Eucharist icon Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
First Sunday of Lent
February 22, 2015 - February 28, 2015

6th 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!





MASSES / SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

 

Saturday
February 21
4:30 p.m. John and Jack Sintich req. by Judee Sintich
Sunday
February 22
8:00 a.m. Dorothy J Bailey req. by Her family and friends
Sunday
February 22
10:30 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Monday
February 23
8:30 a.m. Bernice Sickinger req. by Lin and Sandy Winterowd
Tuesday
February 24
8:30 a.m. Rosalva E Robles req. by Community of Blessed Sacrament
Wednesday
February 25
8:30 a.m. Bess Patterman req. by The Bruner family
Thursday
February 26
8:30 a.m. Bill and Maureen Bovick req. by Lynne Bovick Albrecht
Friday
February 27
8:30 a.m Joey Janusek req. by The Miksanek family
Saturday
February 28
4:30 p.m. In Thanksgiving req. by Jerry & Sue Theisen
Sunday
February 29
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
Sunday
February 29
10:30 a.m. Ron Carley req. by The Orland 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.



SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)
Saturday, February 28th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 7th 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. Clemens Duerr
  • Rev. Leon X. DuFour
  • Rev. Robert C. Troy
  • Rev. Joseph F. Schlade
  • Rev. Desire D. Miller
  • Rev. Harry McClellan
  • Rev. Daniel J. Sheehan
  • Rev. David A. Murphy
  • Deacon Gerald Mueller
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS 3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • PV2 Antonio Bourge
  • IT3Jeremy Daly
  • PFC Ethan J. Feltes
  • Sgt Kyle W. Feltes
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • 1st LT Ryan C. Lutz, SPC
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • PV2 Wyatt VanderLinde
  • PVT Luis Velazquez Jr.
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: jennineb2002@yahoo.com

Pray For Our Sick: Brook Bess, Nancy Cawley, Beth Edwards, George Lagen, and Carol Littlejohn




Reflections on the Gospel

Reflection

"And he remained in the desert for forty days." Lent is meant to be like our journey into the desert. Just as Jesus spent these days fighting with temptation and ultimately building up his spiritual strength, we too are called to spend the next forty days doing battle with the things that tempt us. We are invited during this holy season to grow in self-discipline by giving something up for Lent. The long-standing Christian practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are also important elements of this spiritual battle. When we pray, we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, thereby squeezing out any spirit of selfishness or evil that threatens to control our hearts. When we fast, we exercise the virtue of temperance, or self-control. This virtue is of tremendous value when we are tempted to indulge our bodily senses in ways that are not healthy or holy. And almsgiving--when it is truly generous--also strengthens us spiritually by shifting our gaze to the needs of others, even to the point of making a personal sacrifice.

Today's Gospel tells us that Jesus "was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him." What a contrast! The brutal, vicious, bloodthirsty beasts and the pristine, heavenly angels were both there at the same time: each with radically different intentions. And so it is with us. Our reality is also marked by the contrast between the brutality and vice of sin and the grace and goodness of faith. During Lent, we acknowledge the battle between good and evil within our own souls and do what we can to stir up a victory for goodness. This season of purification can help each of us to become a better, holier, and therefore happier person. May we make good use of this, our journey into the desert.




WELCOME TO OUR PARISH




How To Contact Us

Better Communication
Parish Email: Poffice@blsacr-na.org
Sr. Rose Marie: Srm@blessedsacrament-na.org
Parish Secretary: Psecretary@blsacr-na.org
Religious Ed: RE@blsacr-na.org
Father Max: Maxl@blsacr-na.org



What Are The Parish Hours?

Office Hours Please note our Parish office hours are:

Monday thru Thursday   9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday   9:00 am – 12:00 noon


As always, call (630) 897-1029 for immediate needs, someone will get back to you.




How Do I Register At Blessed Sacrament?

New To The Parish
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 Parish Administration to issue references or recommendation letters.

Parish registration is necessary before making arrangements for Baptism, wedding and enrollment in Religious Education 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. Forms also may be found in the Church.

Thank you for joining our faith community!





Adoration Of The Blessed Sacrament

Blessed Sacrament Every Wednesday, we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament following Mass from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the table in front of the chapel. Please use the bell tower entrance and and to spend some time with the Lord.

Note: There is no adoration on Ash Wednesday, February 18th.


What do you actually do during adoration?

You may sign up to be an "adorer" which allows you to schedule yourself for one or more hours per week to pray before the very presence of Our Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It means that you can have some time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read the bible, contemplate acts of faith, hope, charity, thanksgiving, reparation, pray a rosary or do whatever type of prayerful devotion that suits you before Our Lord.

You can just sit and say nothing simply keeping Him company, just as you would with a dear friend.




Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick
Please call Fr. Max or the parish office if you or your family member is sick or will be hospitalized and wants to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.




NEWS YOU CAN USE




Bible Study

Bible Study Thank you to the 57 parishioners who have signed up for the six week Bible Study which will begin on Tuesday, February 24th.

