Eucharist icon Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!

The 5th Sunday of Easter
May 1, 2016 - May 7, 2016

Sixth Sunday of Easter

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
April 30
4:30 p.m. Bess Patterman req. by Jim & Debbie Patterman
May 1
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
May 1
10:30 a.m. Eleanor Malinowski req. by Family
May 2
8:30 a.m. Nick Grassel req. by A Friend
May 3
8:30 a.m. Irmgard Mele req. by Christine & Richard Williams
May 4
8:30 a.m. Ramon Cervantes req. by Cervantes Family
May 5
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
May 6
8:30 a.m. Robert Kehring req. by Myles Family
May 7
4:30 p.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
May 8
8:00 a.m. Sue Theisen req. by Her Family
May 8
10:30 a.m. Joseph & Dolores Trattner req. by Trattner Famliy

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, April 30th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 7th 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. Sylvester J. O'Hara
  • Deacon Ardee Lanphier
  • Rev. Albert J. Neidert
  • Rev. James F. McGuire
  • Rev. Dorrance E. Tranel
  • Rev. Francis J. Antl
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • 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
  • 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
  • Anna Paula Battersby
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Cathie Burns
  • Geraldine Daraban
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Vic Olah
  • Sammy Panganiban
  • Molly Paris
  • Viola Plante
  • Benjamin Santos



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

Piper Rose Tupiak & Penelope Grace Tupiak
Parents: Timothy and Julie Tupiake

Liam Elijah Giles
Daughter of Cynthia Espinoza

From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk
Greetings from Father Max!

I am writing this for those who may have missed my last Sunday’s presentation on the 2015-2016 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal. As I mentioned in our previous bulletin, we had a generous response to the 2015 Stewardship Appeal and you can see the numbers in last weekend’s bulletin as well. Thank you once again for helping our parish to exceed our goal which is set by the Rockford Diocese! The parish has received a rebate which has already been applied to our projects.

The 2016 Diocesan Appeal is now underway and we have a target to meet in the amount of $52,164.00. I am requesting that you each participate to the best of your ability. For those of you who cannot contribute due to your financial situation, please pray for the success of our Diocesan Appeal. Please return your Stewardship envelope with your pledge and payment information to the parish office or place it in the collection basket during any of the weekend Masses.

On a different note, we just concluded our Religious Education program for the year. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our Volunteer teachers and aides who faithfully impart this education to our children. I would also like to thank all the parents for making the weekly commitment of bringing your children to class to learn about our Catholic Christian faith. Parents are the first teachers of the faith! I am grateful to Keri Johnson, our Religious Education Coordinator for, once again, successfully running this program for the parish.

Thank you for your kind attention and may God bless you and your family in every good way.

Peace, Joy and Blessings,

Father Max

"How do you know?"
Rev. Keith Romke

Vocation Corner
I recently had someone ask me "How do you really know what you are called to?" I gave a few examples from my own life but this didn’t satisfy the individual because it didn’t necessarily help them to figure out or to solve the riddle of their own quest to discern their own vocation. What they wanted was a formula of an equation that they could plug the details of their life into, let everything compute, and the result would be a definitive answer as to what they are called to do.

Fr. Romke Unfortunately this kind of equation doesn’t exist and the reason why is because you can’t have 2 variables in an equa-tion. You see, the vocation itself is being questioned, and the other variable at play is the human heart which is not a fixed thing! A vocation is essentially a call by God to love Him in a particular way. A vocation is the way in which God wants to relate with us. In a relationship the heart is what dictates the terms. Because of this we can’t 100% know what we are called to in our minds, but we can know albeit in a different way, in our hearts!

We can know what we are called to when we experience a sense of joy, peace, and fulfillment in our hearts when contemplating the vocation in question. I'll qualify this by saying that it is not just an emotional response because this sense of joy needs to bear fruit that remains as Jesus speaks of in John 15. So search your heart and listen to what God says within!

Important Announcements

Happy Birthday Father, Max!

Happy Birthday
There is no better way for us to wish you a happy birthday than to offer prayers of thanksgiving to God for placing you in our midst.

