Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!

IMPORTANT NEWS

There will be a Mass with Sacrament of Anointing on Friday, February 23rd beginning at 10:00 am.
There will be no 8:30 am Mass on this Friday.

IMPORTANT NEWS

Please see the bulletin for
Holy Days.
Mass Times
Monday8:30 AM
Tuesday8:30 AM
Wednesday8:30 AM
Thursday
Communion Service
8:30 AM
Friday8:30 AM
Saturday4:30 PM
Sunday8:00 AM
10:30 AM
* Or by appointment
Confession Times
Saturdays3:45 - 4:15 PM*
Adoration Times
Wednesdays9:00 - 3:00 PM
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
February 18 - February 24, 2018

The The First Sunday of 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!




MASSES / SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

Date Time Intention
Saturday
February 17
10:00 am Funeral Mass for Mary Willett
Saturday
February 17
4:30 pm John & Jack Sintich req. by Judee Sintich
Sunday
February 18
8:00 am Carl De Broux req. by Sandy & Lin Winterowd
Sunday
February 18
10:30 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
 
Monday
February 19
8:30 am Fred Noonan req. by Brian & Kate Pientak
Tuesday
February 20
8:30 am John Aister req. by Jo & Dave Wolf
Wednesday
February 21
8:30 am John Rogers req. by Frances Rogers
Thursday
February 22
8:30 am Deceased Priests of the Rockford Diocese
Friday
February 23
10:00 am Mass with the Sacrament of Anointing
David VanDyke req. by VanDyke Family
 
Saturday
February 24
4:30 pm Catherine Woodard req. by Her Family
Sunday
February 25
8:00 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
February 25
10:30 am Rosalva Robles req. by Rosalva Lacke


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, February 24th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 3rd 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. William V. Reedy
  • Rev. Raymond A. Horner
  • Rev. Louis J. Pesut
  • Rev. James A. Quinn
  • Rev. William Weber
  • Rev. Clemens Duerr
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:
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Star Brock
  • Karen Brown
  • Leonora Brown
  • Jennifer Burgos
  • Cathie Burns
  • Martha Patino Cardona
  • Alison Davis
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry Flaugher
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Tom Kehoe
  • Pat Kingsley
  • Donna Kinzie
  • Veronica Klymus
  • Linda McNamara
  • Susan Mendoza
  • David Murdock
  • Joanne Perkins
  • Viola Plante
  • Joanne Piotrowski
  • Bobby Roeback
  • Fr. John Slampak
  • Joseph Sreniawski
  • Rosemary Tinsley
  • Ellie Tullgren
  • Mary Van Linden
  • Eileen Weilandt
  • Wiesbrock Family
  • Mike Winn



Reflections on the Gospel

Reflection
Why do we always go to the desert? We see this example in Scripture time and time again. The Israelites wandered in the desert. King David and prophets were driven into the wilderness. And now Jesus is in the same place. Lent after Lent, we too are invited into a barren, desolate place. Why do we always go to the desert?

Thoughout Scripture, the desert is a place of testing. It's also a place of hiding and withdrawal. In the Old Testament, David fled into the wilderness to hide from Saul, Elijah from Jezebel, and Jonah from God! In other words, the desert is a place of "retreat." In Christian circles, we use the word to describe a spiritual weekend away. But its meaning comes from warfare, as we well know. To retreat means to draw back, to separate one-self from the fighting. Of course, a military retreat brings its own kind of "battle" -- the in-ternal assessment of why the fighting went so poorly.

As we enter into this Lenten season, we are invited to retreat into the desert with Jesus. Attending a day or weekend of reflection is a wonderful spiritual practice. This "desert spirituality," however, can fill all forty days. We can fulfill our Lenten resolutions with a purpose -- writing daily notes to family and friends can inspire new gratitude, every time we pass up that specific food item can be cause for intercession for deeper sufferings and privations of others.

The Gospel tells us that "the Spirit drove him out into the desert." In other words, God wants us to be here. What feels uncomfortable is actually part of our spiritual journey. To be stretched, to be challenged, to confront our own areas of weakness -- these things are essential in our walk with God. This Lent, will you go to the desert?



