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First Sunday Of Advent
November 27, 2016 - December 3, 2016

First Sunday Of Advent

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
November 26
4:30 p.m. Roy Melgosa, Rafaela Cardenas, Esperanza Magana
req. by Melgosa Family
November 27
8:00 a.m. John Aister req. by Catherine & John Anderson
November 27
10:30 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
November 28
8:30 a.m. Austin Wright req. by Joan Olesen
November 29
8:30 a.m. LaVerne Covelli req. by Family & Friends
November 30
8:30 a.m. Dominica Belarmino req. by Belarmino Family
December 1
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
December 2
8:30 a.m. Kenneth Mador req. by Bourge Family
December 3
4:30 p.m. Annette Giangrasso req. by Zbylut Family
December 4
8:00 a.m. Raphael Edorh req. by Lawson Family
December 4
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, November 26th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, December 3rd 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 L Walsh
  • Rev Francis A Kilderry
  • Rev Paul A Tuchlinsky
  • Rev RusselllJ Guccione
  • Rev EW Dunne
  • Rev Ronald French
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
  • SPC 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
  • 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
  • Ava Olson
  • Viola Plante
  • Lynn Schones
  • Mary Schultz
  • Father John Slampak

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of:
Rita Merkle, sister of parishioner Ed Merkle.
May her soul rest in peace.

Reflections on the Gospel

"Stay awake! Be prepared." The advice is clear enough. And chances are, most of us are inclined to follow this fervent instruction from the Lord. We'd like to be vigilant. We'd like to be ready. When the ultimate Advent comes-when Jesus returns-we don't want to be the one left standing alone in the field. But on its own, the desire to be alert isn't necessarily enough to keep us from drifting off into a spiritual siesta.

Consider the apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus gave them a similar instruction to the one he gives today: "Keep watch" (Mt 26:38). And what happened? They fell asleep. "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" (26:41). How about us? Can we really stay awake? Indeed, the season of Advent presents a challenge: Jesus asks us to be ready to greet him at any hour. Though our spirit may be willing, can our "flesh" pull it off? Especially in this month of holiday hustle and bustle, how can we stay constantly focused on welcoming Christ?

Saint Paul gives us a hint in today's epistle: "Put on the armor of light...Put on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom 13:12, 14). Just as light prevents physical sleep, so too the light of Christ prevents spiritual slumber. When we invite Jesus' Spirit into our hearts, it's like keeping a vigil light flickering in the window of our souls. We may go about our business, but that expectant flame never burns out. So when Jesus comes again-even like a thief in the night-he will find us ready and waiting.

Important Announcements

Action Needed!

Action Needed
The Illinois House may SOON vote to approve taxpayer-funded abortion. House Bill 4013 does the following:
  • Removes the ban on state workers' health insurance from paying for elective abortions.
  • Removes the ban on using public money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid patients.
  • Allows taxpayer money to fund grants to organizations that refer, counsel for and perform abortions.
Call your state representative to urge him/her to vote “No” on HB 4013. To find your state representative, go to, or call the Catholic Conference of Illinois at: (312) 368-1066 or (217) 528-9200.

Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Activities
Sunday, November 27thChildren's Choir Practice — 9:45 am
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal — 11:30 am
Tuesday, November 29thBible Study — 6:30 pm
Sunday, December 4thChristmas Pageant / Party — 11:30 am

Religious Education This Week
Sunday, November 27thNo Religious Education Classes
Wednesday, November 30thReligious Education Classes — 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.

The Choir Needs You!

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

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


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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 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 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)


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

November Is National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month
Catholic Charities of the Rockford Diocese has been providing adoption services for over 100 years! Although Catholic Charities no longer provides foster care services, we do offer private adoption services. We have several programs for those who are considering adoption.

Additionally, our Adoption Search Program can assist in obtaining medical information, for individuals adopted through our agency. Catholic Charities wants to walk alongside our fami-lies in their adoption journey!

For more information, please contact Jennifer Peacock at (630) 820-3220 or

Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19, 13-14

Winter Help Needed

Winter Help Needed
We are in need of a volunteer/s to shovel snow, and salt if needed, around the RE entrance on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, perhaps 20 minutes before class starts if the snow is less than 2".

