Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
Please see the bulletin for Holy Days.
Note Mass change for 12/24
Mass Times
Monday8:30 AM
Tuesday8:30 AM
Wednesday8:30 AM
Thursday
Communion Service
8:30 AM
Friday8:30 AM
Saturday4:30 PM
Sunday 12/249:00 AM
* Or by appointment
Confession Times
Saturdays3:45 - 4:15 PM*
Adoration Times
Wednesdays9:00 - 3:00 PM
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
December 17 - December 23, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent

Advent Bible Study

More than 50 parishioners and friends gathered Tuesday evenings in Holy Family Hall for Bible Study with Father Max.

The 6-week study looked closely at 2 Corinthians. Another study will be presented during the Lenten season and will be open to all Adult parishioners who wish to learn more about their faith.




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

PLEASE NOTE: MASS SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY DECEMBER 24TH


Date Time Intention
Saturday
December 16
4:30 pm Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
December 17
8:00 am Frank Butler req. by Dorothy & Gerald Wood
Sunday
December 17
10:30 am Salvador & Dora Tagle req. by Josefa Torres
 
Monday
December 18
8:30 am Dolores Shannon req. by Lin & Sandy Winterowd
Tuesday
December 19
8:30 am Carl DeBroux req. by Bob & Nancy Scott
Wednesday
December 20
8:30 am Catherine Woodard req. by Her Family
Thursday
December 21
8:30 am Communion Service
Friday
December 22
8:30 am John Rogers req. by His Wife
 
Saturday
December 23
4:30 pm James Bruner req. by His Family
Sunday
December 24
9:00 am Dan, Eileen & Baby Eileen Enright req. by Elizabeth Ferrari
 
Sunday
December 24
Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Tony Sikorcin req. by Ron & Mary Weirich
Sunday
December 24
Christmas Eve
4:30 pm Fred Noonan req. by Bereavement Committee
Sunday
December 23
Christmas Eve
8:00 pm 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.

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, December 30th 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:
  • Very Rev. Robert P Donavan
  • Rev. Joseph M. Tully
  • Deacon Joseph P. Nicolosi
  • Rev. Joseph M. Egan
  • Deacon Raymond Orth
  • Rev. Robert Jackson
  • Rev. Francis J. Hartman
  • .
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
  • 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
  • Ann Brouch
  • 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
  • Pat Kingsley
  • Donna Kinzie
  • Veronica Klymus
  • 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



Welcome!

Baptism

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

Evangeline Darla Ann Wilkinson
Daughter of Matthew & Heather Wilkinson

Evelyn Kathleen Harlow
Daughter of Adam & Alexis Harlow




Reflections on the Gospel

Reflection
"There is one ... coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." Untying sandal straps was no prestigious job. In the days of John the Baptist, those straps would have been especially unpleasant to deal with. Besides the usual odors that accompany sockless leather footwear, there would have been the grime and dirt from the sandy roads and paths that swirled around the people who went everywhere on foot. Taking off someone's shoes upon their arrival was the task of the lowly servants. So when John says he&##9;s unworthy of doing this task for the "one who is coming after me," he is putting himself in a very humble position. And rightly so.

John realizes that the Christ-the Anointed One, the Messiah-is so far above him, so far above any of us, that we are truly unworthy of him. Indeed, the Son of God is not just the greatest of men; he is God-made-man and in his presence we most appropriately should bow in humble homage. Yet this God chose to stoop down to our human level and walk among us. He chose to get his sandals dirty. And still today he chooses to allow us to encounter him as a friend and companion.

But as John reminds us by his example, this encounter with the Lord is not the result of our own merits or accomplishments. We are sinners who stand in need of Christ's help. But thanks be to God, he is always willing to extend this help to us. As St. Paul says in today's epistle, "May the God of peace make you perfectly holy." Indeed it is God who does the perfecting, not us by our own power. So let us approach the Lord this Advent season with a spirit of hopeful humility, trusting that God alone can make us worthy of welcoming his Son.



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



December Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis

Pope Francis
THE ELDERLY

Please pray that the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.





Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Parish Meetings & Activities
Tuesday, December 19thKnights of Columbus —
Wednesday, December 20thKofC District Meeting —
Thursday, December 21stAdult Choir Practice —


Religious Education This Week
Sunday, December 17thReligious Education —
Wednesday, December 20thReligious Education —



Liturgical Ministers and Parents of Altar Servers

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

The January and Feburary schedules have been emailed. If you did not receive one call the parish office or pick them up in the altar server room. Thank you!



Thank You!

