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The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 25, 2016 - October 1, 2016

Twenty-Sixth 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!


Date Time Intention
September 24
4:30 p.m. Jack & John Sintich req. by Horton Family
September 25
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
September 25
10:30 a.m. Robert Fisher req. by Ross & Grace Fisher
September 26
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
September 27
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
September 28
8:30 a.m. Jerry Flaugher req. by Marilyn Wiesbrock
September 29
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
September 30
8:30 a.m. Bernice Sickinger req. by Pat & John Whitney
October 1
4:30 p.m. Albert Denovellis req. by Jan Orland
October 2
8:00 a.m. Leonard Chekirda req. by Brian & Kate Pientak
October 2
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.


Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)
Saturday, September 24th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 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:
  • Msgr. James A. Solon
  • Rev. Paul W. Sims
  • Deacon Keith Jackley
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
  • 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
  • Joe Apodaca
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Cathie Burns
  • Geraldine Daraban
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Janice Feltes
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry 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
  • Bill Middleton
  • Fred Noonan
  • Maddie Ockerland
  • Molly Paris
  • Viola Plante
  • Robert Earl Rickert Sr
  • Benjamin Santos
  • Lynn Schones
  • Mary Schultz

Reflections on the Gospel

Proverbs have a way of succinctly stating a concept that can become a kind of mantra for explaining the way things are. Sayings like, "Mighty oaks from little acorns grow," or "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree," or "I''s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease," are all meant to encapsulate a larger concept in a brief sentence. For the most part, the person hearing the phrase immediately understands to what the speaker is referring. And so the saying, "He can't see the forest for the trees," is often understood as describing someone who cannot comprehend the larger implications of things because all he can see is the minute details on which he is focused.

In the Gospel this weekend Jesus tells a parable about a rich man who was seemingly oblivious to both the forest and the trees. In the story the rich man seems unconcerned with anything but his own pleasure. He dresses in fine linen. He eats great meals. It seems like he has it all. The "forest" of communal interaction seems beyond his imagination. At the same time, from what we are told, the rich man also seems not to have taken any notice of the beggar at his door. He was not even aware of the "trees" of someone right at his gate.

In our lives as Christians, both the forest and the trees are important. We can't lose sight of either of them. As people in the world we must continue to be involved in working for a more just society through our advocacy and political activity. We have to promote the causes of life, human dignity, peace, and the common good. That's the big picture, the forest, that we see. At the same time through our works of charity and simple outreach we touch the lives the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the dying in our very midst. They are the trees right in front of us, and we cannot miss them either.

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Important Announcements

Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Activities
Tuesday, September 27thKnights of Columbus Meeting — 7:00 pm
Monday, October 2ndAnnual Pet Blessing @ Bell Tower — 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 8thAltar Server Training — 10:00 am
Sunday, October 9thYouth Ministry Kick-Off — 6:30 pm

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 recom-mendation letters. Parish registration is necessary before making arrangements for a Baptism, a wedding and enrollment in the RE 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
tab, scroll down to Ministry Schedules and then click on the button to open the current PDF schedule.

Art And Environment Ministry

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.

Join The 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.

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

Join The Blessed Sacrament Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry
Our Youth Ministry will Kick-off with speaker John Lampheris.

This event is open to all high school students. Join us on Sunday, October 9th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

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

Parish Announcements

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


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.

2016 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal

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 2016 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 2016 DA target is $52,164.00. So far 252 out of 547 families have made their pledges. Thank you!

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 to donate online.


E-Giving arrow
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.

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.

Thank You!

Thank You
Thank you to the musicians, cantors and choirs, under the coordination of Linda Fandrich. Music enriches the spir-itual lives and liturgical experience of the parish community. We appreciate your talent and your commitment to rehearsal in advance of a scheduled liturgy.

2016 Women of Inspiration Dinner

Women of Inspiration

Sara Casher
Congratulations to our 2016 Woman of Inspiration Sara Casher

(Pictured: Rev. Max Lasrado, Most Rev. David Malloy and Sara Casher)

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 Upcoming Activities


Not Yet Catholic?
Or Baptized Catholic but have not received
the Eucharist or Confirmation?

The RCIA (Rite of Christia Initatin of Adults) is our way of welcoming new adult members into the Catholic Church. It consists of a series of gatherings with other adults who are also interested in learning more about God’s love in the Catholic Church.

To: All adults who are unbaptized.

Those baptized in the Catholic Church who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.

Those baptized in other Christian churches who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.
Weekly small group sessions focusing on the teachings of the church and to prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil.
Sundays from 9:00 to 10:15 am beginning September 25th.
It's still not too late to join.
Brian Pientak (630) 892-1667 or email

Knights Of Columbus Intellectual Disability Drive

KofC Logo ID Drive 2016

The Knights of Columbus would like to thank everyone for their donations to the Intellectual Disabilities Drive.

Our total for the drive was $1691.55 of which $811.75 came from the sale of Tootsie Roll banks here at our parish. Proceeds will go to three local programs that aid those with intellectual disabilities. Thank you for your generosity!

October is Respect Life Month

Respect Life Month
Life Chain Sunday
Sunday, October 2nd from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Help us create a human chain of prayer for LIFE along E New York St and Oak Hurst Drive, Aurora. Pray for a greater Respect For Life in our world with others from our parish and other churches.

Park at the far east end of Mariano’s parking lot. Contact Brian Pientak at (630) 892-1667 to carpool or for more information.

October Prayer Vigil
Pray for one hour across from Aurora Planned Parenthood as part of a community-wide effort to create a peaceful prayer vigil 8:00 am — 4:00 pm during the month of October.

