Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
Please see the bulletin for Holy Days.
Mass Times
Monday8:30 AM
Tuesday8:30 AM
Wednesday8:30 AM
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
January 21 - January 27, 2018

The Third 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!


Date Time Intention
January 20
4:30 pm Catherine Woodard req. by Her Family
January 21
8:00 am William & Rosanna Campbell req. by Paul Campbell
January 21
10:30 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
January 22
8:30 am Jack Kundert req. by Terry Halle
January 23
8:30 am Mark Boecker req. by Tony & Helen Boecker
January 24
8:30 am Norman Hankes req. by Shirlie Hankes, William & Sherry Dahl
January 25
8:30 am Communion Service
January 26
8:30 am Don & Virginia Dillenburg req. by Their Family
January 27
4:30 pm William Cowan req. by Russell & Anne McCrimmon
January 28
8:00 am Fred Noonan req. by Tony & Helen Boecker
January 28
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.

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
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


Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)

Saturday, January 27th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 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. Thomas J. Kearney
  • Rev. Raymond M. Hettermann
  • Rev. Leo J. Bartel
  • Rev. L. Thomas Risley
  • Rev. Anthony Renne
  • Msgr. Thomas P. Bermingham
  • Deacon Lloyd J. Kipping
  • Rev. John L. Daleiden
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:

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
  • David Murdock
  • Joanne Perkins
  • Viola Plante
  • Joanne Piotrowski
  • Bobby Roeback
  • Fr. John Slampak
  • Joseph Sreniawski
  • Rosemary Tinsley
  • Ellie Tullgren
  • Mary Van Linden
  • Wiesbrock Family
  • Mike Winn



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

Anthony Paul Boecker
Son of Marcus & Carriann Boecker

Reflections on the Gospel

"So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him." What did Zebedee think about all of this? His sons and his partners, James and John, suddenly left their post and followed Jesus. So there he stood in the boat with a crew of employees, but not one of his sons. We can't help but wonder whether Zebedee was in favor of this promise that his heirs would become "fishers of men." Most likely, this event was the cause of some familial tension.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus instructs us to love and serve others for the love of God. But the Lord also makes it clear that our devotion to him is meant to trump our devotion to anything-or anyone-else. For our part, we are called to allow this divine allegiance to exist in those we love, even when it means a sacrifice for us as well. Parents for example, like Zebedee, are called to encourage their children to follow the Lord's call. A son or daughter's vocation to religious life certainly exemplifies this kind of sacrifice for a parent who might have had a different plan in mind. But in truth every son and daughter has a vocation from God and parents have the opportunity to support and assist their children as they seek to hear and follow God's special plan for their lives.

We don't know for sure how Zebedee responded to the vocation of his sons, but we know that James and John were counted among the Twelve Apostles and that their devotion and dedication helped to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Regardless of what he might have thought as he stood in that boat, we can be quite sure that looking back now, Zebedee can rejoice heartily in the choice of his sons to leave their nets and follow Christ.

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
Tuesday, January 22ndHoly Hour of Prayer —
Tuesday, January 23rdKnights of Columbus Meeting —
Wednesday, January 24thAdoration —
Dance Decoration Committee —

Religious Education This Week
Sunday, January 28thReligious Education —
Wednesday, January 31stReligious Education —

Congratulations On Your First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation First Reconciliation
  • Luke Banks
  • Antonio Benelli
  • Zachary DeRosa
  • Jillian Hatfield
  • Carter Kotara
  • Hunter Lenert-Whelan
  • John Mancini
  • Luke Johansen

Liturgical Ministers and Parents of Altar Servers

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

The January and February 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!

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.

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

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.


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 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 to donate online.

Did You Know...?

Did You Know
Did you know that our Altar and Rosary Society donates the altar breads that Fr Max consecrates for the Eucharist during our Masses? The cost was $798.85 this past year. Thank you for your continued support of the Altar and Rosary Society!


