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Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time
February 7, 2015 - February 13, 2016

Fifth 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 of the Blessed Sacrament due to Ash Wednesday.
Date Time Intention
February 6
4:30 p.m. Clarence Mathey req. by Eileen Mathey
February 7
8:00 a.m. Norman Hankes req. by Shirlie Hankes—Bill & Sherry Dahl
February 7
10:30 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
February 8
8:30 a.m. Deceased Family & Friends req. by Lin & Sandy Winterowd
February 9
8:30 a.m. Bess Patterman req. by Family & Friends
Ash Wednesday
February 10
8:30 a.m. Justin Levandoski req. by Family
Ash Wednesday
February 10
12:15 p.m. Liturgy of the Word with Ashes
Ash Wednesday
February 10
7:00 p.m. Deceased Family & Friends req. by Michael Piotrowski
February 11
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
February 12
8:30 a.m. Poor Souls in Purgatory
February 13
4:30 p.m. Heidi Lakota req. by John Lakota Family
February 14
8:00 a.m. John Karafiat req. by Marlene Murphy
February 14
10:30 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max

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, February 6th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 13th 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. F.C. Voet
  • Rev. Edward C. Coakley
  • Deacon Anthony P. Naze
  • Rev. Norbert M. Richter
  • Rev. Alex S. McIsaac
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • PFC Antonio Bourge
  • IT2Jeremy Daly
  • PFC Ethan J. Feltes
  • Sgt Kyle W. Feltes
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • 1st LT Ryan C. Lutz, SPC
  • 2nd Lt Nicole E Maenza
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • 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:
  • Bob Albrecht
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Cathie Burns
  • Leonard Chekirda
  • Geraldine Daraban
  • Beth Edwards
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Leon Malinowski
  • Linda McNamara
  • Molly Paris
  • Viola Plante

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Ida Schaefer.
Ida was the mother of parishioner Ida Kelsey.
May her soul rest in peace.

From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk
Dear Blessed Sacrament Families,

Greetings to you from Father Max! I hope you are all enjoying this mild winter so far!

New Stations As you saw last weekend, our Stations of the Cross have a new look with the beautiful LED lighting focusing on each Station. This was made possible by one of our parishioners and his electrician friend who is a non-parishioner. On behalf of Blessed Sacrament parish, thank you to these two donors for their generosity and thoughtfulness. This change comes just in time for Lent and The Way of the Cross which will begin on the first Lenten Friday.

In past months, there has been maintenance and upgrading of our lighting fixtures. Since some were going to be obsolete, we had no other option than to switch to more energy efficient lighting in Holy Family Hall, the administration building and the rectory basement. I want to thank Dominick Leo, who volunteers his time to make sure that our building and utilities are in good shape. When you see him, please do not forget to thank him! I am also working with the Finance Council and Dominick, who is the chairperson of our Building Committee, on various issues that we have concerning the upkeep and maintenance of our facilities so that we pay timely attention in order to offer our best service to our parishioners and friends. Every contribution that you make for our building, fuel/energy needs helps and I want to thank you for all the sacrifices that you make. It is very important that we participate and contribute in every aspect of this parish and feel a sense of belongingness to Blessed Sacrament.

Diocesan Stewardship Appeal 2015: We have made great progress and I am grateful to all those who have participated in this Appeal. I will provide you more details in the coming months. Remember, when you make your pledge and honor it, you are not only helping the Diocesan Appeal, but more importantly, our own parish.

Please pick up your 2015 contribution statements from Holy Family Hall if you haven’t done so! A gain, thank you for your weekly support.

Our first Parish Dinner-Dance is going to be a wonderful event on February 20th. Thank you to all the volunteers who have signed up to help out at this event.

Lenten Six Week Bible Study for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. We have more than 50 people signed up for our Tuesday study of Luke's Gospel beginning on February 16, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Thank you!

Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 24th. Fr. Joel Rippinger from Marmion Abbey will give us a few reflections on the Jubilee Year of Mercy at 6:45 pm.

We begin the Holy Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday, February 10th. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we have plenty of opportunities to pray, participate and be kind and merciful. Let's all walk this meaningful journey of Lent into the glory of Easter.

