Eucharist icon Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
December 21, 2014 - DECEMBER 27, 2014

4th Sunday of Advent


Christmas
On Christmas open the door of your heart, your eternal soul to let God stay with you. When you do, Christmas will never be the same.

May the annual remembrance of the birth of Christ bring to you all the blessings of what is meant by God loving you so much that He humbled himself to look like you humanly speaking only to ask you to look like Him, baptized as you are.

And a Faith filled New Year!

Carol of the Bells - Libera

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

 

Saturday
December 20
4:30 p.m. The Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
December 21
8:00 a.m. Jennifer Rayford req. by Mary and Melvin Willett
Sunday
December 21
10:30 a.m. John Karafiat req. by The Community of Blessed Sacrament
Monday
December 22
8:30 a.m. Liturgy of the Word with Communion
Tuesday
December 23
8:30 a.m. James Bruner req. by His family
Wednesday
December 24
Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m. Deceased relatives and friends of Blessed Sacrament
Wednesday
December 24
Christmas Eve
4:30 p.m. Deceased priests of the Rockford Diocese
Wednesday
December 24
Christmas Eve
8:00 p.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Thursday
December 25
Christmas Day
9:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Friday
December 26
8:30 a.m Ron Carley req. by Jan and Carl DeBroux
Saturday
December 27
4:30 p.m. Bernie Sloan req. by Chris Vonhoff
Sunday
December 28
8:00 a.m. Lala Diaz req. by Sandra Martinez
Sunday
December 28
10:30 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max

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


Note: There will be no 8:30 am Mass or Adoration on
Wednesday, Christmas Eve.




SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)
Saturday, December 27th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, January 3rd 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Confession Reminder - Please note the change in the Saturday Confessional schedule. Confessions are now from 3:45 - 4:15 pm. or by appointment




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:
  • Msgr John P McGuire
  • Rev Francis J Hartman
  • Rev Lloyd McDonald
  • Rev John McGowen
  • Rev W Michael McKinstra


Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS 3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • PV2 Antonio Bourge
  • IT3Jeremy Daly
  • PFC Ethan J. Feltes
  • Sgt Kyle W. Feltes
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • PV2 Wyatt VanderLind
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: jennineb2002@yahoo.com

Pray For Our Sick: Brook Bess, Beth Edwards, and Carol Littlejohn



From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk

Dear Blessed Sacrament Families and Friends,

Greetings and Merry Christmas to you all!

Christmas is all around us! It is a joyful season that no one can ignore. And the reason for the season is none other than a Holy child that is born in a humble atmosphere. He is the child of hope in a world where everyone looks for some peace and true happiness. Jesus is born so that the world may live in hope.

It’s like the experience the great leader Nelson Mandela had when he first held his granddaughter. As you all know the his-tory, Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison because he saw unjust apartheid policies of the South African government and dared to stand up to it. Even from the prison cell he kept his hope alive because he loved the simple and common people of this world and he wanted them to live a decent human life! Once his daughter visited him in the prison and she had brought her newborn baby girl. Later in his autobiography, Mandela recalls the incredible joy and peace he felt when he held that tiny, delicate child in his callused hands. And as he held her up, he saw the promise of a hopeful nation and the future of South Africa, in which all people would live in peace. In his culture, it is customary for the grandfather to name the children of the family, so Mandela chose to name his new granddaughter “Zaziwe” which means hope.

As we celebrate another Christmas, may we always believe that God sent a little baby to be our hope so that we may have life in its fullness. And let us not forget what the angels sang: ‘Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on earth. Let peace, then begin with me.

I, along with our Parish Staff and the Parish Council, wish you a Blessed Christmas and the blessings of the Child Jesus. May Christ be born in you!

Peace, Joy and Blessings!

Father Max Lasrado





WELCOME TO OUR PARISH




How To Contact Us

Better Communication
Parish Email: Poffice@blsacr-na.org
Sr. Rose Marie: Srm@blessedsacrament-na.org
Parish Secretary: Psecretary@blsacr-na.org
Religious Ed: RE@blsacr-na.org
Father Max: Maxl@blsacr-na.org




What Are The Parish Hours?

Office Hours Please note our Parish office hours are:

Monday thru Wednesday   9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday   9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Friday   9:00 am – 12:00 noon
As always, call (630) 897-1029 for immediate needs, someone will get back to you.




How Do I Register At Blessed Sacrament?

New To The Parish If you are new to our Parish and would like to register at Blessed Sacrament, simply fill out the form listed below and drop it off at the Parish Office during business hours.

Thank you for joining our faith community!





Adoration Of The Blessed Sacrament

Blessed Sacrament Every Wednesday, we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament following Mass from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the table in front of the chapel. Please use the bell tower entrance and and to spend some time with the Lord.

What do you actually do during adoration?

You may sign up to be an "adorer" which allows you to schedule yourself for one or more hours per week to pray before the very presence of Our Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It means that you can have some time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read the bible, contemplate acts of faith, hope, charity, thanksgiving, reparation, pray a rosary or do whatever type of prayerful devotion that suits you before Our Lord.

You can just sit and say nothing simply keeping Him company, just as you would with a dear friend.




Food For Friends

Food For Friends Know of anyone who could use some assistance with meals after an illness or hospitalization? Contact Kitty Melby at (630) 896-4355.




Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick
Please call Fr. Max or the parish office if you or your family member is sick or will be hospitalized and wants to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.




Bulletin Deadline

Deadline Items must be submitted by Monday noon in order to be published in the next weekend’s bulletin.




From the Redemptorist Mission Team

Father Tony I want to express my deep gratitude to all of you, members of the Blessed Sacrament Parish family, for your warm welcome, your incredible hospitality and your generosity ($ 2,087.00 - collection). while I was with you for the recent Advent Parish Mission Retreat. Your generosity allows us to continue our missionary work, especially in poorer parishes, and to support our own Redemptorist community.

I consider it a wonderful blessing that I was able to preach the Word of God and to share my faith with all of you. Your energy and witness are a genuine inspiration to me. Blessings of health and peace to all of you especially during these blessed days of Advent! And may you all know the abiding love of our God as we once again celebrate the coming of our God - Emmanuel!

The Lord willing, we shall meet again. And please remember our missionary work in your prayers.

In the Redeemer,

Fr Tony Judge, C.Ss.R




PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS




Time and Talent Ministry Brochures

Time and Talent Please prayerfully consider how you can help the parish. Fill them out and return them to the parish office. Thank you!




Thank You

Thank You Thank you to those who returned their Fuel Collection Envelopes.

We realize that budgets are tight and we appreciate any help you give toward our annual utility bills estimated to be $46,000.00.




Reverse Collection

Reverse Collection The Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry will pick up your donations after the 10:30 am Mass so that the food can be distributed before Christmas. Please do not bring any food after Sunday as we need the coat room for our Christmas Masses..



Weekly Financial Report

You Want It When Due to the early bulletin deadline, the report will be provided in the next bulletin. Thank you to all for your weekly contributions.




Ushers Needed

Ushers We need extra ushers to help with the Christmas Masses. Due to the large attendance at all the Masses, we must have at least eight ushers at each of the Masses to help seat as many people as possible and to be ready should an emergency arise.

A sign up sheet is in the Narthex.




Make a difference in your Community!

Listen The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of volunteers for holiday The Pantry needs help on December 15, 18, 29, 30 and Jan 2nd from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, helping a minimum of four hours.

To schedule your hours, please call Kristin at: (630) 897-2127. The address is 1110 Jericho Rd, Aurora. They truly appreciate your help and generosity.




Change a Life: Be a Tutor!

Be a Tutor Adult Literacy Volunteers Needed to help adults learn to read or learn to speak English. Contact the Waubonsee Community College Adult Literacy Project at:
(630) 801-7900 x-4221.

Training will be held: Saturday, January 17th and Saturday, January 24th
(both days required) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.



JOIN US




Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA Any adult who wishes to join the church or find out more about our Catholic faith, please join us today at 9:00am in the Religious Education Center.

Call Brian Pientak at (630) 892-1667 for details.




The Altar and Rosary Society Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl The Altar and Rosary Society Prayer Shawl Ministry needs shawls. Our inventory needs to be replenished and we are looking for anyone who can crochet, knit or tie fabric pieces to craft shawls that can be blessed and distributed. Donated yarn and patterns are available

Please contact Sara Casher at (630) 801-8945 or
Visit the Altar and Rosary Webpage.




AROUND THE AREA




Area Activities

Nativity

Visit Marmion Academy’s Abbey Farms to cut your own tree or shop at the Nagel Emporium November 22 - December 23.



Vocation Dinner - Interested in finding out more about the Priesthood? If so, join Bishop Malloy, Fr. Keith Romke, and many of our seminarians at the "During Your Vacation Discern Your Vocation Dinner" Tuesday, December 30th at St Patrick’s on Crane and Randall Rds in St Charles.

This evening of prayer and discussion for men in high school and college, will begin with Eucharistic Adoration at 5:00 pm, followed by dinner, a talk by Bishop Malloy, and an opportunity to speak with Fr. Keith Romke, the Diocesan Director of Vocations, as well as several seminarians about the process of joining the seminary and becoming a priest.

If interested please register by E-Mailing Fr. Romke at Kromke@RockfordDiocese.org or by calling the Vocations Office at (815) 399-4300 x375.

If you know of anyone who may be interested please mention this event to them. In doing so you may inspire and help guide a future priest to discover his vocation!


Search for the Longest Married Couple - Worldwide Marriage Encounter is sponsoring the annual Longest Married Couple Project in the U.S as well as each of the 50 states and territories. If you know a couple with a long marriage, please nominate them for this honor.

More info at wwme.org. Deadline is Friday, January 9, 2015! Nominations must include the following info: Names of the couple, wedding date and current address and the name, phone number or email address of the person who is nominating them. Email nominations to: getart@flash.net or mail to:
M/M Garry Thomas, 108 Wander Way, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156.




Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” God wants so much for your marriage. Take time to reflect, renew and re-energize your marriage on the next WME weekend.

Early registration is highly recommended. For info, see alifetimeoflove.org 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:

January 23-25, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI
February 6-8, 2015
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL
April 17-19, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI
May 1-3, 2015
Apply Online
Rockford, IL
June 12-14, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI
September 11-13, 2015
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL
October 23-25, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI
November 20-22, 2015
Apply Online
Rockford, IL


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.




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!