Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
Mass Times
Monday8:30 AM
Tuesday8:30 AM
Wednesday8:30 AM
Thursday
8:30 AM
Friday8:30 AM
Saturday4:30 PM
Sunday8:00 AM
10:30 AM
Confession Times
Saturdays3:45 - 4:15 PM*
* Or by appointment

Adoration Times
Wednesdays9:00 - 3:00 PM
Please see the bulletin for Holy Days.
THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
November 19 - November 25, 2017

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time



Office Will be Closed
Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th

Office Closed Office Closed
Parish offices will be closed Thursday, November 23rd, and Friday, November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving.

As always if you have an emergency and are in need of a priest please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.




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!




MASSES / SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

Date Time Intention
Saturday
November 18
4:30 pm Lori Aloisio req. by Lorenz Family
Sunday
November 19
8:00 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
November 19
10:30 am Deceased Parents of Grace Fisher req. by Ross & Grace Fisher
 
Monday
November 20
8:30 am Dolores Shannon req. by Phyllis Lia
Tuesday
November 21
8:30 am Gene Gary req. by Donna Gary
Wednesday
November 22
8:30 am La Verne Covelli req. by David & Robin Spang
Thursday
Thanksgiving
November 23
8:30 am Deborah Dunn req. by Dolores Dunn
Friday
November 24
8:30 am Catherine Woodard req. by Her Family
 
Saturday
November 25
4:30 pm Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
November 26
8:00 am Frank Butler req. by Ken & Sharon Kish
Sunday
November 26
10:30 am Carl De Broux req. by Jim & Barb Cavanaugh


Join us for the Rosary

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

Joyful Mysteries
Monday & Saturday
1. The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary
2. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
3. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
4. The Presentation of our Lord
5. Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12
 
Sorrowful Mysteries
Tuesday & Friday
1. The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
4. Jesus Carrying the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of our Lord
 
Glorious Mysteries
Wednesday & Sunday
1. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
2. The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
5. Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth
Luminous Mysteries
Thursday
1. The Baptism in the Jordan
2. The Wedding at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist



SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)

Saturday, November 25th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, December 2nd 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 John J Hackett
  • Deacon Gregory H Liegel
  • Deacon Luke Cordes
  • Rev Joseph J Reikas
  • Rev William A Kriegsmann
  • Rev Edward A Cerny SS
  • Rev John Vuc
  • Deacon Melvin Murphy
  • Rev Clement W Caine
  • Msgr Clemens Kalvelage
  • Rev Peter Cichozki
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • IT2Jeremy Daly
  • Airman Jovany Espinoza
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • Capt Ryan C. Lutz
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • TSgt Keely Muzzey
  • CPL Gail Anne Ruiz
  • SPC Wyatt VanderLinde
  • CPL Luis Velazquez Jr.
  • Ensign Andrew C. Young
  • 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:
Psecretary@blsacr-na.org

Pray For Our Sick:
  • Mary Lynne Aldous
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Patricia Botello
  • Star Brock
  • Karen Brown
  • Leonora Brown
  • Jennifer Burgos
  • Cathie Burns
  • Alison Davis
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry Flaugher
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Steve Gaspardo
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Tom Kehoe
  • Donna Kinzie
  • Veronica Klymus
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Joanne Perkins
  • Viola Plante
  • Joanne Piotrowski
  • Bobby Roeback
  • Fr. John Slampak
  • Joseph Sreniawski
  • Rosemary Tinsley
  • Ellie Tullgren
  • Mary Van Linden
  • Wiesbrock Family
  • Mike Winn



From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk
Dear Blessed Sacrament Families,

Greetings to you from Father Max!

I would like to provide an update on our plans to replace the outdated individual heating furnaces and AC Units in our parish buildings. Blessed Sacrament is planning to replace the original 45 year old heating and air conditioning equipment which covers the church and surrounding structures. The project covers three specific areas:

Chapel/Narthex:

The existing furnaces and outdoor A/C condensers will be replaced with new stand-alone 95% efficient furnaces and 17 SEER A/C systems. A central Energy Recovery Ventilator will also be installed to bring in fresh air and exhaust stale air from these areas.