Peace, Joy and Blessings,

Father Max

Parish Activities

Upcomimg Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

February 8thBaptism Class — 6:30 pm
February 24thFr. Joel Rippinger Talk — 6:45 pm

Religious Education This Week
February 7th9:00 amSunday, K-5 Classes
5:00 pmNO Bi-Weekly, 6-7-8 Classes
February 10th6:30 pmAsh Wednesday, Student Mass


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.

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

Reflections From The Home Retreat

Home Retreat
What are our retreat members saying?

" Friendships that are rooted spiritually are the deepest form of friendship! And I am thankful for those that have opened up and shared because this is what will help all of us to continue on our journey to heaven and to 'catch souls'. (Along with a supportive pastor of course!) Ultimately this is why we are here ~ to someday spend eternity with our Heavenly Father, Blessed Mother Mary and all the angels and saints! "

" The permanent change I see this retreat having provided in my life is showing how important it is to make an effort to purposely interact with a faith community. "


All About LENT

I want to make this Lent worthwhile. What can I do to keep the spirit and practice of Lent?

Lent is an intense, forty day period of reflection and penance that prepares us to renew ourselves through prayer, meditation and education. Our communication with God and our awareness of him is the purpose of prayer. Setting aside extra time each day helps intensify the season. Prayer includes daily Mass, Stations of the Cross, communal penance services and private confession. Making restitution for sin as well as disciplining our hearts and minds to focus on God is the purpose of penance. Penance includes personal sacrifice, self-denial, fasting, almsgiving and charitable works.

Finally, spiritual practices help us sharpen our understanding and insight into the meaning and understanding of our faith. When you take your faith seriously, you do what is necessary to fol-low Jesus more closely, to integrate your life and your faith more carefully.

Journey to the Foot of the Cross:
10 Things to Remember For Lent

  1. Remember the formula. The Church does a good job capturing certain truths with easy-to-remember lists and formulas: 10 Commandments, 7 sacraments, 3 persons in the Trinity. For Lent, the Church gives us almost a slogan—Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving—as the three things we need to work on during the season.
  2. It's a time of prayer. Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 days. As we pray, we go on a journey, one that hopefully brings us closer to Christ and leaves us changed by the encounter with him.
  3. It's a time to fast. With the fasts of Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, meatless Fridays, and our personal disciplines interspersed, Lent is the only time many Catholics these days actually fast. And maybe that’s why it gets all the attention. "What are you giving up for Lent? Hotdogs? Beer? Jelly beans?" It’s almost a game for some of us, but fasting is actually a form of penance, which helps us turn away from sin and toward Christ.
  4. It's a time to work on discipline. The 40 days of Lent are also a good, set time to work on personal discipline in general. Instead of giving something up, it can be doing something positive. "I'm going to exercise more. I'm going to pray more. I'm going to be nicer to my family, friends and coworkers."
  5. It's about dying to yourself. The more serious side of Lenten discipline is that it’s about more than self-control – it's about finding aspects of yourself that are less than Christ-like and letting them die. The suffering and death of Christ are foremost on our minds during Lent, and we join in these mysteries by suffering, dying with Christ and being resurrected in a purified form.
  6. Don't do too much. It's tempting to make Lent some ambitious period of personal reinvention, but it’s best to keep it simple and focused. There’s a reason the Church works on these mysteries year after year. We spend our entire lives growing closer to God. Don't try to cram it all in one Lent. That's a recipe for failure.
  7. Lent reminds us of our weakness. Of course, even when we set simple goals for ourselves during Lent, we still have trouble keeping them. When we fast, we realize we're all just one meal away from hunger. In both cases, Lent shows us our weakness. This can be painful, but recognizing how helpless we are makes us seek God’s help with renewed urgency and sincerity.
  8. Be patient with yourself. When we're confronted with our own weakness during Lent, the temptation is to get angry and frustrated. "What a bad person I am!" But that's the wrong lesson. God is calling us to be patient and to see ourselves as he does, with unconditional love.
  9. Reach out in charity. As we experience weakness and suffering during Lent, we should be renewed in our compassion for those who are hungry, suffering or otherwise in need. The third part of the Lenten formula is almsgiving. It's about more than throwing a few extra dollars in the collection plate; it's about reaching out to others and helping them without question as a way of sharing the experience of God’s unconditional love.
  10. Learn to love like Christ. Giving of ourselves in the midst of our suffering and self-denial brings us closer to loving like Christ, who suffered and poured himself out unconditionally on cross for all of us. Lent is a journey through the desert to the foot of the cross on Good Friday, as we seek him out, ask his help, join in his suffering, and learn to love like him.