Things to doOutcomes
  • Pray
  • Fast
  • Give up a TV show
  • Pray the Rosary
  • Give up a favorite Snack
  • Skip a meal
  • Save your change for a month
  • Give up an hour of Internet
  • Babies are saved
  • Parents are saved the pain and headache of abortion
  • Abortion workers quite and become Pro Life
  • Abortion clinics close
  • Post-abortive women and men find healing and forgiveness

Try to do one sacrificial act daily for an end to abortion.

Cursillo 3-Day Weekends

Cursillo (pronounced Cur-see-yo) is a movement of the Church that promotes Catholic ideals, fellowship, and spiritual growth in daily living. It provides an opportunity to deepen your Catholic faith, and to experience the love of God within a supportive and prayerful community.

The Cursillo is a method of giving those, who have the potential of influencing others, a personal encounter with Christ and the means to further enhance, support, and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelizing their environments.

The Rockford Cursillo Movement is hosting two upcoming weekend encounters.

For Men: October 6-9
For Women: October 13-16

All weekends are held at St. Mary Community Center in Oregon, IL. For more information, please contact Gabriel or Jenny Bourge at (630) 907-1587 or email Jenny at:

More information is available at

First Friday

First Friday
The First Friday of October is the 7th. There will be devotions and Benedicton of the Blessed Sacrament afer the 8:30 am Mass.

Altar Server Ministry

Altar Server
Attention students in 4th and 5th grade! We are inviting you to join the Altar Server Ministry here at Blessed Sacrament. Serving in the church is a special privilege and is a way of growing closer to God.

We will have a new Altar Server (and refresher) Training on Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Altar Servers are scheduled on a rotating basis.

Please call Jenny Bourge at the parish office (630) 897-1029 or email to let us know that you are interested or if you would like more information.

Young at Hearts

Young at Heart
The Young at Hearts will meet on Tuesday, October 11th for lunch at 11:30 am at the Phoenix Club in Aurora. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

Indicate if you need a ride. All seniors are welcome and feel free to bring a friend. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex, indicate if you need a ride.

All seniors are welcome and bring a friend.

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive

Blood Drive
Save the Date For... The Monsignor Wright KnightS of Columbus Council #15119 in cooperation with Heartland Blood Center will be holding a blood drive on
Saturday, October 15th from 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon in Holy Family Hall.

Please sign-up in the Narthex.

The Altar and Rosary Society

Spaghetti Dinner
The Altar and Rosary Society cordially invites ALL women of the parish to join us.

Bring your ideas as we begin to plan for the calendar year.

Save the date for Saturday, October 15th after the 4:30 pm Mass we are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner in Holy Family Hall!

Fall - Can We Still Count On You?


It's Fall! This means that many of our parishioners are back from 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 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:

October 7-9, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
October 21-23, 2016
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
November 18-20, 2016
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
December 9-11, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778

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.

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 to learn more!

To take a Couple to Couple League live online or self-paced online NFP course go to 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.

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,
September 22 through November 10.

The group will study The Book of Revelation, using the New Collegeville Bible Commentary by Catherine A. Cory and the Little Rock Scripture Study Guide. Child care is provided.

Registration is required. To register, call Kathy at (630) 377-4629.

Our Lady of Good Council Raffle/Calendar

Our Lady of Good Council
Our Lady of Good Council Raffle/Calendar featuring student artwork. Raffle tickets are $25 each. Daily drawings beginning October 1st. Over $15,000 in prizes. $500 cash, Water Park Gift Card, Bicycle ($150 value).

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Our Lady of Good Council at (630) 851-4400.

A Spaghetti Supper

Spaghetti Dinnter
A Spaghetti Supper to benefit the youth programs at St George Romanian Catholic Church will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at St George Hall, 667 Sheridan, Aurora.

The Cost: Adults $6.00, Children (Ages 4 -12) $4.00, Ages 3 and under (free).

Tickets may be purchased at the door. 630.851.4002.

Deacon Information Days

These meetings are open to those men between the ages of 35 and 55 who may be interested in serving the Church as a Permanent Deacon.

Attendance at one of the meetings is mandatory for application to the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program. Married men must attend with their wives. During these meetings an overview of the formation program and the application process will be presented.

Please speak with your Pastor about your interest before planning on attending. For more information, please call the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at (815) 399-4300.

The meetings will be held on Saturday, October 15, and Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 am — 12:30 pm in the Diocesan Administration Building located at 555 Colman Center Drive, Rockford.

God is Doing Amazing Things!

Project Rachael
In this Year of Mercy, He continues to unleash His healing, forgiveness, joy, and peace. He knows your hurt and feels your pain. If you have struggled with the emotional or spiritual wounds of abortion, this is your time! Come to the tender heart of Jesus. It is there He longs to heal you. The Friday, October 7 - Saturday, October 8, 2016,

Project Rachel Retreat will provide a supportive and confidential environment to begin your healing journey.

For more info, contact (815) 387-3379 or All inquiries are confidential.

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast

Magnificat Day
Join us for the Magnificat Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon at D'Andrea Banquets & Conference Center 4419 Northwest Hwy in Crystal Lake.

The Featuring guest speaker will be Fr. Robert Thorn. Tickets are $20 each.

To order tickets, call Dee Slowey (815) 893-4061 or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with check made payable to "Magnificat-McHenry Chapter" to Dee Slowey 8416 Owl Court, Village of Lakewood, IL 60014.

Attention Crafters

Join us for the annual Christmas Cookie and Craft Fair presented by St. Anne's Society of Holy Angels Church in Aurora on Sunday, December 4th.

For more information contact Julie Lano at (630) 585-8174 or

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.