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The Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time
July 26, 2015 - July 31, 2015

Seventeenth 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!


July 25
4:30 p.m. Mary Lou Tognarelli req. by By Her Family
July 26
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament / Father Max
July 26
10:30 a.m. Patricia Murray req. by Tom Murray
July 27
8:30 a.m. Deceased Relatives & Friends of Blessed Sacrament
July 28
8:30 a.m. Rudy & Anna Miksanek req. by Miksanek Family
July 29
8:30 a.m. Bernice Sickinger req. by M/M Dominick Leo
July 30
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
July 31
8:30 a.m. Deceased Priests of Rockford Diocese
August 1
4:30 p.m. Albert Denovellis req. by Forrest & Dottie Giffin
August 2
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
August 2
10:30 a.m. Joseph Edorh req. by Virginie Lawson 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 25th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 1th 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. Edmund P. Petit
  • Rev. John F. Blake
  • Deacon Alexander B. Becker
  • Deacon Dale C. Washburn
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • PV2 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
  • PV2 Wyatt VanderLinde
  • PVT 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, Natividad Bontcac, Cathie Burns, Geraldine Daraban, Brett Deiter, Beth Edwards, Karen Haberstock, the Liz Hammes family, Anthony Jarvie, and Carol Littlejohn.

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of
Ellen Fandrich who died this past week. Ellen is the mother-in-law of cantor/parishioner Linda Fandrich. May her soul rest in peace.

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of
Lech Zarniewski who died this past week. Lech is the brother of parishioner Agnes Fron. May his soul rest in peace.

Reflections on the Gospel


"A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick." Jesus was attracting attention because of the miracles he had been working. Word spread, and people wanted to see it for themselves. In today's Gospel, a huge crowd--five thousand men--gathered to see if Jesus was really a miracle worker. And he didn't let them down. This time, instead of performing a miraculous healing for someone who was sick, Jesus performed a miracle that helped everyone who was there. He fed them all, out of the tiniest bit of food: five barley loaves and two fish. And with twelve baskets of leftovers to boot!

In case any of them had been in doubt before, this sign made it clear. Jesus was the Messi-ah. The people said, "This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world." Each person in attendance had a personal experience of the power and providence of the Lord that day when they ate their fill. Jesus not only met their needs, but he went above and beyond this by multiplying the loaves and fishes in such abundance. It was as if he was saying, "I want you to have what you need and more. And I have the power to provide it for you."

This miracle-working, food-producing, need-meeting Jesus is the same Jesus that we believe in. This is the same man that we call our savior. This is the Lord we pray to and the One to whom we entrust our lives. This ancient Gospel story is not irrelevant to our lives; it is also part of our story, here, today. Jesus can also provide for us. He has the power, and the desire, to give us all that we need and even more. He wants to feed us, too, with a satisfied and abundant life, a life of lasting fulfillment.


Religious Education Registration

Religious Education Religious Education
Religious Education registration for the 2015-2016 school year has begun!

You can find a form in the narthex, parish office, or by visiting
our Religious Education Page.

Diocesan Stewardship Appeal 2015

Diocesan Appeal
Thank you to all those who have pledged and contributed so far. We appreciate your generosity. This year our Parish Target is $ 50,000.00. If we don’t meet our goal, Blessed Sacrament Parish will have to make up the difference from our ordinary income. Any funds over the target will be fully reimbursed to our parish. If you haven’t received an envelope, please pick one up in the Narthex. Thank you for your kind attention and participation.

— Father Max and the Finance Council

Altar and Rosary
Altar and Rosary
Save the Date The Altar & Rosary women's group will meet on
Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 pm. in Holy Family Hall to work on the upcoming Flea Market event and second Blingo party.

The Flea Market is open to any lady in the parish who would like to register for a table to sell their treasures.

Our 2015 Woman of Inspiration is

Woman of Inspiration
Phyllis is a long standing member of our parish and has been involved in the religious education of our children for many years. She has taught Kdg, 2nd, 4th and High School students, has helped prepare children for their First Communion, and is an active member of the Altar & Rosary Society of Blessed Sacrament.

There will be a dinner honoring the 2015 Women of Inspiration on
Sunday, August 30th at the Gaslite Manor. Tickets are $30 each.

Silver & Gold Wedding Anniversary Mass

Silver and Gold
Couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 or more years of marriage in 2015 are invited to a special Mass in their honor at
St. Mary Parish in Huntley, IL on Sunday, Aug 30th at 2:30 pm celebrated by Bishop David J. Malloy. Refreshments to follow.

The Life & Family Evangelization Office welcomes your registration by
August 7th via phone (815) 399-4300 or at

Leaving On Vacation?

Summer is here and we know that many of you are away from the parish. Know 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.

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

The Totus Tuus Summer Program

Totus Tuus
Totus Tuus-3 In June, we hosted TOTUS TUUS! We had 57 students who participated in growing their faith with the Totus Tuus team. It was five days of awesome activities, catechesis and great fun.
Totus Tuus-4

Thank you to our team leaders Jack, Caroline, Nathan and Annie and all the volunteers who helped make our first Totus Tuus possible.

