Eucharist icon Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!

Pentecost
May 23, 2015 - May 30, 2015

Pentecost

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


Saturday
May 23
4:30 p.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
May 24
8:00 a.m. Rafaela Cardenas & Roy Melgosa req. by The Melgosa family
Sunday
May 24
10:30 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Monday
May 25
8:30 a.m. Ellen Whitney req. by Rose and Bill Harding
Tuesday
May 26
8:30 a.m. Florence Weis req. by Tom and Sue Ann Tyioran
Wednesday
May 27
8:30 a.m. Wilbert Feltes req. by the LeRoy Konen family
Thursday
May 28
8:30 a.m. Liturgy of the Word with Communion
Friday
May 29
8:30 a.m. Len and Bernice Beiriger req. by John and Judy Forsell
Saturday
May 30
4:30 p.m. Joan Sheffer / Ray and Kitty Melby
Sunday
May 31
8:00 a.m. John Karafiat req. by Julie Moore
Sunday
May 31
10:30 a.m. 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.



SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)
Saturday, May 23th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 30th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.



Lord, Hear Our Prayers

Praying Hands For parishioners, relatives and friends who suffer from illness, are homebound, confined to a care facility or hospitalized and the unemployed. May the healing hand of God rest on these people and guide them in their time of need.

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

Pray For The Deceased Priests Of The Diocese Who Celebrate Their Anniversary Of Death This Week:
  • Rev. John T. Smith
  • Rev. Henry Bangen
  • Rev. Patrick D. Corbally
  • Rev. Henry J. Hauser
  • Rev. Alphonsus L. Fitzgibbons
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS 3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • PV2 Antonio Bourge
  • IT3Jeremy Daly
  • PFC Ethan J. Feltes
  • Sgt Kyle W. Feltes
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • 1st LT Ryan C. Lutz, SPC
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • PV2 Wyatt VanderLinde
  • PVT Luis Velazquez Jr.
  • 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: jennineb2002@yahoo.com

Pray For Our Sick: Bob Albrecht, Brook Bess, Natividad Bontcac, Cathie Burns, Geraldine Daraban, Beth Edwards, Karen Haberstock, the Liz Hammes family, Anthony Jarvie, Carol Littlejohn and Donna Spang.




From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk


This is a letter we received in response to the donations received at the First Communion Mass.

Father Max

May 11, 2015

Dear Reverend Max,

Blessings from Mercy Home for Boys and Girls! I am grateful for your steadfast kindness to our children here and for the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community’s $598 gift in honor of your First Communion children. Because of you, our kids are making remarkable transformations.

Rev. Max, spring is a time of extraordinary changes. The trees and grass that appeared dull and lifeless just a few weeks ago have now returned to life and made the world once again colorful and vibrant. So our kids have, in their own way, been transforming their own lives into color-ful, vibrant ones where they see now how much life has to offer them - and how much they have to offer the world around them. Truly, these changes are only possible because of you.

Please know how thankful I am - and all the children are - for ensuring their lives would not always remain as they were. Friends like you and everyone at Blessed Sacrament help our kids grow in so many ways, including through the 85 after school programs we are able to offer here each year. May God bring you hope, joy, and peace this spring!

Blessings,

Fr. Scott Donahue
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
Chicago, IL




WELCOME TO OUR PARISH




How To Contact Us

Better Communication
Parish Email: Poffice@blsacr-na.org
Sr. Rose Marie: Srm@blessedsacrament-na.org
Parish Secretary: Psecretary@blsacr-na.org
Religious Ed: RE@blsacr-na.org
Father Max: Maxl@blsacr-na.org



What Are The Parish Hours?

Office Hours Please note our Parish office hours are:

Monday thru Thursday   9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday   9:00 am – 12:00 noon


As always, call (630) 897-1029 for immediate needs, someone will get back to you.




How Do I Register At Blessed Sacrament?

New To The Parish
Registering at Blessed Sacrament Parish or any other parish has many benefits. If someone is not registered it makes it very difficult for the Pastor or the Parish Administration to issue references or recommendation letters.

Parish registration is necessary before making arrangements for Baptism, wedding and enrollment in Religious Education Program. Moreover, when you register, it also makes you personally feel that you 'belong' to Blessed Sacrament. If you haven't registered yet, please go to our website and download the registration form or stop by the office during office hours. Forms also may be found in the Church.

Thank you for joining our faith community!





Adoration Of The Blessed Sacrament

Blessed Sacrament Every Wednesday, we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament following Mass from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the table in front of the chapel. Please be on time. If for some reason you can't make your scheduled time, please call the office.

Please use the bell tower entrance and and to spend some time with the Lord.


What is Adoration?

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a time to adore Him, to thank Him, to seek His direction.

After a time of adoration and thanksgiving, make your needs known. Thank Him for all the good things He has done for you and your family. Bring your concerns to Him. Bring everything to God for guidance, wisdom and for courage where needed.

