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The Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 28, 2016 - September 3, 2016

Twenty-Second 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!


Date Time Intention
August 27
4:30 p.m. Deceased Members of John Kelsey Family req. by Kelsey Family
August 28
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
August 28
10:30 a.m. Ron Orland req. by Ron Nowodzelski
August 29
8:30 a.m. Sue Theisen req. by Theisen Family
August 30
8:30 a.m. Paul Boecker req. by Tony & Helen Boecker
August 31
8:30 a.m. Betty Cowan req. by William Cowan
September 1
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
September 2
8:30 a.m. Deceased Priests of the Rockford Diocese
September 3
4:30 p.m. Andrew Kucginski req. by Wally & Sharon Hogan
September 4
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
September 4
10:30 a.m. Ramon Cervantes req. by Cervantes 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, August 27th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, September 3th 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. Joseph S. Gallagher
  • Rev. Joseph L. Gies
  • Rev. Peter A. Watgen
  • Deacon Armand Ferrini
  • Rev. Michael A. Welter
  • Rev. James A. Molloy
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
  • 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:
  • Bob Albrecht
  • Joe Apodaca
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Cathie Burns
  • Geraldine Daraban
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Janice Feltes
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry Flaugher
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Bill Gardiner
  • Baby Grace
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Tom Kehoe
  • Veronica Klymus
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Bill Middleton
  • Fred Noonan
  • Maddie Ockerland
  • Vic Olah
  • Molly Paris
  • Viola Plante
  • Robert Earl Rickert Sr
  • Benjamin Santos
  • Mary Schultz

From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk
Dear Blessed Sacrament Families,

Greetings to you from Father Max! I hope you are all adjusting to the "back to school routine" after summer vacation.

I am writing to inform you about a few 'New Ministries' that will be starting in the upcoming weeks and months.

After requests were made by some of our parishioners, to either volunteer or to coordinate these ministries, and sensing the need for the same, I have put together various committees for the good of our parish and community.

I am extremely grateful to the following leaders of our parish who have graciously accepted to direct and coordinate these new ministries here at Blessed Sacrament:

Prayer Group (named after Mother Teresa)Rita Bruner
Adult Faith Formation/EducationMeg Hemmerich
Bereavement/Ministry to the GrievingDebbie Thorgesen
Youth Ministry (with new core team and new plans)Steve Auchstetter

The names of the additional committee members have been posted on our church bulletin board in the narthex for your information. Please know that it is our fine and dedicated volunteers here at Blessed Sacrament who make things happen. Let us all be thankful to them for the time and talents they share with rest of our parish community.

If you feel that you are called to be a part of any particular ministry here (whether new or established) please let me know and I will help direct you to the contact person for the ministry that you are interested in.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and God bless you and your family in every good way!

Peace, Joy and Blessings,

Father Max

Important Announcements

Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Activities
Wednesday, September 7thReligious Education Opening Mass — 6:30 pm
Thursday, September 8thAltar & Rosary Society — 7:00 pm

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

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.

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 245 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.


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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.

Rosary Making Workshop

Rosary Making Workshop
The Altar & Rosary Society will make string style rosaries for our Troops for Christmas.

We need ladies with experience making the knot rosaries and ladies who would like to learn.

Please call Sharon Konen at (630) 466-4613. The next Altar & Rosary meeting will be announced soon.

Thank You!

Thank You
Thank you to our Food for Friends Ministers under the coordination of Kitty Melby.

We appreciate you taking home-cooked meals to parish members who need assistance after an illness or hospitalization.

Your meals relieve our ill members from the chore of cooking, so they can focus on healing and recovery.

First Communion & Confirmation Pictures

Pictures Available
First Communion and Confirmation Pictures are available for pick up in the Altar Server's Room.

Parish Movie Night

Movie Night
In celebration of the upcoming canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta on September 4, 2016, we invite you to join us for a showing of the movie
The Letters: The Untold Story of Mother Teresa.

This movie is rated PG with a running time of 1 hr. 54 min. The movie will be shown in Holy Family Hall on August 26that 6:30 pm. Please bring a lawn chair.

When:Friday, August 26th
Where:Holy Family Hall
Time:6:30 pm

MOTHER TERESA, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world.

THE LETTERS, as told through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 years of her life, reveal a troubled and vulnerable woman who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God. The story is told from the point of view of a Vatican priest charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death. He recounts her life's work, her political oppression, her religious zeal and her unbreakable spirit.

2016 Women of Inspiration Dinner

Women of Inspiration Our 2016 Woman of Inspiration is…Sara Casher! Sara has been an active member of Blessed Sacrament for 13 years with her husband and two children. She has taught in the RE program as a third grade Catechist for 7 years.

Through her involvement in the Altar and Rosary Society, she coordinates the Prayer Shawl Ministry. She volunteers her time weekly as the bulletin editor and continues to participate in the parish Bible Study group.

Congratulations to Sara from Father Max and the Blessed Sacrament Community! There will be a dinner honoring the 2016 Women of Inspiration.

The date is Sunday, August 28th, at Piper's Banquets.

Religous Education

Religious Education
Religious Education registration is happening now for the 2016-2017 year. Forms are available in the narthex, online or in the parish office.

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 7th for the Religious Education Opening Mass at 6:30 pm followed by the parent meeting. (There will be an ice cream social for the students during the parent meeting.)

Religious Education Teachers needed on Wednesdays!

It seems that everyone is excited about our change to Sunday morning Religious Education classes this year! So that means we are short on teachers for Wednesday nights! We need someone to fill 5th grade and possibly K/1st. If interested, contact Keri at ASAP.

Supply Drive!