Holy Family Hall & Church:

The existing stand-alone furnaces and A/C condensers will be replaced with a single 20/25 ton roof top heating and cooling packaged unit. The all-in-one package allows for easier installation as well as maintenance while maintaining high efficiency and performance. Incorporated CO2 sensors will read the number of people in the specific area and either open or close the fresh air intake maintaining the proper level of air flow while preserving the already heated or cooled air. The old equipment will be removed and disposed of legally.

Two internal support walls will be installed based on current building codes and designed by a structural engineer to support the additional weight of the roof top units. The roofing immediately surrounding the new equipment will be replaced with a new aesthetically pleasing PVC screen. Almost 16 months ago, we hired Kluber Architects to give us the scope of what these changes would involve. After obtaining bids from three major companies and conducting many follow up meetings, the Finance Council, the Building Committee and the Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council have come to a consensus from a meeting held on November 8, 2017. This project, which is slated to begin immediately after Easter 2018, will cost the Parish $400,000.

I want to especially thank the following parishioners who were instrumental in the decision making and whom I authorized to look into this project and the necessary replacements: Ed Merkle, Chairperson of the Finance Council and Tom Kuntz, member of the Finance Council. They were also supported by parishioners Dominick Leo, former Building Chairperson and Rod Barkei, current Chairperson of the Building Committee.

Since the founding of Blessed Sacrament Church, almost 48 years ago, the founding families have made many sacrifices for the operation and maintenance costs of the parish. We are grateful to all of them. I would like to encourage all of our parishioners to continue their sup-port of the maintenance and upkeep of our buildings to ensure future use by the generations of families to come. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Have a blessed weekend. Peace, Joy and Blessings,

Father Max



Ministry Leaders

Adult Faith Formation: Meg Hemmerich
Altar & Rosary Society: Sharon Konen
Altar Servers & Liturgy: Jenny Bourge
Art/Environment (Indoor): Ann Koskey
Bereavement: Mary Beth & Lou Hutches
Bulletin: Sara Casher
Buildings and Grounds: Rod Barkei
Children’s Liturgy: Sheridan Gurbal
Christmas Giving Tree:Jessica Benelli
Coffee and Donuts:Eva Castillo
Confirmation: Denise Bautch
Finance Council: Ed Merkle
First Communion: Kim Auchstetter
Funeral Luncheon: Linda Auchstetter
Homebound: John & Pat Whitney
Knights of Columbus: Ken Kish
Marriage FOCCUS: Josh & Elaine Zeller
Music Coordinator: Linda Fandrich
Outdoor Environment: Vince McCabe
Parish Council Chair: Ken McLaughlin
Prayer Shawls: Sara Casher
RCIA: Brian Pientak
Religious Education: Keri Johnson
Respect Life: Michele Wood & Renee Flaherty
St. M.Teresa Prayer Grp: Rita Bruner
Ushers: Vince McCabe
Web Master: Garry Daly
Young at Hearts: Joyce Harner


Important Announcements



November Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis

Pope Francis
CHRISTIANS IN ASIA

Please pray that Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.





Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Parish Meetings & Activities
Tuesday, November 21stBible Study —
Thursday, November 23rdThanksgiving Mass —
Wednesday, November 29thDance/Decorationg Committee (HFH) —


Religious Education This Week
Sunday, November 19thReligious Education —
Wednesday, November 22ndNo Religious Education
Sunday, November 26thNo Religious Education


Parish Announcements



Founding Member Turns 99!

Happy Birthday
Art Weis Art Weis, a founding member of our parish is celebrating his 99th birthday on Thursday, December 7th.

Many of you might remember him as a Knight in full regalia. Others may recall him as an extra-ordinary minister, finance council member or just a friendly face at all the parties and functions. Art and his wife, Florence, gave of themselves to help make our parish what it is today. Art is now living near his daughter in Texas.

Would you like to make Art's 99th birthday even more special? Consider sending him a birthday card. His address is 11512 Aspen Creek Drive Fort Worth, TX 76244.

He would get such a kick out of knowing that parishioners remember him at a parish where he spent so many years.





Book of Remembrance

All Souls Day
Our parish Remembrance book will be in the Narthex during the month of November.

Feel free to write the names of your deceased family members, relatives and friends as they will be remembered in our prayers.




Thank You

Fuel Collection
Thank you to those who returned their Fuel Collection Envelopes totaling $ 3,457.00.

We realize that budgets are tight and we appreciate any help you give toward our annual utility bills estimated to be in excess of $ 50,000.00 this year.