Lent Cross
Mass: Daily Mass is 8:30 am, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
If there is a funeral, the 8:30 am Mass will be rescheduled.
Rosary: The rosary is recited before all Masses. It is a beautiful tradition of our faith, please come and join us in this devotion to Mary.
Stations of the Cross: Stations will be on Fridays at 7:00 pm following the Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study: Six Week Lenten Bible Study with Father Max on Tuesdays beginning February 16th from
6:30 - 8:00 pm looking at Luke's Gospel.
Saturdays from 3:45 - 4:15 pm


Lent Fasting is to be observed by all, 18 years and older, who have not yet celebrated their 60th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed. Women who are pregnant and persons who are sick are not bound by the law of fast.

Abstinence, is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat and foods prepared with meat or meat by-products.

Almsgiving: During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. Here are a few opportunities. Operation Rice Bowl for those who choose to fast one day a week during Lent and to contribute that money to help feed the hungry in our area and the world. Or simply drop your change in the rice bowl or quarter container after shopping. Ninety-two percent of donations go to the poor overseas.

Rice Bowl
Operation Rice Bowl: Join our parish community and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family's rice bowl from the Narthex (starting Ash Wednesday) and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! Remember, what you give up for Lent changes lives.

40 cans
Knights of Columbus The Knights Of Columbus 40 Cans for 40 Days of Lent food drive in conjunction with the parish's monthly reverse collection is another option. Challenge yourself to donate a can or box a day during Lent. To get an idea of what is needed, take a slip out of the basket during the Reverse (2nd) collection.


Every Friday of Lent we will be having a soup supper at 6:00 pm before Stations of the Cross. The menu will be soup, salad, bread and refreshments. Stations of the Cross will follow at 7:00 pm.

To volunteer or donate part of the meal, contact Eva Castillo through
email:, phone: (630) 239-5940 or cell: (630) 391-3993.

Please help out at our "soup kitchen".

Parish Announcements



Through the waters of Baptism, we welcome to the Body of Christ and our Parish…

Tessa Rayne Foster
Parents: Jeff & Agata Foster

New Altar Servers

Altar Servers

Congratulations to all of our new Altar Servers. We look forward to seeing them in there new ministry.

New Altar Servers

2015 Individual Tax Reports

Individual tax reports are available this weekend in Holy Family Hall. We ask that you check them over to make sure they are correct.

If there is an error, please let us know at (630) 897-1029, as soon as possible so our final record is correct.

National Appeal

National Appeal
Thank you for your generous response of $8,049.00 which will go toward Religious' Retirement, Priest's Pen-sions, Human Development, Catholic Communications, Catholic University of America and Catholic Elementary Schools.

If you forgot your envelope or didn't receive one, please pick one up in the Narthex and return as soon as possible.

Observer Drive

Please take a moment to renew your subscription to The Observer. Rates are still only $28/year for stories, columns and news-all provided in the context of the Catholic faith we share-available in print, online or both.

Renew with the envelope you received by mail, with the envelope provided at church, by phone (815) 399-4300, ext. 383 or online at the secure website

Bible Study

Bible Study
Thank you to the 50+ parishioners who signed up for the six week Bible Study which will begin on Tuesday, February 16th.

Study books on the Gospel of Luke will be available at the first meeting. The sessions will begin at 6:30 pm.

Parish Dinner-Dance: An Evening in Venice

Dinner Dance
Save the date: A Parish Dinner-Dance: An Evening in Venice is set for
Saturday, February 20th in Holy Family Hall.

Come enjoy an Italian buffet dinner, live music, two complimentary drinks, cash bar, raffle baskets, 50/50 raffle and an evening filled with dancing and fellowship.

Tickets are on sale at $25/person. This is a 21 and over event with proceeds to benefit the Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs.