Anyone interested should see Father Max.

RCIA - Join Us - It's Not Too Late

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.

Join us every Sunday from 9:00 to 10:15 am
It's still not too late to join.

Brian Pientak (630) 892-1667 or email

Thank You!

Thank You Thank You
Thank you to all for your building maintenance and weekly contributions. Know that your contribution to our Parish is very important to meet our expenses. If you don't have envelopes and would like them, please contact the office.

—Father Max & the Finance Council

Liturgical Ministers and Parents of Altar Servers

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

November and December schedules are out. Copies are available in the altar server's room and are also available on our webpage under the 'Ministries' tab.

If you did not receive one please call the parish office.

Catholic Charities Holiday Donations

Holiday Donations
Please focus donations this year on hats, mittens, scarves, socks, underwear, Lego's, and baby and princess dolls.

The focus is on basic items that appeal to most children and items that children tend to lose. Catholic Charities would like to thank each and every one of you who are able and willing to extend their Christmas giving to the families who cannot give their children gifts this year. God Bless You.

You may bring your unwrapped donation to the narthex and place it one of the green bins.

Knights of Columbus: Coats For Kids

Coats For Kids
To make sure every child has a warm coat this winter, the Msgr. Edward Wright Knights of Columbus Council will collect Coats for Kids, now in our 5th year.

Starting Saturday, November 5th through Sunday, December 4th, the community of Blessed Sacrament is asked to donate a new or gently used, clean coat for toddlers, kids and teens.

New or gently used mittens and hats are needed, too. Look through your closets and boxes and bins in your basements or attics. Bring your donations to Holy Family Hall where a box will available to drop off your donations.

For more information, contact: Garry Daly (630) 892-3858.

Coats For Kids

Knights of Columbus: Christmas Buttons

Christmas Buttons
The Knights of Columbus will be selling a small Keep Christ in Christmas button after Masses on December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th.

The buttons are 2¼ inch diameter and cost $ 1.00 each.

Knights of Columbus Vocation Raffle

Knights of Columbus

Please help us support our future priests, pastors, and clergy!

Vocation Drive

The Knights of Columbus will be selling Vocation Raffle tickets to support our Priests of tomorrow! Last year, the Illinois State Council Knights of Columbus raised over $ 100,000 for support of our seminarians.

By purchasing a book, you help support our seminarians and have the opportunity to win 1 of the 20 raffle prizes totaling $ 20,000. The first place winner will be awarded $10,000.

Did You Know...
The first place winner of $10,000 in 2013, was sold here at Blessed Sacrament Parish.

You can purchase a book of 15 tickets for $10. Tickets will be available for purchase from any of the Knights.

Hurry -- the drive ends Friday, December 2nd and the drawing will take place
Saturday, December 10th.

Bonus: Free wooden train raffle ticket with every purchase!

For additional information, contact: Dominic Leo at (630) 892-4628.

Christmas Vigil Mass

Adult Choir
The adult choir will be singing at the Christmas Vigil Mass on
Saturday, December 24th at 8:00 pm.

Practices will begin December 1st, 8th, 15th and the 22nd at 7:30 pm in the Music Room which will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is important that you make at least three out of the four practices.

If you would like to be a part of our adult choir for this joyous occasion, please contact Linda Fandrich at (630) 896-9116 or

Parish Christmas Potluck and and Children's Pageant

Christmas Pageant Pot Luck

Christmas Pageant and Potlock

The Children's Christmas Pageant will take place in the church followed by food and fun in Holy Family Hall. Everyone in the parish is invited!
Join us on Saturday December 4th, from 11:30 am -1:30 pm.

Christmas Pageant

Children K-5th Grade
Children K-5th Grade are invited to play a part in the Christmas Pageant.

Children 6-8th Grade
Children 6th-8th grade are encouraged to sign-up for the choir or help with narration of the pageant. Please sign-up in advance in the back of church.

Practices will be on Sunday November 20th and 27th from 11:30-12:30 in Holy Family Hall. Attending both practices is recommended but not required to be a part of this wonderful tradition!

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kuhn at (630) 849-6650.