Winter Help Needed

Winter Help Needed
We are in need of a volunteer(s) to shovel snow, and salt if needed, around the RE entrance on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, perhaps 20 minutes before class starts if the snow is less than 2".

Anyone interested should call the office (630) 897-1029.


Augustine Institute CD's

Augustine Institute
Engage Your Faith The parish recently purchased CD's from the Augustine Institute. The materials may be found in the Narthex on the newly installed kiosk.

The suggested donation is $4 each, or make checks payable to the parish. Please consider sharing your CD once you've listened to it!

Lighthouse CD
Commentary

Inspiring speaker Fr. Larry Richards presents exciting and powerful insights into the history, spirituality, and biblical foundations of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. He opens the door for us to enter more profoundly into this most perfect prayer and unite our offering with that of the priest. This will change the way you experience this most sacred of all mysteries, the source and summit of our lives.




Calling All Youth!

Volunteers Needed
We are currently inviting the youth of our parish to contribute their time and talent in the liturgy in the following specific ways:


Altar Servers
Youth Choir
Lector at weekend/special Masses
Liturgy of the Word for children (various roles available depending on age)
Share any other talent


For more information call the parish office or email:
psecretary@blessedsacrament-na.org.




Altar Servers and Liturgy Volunteers

Altar Servers
The November and December schedules have been emailed. If you have not received one, copies are available in the altar server's room or contact Jenny Bourge at psecretary@blesacr-na.org.



E-Giving

E-Giving arrow
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.

Important benefits of Online Giving...

  • The satisfaction of giving to God first.
  • Easier to fulfill stewardship commitments.
  • Strengthens participation and support in the Church.
  • Allows you to contribute even when you are away.
  • Easier personal budgeting.
  • Using your favorite credit cards and collecting your points, miles and reward benefits.

How do I sign up? It's EASY!

  • Go to GiveCentral.org and search for our parish
    -OR- Click on the Green Arrow on the left.
  • Click on the Start Giving icon.
  • Follow the prompts.

If you have been considering using Give Central for your donations, now may be a good time to begin. We will be ordering 4th quarter envelopes February 17th. If you are receiving envelopes that you no longer use, please let us know to discontinue them.



2017 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal

2017 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 2017 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 2017 Diocesan Appeal target is $ 54,164.00. If you have not filled out a a pledge card, please do so soon.

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. So far 230 out of 548 families have made their pledges.

The Rockford diocese offers an online giving program for this appeal. Visit https://rockforddiocese.org/donate to donate online.



Moving?

Moving
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.


Parish Upcoming Activities



Knights of Columbus In Action

Knights of Columbus

The Msgr. Edward Wright Council Serving the needs of Blessed Sacrament Parish and our community as a whole:

Coats for Kids

To make sure every child has a warm coat this winter, the Msgr. Edward Wright Knights of Columbus Council will collect Coats for Kids from November 18th thru December 17th.

The community of Blessed Sacrament is asked to donate a new or gently used, clean coat for toddlers, kids and teens.

Please bring your donations to Holy Family Hall and place in box marked for donations. God bless you!
 

Vocation Drive

Please help us support our future priests, pastors, and clergy!

The Knights of Columbus will be selling Vocation Raffle tickets to support our Priests of tomorrow! Last year, the Illinois State Council Knights of Columbus raised over $ 100,000 for support of our seminarians.

By purchasing a book, you help support our seminarians and have the opportunity to win 1 of the 20 raffle prizes totaling $ 20,000. The first place winner will be awarded $10,000.


Membership Drive

Becoming a Knight of Columbus can transform your life.

If you're interested in helping those in need, serving your parish, growing in your faith or having exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you.

The Msgr. Edward Wright Council of Blessed Sacrament will conduct a membership drive after each Mass, November 25-26 and will hold an information night on Thursday, December 14th at 7:00 pm in Holy Family Hall.

We have much to be thankful for during Thanksgiving. Help us, to help others, to also share this feeling. Please consider joining us.

For more information visit www.kofc.org or contact: Garry Daly at (630) 892-3858.

 

Did You Know...

The first place winner of $10,000 in 2013, was sold here at Blessed Sacrament Parish.

You can purchase a book of 15 tickets for $10. Tickets will be available for purchase from any of the Knights.

