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The Most Holy Trinity
May 22, 2016 - May 28, 2016

The Most Holy Trinity

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
May 21
4:30 p.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
8:00 a.m. Helen & Edward Fandrich req. by Mary & Ron Weirich
May 22
10:30 a.m. Eleanor Malinowski req. by Malinowski Family
May 23
8:30 a.m. Deceased Family & Friends req. by Linda Bradstreet
May 24
8:30 a.m. Roy Melgosa & Rafaela Cardenos req. by Melgosa Family
May 25
8:30 a.m. Deceased Family & Friends req. by Lawrence McNamara
May 26
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
May 27
8:30 a.m. Priests of Rockford Diocese
May 28
4:30 p.m. Albert Denovellis req. by Berberet, Grogan & Dowling Families
8:00 a.m. Wayne Lowe/ Lowe Family
May 29
10:30 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
May 29
2:00 p.m. Confirmation Mass

Join us for the Rosary
The Rosary is prayed on week days at 8:10 am and on weekends a half hour before Mass.


Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)
Saturday, May 21st 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 28th 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 H Regnier
  • Rev Nicholas J Schwarz
  • Rev Thomas P Lynam
  • Deacon James Valesano
  • Rev John T Smith
  • Rev Henry Bangen
  • Rev Patrick D Corbally
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • IT2Jeremy Daly
  • PFC Ethan J. Feltes
  • Sgt Kyle W. Feltes
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • 1st LT Ryan C. Lutz, SPC
  • 2nd Lt Nicole E Maenza
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • LCPL Gail Patsch
  • PFC Wyatt VanderLinde
  • LCPL 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:

Pray For Our Sick:
  • Bob Albrecht
  • Anna Paula Battersby
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Cathie Burns
  • Geraldine Daraban
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Baby Grace
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Vic Olah
  • Sammy Panganiban
  • Molly Paris
  • Viola Plante
  • Benjamin Santos

Reflections on the Gospel

"The Spirit of truth... will take from what is mine and declare it to you."

Jesus says in today's Gospel that the Spirit declares something to US. We actually have a kind of share in the blessed life of the Trinity through this spiritual declaration. In particular, God gives us the gift of his truth. Traditionally, we say that God--the Blessed Trinity--is the source of all truth, beauty, and goodness. Today's reading re-minds us that truth exists, that it comes from God, and that we can know it, hear it, and live according to it. "But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth."

Holy Spirit This is so important to remember in today's cultural climate. These days, the very idea of truth is a touchy subject. Because there is so much focus on tolerance and not offending anyone, we tend to shy away from discussions about "absolute" truth. Instead, we hear a lot of talk about "what's true for me" or "what's true for you." Too often we get confused about how to respect others' differing beliefs while still maintaining our own. Instead of embracing the fact that there is real truth--like, for example, the truth that God became man and was born of Mary--it is more popular to refer to "beliefs" and "traditions" and "practices," emphasizing that these things differ among people. Yes, those things differ. But truth does not change. Either Jesus is God, or he isn't. Either his claims were true or they weren't. It's not a matter of personal opinion.

The Holy Spirit helps to convince us of what is really right. But we needn't fear that this will lead us to be intolerant. It is this same Spirit within us that brings the fruits of love, peace, patience, kindness, and generosity.

Parish Activities

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Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Activities
Friday, May 27thConfirmation Practice — 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 29thConfirmation — 2:00 pm


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.

Jubilee Of Mercy

Jubilee of Mercy
During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us to contemplate the notion of a Holy Door, "a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope."

The door symbolizes a passage or transition into a special year of evangelization and prayer. Pope Francis will formally open the Holy Door December 8th to begin the Year of Mercy. The ritual of the Holy Door is to evoke the concept of forgiveness, which is always the main focus of a Holy Year.

You are invited to make a diocesan pilgrimage of Mercy by visiting and passing through each of the Holy Doors in the Rockford Diocese. To commemorate your pilgrimage and encourage ongoing prayer for Mercy, you are invited to take along a "Year of Mercy Passport," to be stamped at each Holy Door parish.

Holy Doors in the Diocese of Rockford are located at:
Our Lady of Good Counsel - Aurora St. John the Baptist - Johnsburg
St. Mary - DeKalb Cathedral of St. Peter - Rockford
St. Thomas More - Elgin Poor Clares Corpus Christi Monastery
St. Michael - Galena St. Mary - Sterling

A Prayer for the Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees God.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy;
let the Church be your visible face in the world.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm,
may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind. Amen.

—Pope Francis

Parish Announcements

Congratulations Fr. John Slampak

50th Anniversary

Fr. John Slampak is celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a priest. If you would like to send congratulations to him, his address is:

Fr John Slampak
c/o Presence Fox Knoll
421 N Lake St
Aurora, IL 60506

Knights of Columbus Recruitment Drive

Join The Knights of Columbus

The Msgr Edward S. Wright Knights of Columbus Council #15119 held its recruitment drive this past weekend after each Mass. Members of our Council were available available by the doors to provide a small pamphlet about the Knights and to answer any questions you may have.

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal Catholic organization open to all practicing Catholic men 18 years or older. The Knights are involved locally, nationally, and internationally, in many charitable programs including those for the disabled and the poor, the priesthood, and the promotion of Catholic ideals.

If you would like more information on the Knights of columbus, please contact:
Garry Daly at (630) 892-3858.

First Communion Class of 2016

Soup Kitchen
First Communion

Please congratulate the children of our parish who received their First Communion. We pray that they continue to love Jesus and His teachings in their journey of faith.


Confirmation Confirmation will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 29th at 2:00 pm.
There is a mandatory practice for all confirmandi and their sponsors on
Friday, May 27th at 6:00 pm.

Please pray for the 2016 Candidates:

  • William FRANCIS Brown
  • Reece NICHOLAS Corbin
  • Spencer ALBERT Donohue
  • Kimberly MICHAEL Espinoza
  • Sean PATRICK Farmer
  • Dylan ROCH Fogle
  • Ruth RITA Garcia
  • Gabriela JOSEPH Groom
  • Hannah THERESE Kline
  • Aaron VINCENT Leon
  • Ryen FRANCES Miller
  • Emma CECILIA Pilmer
  • Cara JOAN Simmons
  • Alexander GREGORY Stroz
  • Noah MICHAEL Tamez
  • Ryan PATRICK Teuscher
  • Meghan CATHERINE Thayer
  • Amelia DYMPHNA Thorgesen
  • Nathan GEORGE Wedll
  • Christopher ALBERT Wood
  • William PATRICK Zbylut

Thank You to Denise Bautch, Coordinator, their teachers Melissa Held, Robert Noonan, and Morgan Donohue Assistant.


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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 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.

Liturgical Ministers and Parents of Altar Servers

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

The May and June schedules are out. IF you did not receive one, they are available in the Altar Server’s Room. Also, schedules are now available on our webpage

Once there, click on the
tab, scroll down to Ministry Schedules and then click on the button to open the current PDF schedule.

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.

Coffee and Donuts Ministry

Coffee and Donuts
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Eva Castillo at (630) 391-3993 or

Reverse Collection

Reverse Collection
This weekend, the monthly Reverse Collection was held. Please return your food/donations by next weekend. Thank you for your generosity.

Baby Bottle Boomerang

Baby Bottle

The Knights of Columbus and the Altar and Rosary Society are requesting if you still have a baby bottle at home, please return it empty or filled. We would like to wrap up this years contributions. You may return it next Sunday or return it to the office.

Wonderful Life Last year we began the drive with 300 bottles.

As of today, 146 have not been returned.

It would be disappointing to have to purchase new bottles with your generous donations.

All donations go to the Fr McGivney Center for Hope and Healing.
Make a difference – support women who choose to have their babies.

Join The Choir

Adult Choir
If you love music and are interested in joining our choir, please call Linda Fandrich at (630) 896-9116.

Adult Choir Practice

Please be advised that we will be having a practice on Thursday, May 26th
at 7:00 pm in the Music Room. We will be going through the songs for Confirmation on Sunday, May 29th at 2:00 pm.

Golf Extravaganza

Golf Extravaganza
Save the Date Saturday, June 11th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Valley Green for Blessed Sacrament's Golf Extravaganza sponsored by the Knights of Columubus.

Serious and non-serious golfers are welcome! More details to come in the coming weeks.

Join Fr. Max on a
Day Trip
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St. Michael Day Trip
Join Father Max and fellow parishioners for a day trip to St. Michael Parish in Galena, IL to pass through the Doors of Mercy on Friday, July 8th. During this special Year of Mercy, passing through these doors will symbolize our own passage into a holy journey of remembering, seeking and sharing God’s mercy in our families, in our communities and with all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Father Max will celebrate Mass at 7:00 am at Blessed Sacrament and then we will leave for Galena by 8:00 am. Upon arrival at St. Michaels we will tour the church, participate in prayer and then have lunch in beautiful downtown Galena. Carpooling is available. There is no cost to go through the Doors of Mercy, however parishioners are responsible for their own lunch.

There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. Please call the parish office for more information.

Inside Out: The Joy of Communication with Jesus

Inside Out
Save the Dates July 18th - 20th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm each day! We are hard at work designing a unique children's mission for the youth of our parish!

In collaboration with outreach leaders from Marmion Academy,
"Inside Out: The Joy of Communion with Jesus," will be an inspiration mission for those going into 3rd grade through high school with leadership opportunities for students in 7th - 12th grade.

Look for more information to come!

Photos For: A Night in Venice

Dinner Dance
Photos are now available from Evening in Venice and other Blessed Sacrament events by clicking HERE.

Click on the album, then click on the picture you would like. Images can be printed at home or uploaded to a favorite printing house.

Leaving On Vacation?


Fall has arrived and we know that many of you take vacations from time to time away from the parish. Be aware that your financial contribution to Blessed Sacrament is very important to meet our regular expenses. Please support our parish the best way you can when you are away on vacation.

Thank you to all who continue to make their weekly contributions.

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 Our Area

St Vincent Golf Outing

St Vincent Golf Outing
St. Vincent de Paul Society invites you to help make a difference in the lives of the poor in our community. Join us for our 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic.

Don't miss out on the hottest event of the summer! It will be held Friday, June 17th at Mill Creek Golf Course. $150 entry fee ($75 is tax-deductible) includes 18 hole scramble format, cart, golf gift, grilled lunch, raffle tickets for great prizes, unlimited beer and Pina Coladas, and a Hawai-ian pig roast dinner.

If you don't have a foursome we will put you in one. Not a golfer? Come just for dinner!! There are also opportunities for sponsorship.

Register online at:
- OR - contact Kevin O'Connor (630) 779-0724 or email
- OR - contact Alan Fulton (630) 879-2806          or email

Brochures are on the bulletin board in the narthex. This event is a fun way to help those in need in our own community.

Diocesan Summer Camps & Retreats

Summer Camp
The Rockford Diocese is sponsoring the following Summer Camps and Retreats:

St. Therese Camp & Retreat — (For Girls Entering 7th - College)

St. Therese Camp and Retreat is for girls entering 7th thru College. There will be separate discussion groups for those who are seniors and college age. The camp will begin with check-in at 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

After you are settled into your room we will have a Mass at 7:00 pm for you and all your family members if they are able to attend then camp/retreat will commence after Mass. The camp will end at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 22nd.

Jeremiah Days — (For Jr. High Boys Entering Grades 7 - 9)

Jeremiah Days Camp is for Jr. High boys who will be entering grades 7—9 in the fall. The camp begins with check-in at 6:00 PM on Sunday, July 10, 2016 and ends at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 13th.

Parents and siblings are welcome to come on Sunday for an opening Mass at 7:00 PM with camp commencing after Mass.

First Call — (For Young Men Entering 10th Grade Thru College)

First Call Retreat is for young men who will be entering grades 10 through college in the fall. There will be separate discussion groups for those in college and high school. The retreat begins with check-in at 6:00 PM on Sunday, July 17, 2016 and ends at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 20th.

Parents and siblings are welcome to come on Sunday for an opening Mass at 7:00 PM. The retreat will commence after Mass.

For additional information vist:

Aurora Central Catholic Summer Camps

Aurora Central Summer Camps
Aurora Central Catholic High School is hosting a variety of summer camps to students of all ages. Camps include: football, basketball, soccer, track, baseball, volleyball, wrestling, chemistry, drama, chess.

For information and registration to one of the twenty five plus camps, visit:
Click Here for Camp Information.

St Gall Vacation Bible School

St Gall Vacation Bible School
St. Gall Church and the Elburn Community Congregational Church are partnering to offer an exciting and educational Vacation Bible School, Monday, June 13th through Friday, June 17th, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Hometown Nazareth, Where Jesus Was a Kid, explores the Hebrew culture with crafts like tie-dyeing and visiting the bazaar and market-place. Kids even attend Hebrew School to see what their alphabet looked like and learn more about God. There will also be singing and turning bible verses into skits. VBS is for kids entering kindergarten through fourth grade.

The cost is $25 for the week and will be held at St. Gall Church, 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn in the Parish Hall. For more details contact the Faith Formation Office at (630) 365-9166.

Summer Eco Camps at Abbey Farms

Eco Camp
Abbey Farms, located at 2855 Hart Road in Aurora, is offering Eco Camps this summer for children entering grades 1-3. These Eco Camps are a great way for boys and girls to have summer fun while learning on the farm! Four separate sessions are available:

• June 20-24— 8:30 - 11:30 am
• June 27-July 1— 8:30 - 11:30 am
• July 5-8— 12:30 - 3:30 pm
• July 11-15 — 12:30 - 3:30 pm

The cost of each session is $150. For additional information, visit:

Attention All Golfers

St. Katharine Drexel extends a warm invitation to all to join them for their 3rd annual golf outing. It will be a four person scramble event held on Monday, June 27th, with a 10:00 a.m. start, Hughes Creek, Elburn. Cost is $105/person which includes golf, cart, steak dinner, as well as longest putts, closest to pin, longest drive, and optional Yellow Ball.

Not a foursome? They will pair you up. For more information or to sign up please contact event coordinators John Drew, (630) 308-3055 or Bob Harkins, (815) 508-3828.

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 on November 20-22 in Rockford, IL; January 22-24, 2016 in Brookfield, WI or February 12-14, 2016 in Crystal Lake, IL.

Early registration is highly recommended. For info, see 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:

May 20-22, 2016
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
June 10-12, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
August 12-14, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
September 9-11, 2016
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
October 7-9, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
November 11-13, 2016
Apply Online
Rockford, 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.

Holy Year of Mercy Pilgrimage

Poland Pilgrimage
A once in a lifetime Pilgrimage to Poland. Departing from Chicago June 20, this 9-day pilgrimage from Chicago to Warsaw, will feature major sites of the Divine Mercy devotion, Saint Faustina, Saint Pope John Paul and Saint Maximilian Kobe among others. The price is $3099 per person double occupancy.

Call (630) 334-5065 or visit

Full Day Preschool
St Peter School in Aurora

St. Peter School
St. Peter Catholic School located in Aurora has a long tradition of providing an excellent faith-based education for children K-8 for more than 80 years. This fall St. Peter's is proud to announce we will be opening a full day Pre-Kindergarten program for 4 year olds at our school.

We are currently accepting registration for this program and our K-8 school program for 2016-2017.

Call (630) 892-1283 or visit for information or to schedule a tour.
Give the gift of a Catholic Education!

Host Family Needed

Host Family
A Host Family needed for an Austrian girl who will be attending Aurora Central Catholic High School for the 2016-2017 academic year. Nadja is from a village outside Vienna, Austria. Nadja plays the piano, participated in her school musical, and loves photography. She also has done Judo and gymnastics, plays tennis and has taken dance lessons. She does not have any allergies. She is an A student.

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:

Catholic Cemeteries of Rockford Looking for Office Assistant

Catholic Cemeteries of Rockford is looking for a person of the Catholic faith to work as an office assistant, part-time (29 hours/week) in our small office. Must be able to greet and serve family members with compassion who have lost a loved one and work with others in a congenial manner.

Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel and accurately input data. Must be able to compose memos and letters with accurate spelling and grammar.

Interested parties should send cover letter, resume and salary history to No phone calls please.

Bus Drivers

Bus Driver
Rosary High School is looking for qualified bus drivers. Drivers must have a school bus permit and a class CDL license as required by the State of Illinois. Drivers are needed for an after-school bus route, for field trips, and occasional morning runs.

Please call Rosary at (630) 896-0831 or contact Sister Ann Brummel at


Caritas is an auxiliary of Catholic Charites and we are focused on fundraising for the needs of disadvantaged children in the Rockford community.

We meet on the first Monday of the month at the Diocesan Administration Center. We are looking for new members to help us put on our 30th and best luncheon yet. The only requirement to join us is a love of children and a dedication to making their lives better. Your ideas are welcome and your help is needed to make our 30th year a huge success for the benefit of the children!

If you have any questions, please call —

Marva Tarara at: (815) 988-1018 or Pattieber at: (815) 222-1661.

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.