Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
July 23 - July 29, 2017

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



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
July 22
4:30 pm John & Jack Sintich req. by Horton Family
Sunday
July 23
8:00 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
July 23
10:30 am Father Ed Hughes req. by Patricia Malach
 
Monday
July 24
8:30 am BEd Brouch req. by His Family
Tuesday
July 25
8:30 am Gertrude LaVelle req. by Terry & Mary Ann Frantzen
Wednesday
July 26
8:30 am Laverne Covelli req. by David & Robin Spang
Thursday
July 27
8:30 am Communion Service
Friday
July 28
8:30 am Dolores Tully req. by Pientak Family
 
Saturday
July 29
4:30 pm Evelyn Locke req. by McStay & French Family
Sunday
July 30
8:00 am Bill & Nancy Cawley req. by Dominick & Mary Ann Leo
Sunday
July 30
10:30 am 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. The Sorrowful Mysteries will be prayed throughout Lent before the weekday Masses.



SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)

Saturday, July 29th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 5th 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 Edward J Fleege
  • Rev William P Quinlisk
  • Rev John F Tuchlinsky
  • Rev Edmund P Petit
  • Rev John F Blake
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • IT2Jeremy Daly
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • Capt Ryan C. Lutz
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • CPL Gail Anne Ruiz
  • SPC Wyatt VanderLinde
  • CPL Luis Velazquez Jr.
  • Ensign Andrew C. Young
  • Cadet Ethan J. Young, AFA
Almighty God look with love upon our men and women in uniform and protect them in their time of need. Bless them and their families. Amen If you have a name you would like to add to our prayer list, call the parish office or email Jennie Bourge at:
Psecretary@blsacr-na.org

Pray For Our Sick:
  • Bob Albrecht
  • Mary Lynne Aldous
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Patricia Botello
  • Star Brock
  • Karen Brown
  • Jennifer Burgos
  • Cathie Burns
  • Bill Cowan
  • Alison Davis
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry Flaugher
  • Scott Flaugher
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Bill Gardiner
  • Steve Gaspardo
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Tom Kehoe
  • Veronica Klymus
  • David Ladouceur
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Fred Noonan
  • Juan Peña
  • Viola Plante
  • Joanne Piotrowski
  • Bobby Roeback
  • Lynn Schones
  • Fr. John Slampak
  • Joseph Sreniawski
  • Barbara Sydor
  • Rosemary Tinsley
  • Jose Vargas
  • Wiesbrock Family
  • Mike Winn
  • Jerry Zbylut



Reflections on the Gospel

Reflection
"Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father." This beautiful image gives us a glimpse into heaven. The saints who reside there radiate a brightness, a warmth that resembles the sun itself. Gathered around the throne of God, they share in the luminous presence of the King of Kings, the true Son of the Father. Perhaps there really is something spiritual about the nearly universal craving to enjoy a tropical vacation, the trend to escape to warmer climates for the winter, or the move towards permanent residence in sunny climates. The continual presence of sunshine, the enjoyable experience of one warm day after another may be in fact like a little taste of heaven. In the Gospel, Jesus himself describes eternal bliss using the imagery of sunshine.

But heat has its downside too. When it's too intense, it can actually be deadly. Think forest fire. Think desert. Think "the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth." These are not images of the four-star vacations that we want to last for eternity. No. Here Jesus is referring to the hellish habitat of "all who cause others to sin and all evildoers." That's not a trip we want to take. As uncomfortable as it may be, we need to examine ourselves to be sure we're not on board a train that's going in the wrong direction. We need to identify and acknowledge any patterns of sin that may have crept into our lives, and seek God's forgiveness. That will get us back on the right track, enabling us to be counted among "the children of the kingdom." Let's aim for a journey to that kingdom, the one true trip to paradise that lasts for all eternity.




Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Parish Meetings & Activities
TBDAdult Faith Formation —
Tuesday, July 25thKnights of Columbus —


Parish Announcements



E-Giving

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Please note that 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. For more information, please reference the GiveCentral instructions printed and available in the Narthex, click the “online giving” button on the Blessed Sacrament website, or simply visit GiveCentral.org and search for our parish. Thank you for considering online giving!

Signing up is easy - Just click on the icon above the arrow.
There also is an instructions flyer, found in the Narthex, or you can call the office for further assistance.

Attention E-givers!
You will be receiving your envelopes this quarter. Envelopes were ordered before the Give Central program was in place. You will not be receiving them in the future.



Intercessions for Life

Prayer Intercessions
July Intercessions
For those who are pressured to compromise their respect for human life:

May the Lord strengthen their courage and resolve; We pray to the Lord:.







