Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
February 19 - February 25, 2017

Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time



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
February 18
4:30 pm Bill Middleton req. by Terry & Chuck Noyes
Sunday
February 19
8:00 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
February 19
10:30 am Anne Pitts req. by Her Family
 
Monday
February 20
8:30 am John Aister req. by Anne Aister & Family
Tuesday
February 21
8:30 am Ann Rodacka req. by Steve Manko
Wednesday
February 22
8:30 am Linda Surratt req. by Herve & Flora Lagueux
Thursday
February 23
8:30 am Communion Service
Friday
February 24
8:30 am Deceased Priests of the Rockford Diocese
 
Saturday
February 25
4:30 pm John & Jack Sintich req. by Judith Sintich
Sunday
February 26
8:00 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
February 26
10:30 am Derek Martin & Tricia Botello req. by For Their Engagement

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, February 18th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 25th 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 V. Reedy
  • Rev. Raymond A. Horner
  • Rev. Louis J. Pesut
  • Rev. James A. Quinn
  • Rev. William Weber
  • Rev. Clemens Duerr
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
  • 2nd Lt Nicole E Maenza
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • CPL Gail Patsch
  • 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
  • Battersby Family
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Jennifer Burgos
  • Cathie Burns
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Janice Feltes
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry Flaugher
  • Scott Flaugher
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Bill Gardiner
  • Baby Grace
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Tom Kehoe
  • Veronica Klymus
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Fred Noonan
  • Ava Olson
  • Viola Plante
  • Lynn Schones
  • Mary Schultz
  • Father John Slampak
  • Wiesbrock Family



Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of:
Ben Lackey who passed away unexpectedly last week

Ben was the grandson-in-law of parishioner Donna Garry.
May his soul rest in peace.

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Congratulations!

Just Married

Congratulations to Sharon Plante and Henrry Perez

who were united in marriage on Saturday, February 18th. Our prayers and best wishes for a faith-filled marriage, on behalf of Father Max and the Blessed Sacrament Community.



From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk
Dear Blessed Sacrament Families,

Greetings to you from Father Max!

Last Saturday, Holy Family Hall was filled with parishioners and their families and friends for our 2nd Annual Parish Dinner-Dance. The theme “Dancing through the Decades” was evident throughout the hall as decorations lined the walls and tables to reflect the different styles of dancing and music from the 20s through the 00s. The music for the evening included everything from the jitterbug and disco and even included an international flair with salsa and a Nigerian dance song. The cocktail hour entertainment consisted of a slide show put together by Steve Auchstetter to reflect these various styles! The success of this evening is due first to God, then to the many parishioners that gave of their time and talent.

On behalf of Blessed Sacrament Parish, I want to thank Tony and Amy Tinerella, the Chair-couple of the event, for their leadership in the planning and organizing of the event. We are also grateful to the sub-committee heads: Steve and Kim Auchestetter (food), Late and Virginie Lawson (beverages), Patrick and Sara Casher (tickets/promotion), Jeff and Sheridan Gurbal (decorations) and Kevin and Mart O'Connor (raffle baskets). Our sincere thanks to all the parishioners who volunteered on one of the committees whether it was during the preparations and set-up/clean-up or throughout the night. The dinner dance would not have been possible without the tremendous outpouring of support and commitment from everyone involved.

We are also thankful for the local businesses, families and individuals who sponsored raffle baskets and gift certificates/cards. Fellow parishioners Carl and Kelly Deuffel, with The Superior Beverage Company, once again donated the beverages as well as a raffle basket filled with craft choice beverages. Our caterer this year was Addante's in Wheaton and they provided a delicious Italian-style meal.

Although our purpose for coming together was for fellowship, we will use any proceeds to benefit the Religious Education Program and Youth Ministry Program. We will report on this once our final expenditures have been noted. Again, thank you to everyone who helped make "Dancing through the Decades" a joyous evening as we came together and danced the night away!

In a couple of weeks we will enter into the season of Lent, which is a time of renewal for the whole Church, our community, as well as, every believer. There are several opportunities in our parish to deepen your relationship with God such as Bible Study, Stations of the Cross, Adoration and daily Mass. If you have never tried any one of these opportunities, I personally invite you to prayerfully consider trying one (or even two!) As we focus on Lent as a time of God’s gift of grace and conversion let us allow ourselves to be touched by God’s grace and to become more like Christ so we can continue to reach out to others as a people united by Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament proclaiming His Presence and offering our service to all.

With a grateful heart,

Father Max Lasrado


Important Announcements



Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Parish Meetings & Activities
Sunday, February 19thNo Religious Education Classes
Wednesday, February 22ndNo Religious Education Classes


Are You Registered?




Why Register at Blessed Sacrament Parish?

Are you Registered?
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 administration to issue references or recommendation letters. Parish registration is necessary before making arrangements for a Baptism, a wedding and enrollment in the 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.


Ministries Announcements



Liturgical Ministers and Parents of Altar Servers

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

Our schedules are now online. If you would like a printed schedule, they are available in the Altar Server's Room.

To view our online ministry schedules, visit our Home Page at:



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



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.



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.



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 castillo_ev@yahoo.com



Rosary Making Workshop

Rosary Making Workshop
The Altar & Rosary Society will make string style rosaries for our Troops for Christmas.

We need ladies with experience making the knot rosaries and ladies who would like to learn.

Please call Sharon Konen at (630) 466-4613. The next Altar & Rosary meeting will be announced soon.



St. Teresa of Calcutta Prayer Group

St Teresa of Calcutta
If you would like a specific intention to be prayed for during the prayer group, please fill out a blank card located under the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and place it in the prayer box.

This ministry is open to everyone and moving forward will meet at 9:00 am right after the 8:30 Communion Service on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

For more information regarding this ministry call Rita Bruner at (630) 966-8589.


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.



2016 Individual Tax Reports

Taxes
2016 tax reports are available, for those who donated $250 or more, this weekend in Holy Family Hall. We ask that you check them over to make sure they are correct.

If there is an error, please let us know at (630) 897-1029, as soon as possible so our final record is correct. Your donations to the Diocesan Appeals will not be on our record. The Diocese will be sending those reports.



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



Lenten Bible Study

Bible Study
Lenten Bible Study will begin on Tuesday,February 28th and end on April 4th. The focus of the study will be Matthew 26-28: Jesus' Life-giving Death for the six week study. If you have never attended a session before, this Lenten study is a good place to start. Please join us as we learn more about our faith and Jesus' love for us. Sign-up in the Narthex through February 19th.

Any questions, please contact Meg Hemmerich (630) 638-1428.



Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross

Soup Supper and Stations
Lent begins Wednesday, March 1st.

Every Friday of Lent we will be having a soup supper at 6:00 pm before Stations of the Cross. The menu will be soup, salad, bread and refreshments. Stations of the Cross will follow at 7:00 pm.

Parishioners are needed to help provide either soup or salad for dinner before each of the Friday Stations of the Cross during Lent.

Please sign-up in the Narthex.



Game-a-Palooza

Game Night
Call all middle and high school students to participate in game night at Blessed Sacrament. Bring a friend and your favorite board game or card game to share (friend and game not required).

Enjoy an afternoon of fun with pizza, music and friends.

When: Sunday, March 5th
Time: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm


Sign-up in the Narthex or the Religious Education Building.



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.



Winter - Can We Still Count On You?

Winter

It's Winter! This means that many of our parishioners are going 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 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 http://www.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
April 7-9, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
May 5-7, 2017
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
June 9-11, 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.



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



Women's Fox Valley Bible Study

Bible Study
The Women's Fox Valley Bible Study will meet at St. Patrick Church,
6N491 Crane Road, Saint Charles on Thursday mornings,
9:15 - 11:00 am,
January 26 through March 16.

The group will study Israel's Story Part I.

Contact Sister Judy Nickels at jnickels@sjnstcharles.org or (630) 377-2797 x112 for more information.



St. Rita of Cascia Catholic School - Aurora

St. Ritas
St. Rita Preschool St Rita is proud to announce The Little Crusaders Learning Club for 3-5 yr olds. Club meets once a week on Fridays from 12:30-2:30 pm beginning February 24th.

For more info call (630) 892-0200.



Mid-life Singles (mid-30s to 50s)

Reflect
Looking to start 2017 off with a renewed sense of purpose & belonging? Then, register today for a life-changing REFLECT weekend retreat at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House, in Mundelein (in the northern suburbs), on February 17-19, 2017. Cost is $197 for meals and a single room.

Take a chance and get involved... you won't regret it!

Call:      (312) 532-8286
E-mail:  reflect.chicagoland@gmail.com, or
Visit:     http://www.ReflectRetreat.com for details.



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!