Adoration is a time of pondering Christ’s suffering for us. You might read Isaiah 52 and 53 which speak prophetically of the suffering the Messiah endured for us. Read the Gospel accounts of the suffering and death of Christ on the cross.

St John Paul II urges us to gaze on the risen face of Christ to grow not only in faith but in hope. Know that Christ loves us infinitely and has made it possible for us to share life with Him for all eternity.

In His Eucharistic presence, He remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us ‘to the end’ and gave Himself up for us and He remains under signs that express and communicate this love.


What do you actually do during Adoration?

You may sign up to be an "adorer" which allows you to schedule yourself for one or more hours per week to pray before the very presence of Our Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It means that you can have some time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read the bible, contemplate acts of faith, hope, charity, thanksgiving, reparation, pray a rosary or do whatever type of prayerful devotion that suits you before Our Lord.

You can just sit and say nothing simply keeping Him company, just as you would with a dear friend.



Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick
Please call Fr. Max or the parish office if you or your family member is sick or will be hospitalized and wants to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.




Bulletin Deadline

Deadline Items must be submitted by Monday noon in order to be published in the next weekend’s bulletin.

To place an ad in our bulletin, please call Jim Braun at (262) 893-9899.
Thank you for your support!




PARISH MINISTRIES




Homebound Ministry

Homebound Ministry Our Homebound Ministers have the privilege of taking our Lord, present in the Eucharist, to those homebound members of our church who are not able to join us at Mass due to illness or other incapacities. Our home visits let them know they are loved, prayed for, and still a vital part of our church community.

How can you receive Communion at home?

A homebound person (or one of their family members) simply needs to call the parish office requesting that someone come to their home. Visits take place fol-lowing both Sunday Masses.

What does a homebound minister do?

The minister attends Mass at the parish, then leaves for the home visit. At the home, there is a prayer format to follow, or depending on the needs of the parishioner, a short prayer, after which the Eucharist is given. After the service, a short time of fellowship can occur.

Who can become a minister to the homebound?

As with all ministers of the Eucharist, you must have a deep faith and believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. You must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, and be willing to go out to the people, so transportation is necessary. You will receive training and the necessary materials. For more info, contact

Patricia Whitney at (630) 346-0289 or pwhitney49@att.net.



Food For Friends

Food For Friends Anyone who could use some assistance with meals after an illness or hospitalization or would like to cook a meal,
Contact Kitty Melby at (630) 896-4355.



Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA Was one of your resolutions to learn more about what Catholics believe or to receive the Sacraments and join the Catholic Church? Any adult who wishes to join the church or find out more about our Catholic faith, is invited to join our continuing classes on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the Religious Education Center.

For further information, call Brian Pientak at (630) 892-1667 for details.




The Altar and Rosary Society Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl The Altar and Rosary Society Prayer Shawl Ministry needs shawls. Our inventory needs to be replenished and we are looking for anyone who can crochet, knit or tie fabric pieces to craft shawls that can be blessed and distributed. Donated yarn and patterns are available

Please contact Sara Casher at (630) 801-8945 or Visit the Altar and Rosary Webpage.




Music Ministry

Music
The music ministry is looking for volunteers who can play piano, organ or guitar to accompany our cantors.

If you would like to share your time/talent and help in making the Mass a prayerful experience, please call Linda Fandrich at (630) 896-9116
or e-mail: rainbowlady@comcast.net



PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS




Important
Time is running out to register for the Totus Tuus Summer Program

Totus Tuus Registration for the Totus Tuus Summer Program June 21-26 is now open! We are accepting registration until May 31st. College students and seminarians will share their energy, enthusiasm and love for Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith. Totus Tuus includes sacraments, skits, songs, games, crafts, inspiring & interactive teaching and lots of fun.

The cost for K-6th is $25.00, 7th - 12th is $10.00 and no more than $50.00 per family. Please register ASAP. We are accepting registrations until May 31st.

Registration forms are available in the parish office or online. For more details, contact Keri Johnson at re@blsacr-na.org. Spaces are limited so sign up early.




Accountant Needed

Accountant
Candidates should possess skills to manage the finances of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, beginning July 2015. Knowledge of Quick Books Accounting software, Excel Spreadsheets, Email with attachments, Accounts Payable & Receivable, Budgets and Payroll. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a highly confidential, busy and professional work environment are required.

Please contact Fr. Max at (630) 897-1029 or maxl@blsacr-na.org.



Charity Contributions


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Q:
Our diocese has a collection that the bishop takes up for various charities. Why do we contribute to the diocese? Shouldn't our money stay in our parish?


A:
During a session with an RCIA group, social justice and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development was discussed. We were surprised to see how extensive our social ministry is. Hospitals, social services, food kitchens, political lobbying, adoption services, farm co-ops, clothing programs, educational programs and schools are a part of the Catholic Church's Ministry. This is one way the church carries out the mission to preach and live the Gospel. But good things don’t come without cost. Our financial support is what makes these worthwhile programs happen.

