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The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 31, 2016 - August 6, 2016

Eighteenth 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
July 30
4:30 p.m. Kevin Melby req. by His Family
July 31
8:00 a.m. ELeonard Chekirda req. by Pat & John Whitney
July 31
10:30 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
August 1
8:30 a.m. Lech Zarniewski req. by Agnes & Ken Fron
August 2
8:30 a.m. Linda Surratt req. by Lagueux Family
August 3
8:30 a.m. Catherine Nowodzelski req. by Jan Orland
August 4
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
August 5
8:30 a.m. Poor Souls in Purgatory
August 6
4:30 p.m. John & Jack Sintich req. by Judee Sintich
August 7
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
August 7
10:30 a.m. Joseph & Dolores Trattner req. by Trattner Family

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, July 30th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 6th 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:
  • Deacon Alexander B. Becker
  • Deacon Dale C. Washburn
  • Rev. Robert R. Miller
  • Deacon John Bach
  • Deacon Stanislaus Szara
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, 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:
  • John Aister
  • Bob Albrecht
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Cathie Burns
  • Geraldine Daraban
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Janice Feltes
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Baby Grace
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Bill Middleton
  • Fred Noonan
  • Vic Olah
  • Sammy Panganiban
  • Molly Paris
  • Viola Plante
  • Benjamin Santos
  • Mary Willett

From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk
Dear Blessed Sacrament Families,

Greetings from Father Max!

I would like to inform you that we recently purchased three new confessional kneelers with mesh screens for use in the church. These kneelers would provide additional privacy during our Communal Penance services. Many times we have up to five confessions being heard in the church during these services.

A portion of the total cost of the kneelers was made possible through an award that parishioner Harry Cruz received through his employer UPS. He received the Volunteer of the Year award for excellence in community service. Harry Cruz selected Blessed Sacrament as the non-profit organization to receive a monetary grant of $1000. I am grateful that Harry allocated the award to go toward the needs of our parish.

The purchase of the kneelers was also made possible by Memorial contributions from the Or-land (Ron), Lakota (John) and Malinowski (Leon) families. The loved ones of these families were long time, dedicated parishioners of Blessed Sacrament. It is with deep gratitude that we received their thoughtful donations.

God bless you all in every good way. Peace, Joy and Blessings,

Father Max

Vocation Corner: Which Kind of Tears?
Rev. Keith Romke

Vocation Corner
A few weeks ago I was on vacation with a priest friend of mine, and as we walked through the lobby of a hotel we passed by a set of parents and their 3 kids. The parents and 2 of the kids were happily carrying their luggage. However the youngest was pouting, dragging the luggage behind her and cried out quot;I’m tired of this vacation!"

I was shocked at her response and her lack of appreciation! Yet, sometimes I think we can act childishly like this in how we carry out our vocations. You see, God has given all of us so much and He has provided for us in such amazing ways just like those parents had given their daughter a great gift of a nice vacation.

Fr. Romke

The thing that we all have to understand is that good things come with responsibility and that it's worth it when we keep the goal and the gift in mind! The 2 older kids did what they had to do and what was expected of them, because they appreciated that carrying out their duties was what would enable them to go forward and continue their amazing adventure!

The little girl on the other hand became overwhelmed at what she was being asked to do and in light of this she was sick of the gift! She undervalued what she was given because she focused too hard on the effort that she had to put in.

Daily, God asks us to accept responsibility and to take up our own crosses, but the payoff is eternal life and peace and joy in His presence. So stay focused on the gift so that you don’t get tired of all that God wants to give you!

Reflections on the Gospel

"Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions." This isn't a message that gets much advertising. On the contrary, just about every advertised message we hear comes from someone who wants to make money by selling us possessions. The message we hear loud and clear on television or Internet ads or on highway billboards or the back cover of magazines is that we need this product or that service in order to be happy.

Professional marketers are in the business of creating a supposed need and then promising to fill it with their product. In today's culture, it's hard to remember that life isn't about possessions.

