Eucharist icon Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 22, 2015 - March 28, 2015

5th Sunday in Lent

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!



March 21
4:30 p.m. Bernie Sloan req. by Chris Vonhoff
March 22
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
March 22
10:30 a.m. Ron Orland req. by Jim and Barbara Cavanaugh
March 23
8:30 a.m. Dean Dunn req. by Mary Grommes
March 24
8:30 a.m. Rafaela Cardenas & Roy Melgosa req. by The Melgosa family
March 25
8:30 a.m. Ray and Hank Jurczak req. by The Miksanek family
March 26
8:30 a.m. Florence Weis req. by Bob and Marian Weis
March 27
8:30 a.m Cindy Apodaca req. by The Pientak family
March 28
4:30 p.m. Heidi Lakota req. by Her family
March 29
8:00 a.m. Pat Kish req. by John G Kish
March 29
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.

First Fridays
Every first Friday during Lent, there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament immediately after the 8:30 am Mass followed by devotions.


Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)
Saturday, March 28th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 4th 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 James A. Vanderpool
  • Msgr. Robert Hoffman
  • Rev. Morris Stack
  • Rev. M. A. Kissane
  • Deacon Jack D. Nesmith
  • Deacon Ed Lober
  • Rev. Bruno E. Daukas
  • Rev. James T. Donohue
  • Rev. Daniel P. Drennan
  • Rev. Joseph R. Teafoe
  • Rev. Peter M. Wilkin
  • Rev. Daniel J. McCaffrey
  • Msgr. Andrew J. Burns
  • Msgr. Leo M. Keenan
  • Deacon Robert Wade Jr.
  • Rev. Arthur M. Kreckel
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
  • 1st LT Ryan C. Lutz, SPC
  • 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: Brook Bess, Nancy Cawley, Geraldine Daraban, Beth Edwards, Liz Hammes family, George Lagen, and Carol Littlejohn.

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of
Mary Lou Tognarelli, whose funeral was held March 17, 2015.
Mary Lou and her family were founding members of our parish.
May her soul rest in peace.

Reflections on the Gospel


"Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be." In today's Gospel, Jesus speaks about death. He gives the analo-gy of the grain of wheat that must fall to the ground and die in order to produce much fruit. Later, he speaks about how he will be "lifted up from the earth," making reference to his crucifixion. He says that the fruit of this will be that he will "draw everyone" to himself.

Jesus is telling us that death yields a greater good, that it produces fruit. So, when he insists that we must follow him, we can take courage. Yes, following Jesus means accompanying him all the way to the cross. It means that we too are called to carry our own cross and die to ourselves: He says, "Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life." In this sense, Jesus is asking us to recognize that all of the things in this worldly life that we seem to value so greatly have no value whatsoever. This is how we "lose our life" and enjoy a new life in the loving arms of Jesus and can begin to bear the fruit of new life just as he describes with a grain of wheat, unable to bloom until it dies.

The season of Lent is designed not only to help us reflect a bit more deeply on the sufferings and death of Christ, but also to prepare us for the glory that follows. When we cling to Jesus we are those servants that Jesus spoke of, the ones who go where Jesus goes, even when the going gets tough. But let us remember, as we march through Lent, that this journey will bear much fruit.


How To Contact Us

Better Communication
Parish Email:
Sr. Rose Marie:
Parish Secretary:
Religious Ed:
Father Max:

What Are The Parish Hours?

Office Hours Please note our Parish office hours are:

Monday thru Thursday   9:00 am – 4:00 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
Registering at Blessed Sacrament Parish or any other parish has many benefits. If someone is not registered it makes it very difficult for the Pastor or the Parish Administration to issue references or recommendation letters.

Parish registration is necessary before making arrangements for Baptism, wedding and enrollment in Religious Education Program. Moreover, when you register, it also makes you personally feel that you 'belong' to Blessed Sacrament. If you haven't registered yet, please go to our website and download the registration form or stop by the office during office hours. Forms also may be found in the Church.

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.

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.

Homebound Ministry

Homebound Ministry Our Homebound Ministers have the privilege of taking our Lord, present in the Eucharist, to those homebound members of our church who are not able to join us at Mass due to illness or other incapacities. Our home visits let them know they are loved, prayed for, and still a vital part of our church community.

How can you receive Communion at home?

A homebound person (or one of their family members) simply needs to call the parish office requesting that someone come to their home. Visits take place fol-lowing both Sunday Masses.

What does a homebound minister do?

The minister attends Mass at the parish, then leaves for the home visit. At the home, there is a prayer format to follow, or depending on the needs of the parishioner, a short prayer, after which the Eucharist is given. After the service, a short time of fellowship can occur.

Who can become a minister to the homebound?

As with all ministers of the Eucharist, you must have a deep faith and believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. You must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, and be willing to go out to the people, so transportation is necessary. You will receive training and the necessary materials. For more info, contact
Patricia Whitney at (630) 346-0289 or


Bible Study

Bible Study Thank you to the 57 parishioners who have signed up for the six week Bible Study.