Father Max you are a blessing to our parish community!

May God bless you on your birthday, Monday, May 2nd.

Parish Activities


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

Parish Announcements

First Communion Class of 2016

Soup Kitchen
First Communion

Please congratulate the children of our parish who received their First Communion. We pray that they continue to love Jesus and His teachings in their journey of faith.


E-Giving arrow
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.

Liturgical Ministers and Parents of Altar Servers

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

The May and June schedules are out. IF you did not receive one, they are available in the Altar Server’s Room. Also, schedules are now available on our webpage

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

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.

Call to Action from the Catholic Conference of Illinois

Abortion Bill
We need your help NOW on stopping legislation that would allow for public funding of abortions. We alerted you to House Bill 4013 last spring, and your fast action prompted it to be pulled from consideration.

It has now popped up again and could be called for a vote on the House floor this week. House Bill 4013 allows for taxpayer money to be used to pay for elective abortions in Illinois.

Contact your state representatives and have them vote "No" to HB 4013.
Visit for more information.

Coffee and Donuts Ministry

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

Blingo - Returns!

Save the Date The Altar & Rosary Society will once again be hosting Blingo on Thursday, May 5th in Holy Family Hall.

Doors open at 6:30 and Blingo will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. The event is open to men and women who are over 21 years of age. Tickets ($10.00 person) will be sold after each Mass during the weekends of April 23rd and 30th.

To reserve a table of six or for further information, please call Sharon Konen at (630) 466-4613. Be sure to invite your spouse, friend or neighbor. We look forward to seeing you there.

Baby Bottle Boomerang

Baby Bottle

The Knights of Columbus and the Altar and Rosary Society are sponsoring a baby bottle boomerang drive that began last weekend.

Please take a bottle home and fill it with your loose change and return it by
Mother's Day, May 8th, or sooner.

All donations go to the Fr McGivney Center for Hope and Healing.
Make a difference – support women who choose to have their babies.

Young at Hearts

Young at Heart
The Young at Hearts will meet on Tuesday, May 10th for lunch at 11:30 am at the Phoenix Club in Aurora.

All seniors are welcome and feel free to bring a friend.
A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex. Indicate if you need a ride.

Clegry Appreciation Night

Clergy Appreciation
The Knights of Columbus are inviting all men of our parish to the clergy appreciation dinner on Monday, May 9th at 6:30 pm here at Blessed Sacrament for the priests and deacons in and around the Aurora area.

Tickets are $10 each. For tickets and more information, contact Tony Boecker at (630) 907-1278.

Inside Out: The Joy of Communication with Jesus

Vacation Bible School
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!

Photos For: A Night in Venice

Dinner Dance
Photos are now available from Evening in Venice and other Blessed Sacrament events by clicking HERE.

Click on the album, then click on the picture you would like. Images can be printed at home or uploaded to a favorite printing house.

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

Around Our Area

Albright Theatre: Over the Tavern Drected by: Jeff Pripusich

Albright Play
When 12-year-old Rudy Pazinski tells ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa that he’d rather shop around for a more "fun" religion, all hell breaks loose in this warm and hilarious look at family, growing up and faith in the 1950s.

Performing April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, May 1, 6 & 7 Show times: Friday & Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Call (630) 406-8838 for reservations. Albright Theatre Company is located at 100 N. Island Ave, Batavia, IL 6051.

Plant Sale at Schaefer's Greenhouse

Plant Sale
On Saturday, May 14th, Rosary High School Sports Boosters will be holding its annual plant sale from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Please note —
New Location: Schaefer's Greenhouse, 120 S. Lake Street, Montgomery.

Rosary Road Scholars 5K Run/Walk

Rosary Road Scholars 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, May 15th at 9:00 am at Rosary High School. All families are welcome. Strollers are OK too! The costs are: $25 individuals, $5 for Rosary/Marmion students, or $75/family of 4. The cost includes a race t-shirt.

Proceeds go toward Rosary scholarships. This event is sponsored by the Rosary Alumnae Association. Register online at

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.

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:

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
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.