Thank You
Thank you parent volunteers who brought home altar server robes to wash before Christmas. We appreciate your help in making sure the server’s robes are clean and fresh in time for our Christmas Liturgies!



Parish Improvement Project

Improvement
Last weekend the plan to update our outdated furnaces and AC units throughout the church buildings was presented at all the Masses. This project is slated to begin immediately after Easter 2018 and will cost the Parish $400,000.

A member of the finance council spoke at each Mass introducing a booklet by Ben Scott titled Why & How Much Should I Be GIVING to the Church, To The Poor and was distributed to each family.

This booklet helps to answer some of the questions relating to tithing as well as doing God's will and getting to heaven. After reading this booklet, each family will be better informed and able to prayerfully consider contributing to the ongoing and future needs of the parish all the while ensuring that Blessed Sacrament Church is around for generations to come.

IF you were not at Mass last weekend, please pick up a booklet in the narthex.
Thank you!



Tennis Balls Needed

Used Tennis Balls

Attention Tennis Players

We are in need of your old, used tennis balls for the student's chairs in the Religious Education building. We place them on the chair legs to prevent scratching the floor's finish.

Please don't throw them away, donate them to our Religious Education program.
Thank you!



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

Dr. Scott Hahn presents the historical and biblical origins of the Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation). He provides an important guide for new Catholics, a source of renewal for "old hands", and a challenge to all of us to deepen our relationship with Christ through regular use of the Sacrament of Penance.




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.



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.



Did You Know...?

Did You Know
Did you know that Blessed Sacrament parishioners have donated $18,547.15 and countless bags of groceries and supplies to the Interfaith Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen so far this year?
"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you? As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."



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!
 

Information Night

Thursday, December 14th
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Holy Family Hall

The Knights of Columbus is extending an open invitation to all men of the parish and their spouses to join us at this event.

It is a great opportunity for current Knights to be brought up to date on their benefits, and for those who are not already Knights, a chance to learn more about the benefits and rewards of being part of this special fraternity of Catholic men and their families.

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Hockey Mainia Fundraiser

The Knights of Columbus will once again be using the charitymania.com fundraiser for the 2017-18 NHL Season. Each ticket is $20 and runs 15 weeks, starting the week of December 18th.

Scoring counts the number of goals scored by three teams in a week ~ Payouts each week are Top 10 places and Bottom 4 places. Tickets available while supplies last - would be a great stocking stuffer!!!

Help support a great cause, but we need to know by December 14th. For more information please call
Todd Banks at (630) 892-9105.





Advent and Christmas Liturgies



Meaning of Advent

Advent Wreath Lighting Families
DayTimeFamily
December 2nd4:30 pmLenert Family
December 3rd8:00 amBoecker Family
10:30 amSalach Family

Thank you to the families that lit our advent wreath this weekend!


Christmas Liturgies
DayTimeLocation
Saturday, December 23rd
4th Sunday of Advent
4:30 pmHoly Family Hall
Sunday, December 24th
4th Sunday of Advent
9:00 amHoly Family Hall
 
Sunday, December 24th
Christmas Eve
4:00 pmHoly Family Hall
4:30 pmChurch
8:00 pmChurch
Monday, December 25th
Christmas Day
9:00 amChurch
 
Saturday, December 30th
Holy Family of JMJ
4:30 pmChurch
Sunday, December 31st
Holy Family of JMJ
8:00 amChurch
10:30 pmChurch
 
Monday, Jauary 1st
New Year's Day*
9:00 amChurch
*Not A Holy Day of Obligation This Year In The USA





Lights of Love

Lights of Love
Lights of Love, sponsored by the Altar & Rosary Society, is a way to honor and celebrate family and friends we hold dear. A tree in the narthex will shine with lights and display select embossed cards during the Holiday Season and will remain into the New Year as a tribute to those we Love, Appreciate and Remember.

A memorial card of your choice may be purchased before or after weekend Masses for $5.00 each.

After Christmas, all of the cards will be brought up to the altar at offertory during Mass



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:
  • 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.



Parish Dinner-Dance

Dinner-Dance
The annual Parish Dinner-Dance is going to be

Saturday, February 17th, 2018.

The event will take place in Holy Family Hall. Come enjoy a buffet dinner, music, cash bar (two complimentary drink tickets), raffle baskets, 50/50 raffle and an evening filled with dancing and fellowship.

Tickets cost $30 each and are now on sale. This is a 21 and over event with proceeds to benefit the Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs.

Early Bird Special:
Purchase 2 Tickets for $55 until the end of December.



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
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.



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!