Please remember to bring your Bible along with the study book. Remeber that this week we will be meeting on Thrusday because the Communal Pennace is on Tuesday night. The session will begin at 6:30 pm sharp and will end at 8:00 pm sharp. -- Father Max

2014 Diocesan Stewardship Update

Diocesan Stewardship
TargetPledgedPaid so far
$ 53,662.00$ 53,507.00$ 48,505.00
Total Parish FamiliesTotal # of PledgesTotal # Not Giving

Diocesan Stewardship 2015 will begin in May. If you have not completed your 2014 pledge, we ask if possible, complete it within the next couple of weeks. Thanks for your help.

International Appeal

International Appeal
If you haven't received your envelope, pick one up in the back of church and place in the collection basket or drop it off at the office.

Volunteers Needed

Palm Sunday On Saturday, March 28th, at 9:00 am, we need help to clean and strip the palms for Palm Sunday. Please bring a pair of scissors and/or garden clippers. Many hands make light work! Thank you to those who waxed the pews Saturday!

Movie Lectionary Series

Movies A Movie Lectionary Series to help us enter into and appreciate the Gospel stories will be Sunday, March 22 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at the Nazareth Retreat Center in Batavia.

For details and to register call Linda at (630) 879-1296.

Easter Flower Memorial Offering

Easter Flowers Please return your Easter Memorial envelope by the weekend of
March 28/29th if you wish to make a memorial offering in the name of a deceased loved one for the flowers in the sanctuary for Easter Sunday and the Easter Season.


Attention Beginning the first week of Easter, there will be Mass on Mondays at 8:30 am and a Para-liturgical service with Communion on Thursdays at 8:30 am.

Attention - An Evening of Reflection

Attention Father Max is inviting all the Parish organizations, Parish Staff, Religious Education teachers and aides, Music Ministry, Liturgical Ministers, and all Volunteers for an Evening of Reflection:

When: March 23, 2015
Where: Holy Family Hall
Speaker: Rev David Peck
Pastor, St John Neumann Catholic Church
St Charles, IL
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen Blessed Sacrament is scheduled to help at the Soup Kitchen on
Monday, April 6th and Friday, April 10th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We need six to eight volunteers. A sign up sheet is in the Narthex.

The Confirmation Class

Confirmation Confirmation Class
Bridget Kelly's Confirmation Class helped pack over 2,000 meals for starving children in third world countries through Feed My Starving Children on March 9th.

Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus Save the Date! The Totus Tuus Summer Mission is coming to Blessed Sacrament June 21 - 26th. Grades 1 - 6 meet every day and middle/high school students meet every evening. There will be daily mass, confession, and tons of fun activities that will have kids excited to come back each day.

Observer Drive

Observer Please take a moment to renew your subscription to The Observer. Rates are still $28.00/year for stories, columns and news - all provided in the context of the Catholic Faith we share - in print, online, or both. Use the envelopes you received in your current copy or call (815) 399-4300 x383 or visit

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.

Bulletin Deadline

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


All About LENT

I want to make this Lent worthwhile. What can I do to keep the spirit and practice of Lent?

Lent is an intense, forty day period of reflection and penance that prepares us to renew ourselves through prayer, meditation and education. Our communication with God and our awareness of him is the purpose of prayer. Setting aside extra time each day helps intensify the season. Prayer includes daily Mass, Stations of the Cross, communal penance services and private confession. Making restitution for sin as well as disciplining our hearts and minds to focus on God is the purpose of penance. Penance includes personal sacrifice, self-denial, fasting, almsgiving and charitable works.

Finally, spiritual practices help us sharpen our understanding and insight into the meaning and understanding of our faith. When you take your faith seriously, you do what is necessary to fol-low Jesus more closely, to integrate your life and your faith more carefully.

"Lent is practice for a holy life."
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo


Pope Francis
  1. Get rid of the lazy addiction to evil.
  2. Do something that hurts.
  3. Don't remain indifferent.
  4. Pray: Make our hearts like yours!
  5. Take part in the sacraments.
  6. Prayer.
  7. Fasting.
  8. Almsgiving.
  9. Help the Poor.
  10. Evangelize.


Lent Cross
Mass: 8:30 am Monday through Friday, beginning
If there is a funeral, the 8:30 am Mass will be rescheduled.
Rosary: The rosary is recited before all Masses. It is a beautiful tradition of our faith, please come and join us in this devotion to Mary.
Stations of the Cross: Stations will be on Fridays at 6:30 pm following the Soup Supper
at 5:30 p.m.
Bible Study: Six Week Lenten Bible Study with Father Max on Tuesdays beginning February 24th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm looking at the book of Acts.
The Lentent Confession Schedule is listed below:

Tue March 24 6:30 p.m. Parish - Communal 5 priests
Wed March 25 Be Reconciled
Diocesan day of
1 priest    9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Individual Confessions

Tue March 31 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.after Mass
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Fr. Max
Wed April 1 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.after Mass
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m
Fr. Max



Holy Week
Holy Thursday
April 2nd
7:00 p.m. Mass of the Last Supper
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
(until 10:00 pm)
Good Friday
April 3rd

8:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m.
Day of Fast and Absinence
Morning Prayer Service
Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
Morning Prayer Service
Blessing of Easter food baskets
Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday 8:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Easter Mass
Easter Mass


Lent Fasting is to be observed by all, 18 years and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed. Women who are pregnant and persons who are sick are not bound by the law of fast.