Keep the team in your prayers as they continue to visit other parishes and share the joy of Christ with their youth.

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All Area Catholic School Uniform Sale
At Aurora Central Catholic

Dennis Uniforms
All area Catholic schools using the Dennis Uniform Company are invited to a uniform sale at Aurora Central Catholic High School.

The sale will take place Sunday, July 26, from noon – 6:00 pm; and, on Monday, July 27, from 10:00am - 6:00 pm.

Joyful Again Workshops

Joyful Again
Widowed? Wondering how long it takes before things begin to look better? How to move forward with your life? Consider attending one of the retreat/workshops for widowed men and women:
  • August 1/2nd at Mary Queen in Elmhurst
  • October 24/25th at Nazareth Retreat House in Batavia

For information and registration, visit:

Enjoy a Date Night

Date Night
Marriage on Tap is a night of food, fellowship and a speaker to inspire us all about Christ-filled marriages. Join us for our first event featuring Bishop Malloy as our Keynote Speaker, Sunday, August 9th at Sam's Ristorante in Loves Park.

Please R.S.V.P. to

6thAnnual Golf Classic

Golf Classic
The 6th Annual Golf Classic to benefit the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry is Wednesday, August 12th at Orchard Valley Golf Course. Join us for a foursome and/or be a sponsor at this year's Golf Classic, sponsored by Fox Valley Marine Corps League. A portion of the proceeds go to the pantry for the benefit of Veterans and their families.

Register by July 15th.

For more info or to sponsor, go to or contact Marilyn Weisner at (630) 692-3057.

The 34thAnnual Polish Fest

Polish Fest
The 34thAnnual Polish Fest will be held on Sunday, August 16th at
St. Stanislaus Church located at 201 Buckbee St., Rockford, IL.

Live entertainment all day, along with Polish food/drinks, games and a display of artifacts from Poland. Admissions is FREE. A 10:00 am Polish/English Mass opens the Fest.

For additional information, visit the website at: or call (815) 965-3913

Poor Clare Colettine Nuns
Come and See Discernment Retreat

Poor Claire
Do you feel called to give yourself totally to the Lord in the contemplative life lived in the heart of the Church? If your answer is yes, The Poor Clare Colettine Nuns of Rockford, IL are having a Come and See Discernment Retreat August 20-21 (Thursday & Friday) for high-school and college aged young ladies interested in the cloistered contemplative life.

There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. For more detailed information about the retreat or to sign up, website: or call the Monastery at (815) 963-7369 by Saturday, August 15th.

The Poor Clare Colettine Nuns have been in Rockford since 1916 praying and interceding for the Church and the world. For more information about their community and life visit

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin FEST!

St. Mother Theodore Guerin
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, have scheduled Saint Mother Theodore Guerin FEST for October 17-18th, at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center. The festival will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 17, and conclude Sunday, October 18th.

The festival will include a keynote address, festive meals, prayer experiences and more. Cost to attend is $20 per person or $75 for families of four or more. The deadline to register is Monday, October 12th.

For more information or to register, call (812) 535-2952 or email

Pilgrimage to Italy

Pilgrimage to Italy
Join the Pilgrimage to Italy for 11 days from November 2-12, 2015. You will be visiting Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome

The pilgrimage is hosted by Fr. Martins C. Emeh, J.C.L. Only $3299 per person from Chicago.

For more information please call the parish Secretary at St. Peter in Geneva at (630) 232-0124 ext 104.

Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter Is it time to put the “fireworks” back in your relationship? Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends.

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:

July 31-02, 2015
Apply Online
Madison, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
August 7-9, 2015
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
September 11-13, 2015
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
October 23-25, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
November 20-22, 2015
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
December 11-13, 2015
Apply Online
Libertyville, 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.

Tutors Needed

Be A Tutor
Volunteers Tutors Needed at the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora which provides a literacy program for immigrant/low income women. Female volunteers (with high school diploma) are trained to help individual students read, write, and speak English.

Tutoring sessions are 90 mins, once a week. For more information, call
(630) 898-4636 or visit

Part-Time Receptionist/Secretary Needed

Mount Olivet & Resurrection Catholic Cemeteries seeks an organized, responsible individual with pleasant voice, neat appearance, computer literacy and ability to interact with the public. Bi-Lingual would be greatly appreciated; but not required.

Call (630) 897-9250 for more information.

YMCA, Safe 'n Sound
Before and After School Program

The YMCA, Safe 'n Sound Before and After School Program is hiring for the 2015/216 School Year.

Several positions available for Site Coordinators, Youth Enrichment Instructors, and Youth Enrichment Aides. The program runs out of more than 25 elementary school sites in the Naperville/Aurora area.

For more info contact Denise DiMatteo via email at:

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.