Hurry -- the drive ends Friday, November 24th and the drawing will take place
Saturday, December 2nd.

Bonus: Free wooden train raffle ticket with every purchase!

For additional information, contact:
Dominic Leo at (630) 892-4628.

KofC Train

Pancake Breakfast 50/50 Raffle Winners

First Place: Jerry Theisen ($75), Second Place: Rick Asher (Bulldog Ale House Gift Cards) and
Third Place: Phyllis Lia (Hockeymania Sweepstake Ticket).

Congratulations winners and thanks to all the parishioners who volunteered and supported our annual Pancake Breakfast.




Adult Choir

Adult Choir
The Christmas season is almost upon us. The Adult Choir will sing on
Sunday, December 24th at 8:00 pm.

To prepare for this event, the adult choir will begin rehearsals on Thursday evenings:
  • November 16th
  • November 30th
  • December 14th
  • December 21st

All practices will be held from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the music room. It is important that you try and make as many of the group practices as possible as there will be some harmony involved and review of the new Mass parts.

If you are not part of the choir and would like to join our group, please call:
Linda Fandrich, Music Coordinator at (630) 896-9116 or rainbowlady@comcast.net.



Giving Tree Donations

Giving Tree
This year we will partner once again with Catholic Charities and North Aurora Mothers Club "Operation Christmas," to provide presents for local children and families in need.

To participate, please take a gift tag ornament from our "giving tree" in the narthex starting Saturday, November 25th. Once you have purchased the gift and wrapped or bagged it, attach the tag to the outside and return it to the tree in the narthex by Sunday, December 10th.

Thank you for helping to make a local family's Christmas merry!

Please call Jessica Benelli if you have any questions at: (630) 299-6319.



Movie Night

Movie Time
A Movie Night will be hosted at Blessed Sacrament on
Friday, December 1st, beginning at 6:30 pm. Doors will open at 6:00 pm.

This is a great way to start the Advent Season!

Admission is Free. We will showing The Nativity Story which is rated PG and runs
101 minutes.

All are invited. Feel free to bring a lawn chair. This event is sponsored by the Adult Faith Formation.

For additional information, contact Terry Schones at (815) 633-8089.



Parish Christmas Potluck and and Children's Pageant

Christmas Pageant Pot Luck

Christmas Pageant and Potlock

The Children's Christmas Pageant will take place in the church followed by food and fun in Holy Family Hall. Everyone in the parish is invited!
Join us on Sunday December 3rd, from 11:30 am -1:30 pm.

Christmas Pageant

Children K-5th Grade
Children K-5th Grade are invited to play a part in the Christmas Pageant.

Children 6-8th Grade
Children 6th-8th grade are encouraged to sign-up for the choir or help with narration of the pageant. Please sign-up in advance in the back of church.

Practices will be on Sunday November 19th and 26th from 11:30-12:30 in Holy Family Hall. Attending both practices is recommended but not required to be a part of this wonderful tradition!

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kuhn at (630) 849-6650.



Parish Dinner-Dance: Mardis Gras

Dinner Dance
Save the date: A Parish Dinner-Dance: Mardi Gras is set for
Saturday, February 17th in Holy Family Hall.

Volunteers are needed, please sign-up in Narthex. Tickets go on sale
Sunday, December 3rd.




Fall - Can We Count On You?

Fall
It's Fall! This means that many of our parishioners are on busy raking leaves, and preparing for our fall harvest meals 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


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.

Early registration is highly recommended. For info, see http://www.alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653.

Spend some quality time renewing your marriage. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends:

DateLocationContact
December 8-10, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
January 26-28, 2018
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
February 16-18, 2018
Apply Online
Geneva, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
April 20-22, 2018
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
September 7-9, 2018
Apply Online
Geneva, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653


For additional weekends, visit http://www.wwme.org/find-a-weekend.html

Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: http://www.alifetimeoflove.org 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.






Marmion Christmas Craft and Home Show

Christmas Craft Show
Christmas Craft & Home Show will be held at Marmion Academy on:
  • Saturday, November 25 — 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 26 — 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The cost of admission is $4.00 for ages 12+ with plenty of FREE parking. The show will feature 180+ crafters and vendors in a 30,000+ square foot shopping area. Enjoy lunch prepared by Belgio's Catering and get your freshly baked pie sold by the Flannigan Rifles Drill Team.