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: Melissa Heine
Respect Life: Michele Wood & Renee Flaherty
St. Mother Teresa Prayer Group: Rita Bruner
Ushers: Vince McCabe
Web Master: Garry Daly
Young at Hearts: Joyce Harner


Important Announcements



Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Parish Meetings & Activities
DateMeeting / ActivityTime
Monday, February 19thOffice is Closed
Tuesday, February 20thOffice Staff Meeting
Friday, February 23rdSoup & Salad Supper
Stations of the Cross


Religious Education This Week
DateActivityTime
Sunday, February 18thNo Religious Education 
Tuesday, February 20stConfirmation Practice
Wednesday, February 21stConfirmation
No Religious Education 



Observer Drive

Observer
Please take a moment to renew your subscription to The Observer. Rates are still only $28/year for stories, columns and news-all provided in the context of the Catholic faith we share-available in print, online or both.

Renew with the envelope you received by mail, with the envelope provided at church, by phone (815) 399-4300, ext. 383 or online at the secure website http://www.observer.rockforddiocese.org.



Liturgical Ministers and Parents of Altar Servers

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

A schedule request has been sent out via email. Please let Jenny Bourge, Liturgy Coordinator, know of your availability for March and April.
Deadline is Friday, February 2nd.



Youth Collection Envelopes

2018 Envelopes
Youth collection envelopes are available in the narthex. Help teach your child the rewards of giving to the church!

Please make sure to write down your child's name, grade and the box number you took on the sign-up sheet so we can account for what is given.




2017 Individual Tax Reports

Taxes
2017 Contribution Tax Reports are available in Holy Family Hall for our envelope users who donated $250 or more, this weekend.

The Give Central participants who donated extra contributions to the different reliefs (hurricane, etc) will find their statements in Holy Family Hall as well. Otherwise E-givers may download their statements thru Give Central.

We ask that you check them over to make sure they are correct. If there is an error, please let us know at (630) 897-1029 as soon as possible so our final record is correct. Your donations to the four Diocesan Appeals will not be on our statement. The Diocese will be sending their reports.



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

Bishop Robert Barron offers five sermons on the spiritual discipline we must cultivate in the Lenten season, a discipline centered in Christ. These meditations cover topics such as finding our identity in God, prayer as the key to mission, our thirst for God, how to end our alienation from God, and how to joyfully embrace the way of happiness.



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 Preparation for 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 the missalettes we use at Mass cost the parish $2,532.00 each year?

Thank you to those who continue to contribute to our parish.

Missalettes



National Appeal

National Appeal
Thank you to those who have returned their National Appeal envelopes. We have received $6,996.00 so far.

This appeal supports the Retirement Fund for Religious, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Catholic University of America, the Catholic Communication Campaign, the Rockford Diocesan Priest's Pension, and Catholic Elementary School Financial Support.

If you didn't receive an envelope, they are available at the back of church. Please return your envelopes in the next couple of weeks. God bless you for your generosity!



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


Baby Blanket Drive - Thank You!

Baby Blanket Drive
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the baby blanket drive! We will be delivering 2 large boxes of blankets, booties and hats to the Father McGivney Centers for Hope and Healing.

These 5 centers are located throughout the diocese of Rockford, Belleville, Peoria, Lockport and Chicago and provide support for women who have chosen life for their children. Women are provided with housing, counseling, education and spiritual nurturing. For more information and op-portunities to donate, please go to http://www.mcgivneycenter.net.



Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross

Soup Supper and Stations
Every Friday of Lent we will be having a soup supper at 6:00 pm before Stations of the Cross. The menu will be soup, salad, bread and refreshments. Stations of the Cross will follow at 7:00 pm.

Parishioners are needed to help provide either soup or salad for dinner before each of the Friday Stations of the Cross during Lent.

Please sign-up in the Narthex.

PARISH LENTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS



All About LENT


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


A:
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.

Remember That Sumaritan?

Remember that the Samaritan—like so many of our brothers and sisters around the world was on the move, a traveler. Though few trusted Samaritans in Jesus' time, it was in fact this "stranger" that showed love.

How will you answer the call to love your neighbor this Lent?

Click on the Image to view the video.