Abstinence, is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat and foods prepared with meat or meat by-products.

Almsgiving: During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. Here are a few opportunities. Operation Rice Bowl for those who choose to fast one day a week during Lent and to contribute that money to help feed the hungry in our area and the world. Or simply drop your change in the rice bowl or quarter container after shopping. Ninety-two percent of donations go to the poor overseas.

Rice Bowl Operation Rice Bowls and Quarter folders are still available for those who choose to fast and contribute that money to help feed the hungry.

40 cans
Knights of Columbus The Knights Of Columbus 40 Cans for 40 Days of Lent food drive in conjunction with the parish's monthly reverse collection is another option. Challenge yourself to donate a can or box a day during Lent. To get an idea of what is needed, take a slip out of the basket during the Reverse (2nd) collection. All food donations must be made by Sunday noon on
February 22nd (first pick up) or March 22nd (second pick up).

Ash Wednesday, February 18th and Good Friday, April 3rd, are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only.


Fish Frys
St Peter and Paul Church
Join them at Rt 64 and Meredith Rd in Virgil from 5:00 - 8:00 pm for an All-You-Can-Eat meal: Adults $11 -14.00, Children $4 -7.00, under 5 free.
Fish Frys
Marmion’s Fishing Team Fish Fry Fundraiser
Enjoy a Sgt. Dotson’s Famous Fried Catfish meal for $10.00 Drive thru service only at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora (follow the signs to the circle drive behind the school) from 4-7 pm. Meals must be pre-purchased at All proceeds go directly to Marmion’s Fishing Team.
Fish Frys
St Therese Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus invite you to their Fish Frys from 5:00 - 7:30 pm in the parish hall. Join them for a delicious family fish fry dinner at 271 N Farnsworth Ave in Aurora.


Soup Every Friday of Lent we will be having a soup supper at 5:30 pm before Stations of the Cross. The menu will be soup, salad, bread and refreshments. Stations of the Cross will follow at 6:30 pm. To volunteer or donate part of the meal, call Eva Castillo at (630) 239-5940.

Please help out at our "soup kitchen".


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA Was one of your resolutions to learn more about what Catholics believe or to receive the Sacraments and join the Catholic Church? Any adult who wishes to join the church or find out more about our Catholic faith, is invited to join our continuing classes on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the Religious Education Center.

For further information, 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.


Living Stations of the Cross

Living Stations of the Cross On Good Friday, April 3 at 7:00 pm, a special Living Stations of the Cross will be presented by parishioners at Saint Peter Church in Geneva.

Join us in this prayerful, meditative presentation of the Stations.

The Rockford Cursillo Movement

Cursillo The Rockford Cursillo Movement is hosting two upcoming weekend encounters:

Men Spanish
April 9 - 12
April 16 - 19
Women Spanish
March 23 - 26
April 30 - May 3

The weekend encounters will be held at St Mary Community Center in Oregon, IL. For more details please contact Gabriel or Jenny Bourge at: (630) 907-1587 or at

Nun Run

Nun Run Nun Run Discernment Week is April 8 - 12th for young women 17 - 35 who have been wondering about religious life. Come visit different communities to speak with the sisters, ask questions and share their daily lives. For info contact (815) 399-4300 or email

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Fundraiser

Missionaries Sacred Heart The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Fundraiser is Sunday April 19th at the Gaslight Courtyard West. This is their 44th annual dinner dance to benefit the Pacific Union Missionaries. For details call MSC at (630) 892-2371 or see Come and celebrate the anniversaries of five priests with over 30 years service.

Reflect Retreat

Reflect Retreat Attention Mid-Life Singles (mid 30’s - 50’s): Are you one of the many never married, divorced or widowed people in mid-life who feel alone and out of place (even in Church!)? Register for a Reflect weekend of May 1 - 3rd at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House in Munde-lein, IL. Take a chance and get involved.

Call (312) 532-8286 or visit for details.

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 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:

April 17-19, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
April 17-19, 2015
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
May 1-3, 2015
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
June 12-14, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
June 12-14, 2015
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Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
July 31-02, 2015
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Madison, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
August 7-9, 2015
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Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
September 11-13, 2015
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Crystal Lake, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
October 23-25, 2015
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Brookfield, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
November 20-22, 2015
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Rockford, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
December 11-13, 2015
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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.

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.   

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