A diocese is in a better position to organize and administer programs in a cost effective way to large numbers of people. These things need and deserve our support as much as our parish. Our time, talent and treasure can do a lot of good if we are will-ing to give generously. We can and do make a difference.




Diocesan Stewardship - The Path of Our Youth

Diocesan Appeal Our diocese helps our parishes make Christ's flame grow brighter through our Catholic Youth Summit, which drew around 2000 teens this year.

Some are called by God to serve the people of our diocese as spiritual leaders - this is the path to priesthood. Imagine not being able to go to Mass. Without a priest, there is no Eucharist. Our young men who are called to this challenging task need you to help them through the years of preparation. Not only that, there are men who are not called to the priesthood but to the Permanent Diaconate who need the education and skills this ministry requires.

Only you, with the diocese, can help Christ’s light shine through them and help them answer the call to serve Christ.

Our Diocesan Appeal helps thousands in our diocese to grow in their Catholic faith.
Teddy Roosevelt said "Do what you can with what you have."

Please contribute to http://www.rockforddiocese.org/donate
or place your envelope in the basket.

This year our parish target is $ 50,800.00.
Please help us reach this goal by prayerfully considering what you are able to give.



The Observer

The Observer
Did you know...

Our parish recently paid $ 4,044.00 to subsidize the Observer for our parishioners? Thank you to the 60 families who have paid for their subscription.

Every contribution helps, thank you for your generosity!



Our Catholic Schools

Catholic Schools
Did you know that...

All parishes in our deanery have an assessment to assist Aurora Central Catholic High School, whether or not the parish has students who attend ACC?

Our parish recently paid an assessment of $46,224.00. We currently have 11 students at ACC.

Remember, every contribution helps, thank you for your generosity!



Memorial Day Masses

Memorial Day Memorial Day Masses will be Monday, May 25th at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva at 8:00 am and Mount Olivet in Aurora at 10:00 am.

Weather permitting, both cemeteries hope to have Mass outdoors. Please bring lawn chairs.



Calling all Liturgical Ministers

Important Meeting
Father Max is requesting all Altar Servers, Children's Liturgy Presiders, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Music Coordinators, and Ushers to attend an important meeting on Saturday, June 13th at 10:00 am to be introduced to our new Liturgy Coordinator.



Sister Rose Marie's Retirement Brunch

Sister Rose Sister Rose Marie's Retirement Brunch will be held Sunday, June 14th beginning at 11:30 am Tickets are on sale after all the weekend Masses. The cost is $20.00 per person.

Come and celebrate Sister Rose's 45 years of dedicated service to our parish. Everyone is welcome.



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




Annunciation Catholic School
Principal Position

Job Openings Annunciation Catholic School is accepting applications for the position of Principal for the 2015-16 school year. Annunciation has 275 students in grades P – 8.

Applicants must be practicing Catholics and possess an Illinois administrative license or be working on one. Experience in a Catholic school is strongly preferred. Interested candidates should submit an application letter and resume to Fr. Patrick Gillmeyer OSB at pgillmeyer@marmion.org or Annunciation Church, 1820 Church Rd, Aurora, IL, 60505.



Vocation Corner

Your Vocation St. Therese Camp & Retreat for young women in 7th grade - college will take place June 21-24, Jeremiah Days, for boys entering 7th - 9th grades, July 12-15 and First Call Retreat, for young men entering 10th grade - college, July 19-22.

These programs take place at the Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford. The cost is $90.00.

For more informmation, visit: http://www.rockvoc.org.



Holy Cross Society of St. Vincent de Paul
13th Annual Charity Golf Classic

St Vincent DePaul Golf Classic Holy Cross Society of St. Vincent de Paul is holding its annual Charity Golf Classic on Friday, June 12th at Mill Creek Golf Course located at 39w525 Herrington Drive, Geneva, IL.

Registration fee of $150 includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, grilled lunch, a great golfer gift, Caribbean pig roast dinner, golf contests, raffles, and unlimited beer and Doc's Rum Punch.

If you are not a golfer, you are welcome to join us for the Caribbean pig roast dinner for $50 per person.

Online registration at: http://www.events.org/SVDS01.

If you have questions or would like additional information contact Kevin O'Connor (630) 779-0724 or martandkevinoc@comcast.net.



Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” God wants so much for your marriage. Take time to reflect, renew and re-energize your marriage on the next WME weekend.

Early registration is highly recommended. For info, see alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653 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:

DateLocationContact
June 12-14, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
June 12-14, 2015
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
July 31-02, 2015
Apply Online
Madison, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
August 7-9, 2015
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
September 11-13, 2015
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
October 23-25, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
November 20-22, 2015
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
December 11-13, 2015
Apply Online
Libertyville, 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.




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!