Young at Hearts

Young at Heart
The Young at Hearts will meet on Tuesday, December 13th for lunch at 11:30 am at the Oak Street Restaurant at Randall and Oak St in North 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.

Bible Study

Bible Study
Thank you to the parishioners who have signed up for the six week Bible Study.

Please remember to bring your Bible along with the study book. Remeber that this week we will be meeting on Tuesday night. The session will begin at 6:30 pm sharp.

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

Parish Dinner-Dance

The annual Parish Dinner-Dance is going to be
Saturday, February 11th, 2017.
The event will feature a D.J., Buffet Dinner, Cash Bar, Raffle Baskets and a 50/50 Raffle.

Tickets cost $25 each and will go on sale Sunday, December 4th.

Early Bird Special:
Purchase 2 Tickets for $45 until the end of December.

Dancing through the decades

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:

December 9-11, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
January 20-22, 2017
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
February 10-12, 2017
Apply Online
Geneva, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
February 17-19, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
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

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.

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

All inquiries are confidential.

Evangelizing Catholics with Dr. Scott Hahn

Evangelizing Catholics
On Saturday, December 3, come a listen to a presentation by Dr. Scott Hahn from 8:45 am - 12:30 pm at St. Mary Church, 10307 Dundee Rd. Huntley.

The topic of the presentation disuss the following: What is the new evangelization and why is it the greatest priority of the Church at this time? How do we as Catholics understand the need for - and the process of - conversion?

This talk looks at how we can share our faith with family members, friends and co-workers. It speaks of the joy of ongoing conversion. As Pope Francis reminds us, there is even a need for "evangelizing the baptized.”

Registration fee is $10.00 per person. To register please mail a check to
St. Mary Church, 10307 Dundee Rd. Huntley, IL 60142
Attention: Shirley Allen or bring the check to office #109.

For more information please call Shirley at (224) 654-8596 or

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 last meeting date will be held Saturday, December 3rd,
from 10:00 am — 12:30 pm in the Diocesan Administration Building located at 555 Colman Center Drive, Rockford.

Life's Healing Journey Weekend Retreat

A Life's Healing Journey Weekend Retreat will be held on
Monday, December 3rd - 4th. at the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, in Aurora. The cost of the retreat is $75 per adult (18+).

Life's Healing Weekend is a one-of-a-kind retreat that blends informal talks, common prayer, quiet time and small group sharing in a safe and supportive environment. Known for our confidentiality this weekend will be a crucial journey as we explore how disappointments, abuse, losses and sudden changes can destructively impact and control our lives.

During the retreat, each stage will be followed by a brief guided meditation on scriptural passage to help people understand the Gospel values in our human situation.

Lastly, the retreat concludes with a clear focus on the liberating impact forgiveness can have in one's life and how it can set us free to find our self identity.

Are you ready to become the best you that you can be?

Marmion Academy High School
Entrance Exam

Marmion Academy High School
Date:Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Time:9:00 am
Information:(630) 897-6936 x227

Marmion Academy High School is hosting an Entrance Exam for 8th grade boys on
Saturday, December 3, 2016 beginning at 9:00 am. A make up date for Entrance Examination (not eligible for academic scholarships) is Saturday, January 7th, 2017.

Please register for the exam by completing an application for admission at

Contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 897-6936 ext. 227 for additional information.

Rosary High School
Entrance Exam

Rosary High School
Date:Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Time:8:00 am
Information:(630) 896-0831

Rosary High School is hosting an Entrance Exam for 8th grade girls on both
Saturday, December 3, 2016 (Scholarship-Qualifying Exam) and
Saturday, January 7, 2017 beginning at 8:00 am.

The January 7th exam is for any 8th grade girl who was unable to take the Qualifying Exam on December 3, 2016.

Please register for the exam by completing an application for admission at

Contact the Office at (630) 896-0831 additional information.

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

Thy Will Be Done Winter Retreat

Winter Retreat
Thy Will Be Done Winter Retreat will be held December 27th - 28th at the Bishop Lane Retreat Center.

This retreat is open to all high school and college students who are desiring to know if God is calling them to serve Him as a priest. The Cost is $50. To register, send E-mail to: Vocations@Rockford or call (815) 399-4300.

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.