Who is my neighbor

Journey to the Foot of the Cross:
10 Things to Remember For Lent

  1. Remember the formula. The Church does a good job capturing certain truths with easy-to-remember lists and formulas: 10 Commandments, 7 sacraments, 3 persons in the Trinity. For Lent, the Church gives us almost a slogan—Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving—as the three things we need to work on during the season.
  2. It's a time of prayer. Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 days. As we pray, we go on a journey, one that hopefully brings us closer to Christ and leaves us changed by the encounter with him.
  3. It's a time to fast. With the fasts of Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, meatless Fridays, and our personal disciplines interspersed, Lent is the only time many Catholics these days actually fast. And maybe that's why it gets all the attention. "What are you giving up for Lent? Hotdogs? Beer? Jelly beans?" It's almost a game for some of us, but fasting is actually a form of penance, which helps us turn away from sin and toward Christ.
  4. It's a time to work on discipline. The 40 days of Lent are also a good, set time to work on personal discipline in general. Instead of giving something up, it can be doing something positive. "I'm going to exercise more. I'm going to pray more. I'm going to be nicer to my family, friends and coworkers."
  5. It's about dying to yourself. The more serious side of Lenten discipline is that it's about more than self-control – it's about finding aspects of yourself that are less than Christ-like and letting them die. The suffering and death of Christ are foremost on our minds during Lent, and we join in these mysteries by suffering, dying with Christ and being resurrected in a purified form.
  6. Don't do too much. It's tempting to make Lent some ambitious period of personal reinvention, but it's best to keep it simple and focused. There's a reason the Church works on these mysteries year after year. We spend our entire lives growing closer to God. Don't try to cram it all in one Lent. That's a recipe for failure.
  7. Lent reminds us of our weakness. Of course, even when we set simple goals for ourselves during Lent, we still have trouble keeping them. When we fast, we realize we're all just one meal away from hunger. In both cases, Lent shows us our weakness. This can be painful, but recognizing how helpless we are makes us seek God's help with renewed urgency and sincerity.
  8. Be patient with yourself. When we're confronted with our own weakness during Lent, the temptation is to get angry and frustrated. "What a bad person I am!" But that's the wrong lesson. God is calling us to be patient and to see ourselves as he does, with unconditional love.
  9. Reach out in charity. As we experience weakness and suffering during Lent, we should be renewed in our compassion for those who are hungry, suffering or otherwise in need. The third part of the Lenten formula is almsgiving. It's about more than throwing a few extra dollars in the collection plate; it's about reaching out to others and helping them without question as a way of sharing the experience of God's unconditional love.
  10. Learn to love like Christ. Giving of ourselves in the midst of our suffering and self-denial brings us closer to loving like Christ, who suffered and poured himself out unconditionally on cross for all of us. Lent is a journey through the desert to the foot of the cross on Good Friday, as we seek him out, ask his help, join in his suffering, and learn to love like him.

LENTEN DEVOTIONS

Lent Cross
Mass: Daily Mass is 8:30 am, on Monday through Friday.
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 7:00 pm following the Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m.
Confession:
Penance:
Reconciliation:
Saturdays from 3:45 - 4:15 pm


Reconciliation Schedule

Wed March 7th 6:45 p.m. Communal Pennance Multiple priests
Wed March 21st Be Reconciled - Diocesan Day of Confession
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Individual Confessions 1 priest
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Individual Confessions 1 priest
6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Individual Confessions 1 priest

ALL FRIDAYS OF LENT ARE DAYS OF ABSTINENCE! – No Meat

HOLY WEEK

Holy Week
Holy Thursday
March 29th
7:00 p.m. Mass of the Last Supper
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
(until 10:00 pm)
Good Friday
March 30th

8:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Day of Fast and Abstinence
Morning Prayer Service
Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil
March 31st
8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
Morning Prayer Service
Blessing of Easter food baskets
Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday
April 1st
8:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Easter Mass
Easter Mass

Holy means "set apart" - . Catholics set apart an entire week - Holy Week, to center themselves through prayer on the events surrounding the suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus.

LENTEN REGULATIONS


Lent Fasting is to be observed by all, 18 years and older, who have not yet celebrated their 60th 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 Bowl: Lent is a 40-day journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. As companions on this journey, we are invited to reach out to our neighbors in need, no matter where they live.

This Lent, CRS Rice Bowl invites you, your family and community, to journey alongside the Good Samaritan. Reflect on how an encounter with our neighbor can be transformative. Together, our prayers, fasting and almsgiving support migrants, refugees and others around the world who are seeking safety and opportunity.