A "Craft Your Own Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar" will be available on Sunday for those 21 and older.

For more information please call the Marmion Alumni Office at (630) 966-7665.



Marmion Academy High School
Entrance Exam

Marmion Academy High School
Date:Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Time:9:00 am
Register:http://www.marmion.org/admissions
Information:(630) 897-6936 x227

Marmion Academy encourages all 8th grade boys to take the Scholarship Qualifying Entrance Exam on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00 am. To register for the exam, an application for admission must be filed prior to the test date at: http://www.marmion.org/admissions.

Students must take the exam at Marmion on Saturday, December 2nd to qualify for one of the fourteen scholarships to be awarded to incoming freshmen based on academic merit (total value $251,200).

Marmion's campus is located at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora (please use door #1 the day of the exam).

While students are taking the exam, parents are invited to join members of Marmion Academy's administration, faculty and staff in the Decio Library for an informal Q&A session beginning at 9:00 am. Parents in attendance will be entered into a drawing for a $ 500 tuition deposit voucher (valid for the 2018-2019 school year). Refreshments will be served.

Contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 897-6936 ext. 227 for additional information.



Explore a Lay Vocation

Explore Vocations
Catholic adults ages 21-65 who are in good standing with the Church and who are interested in exploring the idea of a vocation as a secular member of the Discalced Carmelite Order are invited to attend two community meetings in September and October.

The second Saturday morning meetings in Rockford will begin with morning prayer followed by Mass and brunch, then time to receive information, ask questions, and, at the second meeting, to be interviewed. The next study year begins in January.

Please refer any questions to:



Hessed House's Transportation and Dental Ministries

Hessed House
Hessed House's Transportation and Dental Ministries need your help. "Providing a ride or dental care are things that are so simple and so necessary."

If you are interested in providing transportation or dental services to those served at Hesed House, please contact volunteer@hesedhouse.org.




Courage Apostolate in the Rockford Diocese

Courage Apostolate
Do you have same sex attraction or know someone who does? Courage is an international apostolate of the Catholic Church which ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and a chapter is here in the Rockford Diocese. If you think Courage is for you or someone you know, contact their chaplain, Fr. Phillip Kaim at pkaim@rockforddiocese.org.

If you know of family members or friends who would like to be a part of a support group for those with same sex attraction, please contact their Chaplain, Fr. Ryan Browning at rbrowning@rockforddiocese.org or visit https://couragerc.org/ for more information on the Apostolate program.




Special Religious Development (SPRED)

SPRED
SPRED is a beautiful ministry for people with special needs and /or disabilities. We affirm the dignity of each person as an essential member of the church and child of God. SPRED is offered worldwide as a means for special needs people to experience faith using a unique approach. Catechists and friends grow together in faith. Set in a relaxed and beautiful context the process is comfortable, experiential and relational. To meet the needs of our community, more SPRED groups are needed.

To learn more about SPRED, contact Ann Walder at (630) 907-1837 or annwalder@comcast.net. Ann is the Parish Chairperson for the SPRED group at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Batavia. No teaching experience is necessary.... Just a big heart.



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 https://ccli.org/what-is-nfp/benefits/ to learn more!

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



Hope After Abortion

Project Rachael
Project Rachel provides a supportive and confidential environment where you can begin the process of healing.

For additional information:

Call:(815) 387-3379
Email:ProjectRachelRockford@gmail.com
Visit:http://www.hopeafterabortion.org

All inquiries are confidential.



Aurora Central Catholic High School - STEM

Aurora Central Catholic High School
Aurora Central Catholic High School is excited to announce a campaign to expand the current campus with a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Center, a Fine Arts Center, and a Physical Education Center.

The tradition of Catholic educational excellence and the heritage of faith that guided Madonna and Roncalli High Schools continues at Aurora Central Catholic High School. It is for this reason that Bishop Malloy invites the generous support of parents, grandparents, alumni, friends, and the area parishes to support this campaign to expand ACC for current and future genera-tions of students.

For more information or to assist with this campaign, please visit the school website at:

or contact the Aurora Central Catholic Development Office at:
(630) 907-0095 x110

or send an e-mail to:



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 www.masstimes.org 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.


THANK YOU
ADVERTISERS FOR SPONSORING OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN!