Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
May 21 - May 27, 2017

The Sixth Sunday of Easter



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
May 20
4:30 pm Evelyn Locke req. by McStay & French Families
Sunday
May 21
8:00 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
May 21
10:30 am Bill Middleton req. by Jim & Barb Cavanaugh
 
Monday
May 22
8:30 am Ron Orland req. by Jerry Theisen
Tuesday
May 23
8:30 am Walter T. Hogan req. by Walter F. Hogan Family
Wednesday
May 24
8:30 am Steve Stanoy req. by Friends and Neighbors
Thursday
May 25
7:00 pm Communion Service
Friday
May 26
8:30 am Ricky Loker req. by LeRoy Konen Family
 
Saturday
May 27
4:30 pm Albert Denovellis req. by Berberet, Grogan & Dowling Families
Sunday
May 28
8:00 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
May 28
10:30 am Charles Pfeifer req. by John & Marlene Heinen

Join us for the Rosary
The Rosary is prayed on week days at 8:10 am and on weekends a half hour before Mass. The Sorrowful Mysteries will be prayed throughout Lent before the weekday Masses.



SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)

Saturday, May 27th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 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:
  • Deacon Robert Smits
  • Rev William H Regnier
  • Rev Nicholas J Schwarz
  • Rev Thomas P Lynam
  • Deacon James Valesano
  • Rev John T Smith
  • Rev Henry Bangen
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • IT2Jeremy Daly
  • PFC Ethan J. Feltes
  • Sgt Kyle W. Feltes
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • Capt Ryan C. Lutz
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • CPL Gail 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
  • Mary Lynne Aldous
  • Mike Bauer
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Patricia Botello
  • Star Brock
  • Jennifer Burgos
  • Cathie Burns
  • Bill Cowan
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Janice Feltes
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry Flaugher
  • Scott Flaugher
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Bill Gardiner
  • Steve Gaspardo
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Tom Kehoe
  • Veronica Klymus
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Fred Noonan
  • Ava Olson
  • Juan Peña
  • Viola Plante
  • Joanne Piotrowski
  • Bobby Roeback
  • Lynn Schones
  • Fr. John Slampak
  • Joseph Sreniawski
  • Jose Vargas
  • Wiesbrock Family
  • Mike Winn
  • Jerry Zbylut



Congratulations!

First Holy Communion
Congratulations to John (Jack) Dooley and RCIC students
Alondra Ramirez, Isabel Pina and Juan Pina, who received their First Holy Communion last weekend!



Welcome!

Baptism

Through the waters of Baptism, we welcome to the Body of Christ and our Parish…

Maeve Marguerite Wetzel
Daughter of Cristin and Gregory Wetzel



Reflections on the Gospel

Reflection
"If you love me you will keep my commandments." It's really as simple as that. We are only paying lip service to the Lord if we externally declare ourselves to be Christians but don't follow through on a life that confirms it. In our modern culture, we often think of love as a feeling or a kind of devotion. It is thus all too common to separate love from appropriate action. Perhaps we reassure ourselves that we love Jesus because we believe that he is the Son of God and our personal Savior. But these thoughts--or even any grateful or pleasant feelings that come along with them--are not the fullest anifestation of real love. Rather, as Jesus tells us directly in today's Gospel, "Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me."

Now, for those of us who may be asking what exactly these commandments are, it's helpful to remember Jesus'' response when he was questioned on the subject. Now, for those of us who may be asking what exactly these commandments are, it's helpful to remember Jesus' response when he was questioned on the subject.

Now, for those of us who may be asking what exactly these commandments are, it's helpful to remember Jesus' response when he was questioned on the subject. You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Mt 22:37-39).

These fundamental principles embrace everything that Jesus calls us to do. If we put God first and foremost in our lives, and if we treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated, then all the rest falls into place. The Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and any other fundamental Christian codes of behavior are all summed up here. Indeed, if we truly seek to love Jesus, putting him first and following his ways won't feel like a burden but rather like a beautiful blessing.





Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Parish Meetings & Activities
Tuesday, May 23thKnights of Columbus —


Parish Announcements



E-Giving

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 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.



Altar Servers

Altar Servers
The May and June schedules have been emailed. If you did not receive one, they are available in the Altar Servers' Room.




May Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis

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





2017 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal

2017 Diocesan Appeal
Our Diocesan Appeal helps thousands in our diocese to grow in their Catholic faith. Please contribute the best way you can. No gift is too small when given from the heart.

By pooling our resources, we can make a difference in our parishes, our diocese and society at large. Your gift to the 2017 Diocesan Appeal supports ministries like these:

  • Help to Those in Crisis
  • Protection for the Vulnerable
  • Training Lay Ministers
  • Support for Retired Priests
  • Sacramental Preparationfor all Ages
  • Diversity Outreach
Our 2017 Diocesan Appeal target is $ 54,164.00. If you have not filled out a a pledge card, please do so soon.

Please help our parish reach our goal!

If you haven't received an envelope, one can be picked up either from the Church or the parish office.

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



Ushers and Catechists

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




Thank You For Volunteering

Ministry Appreciation
Ministry volunteers are at the heart of all that is accomplished in the parish. Father Max and the staff would like to thank all of our volunteers.

You are what keep our ministries strong and growing.

For a larger image, click on the image below.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Image 6 Image 5 Image 4 Image 3 Image 2 Group



Congratulations Class of 2017

Congratulations Graduates
Father Max and the Blessed Sacrament Community wish to offer our congratulations to the Class of 2017.


Congratulations 2017 Graduates



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




Reverse Collection

Reverse Collection
This weekend, the monthly Reverse Collection was held. Please return your food/donations by next weekend. Thank you for your generosity.



Memorial Day Masses

Memorial Day Monday, May 29th is Memorial Day. Outdoor Masses will be held at:
✟ Resurrection Cemetery
37W210 Fabyan Parkway, Geneva - 8:00 am

✟ Mount Olivet Cemetery
278 Ashland Avenue, Aurora - 10:00 am

Please join us as we pray for the faithful departed especially those who have served our country. Weather permitting, please bring your own chair.





Young at Hearts

Young at Heart
The Young at Hearts will meet on Tuesday, June 13th for lunch at 11:30 am at Lume's Restaurant, just east of Randall Rd off Fabyan Parkway in Batavia.

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.



Inside Out: The Joy of Communion With Mary

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

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

Inside Out
Last years group.



Thank You For Donating Blood!

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

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



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.



Spring - Can We Still Count On You?

Winter

It's Spring! 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.

Early registration is highly recommended. For info, see http://www.alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653.

Spend some quality time renewing your marriage. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends:

DateLocationContact
June 2-4, 2017
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
June 9-11, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
August 11-13, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
September 9-10, 2017
Apply Online
Geneva, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
October 6-8, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
October 27-29, 2017
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
November 17-19, 2017
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
December 8-10, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778


For additional weekends, visit http://www.wwme.org/find-a-weekend.html

Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: http://www.alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653.

For a fin de semana en Espanol in Rockford, contact:
Hugo & Gaby at (630) 690-2094.

For a fin de semana en Espanol in Chicago on November 8-10, contact:
Andres y Maria at (630) 229-2600.



Holy Angels School
Open House

Holy Angels School
Holy Angels School will hold an Open House for Preschool – 8th grade on Thursday May 25th, from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Holy Angels School is a STEM specialty school rooted in faith and recognized for academic excellence. Learn about our K-8 STEM curriculum, Pre-K programs, extended childcare options, full-day kindergarten program and PreK-8 open enrollment.

Holy Angels Catholic School is located at 720 Kensington Place in Aurora.

For additional information, contact the school at: (630) 897-3613.



St. Vincent DePaul
15th Annual
Charity Golf Classic

Join us on Friday, June 16th for 18 holes of Golf and Dinner.

St. Vincent DePaul Charity Golf Classic



Fortnight For Freedom

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

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




Courage Apostolate in the Rockford Diocese

Courage Apostolate
Do you have same sex attraction or know someone who does? Courage is an international apostolate of the Catholic Church which ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and a chapter is here in the Rockford Diocese. If you think Courage is for you or someone you know, contact their chaplain, Fr. Phillip Kaim at pkaim@rockforddiocese.org.

If you know of family members or friends who would like to be a part of a support group for those with same sex attraction, please contact their Chaplain, Fr. Ryan Browning at rbrowning@rockforddiocese.org or visit https://couragerc.org/ for more information on the Apostolate program.




Special Religious Development (SPRED)

SPRED
SPRED is a beautiful ministry for people with special needs and /or disabilities. We affirm the dignity of each person as an essential member of the church and child of God. SPRED is offered worldwide as a means for special needs people to experience faith using a unique approach. Catechists and friends grow together in faith. Set in a relaxed and beautiful context the process is comfortable, experiential and relational. To meet the needs of our community, more SPRED groups are needed.

To learn more about SPRED, contact Ann Walder at (630) 907-1837 or annwalder@comcast.net. Ann is the Parish Chairperson for the SPRED group at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Batavia. No teaching experience is necessary.... Just a big heart.



National Family Planning

Natural Family Planning
Couples who choose Natural Family Planning (NFP) find they experience a wide range of benefits that go far beyond physical and health-related advantages. NFP is definitely safe, healthy and green, but it is also at least as effective as contraception options (besides sterilization), and many couples are happily surprised to find that it helps improve their relationship as well. Fertility awareness is also incredibly helpful to those couples who are trying to achieve pregnancy because it easily enables a couple to pinpoint the most fertile time of the cycle.

Visit https://ccli.org/what-is-nfp/benefits/ to learn more!

To take a Couple to Couple League live online or self-paced online NFP course go to www.ccli.org. Classes include about 6 hours of instruction, instructional materials, a digital thermometer and the charting app CycleProGo, and a digital subscription to Family Foundations magazine. Access to a Teaching Couple is available via email or phone for questions, consultation, and chart review.



Hope After Abortion

Project Rachael
Project Rachel provides a supportive and confidential environment where you can begin the process of healing.

For additional information:

Call:(815) 387-3379
Email:ProjectRachelRockford@gmail.com
Visit:http://www.hopeafterabortion.org

All inquiries are confidential.



Aurora Central Catholic High School - STEM

Aurora Central Catholic High School
Aurora Central Catholic High School is excited to announce a campaign to expand the current campus with a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Center, a Fine Arts Center, and a Physical Education Center.

The tradition of Catholic educational excellence and the heritage of faith that guided Madonna and Roncalli High Schools continues at Aurora Central Catholic High School. It is for this reason that Bishop Malloy invites the generous support of parents, grandparents, alumni, friends, and the area parishes to support this campaign to expand ACC for current and future genera-tions of students.

For more information or to assist with this campaign, please visit the school website at:

or contact the Aurora Central Catholic Development Office at:
(630) 907-0095 x110

or send an e-mail to:



Host Family Needed

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


Please consider opening up your home to this exchange student, contact Carol Myint, Director of Private School Programs at (507) 301-3615 or Web site: http://www.ie-usa.org



Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Lourdes
and Fatima

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

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

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



Are you Traveling?

Traveling Mass Times is a free nationwide ministry to traveling Catholics.

Travelers can call: (410) 676-6000 or access the web site at www.masstimes.org for free information on the location of the nearest Church and times of Masses on weekends and Holy Days.   



Our Advertisers

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During this year, please patronize these businesses. We would like to remind you to mention the fact that you saw their Ad on the back of our bulletin. It is important we recognize and tell our sponsors that we appreciate their support. Many parishioners do patronize these businesses, but never tell them "thank you". The income from these ads not only pays for the printing of our weekly bulletin but helps to maintain our parish buildings and grounds.

Our advertisers are listed in our Sunday Bulletins (see side link). You can also view a PDF document of our current advertisers by CLICKING HERE.


THANK YOU
ADVERTISERS FOR SPONSORING OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN!