Ministries

While all members of the faithful truly participate in the liturgy in an important variety of ways, certain lay men and women fulfill necessary roles to ensure its orderly running. The liturgical ministry here at Blessed Sacrament Church consists of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Ushers, Altar Servers and the Music Ministry.

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES




Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Minister
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion assist the priest in distributing Holy Communion during the Mass. Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion are selected, trained, and commissioned in accordance with policies of our parish and the Rockford Diocese.



Lectors

Lectors
Lectors are lay leaders who are “truly suited…and carefully prepared” to proclaim the word of God to the gathered assembly (GIRM 101.) Readers are encouraged to continually meditate on Sacred Scripture, so that their faithful proclamation of the readings at Mass will in turn inspire the faithful to turn to God through his word. At the beginning of the Mass, the Leader introduces the faithful with a brief explanation of the focus of the celebration and then at the Intercessions reads the prayers of the faithful for the community and world.



Ushers

Ushers
Ushers have a valuable role in welcoming our brothers and sisters at the church doors and ensuring that all are welcomed and have a place to sit. They also organize and oversee the collections during the offertory.



Altar Servers

Altar Servers
Altar Servers assist the priest during Mass; they carry the processional cross and candles, hold the Roman Missal at various times during the Mass and when necessary carry the thuribel.

Any youth that is interested in this ministry must be in fourth grade or above and have permission from their parent(s.)



Children's Ministries

Children Ministry
Children's Liturgy offers our youth the opportunity to learn about the Gospel in a way that they understand. Children are excused from 10:30 Mass during the Liturgy of the Word. In the hall they listen to one reading and the Gospel for the week. The homily is geared toward something the children can understand.

This is for Children over the age of three. Parents are welcome to attend with their young children.

For additional information contact Sheridan Gurbal at: (630) 334-8546.



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



The Choir Needs You!

Choir
Here are some reasons to join our choir:
  • Friendship. More than 42 million Americans sing in choruses, so you're sure to make some new friends.
  • Student's bring home A's. Research shows that students who sing in choruses get better grades than students who don't.

Piano Player Needed Blessed Sacrament is in need of a piano player. If you can play the piano or know of someone willing make a commitment to this ministry, please contact Linda Fandrich for further information.

If you love music and are interested in joining our choir, or learning more about this ministry, please call Linda Fandrich at (630) 896-9116.



Ministry Schedules

Liturical Ministries
All those involved in the liturgical ministry at Blessed Sacrament are scheduled on a rotating basis and receive training in order to carry out and understand the functions of their responsibilities.

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering in any of the various liturgical roles please call Jenny Bourge at (630) 897-1029
or email psecretary@blessedsacrament-na.org.

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"Mother Church greatly desires that all the faithful may be brought to take that full, intelligent, active part in liturgical celebrations which the nature of the Liturgy itself requires, and which, in virtue of their baptism, is the right and duty of the Christian people, 'a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people' (1 Peter 2:9)" (SC, no.14).



PARISH MINISTRIES



Altar and Rosary Society Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl
The Prayer Shawl Ministry recently distributed 13 prayer shawls to friends of Blessed Sacrament parish. Each shawl is lovingly hand crafted by a ministry member and then wrapped and blessed before delivering to those with a need.

This ministry was formed in 2012 and has provided over 50 shawls to men, women and children.


To become a part of this amazing ministry contact Sara Casher at (630) 801-8945 or email her at pscasher@comcast.net

Prayer Shawls

These hand-made gifts are symbols of the love of God and our love for each other. While being created, the maker prays God’s blessings for the recipient.

The shawls are often presented during times of illness and grief, but can also mark the arrival of a new baby or the entrance into a new stage of life.

The presence of the love of God is consistently reported by those who receive them and often described as feeling like "a hug from God."

For additional information visit Visit the Altar and Rosary Webpage.




Art And Environment Ministry

Art
Responsible for the changing of banners, altar cloths and floral arrangements in the church seasonally. This includes decorating for the major feasts of Easter and Christmas. Also responsible for the beautification of the outdoor garden spaces, including planting and maintaining landscaping.

If you have a green thumb, an artistic eye, or just want to be a part of the gardening and decorating of our church then this ministry may be for you. For more information, contact Ann Koskey (630) 896-5375.



Bereavement Ministry

Bereavement Ministry
In the Fall of 2016, under the guidance of the pastor, the Bereavement Ministry was formed. The mission of the Bereavement Ministry is to be a supportive presence to individuals experiencing grief related to the death of a loved one, by providing them emotional and spiritual support.

The ministry is led by volunteer leader Debbie Thorgesen and a team of parishioners who pray for and reach out to those of the parish who have lost a loved one to death. Support for those who have lost a loved one is given through prayer, phone calls, cards and letters. Each year parishioners who have lost a loved one are invited to the annual Remembrance Mass which is held on All Soul's Day.

For more information Debbie Thorgesen may be reached by email at thorlang6@comcast.net or by calling (630) 217-9332.



Coffee and Donuts Ministry

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



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.



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.



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.




Support Our Troops

Support Our Troops
Did you know that four times a year, members of the Altar a nd Rosary Society of Blessed Sacrament send out handmade greeting cards to our service men and women on our prayer list? We are looking to update our list to ensure that these cards arrive to them. Our next mailing will be for Easter greetings.

If you have a service member in your family and their address has changed or to add them to the list please call the parish office at
(630) 897-1029 or email psecretary@blessedsacrament-na.org.

*This address list is kept confidential and will only be used to send out greeting cards four times a year.



St. Mother Teresa Prayer Group

St Teresa of Calcutta
"Prayer is as necessary as the air, as the blood in our bodies, as anything to keep us alive-to keep us alive to the grace of God."
—St. Mother Teresa


The St. Mother Teresa prayer group was established shortly before the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in August 2016 and meets after Communion Service at 9:00 am on the second Thursday of the month in the chapel.

The scriptural Rosary is prayed as well as the prayer requests from the parish and any additional requests that are dropped into the prayer box under the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Narthex. For more information please call Rita Bruner at (630) 966-8589 or email
Barb Bogovich at barbarab34@aol.com.



Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry
In October 2016, the Youth Ministry at Blessed Sacrament was reorganized and kicked off its first gathering and is led by a team of dedicated volunteers from the parish under the volunteer leadership of
Steve Auchstetter.

The team works closely with the pastor and the Religious Education coordinator Keri Johnson in bringing together the youth of the parish to support them on their faith journey in becoming lifelong disciples of Christ.

This group is open to all Middle and High School students and meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and to share suggestions for activities. Past topics that have been presented include Social Media, Change, Bullying vs Love, and Choices. There are opportunities for the youth to engage in community and parish service projects..

For more information contact Steve at (630) 740-8886.