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The Twenty Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time
October 4, 2015 - October 10, 2015

Twenty Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time

We invite you to explore opportunities to know Jesus Christ and grow deeper in your
Catholic Christian faith.

As a reminder, don't forget to turn off your cell phone in Church.
Thank you and have a good week!


Date Time Intention
October 3
4:30 p.m. Babe & Evelyn Vella req. by Vella Family
October 4
8:00 a.m. John Karafiat req. by Dick & Eve Spencer
October 4
10:30 a.m. The Deceased, Benefactors and the Community of Blessed Sacrament
req. by Fr. Max
October 5
8:30 a.m. Florence Weis req. by Family & Friends/td>
October 6
8:30 a.m. Deceased Priests of Rockford Diocese
October 7
8:30 a.m. James Bruner req. by Bruner Family
October 8
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
October 9
8:30 a.m. Eleanor Malinowski req. by Malinowski Family
October 10
4:30 p.m. Mollie & Ed Apps req. by Their Family
October 11
8:00 a.m. The Deceased, Benifactors and the Community of Blessed Sacrament
req. by Fr. Max
October 12
10:30 a.m. Joseph Edorh / Virginie Lawson Family req. by Fr. 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, October 3th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 10th 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. P.J. Gallagher
  • Msgr. Charles S. Nix
  • Rev. Thomas Finn
  • Rev. Harold L. Nilges
  • Most Rev. Peter J. Muldoon
  • Rev. John L. Slowie
  • Rev. Joseph M. Lonergan
  • Rev. Robert C. Williams
  • Rev. Anthony Royer
  • Rev. William J. Curran
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • PV2 Antonio Bourge
  • IT2Jeremy Daly
  • PFC Ethan J. Feltes
  • Sgt Kyle W. Feltes
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • 1st LT Ryan C. Lutz, SPC
  • 2nd Lt Nicole E Maenza
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • PFC Wyatt VanderLinde
  • PVT 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, Natividad Bontcac, Cathie Burns, Geraldine Daraban, Beth Edwards, Karen Haberstock, the Liz Hammes family, Anthony Jarvie, Carol Littlejohn, Phil Gurbal, and Kylie Baltz.

Reflections on the Gospel


One of the truisms of statistics is that they can be manipulated to show whatever the person doing the report wants them to show. On the subject of divorce, those who speak out against marriage love to cite that half of all marriages ends in divorce, therefore the sacrament must not be worth the pain that may ensue with divorce. But according to the US Census Bureau, the divorce rate in this country has dropped to its lowest level in nearly forty years, while the marriage rate remains constant. There is always hope!

In today's Gospel reading from Mark, the Pharisees posed a question to Jesus in hopes of catching him teaching against the laws of the time, a punishable offense. "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce a wife?" they asked. Knowing their intent, Jesus allowed them to answer their own question by admitting that Moses had decreed divorce allowable. This gave Jesus the opportunity to remind all who would hear that a marriage between a man and a woman is a sacred bond not only between the two but also with God.

Given this opportunity, Jesus explains that no human can overturn an act of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that at the very beginning of the sacred Scripture, God reveals his plan for us in marriage in the creation of a man and a woman for each other; and at the end, we are given the vision of the wedding-feast of the Lamb (CCC 1602). Moses realized that among the people, there were hearts that did not possess or accept the sanctity of marriage, therefore he allowed for divorce. But while Jesus acknowledged this, he asked us to understand the sacrament and to do all that we could to preserve it.


Upcoming Parish Activities

Mark Your Calendar
October 4thBlessed Sacrament's 45th Anniversary
10:30 Mass with Bishop Malloy
October 4thAurora Area Life Chain
2:30 - 3:30 pm
E New York and Oakhurst Dr
October 13thYoung At Hearts - 11:30 am
Pheonix Club in Aurora
October 18thNew Parishioner Gathering
After 10:30 am Mass
October 22ndBlingo Returns
Purchase Tickets
November 1stKnights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Thank You

Thank You
Altar & Rosary Thank you to all who attended the Flea Market/Vendor Fair on Saturday and to all who volunteered their time to make this a successful event, especially Linda Fandrich and Gennette Parker.

Blessed Sacrament 2015 Picnic

We would like to thank all of our workers which helped make our picnic a success. We look forward to next years picnic.

Visit our Photo Page to view the 2015 picnic.

Online Giving

Online Giving
During the Masses on September 26th & September 27th, the possibility of offering online/electronic giving at Blessed Sacrament was introduced. Online giving would replace the envelope donations given at mass for those who consider using the program (program is optional).

At this time we are simply soliciting interest in using this program. Please click below to cast your vote on whether or not you would use such a service.

You can also cast your vote by completing a form available in the Narthex and giving to an usher.

Remember: Please vote only one time. This vote will not register you for the online giving service or infer an obligation.

If you have not had the opportunity to cast your vote on whether or not you would use the online giving program, you can vote below. Please only vote once:


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. The meetins are held on Sunday mornings, beginning in the fall and ending one week afterthe following Easter.

We would love to assist you on your journey.

For more information, contact Brian Pientak at (630) 892-1667.

Aurora Life Chain

Aurora Life Chain
Respect Life Sunday We are called to respect and protect our lives and the lives of others, and we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ to all, especially the most vulnerable. We have been given one life to live, which has inestiable value--how will we choose to live it?

The Aurora Area Life-Chain is Sunday, October 4th from 2:30 - 3:30 pm at
E. New York St. & Oakhurst Drive.

Join hundreds of area Christians and their Clergy as they line E New York St to silently pray for an end to abortio. Please arrive early.

If you would like to carpool, call Brian or Kate Pientak at (630) 892-1667.

Knights of Columbus Recruitment Drive

Join Us
Join The Knights of Columbus

The Msgr Edward S. Wright Knights of Columbus Council #15119 is holding its recruitment drive on October 10-11th after each Mass. Members of our Council will be available by the doors to provide a small pamphlet about the Knights and to answer any questions you may have.

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal Catholic organization open to all practicing Catholic men 18 years or older. The Knights are involved locally, nationally, and interna!onally, in many charitable programs including those for the disabled and the poor, the priesthood, and the promotion of Catholic ideals.

Young At Hearts

Young at Hearts
The Young at Hearts will meet on Tuesday, October 13th 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.

New Parishioner Welcome Gathering

New Parishioner Welcome Gathering There will be a reception for new parishioners on Sunday, October 18th after the 10:30 am Mass. Those who have become members since March are invited to join Father Max, Parish Staff and Ministry leaders in Holy Family Hall for a little fellowship and light refreshments.

Please RSVP to so that we may plan accordingly. We hope to see you there!

Blingo - Returns!

BLINGO returns on October 22nd at 5:30 pm. Tickets will be sold after Masses on October 10-11th for $10 each.

Don’t forget to bring your friends!

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 15-18, and for women, October 22-25. Weekends are also conducted in Spanish.

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

Pancake Breakfast

Knights of Columbus
You are invited to atend the Knights of Columubus:
Pancake Breakfast
Where: Holy Family Hall

When: Sunday, November 1st

Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cost: $6 for adults (13+), $4 Children (6-12), Free (5 & under)

Leaving On Vacation?

Summer is here and we know that many of you are away from the parish. Know that your financial contribution to Blessed Sacrament is very important to meet our regular expenses. Please support our parish the best way you can when you are away on vacation.

Thank you to all who continue to make their weekly contributions.

Did You Know Facts

Did You Know?
Did you know that...
Genuflecting expresses adoration and is therefore reserved for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. One should always adore the Blessed Sacrament whenever entering a Church.

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

The Totus Tuus Summer Program

Totus Tuus
Totus Tuus-3 In June, we hosted TOTUS TUUS! We had 57 students who participated in growing their faith with the Totus Tuus team. It was five days of awesome activities, catechesis and great fun.
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Thank you to our team leaders Jack, Caroline, Nathan and Annie and all the volunteers who helped make our first Totus Tuus possible.

Keep the team in your prayers as they continue to visit other parishes and share the joy of Christ with their youth.

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Catholic Bible Study For Women

Women Bible Study
The Women’s Fox Valley Bible Study will meet at St. Peter Church in Geneva on Wednesday mornings, 9:15 - 11:00 a.m., September 16th through
November 18th, 2015.

The group will study 1 Corinthians, using the New Collegeville Bible Commentary and Little Rock Scripture Study Guide. Child care is provided.

Registration is required. Please call Kathy at (630) 377-4629 to register.

Pumpkin Daze

Pumpkin Daze
The Pumpkin Daze Fundraiser at Marmion Abbey Farms will be held
September 19th thru October 31st.

General weekend admission is $14, $6 for seniors. Park closed Mondays. The store is open daily.

For more information visit
or email:

Iconography Workshop

Iconography Workshop
St. George Byzantine Catholic Church is hosting a Iconography Workshop
October 5th - 9th. This is an introduction to the liturgical art of the Christian East. The icon to be written is St. Nicholas.

Painting and presentations will be held each day from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Great artistic talent is not required and supplies are included in the $300 registration fee.

For more information or to register call (630) 851-4002.


Oktoberfest will be held Sunday, October 11th at St Joseph Catholic Church in Aurora from 11:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Join us for refreshments, races, silent auction, kids area and more. You can even watch the Bears game on TV!

Music will be provided by the DeKalb Foot Stompers.

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin FEST!

St. Mother Theodore Guerin
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, have scheduled Saint Mother Theodore Guerin FEST for October 17-18th, at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center. The festival will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 17, and conclude Sunday, October 18th.

The festival will include a keynote address, festive meals, prayer experiences and more. Cost to attend is $20 per person or $75 for families of four or more. The deadline to register is Monday, October 12th.

For more information or to register, call (812) 535-2952 or email

Vocational Discernment Retreat

Vocational Discernment Retreat
A Vocatonal Discernment Retreat for young women ages 17—35 with the Dominican Sisters Immaculate Conception Province will be held
October 23rd - 25th.

To register visit: or contact Sr. Joachima, OP (708) 458-3040 for more information.

Joyful Again Workshops

Joyful Again
Widowed? Wondering how long it takes before things begin to look better? How to move forward with your life? Consider attending one of the retreat/workshops for widowed men and women:
  • October 24/25th at Nazareth Retreat House in Batavia

For information and registration, visit:

Pilgrimage to Italy

Pilgrimage to Italy
Join the Pilgrimage to Italy for 11 days from November 2-12, 2015. You will be visiting Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome

The pilgrimage is hosted by Fr. Martins C. Emeh, J.C.L. Only $3299 per person from Chicago.

For more information please call the parish Secretary at St. Peter in Geneva at (630) 232-0124 x104.

The Nazareth Spirituality Center

Nazareth Center
The Nazareth Spirituality Center in Batavia is hosting various retreats and trainings in Spanish during the 2015-2016 year.  Postcards with topics and dates are available in the narthex.  You may  contact the center at
(630) 879-1296 or by email at

More information is also available from


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 firt Monday of the month at the Diocesan Administratio 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 dedicatin to making their lives beter. Your ideas are welcome and your help is needed to make our 30th year a huge success for the benefi of the children!

If you have any questios, please call Marva Tarara at: (815) 988-1018
or Pattieber at: (815) 222-1661.

Holy Cross Looking for Lit/LA Teacher

Holy Cross
Holy Cross Catholic School in Batavia, is currently seeking a well-qualified Literature/Language Arts teacher who can prepare Junior High students with critical skills for upcoming testing and their futures.

Requirements include either Lit/LA certification for middle/high school, or an English degree. If you, or someone you know, would like to work in a community that provides an above and beyond supportive, caring, and dynamic faith filled learning environment, please send a cover letter, resume, and reference to Dr. Linda Andrejek via email at:

Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter Is it time to put the “fireworks” back in your relationship? Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends.

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 23-25, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
November 20-22, 2015
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
December 11-13, 2015
Apply Online
Libertyville, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
January 22-24, 2016
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(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.

Tutors Needed

Be A Tutor
Volunteers Tutors Needed at the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora which provides a literacy program for immigrant/low income women. Female volunteers (with high school diploma) are trained to help individual students read, write, and speak English.

Tutoring sessions are 90 minutes, once a week. For more information, call
(630) 898-4636 or visit

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.