Feast Day Of Sts. Joachim and Anne

Saints Joachim and Anne
On July 26st, we celebrate the feast day of Saints Joachim and Anne. We honor Mary's parents, Joachim and Anne, as saints. Their love for one another and for Mary is an example to us of how God calls us to live. They also remind us to honor our own grandparents and to thank them for the blessings they have passed down to us in love.




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 200 out of 572 families have made their pledges.

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



Moving?

Moving
Don't forget to update us! If you have recently moved or are in the process of moving, please notify us of your new address, phone number and/or new email address. This will help us continue to communicate with you and reduce costs incurred from returned cards and envelopes.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Parish Upcoming Activities



Religious Education Registration

Religious Education
Religious Education registration is happening now for the 2017-18 year. Forms are available in the narthex, online or in the parish office.

Please mark you calendars for Wednesday, September 13th for the Religious Education Opening Mass at 6:30 pm followed by the parent meeting. (There will be an ice cream social for the students during the parent meeting.)




Childrens Choir - Grades 4-8

Childrens Choir
Due to summer vacations and other activities during the months of July and August, the Children's Choir will not meet.

We will resume singing for 10:30 Mass the first week of each month starting in September.

Have a Great Summer! Hope to hear all our angel voices once again in September.

Linda Fandrich, Music Coordinator




Ministry Formation - Group 18

Lay Ministry

Don't miss this opportunity to help develop pastoral leadership in the parish:



Ministry Formation



Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Please consider the following volunteer opportunity:



Food For Thought



Aurora Deanery Youth
Cougar Game

Cougars Ball Game
The Aurora Deanery Youth Ministers invite ALL YOUTH between 13-17 years old to the Cougars Ball Game. Watch the fireworks, make new friends, and have loads of fun! /tr>
When: Friday August 18, 2017
RSVP BY: FRIDAY August 11, 2017

Transportation will be available. Permission Slip and Emergency Contact Form are Required. Contact the Regional Office of Religious Education in Aurora at (630) 859-3922 or jcoronel@rockforddiocese.org for: Permission Slips, Emergency Contact form, RSVP and for more information.

Bring a Canned food item and receive a FREE ticket! Hurry - only 30 tickets are available.



Silver & Gold Wedding Anniversary Mass

Silver and Gold Mass
Couples celebrating the milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 or more years of marriage in 2017 are invited to a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Malloy at St. Mary Parish located at 10307 Dundee Road in Huntley on Sunday, August 20th at 2:30 pm.

A cake and punch reception will immediately follow.

The Life & Family Evangelization Office welcomes your registration by phone (815) 399-4300 or online at http://www.rockforddiocese.org/anniversary.

Commemorative certificates to mark this special occasion will be available for those who pre-register for this event.



2017 Woman of Inspiration

Women of Inspiration
Our 2017 Woman of Inspiration is Sharon Konen! Sharon is a founding member of Blessed Sacrament. She was a member of the first parish council and has served in the Altar and Rosary Committee throughout the past 46 years in many capacities. Sharon has also served as a Homebound Minister of Holy Communion, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, 4th grade catechist and volunteered at Hesed House's Soup Kitchen.

Congratulations to Sharon from Father Max and the Blessed Sacrament community! Save the date for a dinner honoring the 2017 Women of Inspiration of the Aurora Deanery on Sunday, August 27th!

The Woman of Inspiration Dinner will be held at Piper's Banquets in Aurora. Cocktails at 4:00 pm and dinner at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting the parish office and are $30 per person. Sunday, August 13th is the deadline for reservations. Tickets will not be sold at the door.




Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Picnic

Picnic
Thank you Melissa and Dan Heinen for volunteeering to coordinate the Parish Picnic.

Mark you calendars... Our Parish Picnic will be held on Sunday, September 10th following the 10:30 am Mass. More details are to come.



Thank You For Donating Blood!

Give Blood
Save the Date...Next Blood Drive!
We want to appeal to all those that have donated in the past and/or are able to donate in the future, that our next blood drive will be
Saturday, October 14th. It's not too early to SAVE THE DATE. We will provide periodic reminders throughout the year.

Giving blood is a gift that truly keeps on giving. Be someone's hero!



The Great Lakes
Catholic Men’ Conference

Great Lakes Mens Conference The Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference is

Saturday, November 18th at 8:50 am - 4:00 pm

in DeKalb. Dynamic speakers will share their insights from their own faith journeys.

Featured speakers this year are: Bishop David Malloy, Bishop of the Rockford Diocese, Deacon Paco Gavrilides, Homiletics Instructor, Deacon Bob Fishman, Jewish convert, Gus Lloyd, Ave Maria Radio Host, and Wayne Messmer, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Wolves singing host.