A cardboard CRS Rice Bowl is a tool for collecting your Lenten alms and can be picked-up in the Narthex. During Lent choose one day a week to fast and contribute the money saved to help feed the hungry in our area and the world. Simply drop your change in the rice bowl. There will be a collection of rice bowls following the Lenten season.


40 cans
Knights of Columbus
The Knights Of Columbus The Knights of Columbus are again supporting a program called 40 Cans for 40 Days. Participants are challenged to contribute one can/boxed food item each day during Lent, thus 40 cans.

The food will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry, which our parish already supports through our monthly Reverse Collection program. To participate, bring your food donation to church on Sunday, March 18th, along with your reverse collection donation. Thank you for your support of this program.


Heart to Heart
Heart to Heart Help others this Lenten season by taking part in the Heart to Heart Project. This person-to-person project has helped thousands of children in our sister Diocese of Chulucanas, Peru, South America, by providing basic school supplies.

To participate, pick up one of the sheets in the Narthex or RE center and decorate the double heart and return it with $2 to the labeled boxes. The hearts help show people in Peru that people of the Rockford Diocese care and pray for them. All are encouraged to participate!


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.



Good Friday Fast and Abstinence Regulations

Good Friday
Everyone 14 and over is bound to abstain from meat. Everyone 18 and under 59 is bound to fast. Fasting means eating only one full, meatless meal. Two other smaller, meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken, but together shouldn’t equal another full meal.

Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juice, are allowed. See Fr. Max if you have any concerns about fasting and abstinence.

Stations of the Cross Leaders

Friday, February 16th Confirmation Students
Friday, February 23rd Knights of Columbus
Friday, March 2nd Altar & Rosary
Friday, March 9th Religious Education Students/Catechists
Friday, March 16th Liturgy Ministry
Friday, March 23rd Homebound Ministry

AREA LENTEN FISH FRYS

Fish Frys
Marmion Academy's Fishing Team
Marmion Academy's Fishing Team is having its annual Fish Fry Fundraiser on
Friday, February 23rd, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.

Drive through pick up only at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora.
Each meal is $12 and includes 3 pieces of Sgt. Dotson's Famous Fried Catfish, French Fries, Hush Puppies, Cole Slaw and a Dinner Roll.

ALL MEALS MUST BE PRE-ORDERED BY FEBRUARY 22 FOR PICK-UP.

Register for pickup at: http://www.marmion.org/fishfry.
Fish Frys
St Rita of Cascia
Dinner includes varieties of fried and baked fish, fish tacos (2nd, 4th and 6th Fridays) french fries, vegetable and drink for $10. Pizza with pasta or macaroni and cheese is available for kids.

Desserts are extra and benefit the St Rita's Youth Group and St Vincent de Paul groups within St Rita's community. St Rita of Cascia Parish Hall 750 Old Indian Trail, Aurora.

SOUP & SALAD SUPPER AND
STATIONS OF THE CROSS


Soup
Every Friday of Lent we will be having a soup and salad supper at 6:00 pm before Stations of the Cross. The menu will be soup, salad, bread and refreshments. Stations of the Cross will follow at 7:00 pm.

To volunteer or donate part of the meal, contact Eva Castillo through
email: Castillo_ev@yahoo.com, phone: (630) 239-5940 or cell: (630) 391-3993.

Please sign up for our "soup supper".


Lenten Reflection

Lenten Reflection
The Annual Day of Reflection hosted by the Discalced Carmelites of the Diocese, will be Saturday, March 10th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The morning starts with prayer and Mass followed by brunch, two talks, lunch, and a third talk, ending around 2 p.m.

Speaker: Father John Gow on "A Carmelite Heart."
St. Rita Parish, 6254 Valley Knoll Drive, Rockford.


There will be a Free will donation. Also a basket raffle.
Reservations appreciated to: Amanda, (815) 395-0566.




Bible Study

Bible Study The spring Bible Study session will begin during the season of Easter on
Tuesday, April 10th.

We will not have a Lenten Bible Study this year. More information will follow.



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
Want to put the romance back into your relationship? The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers married couples an opportunity to get off the treadmill of life and focus on each other. The Weekend teaches a technique of loving communication that you can use for the rest of your lives. It is a chance to look deeply into your relationship with each other and with God. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Mar-riage Encounter Weekends.

