's Summer Time! This means that many of our parishioners are on vacation and may forget to make their church contribution on a regular basis. Please remember to support Blessed Sacrament to the best of your ability. By making regular and timely contributions, you will continue to help us with our budgeting needs.

Thank you for your cooperation, it is greatly appreciated. Also, thank you to all who continue to make their weekly contributions.

[Remember, online giving is available for your convenience.]

Memorial Wall

Memorial Day
Honor a friend, relative or loved one by displaying their name on the Blessed Sacrament Memorial Wall. See the beautiful display case in the Narthex.

Participation in the special listing requires a $ 1,000.00 donation per listing. If interested, please contact the parish office for additional details.

Memorial Wall

Around Our Area

Experience St. Rita of Cascia School

St. Ritas
Come and experience Catholic education at its finest at St. Rita of Cascia School on the north-west side of Aurora. Students are blessed with a curriculum that develops each student spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically. At St. Rita School, we provide a safe, caring environment where faith and values are taught. We have a full day program for Kindergarten.

Our preschool class for four year olds is a readiness program for our kindergarten. Don't miss the chance to have your child experience an outstanding educational opportunity.

For registration information please contact Principal, Elizabeth Faxon at (630) 892-0200 or

Join other Blessed Sacrament families who have become a part of our St. Rita School family. Visit our website at

Anniversary Mass

Anniversary Mass
On Sunday, July 17th, a Mass celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Ordination of Reverend Richard R. Kramer will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Sublette, IL.

The Mass will begin at 3:00 pm with a luncheon and refreshments to follow in the beautiful parish hall next to the church. No RSVP is required.

Aurora Central Catholic Summer Camps

Aurora Central Summer Camps
Aurora Central Catholic High School is hosting a variety of summer camps to students of all ages. Camps include: football, basketball, soccer, track, baseball, volleyball, wrestling, chemistry, drama, chess.

For information and registration to one of the twenty five plus camps, visit:
Click Here for Camp Information.

Diocesan Summer Camps & Retreats

Summer Camp
The Rockford Diocese is sponsoring the following Summer Camps and Retreats:

First Call — (For Young Men Entering 10th Grade Thru College)

First Call Retreat is for young men who will be entering grades 10 through college in the fall. There will be separate discussion groups for those in college and high school. The retreat begins with check-in at 6:00 PM on Sunday, July 17, 2016 and ends at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 20th.

Parents and siblings are welcome to come on Sunday for an opening Mass at 7:00 PM. The retreat will commence after Mass.

For additional information vist:

Aurora Central Catholic High School
and Grade School Uniform Sale

Representatives from Dennis Uniform Company will be at Aurora Central Catholic High School in the cafeteria for families to purchase their student's uniforms.

Whether they are an ACC student or attend one of the local, Catholic, grade schools, all Dennis Uniform attire will be available!

Join us on:
  • Sunday, July 24th 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Monday, July 25th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Attention All Golfers

St. Katharine Drexel extends a warm invitation to all to join them for their 3rd annual golf outing. It will be a four person scramble event held on Monday, June 27th, with a 10:00 a.m. start, Hughes Creek, Elburn. Cost is $105/person which includes golf, cart, steak dinner, as well as longest putts, closest to pin, longest drive, and optional Yellow Ball.

Not a foursome? They will pair you up. For more information or to sign up please contact event coordinators John Drew, (630) 308-3055 or Bob Harkins, (815) 508-3828.

Silver & Gold Wedding Anniversary Mass

Silver and Gold Mass
Couples celebrating the milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 or more years of marriage in 2016 are invited to a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Malloy at St. Mary Parish in Huntley on Sunday, August 21st at 2:30 pm.

A cake and punch reception will immediately follow. The Life & Family Evangelization Office welcomes your registration by phone (815) 399-4300 or online at by Friday, August 5th.

Commemorative certificates to mark this special occasion will be available for those who pre-register for this event.

Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter
Do we put our trust in God and allow him to be Lord in every area of our life like the widow did? Allow God to transform your marriage relationship. Strengthen, renew, and rekindle your marriage sacrament by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on November 20-22 in Rockford, IL; January 22-24, 2016 in Brookfield, WI or February 12-14, 2016 in Crystal Lake, IL.

