Eucharist icon Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!

The 5th Sunday of Easter
April 24, 2015 - April 30, 2016

Fifth 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!


Date Time Intention
April 23
4:30 p.m. Fred &Leona Auchstetter req. by Eileen Mathey
April 24
8:00 a.m. Wayne Lowe req. by Lowe Family
April 24
10:30 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
April 25
8:30 a.m. Deceased Family & Friends req. by Sam Volatile
April 26
8:30 a.m. Russell Plante req. by Joan Herlihy
April 27
8:30 a.m. Deceased Members of John Kelsey Family req. by John Kelsey Family
April 28
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
April 29
8:30 a.m. Poor Souls
April 30
4:30 p.m. Bess Patterman req. by Jim & Debbie Patterman
May 1
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
May 1
10:30 a.m. Eleanor Malinowski req. by 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, April 23th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 30th 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. James M. Weber
  • Rev. Frank C. Draude
  • Most Rev. Arthur Joseph O'Neill
  • Rev. Paul Bourke
  • Msgr. Joseph A. Rzeszotko
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • 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
  • 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
  • Anna Paula Battersby
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Cathie Burns
  • Geraldine Daraban
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Vic Olah
  • Sammy Panganiban
  • Molly Paris
  • Viola Plante
  • Benjamin Santos

From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk
Greetings from Father Max!

Since our 2015 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal is coming to an end, I wanted to give you a final update before we begin our 2016 Appeal this Weekend and thank you for your generous giving for the same. Here is the update so far:

Target: $ 50,800.00 Refunds Paid to Parish: $ 12,626.00
Pledges: $ 65,706.00 Total Parish Families: 554
Payments: $ 63,426.00 Average Pledge: $ 248.88
Total Number Giving: 264 (47.6%) Total Number Not Giving: 290 (52.4%)

As you see, although only half of the parish participated, we were blessed to have had a tremendously generous response to last year’s Appeal and it's a good thing for our parish. I want to keep you informed that we were able to apply the credit of $ 12,626.00 towards the purchase of the new Church Sign board and a new phone system for our parish and for better communications! I appreciate all those who made a pledge and made their payments. I have sent a thank you letter to last year's donors to let you know that I am grateful for your sacrifices.

This year the 2016 target set for our parish by Bishop David J. Malloy and the Rockford Diocese is: $ 52,164.00. Giving of ourselves is an essential part of living our faith and being 'MERCIFUL' to others. Our generous parishioners continue to spiritually recognize that the meaning of mercy goes beyond the person in the next pew, the members of our parish, even the members of our diocese. In the Catholic tradition, we are making a difference for families in today's society: for those in pov-erty, and for those who seek to be treated with simple human dignity.

Your gift supports diocesan ministries that form priests, affirm our youth, support our priests, help the poor and the marginalized – to build our Church for future generations.

Please use your Stewardship envelope that you received from the Diocese to make your pledges and payments. Also, you can go to the Diocesan website – to make a secure transaction.

I hope and pray that you will show the same generous response to the 2016 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal as last year. Please be advised that if we don't meet our target the financial burden rests on the parish and not on the Diocese! The parish will have to make up the difference from our ordinary income which we do not want to happen! Any money raised over our target will fully be reimbursed to the par-ish which we will use for our different projects determined by the Finance Council and myself.

Please know that no gift is too small! Without your help and sacrifices, we could never meet our DSA target! Your contribution goes a long way in helping out many ministries in and around the Rockford Diocese. If you would like more information on this, please call me and I will provide details.

I appreciate your attention to this DSA update 2015 and I thank you in advance for your generous support. May God bless us all as we continue to live in His Mercy!

Peace, Joy and Blessings,

Father Max

Parish Activities

Upcomimg Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

April 26thKnights of Columbus — 7:00 pm in Holy Family Hall

Religious Education This Week
April 24th5:00 pmLast Bi Weekly, 6, 7 and 8 Classes
May 1st10:30 amYouth Mass (Confirmation Students)
May Crowning (First Communion)


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.

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

Parish Announcements

Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Bible Study Group

Ten parishioners from Blessed Sacrament volunteered at Hessed House Soup Kitchen on April 4th and April 8th.


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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.

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.

Call to Action from the Catholic Conference of Illinois

Abortion Bill
We need your help NOW on stopping legislation that would allow for public funding of abortions. We alerted you to House Bill 4013 last spring, and your fast action prompted it to be pulled from consideration.

It has now popped up again and could be called for a vote on the House floor this week. House Bill 4013 allows for taxpayer money to be used to pay for elective abortions in Illinois.

Contact your state representatives and have them vote "No" to HB 4013.
Visit for more information.

Coffee and Donuts Ministry

Coffee and Donuts
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Eva Castillo at (630) 391-3993 or

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive

Blood Drive
Knights of Columbus Blood Drive Saturday's blood drive was a great success!

A total of 31 donations were made which is the largest our parish has ever had. Thank you to all the donors who contributed to this corporal work of mercy.

Blingo - Returns!

Save the Date The Altar & Rosary Society will once again be hosting Blingo on Thursday, May 5th in Holy Family Hall.