Visit the conference website at http://www.thetalk.org for more information.



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.



Summer Time - Can We Count On You?

Summer Time

It's Summer Time! This means that many of our parishioners are on vacation 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
August 11-13, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
September 9-10, 2017
Apply Online
Geneva, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
October 6-8, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
October 27-29, 2017
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
November 17-19, 2017
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
December 8-10, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778


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.



Rosary High School Summer Volleyball Camps

Rosary High School
Rosary High School Offers Summer Volleyball Camps Sign up today for summer volleyball camps at Rosary for grades 4-12!

Grades 4-5 meet July 24-28 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Grade 6 meets July 24-28 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Grade 7 meets July 17-21 from 8:00 to 10:00 am
Grade 8 meets July 17-21 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Grade 9 meets July 17-20 from 5 to 8 pm
Grades 10-12 meet July 24-27 from 5 to 8 pm

Camps are $75 and $125. Register at http://www.rosaryhs.com/sports_camps or at the door.




St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Peregrine Novena

St. Peregrine Novena
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Aurora invites you to our St. Peregrine Novena, every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm from
May 31st through July 26th.

If you or someone you know has been touched by cancer or serious illness, join us for nine Wednesday evening prayer services for healing and renewal.

The fame of this event in 1325 AD spread rapidly and Christians, especially the sick, began to invoke his name and seek his intercession for the relief of their suffering and even for a cure from sickness. St. Peregrine (1260-1345), a Servite priest, was cured of a cancerous ulcer on his leg (which was considered beyond saving) after he received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch St. Peregrine’s impaired limb.

Novena to St. Peregrine Closing Mass and Anointing of the Sick at St. Joseph Church 722 High Street, Aurora will be held Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 pm.

Everyone is welcome especially the homebound and disabled. Questions-Please contact the Parish Office at (630) 844-3780. Please join us at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 728 High Street, in Aurora.



5K Walk/Run

5K Walk/Run

Join us for a family-friendly, 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, August 5th at St. John the Baptist Parish in Winfield. Start time is at 8:00 am. The event will be professionally timed and awards given for the top 3 participants in each age category as well as the top 3 teams.

The Knights of Columbus will provide a free breakfast for participants. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for ages 14 and under. There will also be a free Kid’s Dash and T-shirts for the 1st 100 registrants.

All donations will benefit Waterleaf, a pregnancy medical clinic and education and resource center with locations in Aurora and Bolingbrook.

For more information, please contact Jennipher Graf at trillium92016@yahoo.com



Forty Hours Devotion and Mass for Priests
August 4th 7:00 am — August 5th 11:00 pm

40 Hours Devotion
On Friday, August 4th, the feast day of St. John Vianney (patron saint of priests), all are invited to attend a Mass and forty hours devotion offered for the priests of the Rockford Diocese.

A Mass will be offered for our priests that morning at 6:30 am at Holy Family Church in Rockford, and then the 40 Hours of prayer will begin afterwards in various adoration chapels.

All are encouraged to offer a holy hour for priests anytime from 7:00 am on August 4 until 11:00 pm on August 5th.

For additional information, visit: http://www.rockforddiocese.org/fortyhours.



St. Joseph Catholic School

St. Jospeph School logo
Are you looking for an education change for your children? St. Joseph Catholic School invites you to consider us for 2017-2018 school year. Conveniently located on the corner of Illinois Avenue and High Street, St. Joseph School has openings in Preschool through 8th grade.

All programs are full day with extended care options. Public school transfers entering 1st-8th grade are eligible for a $1,500 discount per family ($1,000 first year & $500 second year). Other scholarships may also be available. Students entering 4th grade have an additional first year grant waiting for them.

St. Jospeph School
Call the school office at (630) 844-3781 for info on our great school! or visit us on the web: http://www.stjosephaurora.org



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:



Host Family Needed

Host Family
A Host Family needed for an for a Swiss girl who will be attending Aurora Central Catholic High School for the 2017-2018 academic year in the 11th Grade.


Please consider opening up your home to this exchange student, contact Carol Myint, Director of Private School Programs at (507) 301-3615 or Web site: http://www.ie-usa.org



Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Lourdes
and Fatima

Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Join Father John Vakulskas in this meaningful journey to Spain, Portugal and France. Includes daily Mass, R/T Air, First Class Hotels, daily tours, most meals, comprehensive sightseeing and gov't taxes/airline surcharges.

The cost of this trip is $3189 from Chicago or $3289 from Omaha.

For more information contact (712) 490-8047 or www.carnivalpriest.com.



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!