Early registration is highly recommended. For info, see or call (888) 574-5653.

Start the New Year Out Right - Spend some quality time renewing your marriage. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends:

August 12-14, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
September 9-11, 2016
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
October 7-9, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
November 11-13, 2016
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653

For additional weekends, visit

Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: or call (888) 574-5653.

For a fin de semana en Espanol in Rockford, contact:
Hugo & Gaby at (630) 690-2094.

For a fin de semana en Espanol in Chicago on November 8-10, contact:
Andres y Maria at (630) 229-2600.

Holy Year of Mercy Pilgrimage

Poland Pilgrimage
A once in a lifetime Pilgrimage to Poland. Departing from Chicago June 20, this 9-day pilgrimage from Chicago to Warsaw, will feature major sites of the Divine Mercy devotion, Saint Faustina, Saint Pope John Paul and Saint Maximilian Kobe among others. The price is $3099 per person double occupancy.

Call (630) 334-5065 or visit

Full Day Preschool
St Peter School in Aurora

St. Peter School
St. Peter Catholic School located in Aurora has a long tradition of providing an excellent faith-based education for children K-8 for more than 80 years. This fall St. Peter's is proud to announce we will be opening a full day Pre-Kindergarten program for 4 year olds at our school.

We are currently accepting registration for this program and our K-8 school program for 2016-2017.

Call (630) 892-1283 or visit for information or to schedule a tour.
Give the gift of a Catholic Education!

Host Family Needed

Host Family
A Host Family needed for an Austrian girl who will be attending Aurora Central Catholic High School for the 2016-2017 academic year. Nadja is from a village outside Vienna, Austria. Nadja plays the piano, participated in her school musical, and loves photography. She also has done Judo and gymnastics, plays tennis and has taken dance lessons. She does not have any allergies. She is an A student.

Please consider opening up your home to this exchange student, contact Carol Myint, Director of Private School Programs at (507) 301-3615 or Web site:

Catholic Cemeteries of Rockford Looking for Office Assistant

Catholic Cemeteries of Rockford is looking for a person of the Catholic faith to work as an office assistant, part-time (29 hours/week) in our small office. Must be able to greet and serve family members with compassion who have lost a loved one and work with others in a congenial manner.

Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel and accurately input data. Must be able to compose memos and letters with accurate spelling and grammar.

Interested parties should send cover letter, resume and salary history to No phone calls please.

Bus Drivers

Bus Driver
Rosary High School is looking for qualified bus drivers. Drivers must have a school bus permit and a class CDL license as required by the State of Illinois. Drivers are needed for an after-school bus route, for field trips, and occasional morning runs.

Please call Rosary at (630) 896-0831 or contact Sister Ann Brummel at


Caritas is an auxiliary of Catholic Charites and we are focused on fundraising for the needs of disadvantaged children in the Rockford community.

We meet on the first Monday of the month at the Diocesan Administration Center. We are looking for new members to help us put on our 30th and best luncheon yet. The only requirement to join us is a love of children and a dedication to making their lives better. Your ideas are welcome and your help is needed to make our 30th year a huge success for the benefit of the children!

If you have any questions, please call —

Marva Tarara at: (815) 988-1018 or Pattieber at: (815) 222-1661.

Are you Traveling?

Traveling Mass Times is a free nationwide ministry to traveling Catholics.

Travelers can call: (410) 676-6000 or access the web site at for free information on the location of the nearest Church and times of Masses on weekends and Holy Days.   

Our Advertisers

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During this year, please patronize these businesses. We would like to remind you to mention the fact that you saw their Ad on the back of our bulletin. It is important we recognize and tell our sponsors that we appreciate their support. Many parishioners do patronize these businesses, but never tell them "thank you". The income from these ads not only pays for the printing of our weekly bulletin but helps to maintain our parish buildings and grounds.

Our advertisers are listed in our Sunday Bulletins (see side link). You can also view a PDF document of our current advertisers by CLICKING HERE.