Eucharist icon Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION
April 13, 2014 - April 19, 2014

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!



Lent



MASSES / SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

No Morning Mass Thursday, Friday or Saturday This Week

Saturday
April 12
4:30 p.m. Clarence Mathey, req. by Eileen Mathey
Sunday
April 13
8:00 a.m. Faith Community of Blessed Sacrament
Sunday
April 13
10:30 a.m. Helen Snyder, req. by her husband Regis
Monday
April 14
8:30 a.m. Don Connor, req. by Eileen Mathey
Tuesday
April 15
8:30 a.m. Rosalva Robles, req. by Tony and Helen Boecker
Wednesday
April 16
8:30 a.m. Henry and Kathy Janusek, req. by the Miksanek family
Holy Thursday
April 17
7:00 p.m. Deceased priests of the Rockford Diocese
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:00 pm
Good Friday
April 18
2:00 p.m. The Passion of the Lord with Communion
Good Friday
April 18
7:00 p.m. Stations Of The Cross
Saturday
April 19
7:00 p.m. Helen Treulufian, req. by Father Slampak
Sunday
April 20
8:00 a.m. Deceased members, relatives and friends of Blessed Sacrament
Easter Sunday
April 20
10:30 a.m. Faith community of Blessed Sacrament





SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)
Monday, April 14th 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15th 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 16th 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 19th No Confessions

Father Slampak is available for Confessions at any time, if you ask.





Remember In Your Prayers

Praying Hands For parishioners, relatives and friends who suffer from illness, those who are homebound, confined to a care facility or hospitalized, the unemployed and those in the military.

May the healing hand of God rest on these people and guide them in their time of need.

Pray for our deceased priests of the Diocese who celebrate their anniversary of death this week:
  • Rev. Patrick A. McMahon
  • Rev. John P. Dolan
  • Very Rev J. Philip Reilly
  • Rev. Henry M. Schmitz
  • Msgr. John F. Schmitt
  • Rev. Donald J. Wagener
  • Rev. Francis P. Heckinger
  • Rev. C. A. Meehan



LENT - A Two-Fold Challenge

Lent
The renewal of the Lenten Season gives us an opportunity to look beyond the ordinary, materialistic, pleasure-oriented approach so many of us live in day to day.

Lent Thus Lent calls us to two powerful actions: turning away from sin, and also turning back to God. Simply treating Lent as a time of fasting and penance gives us only half the story. As the fasting empties us, we also need an active filling of Christian charity and renewed faith.

This makes Lent a double challenge: It brings us closer to death and life, through prayer and good works, through denial and generosity. The season of Lent, can be a doubly blessed opportunity for renewal, if only you see both sides of the story.

LENTEN DEVOTIONS

Mass: 8:30 am 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.
Please use the bell tower entrance!
Alms Giving: There are Operation Rice Bowl and quarter containers for those who choose to fast one day a week during Lent and contribute that money to help feed the hungry in our area and throughout the world. This would help to understand their suffering a little better.
Individual Confessions Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week
ALL FRIDAYS OF LENT ARE DAYS OF ABSTINENCE! – No Meat



Lenten Regulations for Fast and Abstinence

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

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

Ash Wednesday, March 5th and Good Friday, April 18th, are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only.




Holy Thursday - 7:00 pm

Holy Thursday In our liturgy, we thank God for what He did at the Last Supper and pray for a deeper appreciation of His Real Presence in the Eucharist.



In the washing of the feet, Jesus gave us the profound example of service to one another when He washed the feet of His Disciples. Holy Thursday is also institution of the Priesthood. There will be Adoration after Mass until 11:00 pm. All are welcome to come and spend some time with the Lord, thanking Him for His gift of Holy Communion. Also, let us pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life both men and women.




Good Friday – 2:00 pm

Good Friday
Time to pray is a priority today. The reason for Good Friday is the power of love that bursts through death into new life. It is Jesus’ love for His Father and for us that brought Him to His public life. What is the measure of our love in response?

A collection will be taken up at both services for maintenance of the Holy Places in the Holy Land.

Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence for all who are between the a ges of 18 and 59 – which means you may eat one full meatless meal and two light meatless meals. Nothing in between. All who are 14 years and older may not eat meat on Good Friday.




Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday Blessings of Food and Children’s Easter Baskets
Father will be doing this at 10:00 am in Church. Please use the bell tower entrance.

Holy Saturday – 7:00 pm
Let us remember that our Baptism unites us with Jesus in the Divine Mystery of His Death and Resurrection and we have a new heart and a new spirit. The Paschal Candle is a symbol of the passage from one life to another. This is what Lent is all about “Easter and New Life.” Have a blessed and grace filled Holy Week.




Easter

Easter For those who will be away for Easter, Our Easter prayer is that your soul may be filled with the peace and joy which comes from the victory of the Risen Savior, who bears now and forevermore not wounds, but scars as pledges of love and forgiveness.




Pre-Baptismal Class

Baptism The Women’s Group was scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 8th, but due to the Penance Service it has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 pm in Holy Family Hall. Our next pre baptismal class will be held on Monday, May 5th at 6:30 pm in the religious education center. Reservations are required. Please call the parish office (630) 897-1029. by Friday, May 2nd.




Marriage Encounter

Start the New Year Out Right - Spend some quality time renewing your marriage. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends:

May 16-18
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Brookfield, WI
June 20-22
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Rockford, IL
August 1-3
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Madison, WI
September 12-14
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI
October 24-26
Apply Online
Rockford, IL
November 14-16
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI


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.




Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA Do you know of any adult who wishes to join the church or find out more about our Catholic faith?

If so invite them to join us. For further information, contact:
Brian Pientak at (630) 892-1667.




Gift Carriers And Bulletin Distributers
We Need Your Help

Help Needed We are having a problem at our weekend Masses. Before Mass please tell the ushers you are there. We are asking those assigned to be gift carriers to come to the back during the petitions.

If you are handing out bulletins, come to the back when Father starts the closing prayer. This way they will know who you are and will not fill in with other parishioners who are at Mass.




Are you 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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