Religious Education is in need of: Expo dry erase markers, construction paper, glue sticks, thick washable markers, pencils, pocket folders, poster board, Fiskar scissors (the children's kind with a point), new/lightly-used religious picture books. Drop-off boxes will be in the narthex and Religious Education center until the end of September. Contact Keri.

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.

The Altar and Rosary Society

Altar Rosary Society
The Altar and Rosary Society cordially invites ALL women of the parish to join us at our next general meeting on Thursday, Septeber 8th at 7:00 pm in Holy Family Hall.

Bring your ideas as we begin to plan for the next calendar year. We will also have a guest that will teach us how to make Knot Rosaries for those on our military prayer list and those parishioners that are in the hospital and nursing home.

Save the date for Saturday, October 15th after the 4:30 pm Mass we are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner in Holy Family Hall!


Not Yet Catholic?
Or Baptized Catholic but have not received
the Eucharist or Confirmation?

The RCIA (Rite of Christia Initatin of Adults) is our way of welcoming new adult members into the Catholic Church. It consists of a series of gatherings with other adults who are also interested in learning more about God’s love in the Catholic Church.

To: All adults who are unbaptized.

Those baptized in the Catholic Church who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.

Those baptized in other Christian churches who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.
Weekly small group sessions focusing on the teachings of the church and to prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil.
Sundays from 9:00 to 10:15 am beginning September 25th.
Brian Pientak (630) 892-1667 or email il.pien#&64;

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: October 6-9
For Women: October 13-16

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

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 the Area

Tour St. Peter School Geneva!

St. Peter School
Come meet new parish/school leadership. St. Peter's is continually updating, reviewing and analyzing every aspect of its faith-filled, academic program.

St. Peter's teaches to a child's potential, using various authentic, student centered materials, that inspire and create learning and growth on all levels.

St. Peter's is a caring, Christ-centered, safe atmosphere, where an uplifting team of professionals are excited to journey with your family!

Contact Tricia Weis at

There are a few spots left at various grade levels. It is not too late to register!

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

Our Lady of Good Council Raffle/Calendar

Our Lady of Good Council
Our Lady of Good Council Raffle/Calendar featuring student artwork. Raffle tickets are $25 each. Daily drawings beginning October 1st. Over $15,000 in prizes. $500 cash, Water Park Gift Card, Bicycle ($150 value).

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Our Lady of Good Council at (630) 851-4400.

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!

A Marian Apparation Series

Marian Apparation
Summer Special at St. John Neumann Church All are welcome to join us on
August 29th (Medjugorje) from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel for stories of the wonders of Mother Mary's messages to the world.

Presenters are Pilgrims to Marian Apparition Sites: Deacon Willie Williams
(St. John Neumann, St. Charles), Deacon Mike Zibrun (St. Mary, Sycamore) and Thomas Demas (International Lay Catholic Missionary).

Music, photos, presentations and guided meditation invite us to deepen our Faith, Hope and Love of Jesus.

For more information, visit St. John Neumann's website:

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:

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 18-20, 2016
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
December 9-11, 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.

St. Peter Barn Sale

St. Peter Barn Sale
St. Peter's Barn Sale will be held on:
  • Saturday, September 17 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    (Breakfast available at 8:00 am)

  • Sunday, September 18, from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    (Breakfast available at 7:00 am)
The sale will have Collectibles, Appliances, Baby Items, Bikes, Books, Music, Housewares, Clothing, Shoes, Electronics, Crafts, Furniture, Home Décor, Linens, Sporting Goods, Tools, Hardware, and More!

The sale will be at the Kane County Fairgrounds located at Rt. 38 and Randall Road. Free admission, but no pets.

For more information contact St. Peter Church in Geneva at (630) 232-0124 x310

Deacon Information Days

These meetings are open to those men between the ages of 35 and 55 who may be interested in serving the Church as a Permanent Deacon.

Attendance at one of the meetings is mandatory for application to the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program. Married men must attend with their wives. During these meetings an overview of the formation program and the application process will be presented.

Please speak with your Pastor about your interest before planning on attending. For more information, please call the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at (815) 399-4300.

The meetinsg will be held on Saturday, September 17, Saturday, October 15, and Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 am — 12:30 pm in the Diocesan Administration Building located at 555 Colman Center Drive, Rockford.

God is Doing Amazing Things!

Project Rachael
In this Year of Mercy, He continues to unleash His healing, forgiveness, joy, and peace. He knows your hurt and feels your pain. If you have struggled with the emotional or spiritual wounds of abortion, this is your time! Come to the tender heart of Jesus. It is there He longs to heal you. The Friday, October 7 - Saturday, October 8, 2016,

Project Rachel Retreat will provide a supportive and confidential environment to begin your healing journey.

For more info, contact (815) 387-3379 or All inquiries are confidential.

National Family Planning

Natural Family Planning
Couples who choose Natural Family Planning (NFP) find they experience a wide range of benefits that go far beyond physical and health-related advantages. NFP is definitely safe, healthy and green, but it is also at least as effective as contraception options (besides sterilization), and many couples are happily surprised to find that it helps improve their relationship as well. Fertility awareness is also incredibly helpful to those couples who are trying to achieve pregnancy because it easily enables a couple to pinpoint the most fertile time of the cycle.

Visit to learn more!

To take a Couple to Couple League live online or self-paced online NFP course go to Classes include about 6 hours of instruction, instructional materials, a digital thermometer and the charting app CycleProGo, and a digital subscription to Family Foun-dations magazine. Access to a Teaching Couple is available via email or phone for questions, consultation, and chart review.

Attention Crafters

Join us for the annual Christmas Cookie and Craft Fair presented by St. Anne's Society of Holy Angels Church in Aurora on Sunday, December 4th.

For more information contact Julie Lano at (630) 585-8174 or

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.