Doors open at 6:30 and Blingo will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. The event is open to men and women who are over 21 years of age. Tickets ($10.00 person) will be sold after each Mass during the weekends of April 23rd and 30th.

To reserve a table of six or for further information, please call Sharon Konen at (630) 466-4613. Be sure to invite your spouse, friend or neighbor. We look forward to seeing you there.

Baby Bottle Boomerang

Baby Bottle

The Knights of Columbus and the Altar and Rosary Society are sponsoring a baby bottle boomerang drive that began last weekend.

Please take a bottle home and fill it with your loose change and return it by
Mother's Day, May 8th, or sooner.

All donations go to the Fr McGivney Center for Hope and Healing.
Make a difference – support women who choose to have their babies.

Clegry Appreciation Night

Clergy Appreciation
The Knights of Columbus are inviting all men of our parish to the clergy appreciation dinner on Monday, May 9th at 6:30 pm here at Blessed Sacrament for the priests and deacons in and around the Aurora area.

Tickets are $10 each. For tickets and more information, contact Tony Boecker at (630) 907-1278.

Vacation Bible School is Coming

Vacation Bible School
Save the Dates July 18th - 20th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm each day! We are hard at work designing a unique children's mission for the youth of our parish!

In collaboration with outreach leaders from Marmion Academy,
"Inside Out: The Joy of Communion with Jesus," will be an inspiration mission for those going into 3rd grade through high school with leadership opportunities for students in 7th - 12th grade.

Look for more information to come!

Photos For: A Night in Venice

Dinner Dance
Photos are now available from Evening in Venice and other Blessed Sacrament events by clicking HERE.

Click on the album, then click on the picture you would like. Images can be printed at home or uploaded to a favorite printing house.

Leaving On Vacation?


Fall has arrived and we know that many of you take vacations from time to time away from the parish. Be aware 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

Around Our Area

Albright Theatre: Over the Tavern Drected by: Jeff Pripusich

Albright Play
When 12-year-old Rudy Pazinski tells ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa that he’d rather shop around for a more "fun" religion, all hell breaks loose in this warm and hilarious look at family, growing up and faith in the 1950s.

Performing April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, May 1, 6 & 7 Show times: Friday & Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Call (630) 406-8838 for reservations. Albright Theatre Company is located at 100 N. Island Ave, Batavia, IL 6051.

Come Holy Spirit: Sharing the graces of Pentecost

Patti Gallagher Mansfield
Saturday, On April 23rd Patti Gallagher Mansfield will speak at a Charismatic day of renewal, at St. Patrick Church, 244 Kelley Drive, Rochelle, IL. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The day is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Early registration is $15, $20 at the door. Bring a sack lunch. The day is sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services for the Diocese of Rockford.

For additional information contact Linda at: (815) 264-3240 or email:

The Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry

Marie Wilkinson
The Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry is excited to be partnering with the Knights of Columbus of the St. Joseph Council for the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Catholic Church.

Tickets are $10 and include a raffle ticket.

For more info contact Cathy at (630) 846-0460 or

30th Annual Caritas Luncheon
and Style Show

The 30th Annual Caritas Luncheon and Style Show will be held on
Wednesday, April 27th at Giovanni's Restaurant in Rockford.

Proceeds to benefit the expansion of two library and resource rooms for pre-school and afterschool students at St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center. Lunch ($35/pp) and Style Show (fashions by Chico's in The District at CherryVale).

Reservations are needed by April 18th. For additional information, contact Jean at (815) 389-3259 or Marva at (815) 399-2241.

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC)

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
Each year The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) sends financial support to MSC missions around the world to help with their ministries. The Annual Dinner Dance Benefit has played a tremendous role in the fundraising effort for our worldwide missions.

This year the missionaries of the French-Speaking African Union will benefit from our 45th Annual Dinner Dance. We will also be celebrating the anniversaries of Fr. Hillary Fischer (65years), Br. Mike Tomcics (50 years), Fr. Dave De Luca and Fr. Joseph Tobias (50 years), Fr. Joseph Jablonski and Fr. Andrew Torma (40 years), Fr. Ioane Sigarara and Fr. Joseph Kim (25 years).

We have an especially festive event planned and would like to invite all of you to come and celebrate with us on Saturday, April 30th at the Gaslite Courtyard West in Aurora. The evening begins with Mass at 4:30 pm in the Gaslite Chapel, followed by dinner, entrainment and dancing. The cost is $60 per person.

For more information, please call (630) 892-2371 or visit

Plant Sale at Schaefer's Greenhouse

Plant Sale
On Saturday, May 14th, Rosary High School Sports Boosters will be holding its annual plant sale from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Please note —
New Location: Schaefer's Greenhouse, 120 S. Lake Street, Montgomery.

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:

May 20-22, 2016
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
June 10-12, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
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.

Holy Year of Mercy Pilgrimage

Poland Pilgrimage
A once in a lifetime Pilgrimage to Poland. Departing from Chicago June 20, this 9-day pilgrimage from Chicago to Warsaw, will feature major sites of the Divine Mercy devotion, Saint Faustina, Saint Pope John Paul and Saint Maximilian Kobe among others. The price is $3099 per person double occupancy.

Call (630) 334-5065 or visit

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!

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.