But in this Gospel, Jesus reminds us that there is more to life than having "so many good things stored up for many years." All of this stuff-be it clothes, devices, equipment, decorations, entertainment centers, or anything else-does no lasting good if and when "this night your life will be demanded of you."

Unlike the fool who spends all of his time, energy, and money building larger barns, we should focus our resources on becoming "rich in what matters to God."

This means cultivating virtue instead of vice. It means sharing our money with those in need instead of hoarding it out of selfish greed. The call is a challenging one, and countercultural too. But Jesus never said that the Christian way was the way of the world. As St. Paul instructs us in today's epistle, "Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly." Instead of falling for the marketers' messages, may we have the wisdom to store up our treasure in heaven.

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.

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.

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

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 240 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.

Parking for North Aurora Days

North Aurora Days
North Aurora Days will be August 5th — 7th. Oak Street from Randall Road to Acorn Drive will be closed to traffic on these days.

For those coming to our weekend Masses – take Randall Rd north to Dogwood Dr (stop light after Oak St) turn right on Dogwood, turn right on Juniper, turn right on Oak St and turn right to enter the church parking lot.

First Friday

First Friday
The First Friday of August is the 5th. There will be devotions and Benedicton of the Blessed Sacrament afer the 8:30 am Mass.

Liturgical Ministers and Parents of Altar Servers

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

September and October Pre-schedule Forms have been emailed. Please return them by Friday Aug 5th if there are any changes in your availability. Forms are available in the Altar Server's Room. Thank you.

Young at Hearts

Young at Heart
The Young at Hearts will meet for lunch at 11:30 am on Tuesday, August 9th at the Double Yolk Restaurant on Butterfield Rd, just east of Farnsworth/Kirk Rd in Aurora.

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

Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Picnic

Mark your calendar for our annual parish picnic Sunday, September 25th after the 10:30 mass!

We are currently looking for volunteers to help in the planning of this event. Please contact Steve Auchstetter at (630) 740-8886 or Kim Auchstetter at (630) 730-3949 for more information.

Thank You!

Thank You
Thank you to our Funeral Luncheon Committee, under the coordination of Linda Auchstetter, for providing luncheon needs after a loved ones funeral.

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

Experience St. Rita of Cascia School

St. Ritas
Come and experience Catholic education at its finest at St. Rita of Cascia School on the north-west side of Aurora. Students are blessed with a curriculum that develops each student spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically. At St. Rita School, we provide a safe, caring environment where faith and values are taught. We have a full day program for Kindergarten.

Our preschool class for four year olds is a readiness program for our kindergarten. Don't miss the chance to have your child experience an outstanding educational opportunity.

For registration information please contact Principal, Elizabeth Faxon at (630) 892-0200 or

Join other Blessed Sacrament families who have become a part of our St. Rita School family. Visit our website at

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!

Forty Hours Devotion and Mass for Priests

40 Hours Devotion
On Thursday, August 4th, the feast day of St. John Vianney (patron saint of priests), all are invited to attend a Mass offered for the priests of the Rockford Diocese at 5:30 pm at St. Bridget's Church in Loves Park.

Following the Mass, the Forty Hours Devotion for our priests begins and the laity are encouraged to pray an hour for them at their local adoration chapel
from 6:00 pm on August 4 to 10:00 am on August 6.

For additional information, visit:

Pancake Breakfast

Knights of Columbus
You are invited to atend the Knights of Columubus of St. Rita's Council.
The Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to benefit RITAS Ministry (Restoring Inmates to Americas Society) St. Rita of Cascia Church 750 W Old Indian Trail. Join Us On:

DATE: August 7, 2016
TIME: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
COST: $6.00 Adults (12 and older) Kids $4.00 (11 and under).

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation go to
and check donate. Questions call (630) 966-0252.

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 2016 are invited to a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Malloy at St. Mary Parish in Huntley on Sunday, August 21st 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 by Friday, August 5th.

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

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:

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.

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.