Dance Update
Help is needed for the upcoming Evening in Venice. Volunteer sign-up sheets can be found in the Narthex at the ticket table. Themed raffle baskets including Abbey Farms, Couples, Indian, Pet, Alianos, Fresh Market and many more will be presented for $2 per ticket, 3 for $5, 6 for $10 or arms length for $20 that evening. A Trio of vocals will usher in the evening, in Frank Sinatra fashion as well as a DJ/MC for some toe-tapping fun.

Ticket sales end February 13th for this evening of fun and fellowship... don’t miss out!

Lenten Reflection

Lenten Reflection
Please join us for a Lenten Reflection for the Jubilee Year of Mercy by Rev. Joel Rippinger, OSB from Marmion Abbey on Wednesday, February 24th at 6:45 pm.

The theme is "How we encounter the Mercy of Christ in our Day."

Lenten Reflection

Leaving On Vacation?


Fall has arrived and we know that many of you take vacations from time to time away from the parish. Be aware that your financial contribution to Blessed Sacrament is very important to meet our regular expenses. Please support our parish the best way you can when you are away on vacation.

Thank you to all who continue to make their weekly contributions.

Did You Know Facts

Did You Know?
Did you know that...
Genuflecting expresses adoration and is therefore reserved for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. One should always adore the Blessed Sacrament whenever entering a Church.

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


Rosary High School Looking for Art Teacher

Rosary High School in Aurora is looking for an art teacher for the 2016-17 school year.

Visit for details.

Cursillo 3-Day Weekends

Cursillo (pronounced Cur-see-yo) is a movement of the Church that promotes Catholic ideals, fellowship, and spiritual growth in daily living. It provides an opportunity to deepen your Catholic faith, and to experience the love of God within a supportive and prayerful community.

The Cursillo is a method of giving those, who have the potential of influencing others, a personal encounter with Christ and the means to further enhance, support, and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelizing their environments.

The Rockford Cursillo Movement is hosting two upcoming weekend encounters.
For Men: April 7-10
For Women: April 14-17

All weekends are held at St. Mary Community Center in Oregon, IL. For more information, please contact Gabriel or Jenny Bourge at (630) 907-1587 or email Jenny at:

More information is available at

Congratulations Aurora Catholic Central Honor Roll Students

Honor Roll
The following students from our parish made the honor role at Aurora Catholic Central High School for the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year:

High Honor Roll: Jacob Bush, Tatiana Gonzalez, Angelina Gorter, Kayla Siemann, Cameron Kalmas and Margaret Gaspardo.

Honor Roll: Nicole Bunkofske, Natalie Bruss and Joanna Guzman.


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

Mid-life Singles (mid-30s to 50s)

Register today for a life-changing REFLECT weekend retreat at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House, in Mundelein on March 4-6. Cost is $197 for meals and a single room.

Take a chance and get involved... you won't regret it! Call (312) 532-8286, or visit for details.

Healing After Divorce

Healing After Divorce
If you or someone you know has experienced the pain of divorce, there is hope! Divorce and Beyond is Catholic peer-ministry support group designed to offer men and women the support and guidance they need to help them through the stages of divorce. This 10-week series will help move from the initial stress, anger, and guilt, to ultimate forgiveness, happiness, and growth.

Sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles beginning January 5th and running through March 8th.

Please join us! The cost of the program is $10. To register or for more information, please contact
Lois Mielke at or (847) 863-1268.

Life's Healing Weekend

Nazareth Center
Life’s Healing Weekend March 12 & 13th at the Nazareth House in Batavia is a retreat that blends informal talks, prayer, quiet time, and small group sharing. This retreat takes into account the human need for compassion and forgiveness.

It concludes with a focus on the liberating impact forgiveness can have in one’s life. Call Grace Delgado at (630) 405-3013 or Email at

Additional weekend information is also available from


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 firt Monday of the month at the Diocesan Administratio 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 dedicatin to making their lives beter. Your ideas are welcome and your help is needed to make our 30th year a huge success for the benefi of the children!

If you have any questions, please call —

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

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:

February 12-14, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
February 12-14, 2016
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
March 3-4, 2016
Apply Online
Madison, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
April 8-10, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
April 15-17, 2016
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
May 20-22, 2016
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
June 10-12, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778

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.

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.