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

Raffle Baskets Needed

Raffle Baskets Needed
We are asking for donations for our parish Dinner-Dance. Items that would be appreciated are raffle baskets, bottles of wine, gift certificates, hotel stays and sports/theater tickets.

If you would like to make a donation please sign up at the ticket sales table in the narthex. Donations can be dropped off in the parish office through
Friday, February 16th.

If you have questions, contact Mart O'Connor (630) 264-1518

Volunteers Needed

Volunteer to help with the Dance. Sign-up sheets are now available in the Narthex. Help is needed in setting up, selling raffle tickets, etc. Many are needed to make this an event to remember.

Digital Novena
January 18 — January 26

Raffle Baskets Needed
Dignity for life crosses many circumstances and stages of life, such as human trafficking, the death penalty, infertility and dignity at the end of life.

9 Days for Life is a "digital pilgrimage" of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person's life. A multi-faceted novena highlighting a different intention each day provides reflections, bonus information, and suggested actions.

Join to receive the novena through the 9 Days for Life app, daily emails, or daily texts, visit:

January 22nd — Day of Prayer
Day of Prayer For The Unborn Children

Choose Life
Join us for an hour of prayer in Church from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament.
"We must never think any one of us is indispensable" — Saint Mother Teresa
January 22 is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. This day is of particular importance because in 1973 on this day abortion was legalized in Roe vs Wade. We are called to observe this day through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

At Blessed Sacrament there will be an hour of prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. This is an hour of adoration, scripture and silent reflection. We will also pray a Pro-Life Rosary together. Consider coming as a family and praying together.

Baby Blanket Drive

The respect life committee is organizing a baby blanket drive. We will be collecting new or gently used blankets, hats and booties from January 20th to February 4th. Donations can be dropped off in the narthex. All donations will go to the Fr McGivney Center which sup-ports pregnant women and their babies in difficult situations.

God, author of all life, bless, we pray,
this unborn child;
give constant protection and grant a healthy birth
that is the sign of our re-birth one day
into the eternal rejoicing of heaven.

Parish 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.

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?

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 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:

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

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.

St Peter School in Geneva

St. Peter School
St Peter School in Geneva is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on
Wednesday, January 31st from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Our student centered, engaging curriculum focuses on grade level standards wherein students learn through authentic and updated resources and materials. It is within this long standing tradition of excellence . . . among a loving, faith-filled atmosphere, that students are empowered to take on new and meaningful challenges!

Come to our St. Peter School open house on January 31st 2018 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm to see firsthand the tremendous academic program we offer!

If you plan to come and want to view our Jessie White tumbler event planned that night, please call the school office at (630) 232-0476
or email:

Join Us at the Couple's Heart to Heart Dinner

Heart To Heart Dinner
The Nazareth Spirituality Center cordially invites you to their Couple's Heart to Heart Dinner on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Our evening session will include a dinner for couples and a presentation in Spanish. The Nazareth Spirituality Center is located at 717 North Batavia Avenue, in Batavia.

Space is limited to 20 couples only. No children please. The suggested donation is $20 per couple, or what you can afford. Please register by Friday, February 9th with
Linda Isleib at (630) 879-1296 or e-mail at

St. Rita of Cascia Catholic School Registration

St. Ritas
It's registration time for the next school year 2018-2019. St. Rita School is ranked as an outstanding school in academics in our community and our Diocese.

With a strong Catholic identity, we support families in raising faith filled children. We are a Preschool (4 year old) to Grade 8 school. New student registration has started.
Call (630) 892-0200 for registration information.

Call today to schedule a tour. Our school campus is located on the west side of Aurora. Register early to guarantee your spot. A Catholic school education is the best gift to give your children.

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 for information about this class.

Visit 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

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

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 or visit for more information on the Apostolate program.

Special Religious Development (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 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 to learn more!

To take a Couple to Couple League live online or self-paced online NFP course go to 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

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 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.