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
April 6-8, 2018
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
August 10-12, 2018
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
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
October 12-14, 2018
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
November 9-11, 2018
Apply Online
Rockford, 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.



Bishop Athanasius Schneider Visits Holy Cross Church

Holy Cross
Bishop Athanasius Schneider visits Holy Cross Church in Batavia on
Wednesday, February 21st. Co-partnered with Relevant Radio, the Program includes:
5:30 pm
A rosary for the intention of "The sanctity and the preservation of the Family"

6:00 pm
The celebration of the Holy Mass by His Excellency Bishop Schneider

7:00 pm
An address to the congregation about "The Family as the Original place for the Beauty of the Catholic Faith" by His Excellency

8:00 pm
Fellowship in Donovan Hall

Please join us then! Come meet this stronghold Shepherd of the flock of God and let us be "innumerable as the stars and the sand of the seashore" (Genesis 22:17) to beg our Lord to protect our families and to uphold the sanctity of the family all over the world.




Holy Angels School
Open House

Holy Angels School
Holy Angels School will hold an Open House for Preschool – 8th grade on
Thursday, February 22nd, from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Holy Angels School is a STEM specialty school rooted in faith and recognized for academic excellence. Learn about our K-8 STEM curriculum, Pre-K programs, extended childcare options, full-day kindergarten program and PreK-8 open enrollment.

Holy Angels Catholic School is located at 720 Kensington Place in Aurora.

For additional information, contact the school at: (630) 897-3613.



Aurora Central Catholic High School
7th Grade Step-Up Day

7th Grade Step-Up Day
Aurora Central Catholic High School will host a 7th Grade Step-Up Day on
Tuesday, February 27 and Tuesday, March 20 from 8:30 am - 11:30 am.

All 7th grade students are invited to participate in Step-Up Day, a unique experience for 7th grade students to interact with ACC students.

They will attend a Student Panel, an all-school Mass and embark on their very own block schedule. While Aurora Area Catholic Grade Schools are invited as a class, students from Religious Education programs and Public Schools are encouraged to attend.

For more information or to register, please call Mackenzie Livingston at (630) 907-0095 ext. 109 or email mlivingston@auroracentral.com. Thank you!



Healing Childhood Hurts Weekend Retreat

Retreat
A Healing Childhood Hurts Weekend Retreat will be held: March 9-11, 2018.
This an opportunity to discover how your view of life was shaped; and how to free yourself from any distortions that may still be dictating your thoughts and behavior. Restore your inner child with love and compassion.

The retreat will be held at the La Salle Manor Retreat Center located at
12480 Galena Rd. Plano, IL

Reservations and additional information about the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Tetreat can be obtained by calling: (630) 892-2371 Extension 39 or email: lhjretreats@misacor-usa.org.




Experience Pietra Fitness

Pietra Fitness
A fitness class that stretches, strengthens and tones the body while refreshing the soul with Christian prayer and meditation in the Catholic tradition. In only one hour you will feel calmer, stronger, refreshed and renewed!

Gentle Classes for Women are ongoing Thursday evenings at St. John Neumann, 2900 East Main Street, St. Charles.

Contact Patty Turbak, certified Pietra Fitness Instructor, at patty.turbak@gmail.com for information about this class.

Visit pietrafitness.com to learn about Pietra Fitness.



Women's Fox Valley Bible Study

Bible Study
The Women's Fox Valley Bible Study will meet at St. John Neumann Church, 2900 East Main Street, Saint Charles on Thursday mornings, 9:15 - 11:00 a.m.,
January 25 through March 15, 2018.

The group will study James, Peter, Jude: The Catholic Letters, writings addressed, not to any specific church, but to the church at large. Participants will use a commentary by Patrick J. Hartin. Child care is provided. Registration required;
call Kathy at (630) 377-4629.




Hiring Warehouse Associates

5 Stones
The 5 Stones Group (formerly Lighthouse Catholic Media), a local Catholic non-profit in Sycamore IL, recently moved into a new building only a short drive from Blessed Sacrament.

5 Stones has a unique culture focused not only on providing great service to Catholic organizations across the US, but also centered around daily prayer and Eucharistic adoration in an on-site chapel. The brand new, state-of-the-art office and warehouse is ready to add more talented, mission-oriented people to the team.

Email resumes to Jesse Ray: jray@weare5stones.




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.   



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