Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
June 18 - June 24, 2017

Corpus Christi



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

Date Time Intention
Saturday
June 17
4:30 pm Wilbert Feltes & Mary Allen req. by Janice Feltes
Sunday
June 18
8:00 am Wilbert Feltes & Mary Allen req. by Janice Feltes
Sunday
June 18
10:30 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
 
Monday
June 12
11:00 am Funeral Mass
Tuesday
June 13
8:30 am Linda Surratt req. by Herve & Flora Lagueux
Wednesday
June 14
8:30 am Walter & Elizabeth Hogan req. by Walter Hogan & Family
Thursday
June 15
8:30 am Communion Service
Friday
June 16
8:30 am Ana Bourge req. by Bourge Family
 
Saturday
June 17
4:30 pm John & Jack Sintich req. by Horton Family
Sunday
June 18
8:00 am Evelyne Locke req. by McStay & Frenck Family
Sunday
June 18
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. The Sorrowful Mysteries will be prayed throughout Lent before the weekday Masses.



SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)

Saturday, June 24th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 1st 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 F Leydon
  • Msgr Francis J Conron
  • Msgr Burwell E Beddoes
  • Rev Myles F Callahan
  • Rev William M McGuire
  • Rev WN Deutsch
  • Rev Andrew Plesa
  • Msgr Everett J Hiller
  • Rev Charles A Henkel
  • Deacon Claude Goetz
  • Deacon Robert E Nebe
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • IT2Jeremy Daly
  • PFC Ethan J. Feltes
  • Sgt Kyle W. Feltes
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • Capt Ryan C. Lutz
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • CPL Gail Anne Ruiz
  • SPC Wyatt VanderLinde
  • 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:
Psecretary@blsacr-na.org

Pray For Our Sick:
  • Bob Albrecht
  • Mary Lynne Aldous
  • Brook Bess
  • Ann Blewett
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Patricia Botello
  • Star Brock
  • Jennifer Burgos
  • Cathie Burns
  • Bill Cowan
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Janice Feltes
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry Flaugher
  • Scott Flaugher
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Bill Gardiner
  • Steve Gaspardo
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Tom Kehoe
  • Veronica Klymus
  • David Ladouceur
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Fred Noonan
  • Juan Peña
  • Viola Plante
  • Joanne Piotrowski
  • Bobby Roeback
  • Lynn Schones
  • Fr. John Slampak
  • Joseph Sreniawski
  • Barbara Sydor
  • Jose Vargas
  • Wiesbrock Family
  • Mike Winn
  • Jerry Zbylut



Reflections on the Gospel

Reflection
"The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?'" From the beginning, the Eucharist has been a source of controversy. Some people have always found the teaching difficult to accept. But as Cath-olics, the Blessed Sacrament is at the heart of our worship and our spirituality; we go to Mass to share in the holy sacrifice of Jesus' body and blood, and we receive spiritual nourishment from partaking of this heavenly food. As Jesus himself tells us in today's Gospel, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.quot;

From this passage it is clear that Jesus intended the Eucharist to be a tremendous gift for us, for "whoever eats this bread will live forever." This of course is because the bread is Christ's "flesh for the life of the world." In other words, just as he gave his body on the cross to save us from our sins, so too this same flesh is given for us at every Mass to strengthen our weakness and unite us more deeply to our Savior.

Receiving Communion isn't like taking a magic pill, however. We must beware of reducing this sacrament to an empty ritual or a foolproof guarantee of heaven. No, it is quite possible to receive Communion unworthily and reject its spiritual efficacy. Just like the benefits of a healthy meal can be undone by a habit of binging on junk food, so too we can prevent holy Communion from having its full benefits when we crowd our souls with vices and sins. If, on the other hand, we wish to let this sacrament of divine grace flourish, we should receive it with a sincere spirit of gratitude and reverence, praying that we may be made worthy to receive such a gift.


Parish Announcements



E-Giving

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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 GiveCentral.org 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.



Ushers and Catechists

Attention
Please return all the Diocesan required paperwork as soon as possible. Call the office if you need the manuals or would like to use the computer. Thank You!




May Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis

Prayer Intentions
CHRISTIANS IN AFRICA
That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.





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 Preparationfor 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.

The Rockford diocese offers an online giving program for this appeal. Visit https://rockforddiocese.org/donate to donate online.



Thank You

Fuel Collection
Thank you to those who returned their Fuel Collection Envelopes totaling $10,662.00.

Our total estimated utility bills are $44,000.00. We greatly appreciate your continued support.



Moving?

Moving
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




Special Thanks!

Thank You
A heartfelt thank you to the eleven parishioners under the volun-teer leadership of Vince McCabe, who volunteered their time to plant flowers and clean up the landscaping on our parish property.

May God bless you for taking time to help make our outdoor environment look inviting.




Inside Out: The Joy of Communion With Mary

Inside Out
Our 2nd annual "Inside Out" inspiration mission for youth grades 3+ will be held June 19 - 21st from 9:00 am - Noon each day with Wednesday June 21st being Family Day.

The theme this year will be "The Joy of Communion with Mary." Middle/high schoolers are welcome to sign-up to be leaders.

The last day will be "Family Day" where we request that an adult per family group come to take part in the experience and help to extend the learning at home. This can be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sibling, baby-sitter, neighbor...whoever is interested in sharing their faith.

To register please fill out the following:
  1. Permission slip (we need one permission slip PER CHILD registered)
  2. Emergency Information - only ONE per FAMILY.
Forms are available in the narthex and Religious Education building. Please submit your registration and fee to the parish office at any time up until Sunday, June 11th.

The cost of the mission is:
1 child = $15 • 2 children = $25 • 3+ children = $30

Please make checks payable to Blessed Sacrament.

Inside Out
Last years group.



Welcome Father Palazzolo

Father Palazzolo Ministry
Please join us the weekend of June 24, 2017 to hear
Rev. Anthony P. Palazzolo speak at all the services about a ministry providing direct relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Father Palazzolo will share personal witness about Food For The Poor’s mission to care for the destitute as a means of living out the Gospel mandate to love one another.

Father Palazzolo was ordained for the Diocese of Mandeville in Jamaica in 1993. In addition to preaching on behalf of Food For The Poor, he works for the Family Life Office in the Diocese of St. Augustine, as an advisor-counselor.

Note: There will not be a second collection, however, donation envelopes will be available in the Narthex.



Diocesan Summer Camps & Retreats

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


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, June 18, 2017 and ends at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 21st.

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

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, July 16, 2017.

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 19th.

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 23, 2017 and ends at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 26th.

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: http://www.rockforddiocese.org/vocations/vocation-camps.

Summer Camp



Silver & Gold Wedding Anniversary Mass

Silver and Gold Mass
Couples celebrating the milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 or more years of marriage in 2017 are invited to a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Malloy at St. Mary Parish located at 10307 Dundee Road in Huntley on Sunday, August 20th at 2:30 pm.

A cake and punch reception will immediately follow.

The Life & Family Evangelization Office welcomes your registration by phone (815) 399-4300 or online at http://www.rockforddiocese.org/anniversary.

Commemorative certificates to mark this special occasion will be available for those who pre-register for this event.



Thank You For Donating Blood!

Give Blood
Save the Date...Next Blood Drive!
We want to appeal to all those that have donated in the past and/or are able to donate in the future, that our next blood drive will be
Saturday, October 14th. It's not too early to SAVE THE DATE. We will provide periodic reminders throughout the year.

Giving blood is a gift that truly keeps on giving. Be someone's hero!



The Great Lakes
Catholic Men’ Conference

Great Lakes Mens Conference The Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference is

Saturday, November 18th at 8:50 am - 4:00 pm

in DeKalb. Dynamic speakers will share their insights from their own faith journeys.

Featured speakers this year are: Bishop David Malloy, Bishop of the Rockford Diocese, Deacon Paco Gavrilides, Homiletics Instructor, Deacon Bob Fishman, Jewish convert, Gus Lloyd, Ave Maria Radio Host, and Wayne Messmer, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Wolves singing host.

Visit the conference website at http://www.thetalk.org for more information.



Observer Drive

Observer
Please take a moment to renew your subscription to The Observer. Rates are still only $28/year for stories, columns and news-all provided in the context of the Catholic faith we share-available in print, online or both.

Renew with the envelope you received by mail, with the envelope provided at church, by phone (815) 399-4300, ext. 383 or online at the secure website http://www.observer.rockforddiocese.org.



Summer Time - Can We Count On You?

Summer Time

It's Summer Time! This means that many of our parishioners are on vacation 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 http://www.alifetimeoflove.org 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:

DateLocationContact
August 11-13, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
September 9-10, 2017
Apply Online
Geneva, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
October 6-8, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
October 27-29, 2017
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
November 17-19, 2017
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
December 8-10, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, 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.



Congratulations Aurora Catholic Central
Honor Roll Students

Honor Roll
The following students from our parish made the honor role at Aurora Catholic Central High School for the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year:

High Honor Roll:
  Senior: Natalie Bruss
  Junior: Kayla Siemann
  Sophomores: Margaret Gaspardo, Cameron Kalmas
  Freshman: Skylar Coxon

Honor Roll:
  Sophomore: Kyle McCormick
  Freshman: Johanna Brunke, Joshua Kish, Eve Tamez

Congratulations everyone!




St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Peregrine Novena

St. Peregrine Novena
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Aurora invites you to our St. Peregrine Novena, every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm from
May 31st through July 26th.

If you or someone you know has been touched by cancer or serious illness, join us for nine Wednesday evening prayer services for healing and renewal.

The fame of this event in 1325 AD spread rapidly and Christians, especially the sick, began to invoke his name and seek his intercession for the relief of their suffering and even for a cure from sickness. St. Peregrine (1260-1345), a Servite priest, was cured of a cancerous ulcer on his leg (which was considered beyond saving) after he received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch St. Peregrine’s impaired limb.

Please join us at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 728 High Street, in Aurora.



Fortnight For Freedom

Fortnight For Freedom
Highlighting the importance of defending religious freedom, the Fortnight for Freedom takes place on Wednesday, June 21st on the Feasts of
St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, to Tuesday, July 4th, Independence Day.

Prayer resources and additional information can be found at: http://www.fortnightforfreedom.org




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 volunteer@hesedhouse.org.




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 pkaim@rockforddiocese.org.

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 rbrowning@rockforddiocese.org or visit https://couragerc.org/ for more information on the Apostolate program.




Special Religious Development (SPRED)

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 annwalder@comcast.net. 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 https://ccli.org/what-is-nfp/benefits/ to learn more!

To take a Couple to Couple League live online or self-paced online NFP course go to www.ccli.org. 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
Email:ProjectRachelRockford@gmail.com
Visit:http://www.hopeafterabortion.org

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:



Host Family Needed

Host Family
A Host Family needed for an for a Swiss girl who will be attending Aurora Central Catholic High School for the 2017-2018 academic year in the 11th Grade.


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: http://www.ie-usa.org



Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Lourdes
and Fatima

Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Join Father John Vakulskas in this meaningful journey to Spain, Portugal and France. Includes daily Mass, R/T Air, First Class Hotels, daily tours, most meals, comprehensive sightseeing and gov't taxes/airline surcharges.

The cost of this trip is $3189 from Chicago or $3289 from Omaha.

For more information contact (712) 490-8047 or www.carnivalpriest.com.



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!