Please remember to bring your Bible along with the study book on Acts of the Apostles. The session will begin at 6:30 pm sharp and will end at 8:00 pm sharp. -- Father Max



Thank You!

Thank You Thank you to Ross and Grace Fischer for their donation of the beautiful Last Supper painting in Holy Family hall.


Last Supper



2014 Diocesan Stewardship Update

Diocesan Stewardship
TargetPledgedPaid so far
$ 53,662.00$ 53,507.00$ 48,505.00
 
Total Parish FamiliesTotal # of PledgesTotal # Not Giving
516237279



2014 Individual Tax Reports

Tax Report The individual tax reports were available last weekend and will also be available this weekend in Holy Family Hall. We ask that you check them over to make sure they are correct.

If there is an error, please let us know at (630) 897-1029, as soon as possible so our final record is correct.



Attention Altar Servers

Altar Servers Father Max will be having an altar server training session on
Saturday, February 28th at 10:30 am. All fourth and fifth graders who would like to serve Mass, all other servers who never trained with Father Max and any server who feels they need a refresher course are invited. Please let the Parish Secretary know at psecretary@blsacr-na.org.



Observer Drive

Observer Please take a moment to renew your subscription to The Observer. Rates are still $28.00/year for stories, columns and news - all provided in the context of the Catholic Faith we share - in print, online, or both. Use the envelopes you received in your current copy or call (815) 399-4300 x383 or visit http://observer.rockforddiocese.org.



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.



Bulletin Deadline

Deadline Items must be submitted by Monday noon in order to be published in the next weekend’s bulletin.




PARISH LENTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS




All About LENT


Lent
Q:
I want to make this Lent worthwhile. What can I do to keep the spirit and practice of Lent?


A:
Lent is an intense, forty day period of reflection and penance that prepares us to renew ourselves through prayer, meditation and education. Our communication with God and our awareness of him is the purpose of prayer. Setting aside extra time each day helps intensify the season. Prayer includes daily Mass, Stations of the Cross, communal penance services and private confession. Making restitution for sin as well as disciplining our hearts and minds to focus on God is the purpose of penance. Penance includes personal sacrifice, self-denial, fasting, almsgiving and charitable works.

Finally, spiritual practices help us sharpen our understanding and insight into the meaning and understanding of our faith. When you take your faith seriously, you do what is necessary to fol-low Jesus more closely, to integrate your life and your faith more carefully.

"Lent is practice for a holy life."
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo


LENTEN DEVOTIONS

Lent Cross
Mass: 8:30 am Monday through Friday, beginning
If there is a funeral, the 8:30 am Mass will be rescheduled.
Rosary: The rosary is recited before all Masses. It is a beautiful tradition of our faith, please come and join us in this devotion to Mary.
Stations of the Cross: Stations will be on Fridays at 6:30 pm following the Soup Supper
at 5:30 p.m.
Bible Study: Six Week Lenten Bible Study with Father Max on Tuesdays beginning February 24th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm looking at the book of Acts.

ALL FRIDAYS OF LENT ARE DAYS OF ABSTINENCE! – No Meat



Lenten Regulations for Fast and Abstinence

Lent Fasting is to be observed by all, 18 years and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed. Women who are pregnant and persons who are sick are not bound by the law of fast.

Abstinence, is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat and foods prepared with meat or meat by-products.

Almsgiving: During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. Here are a few opportunities. Operation Rice Bowl for those who choose to fast one day a week during Lent and to contribute that money to help feed the hungry in our area and the world. Or simply drop your change in the rice bowl or quarter container after shopping. Ninety-two percent of donations go to the poor overseas.

40 cans
The Knights Of Columbus 40 Cans for 40 Days of Lent food drive in conjunction with the parish's monthly reverse collection is another option. Challenge yourself to donate a can or box a day during Lent. To get an idea of what is needed, take a slip out of the basket during the Reverse (2nd) collection. All food donations must be made by Sunday noon on February 22nd (first pick up) or March 22nd (second pick up).

Ash Wednesday, February 18th and Good Friday, April 3rd, are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only.



Soup, Supper and Stations of the Cross

Soup Every Friday of Lent we will be having a soup supper at 5:30 pm before Stations of the Cross. The menu will be soup, salad, bread and refreshments. Stations of the Cross will follow at 6:30 pm. To volunteer or donate part of the meal, call Eva Castillo at (630) 239-5940. Please help out at our "soup kitchen".


AREA LENTEN FISH FRYS


Fish Frys
St Peter and Paul Church
Join them at Rt 64 and Meredith Rd in Virgil from 5:00 - 8:00 pm for an All-You-Can-Eat meal: Adults $11 -14.00, Children $4 -7.00, under 5 free.
Fish Frys
Marmion’s Fishing Team Fish Fry Fundraiser
Enjoy a Sgt. Dotson’s Famous Fried Catfish meal for $10.00 Drive thru service only at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora (follow the signs to the circle drive behind the school) from 4-7 pm. Meals must be pre-purchased at http://www.marmion.org/fishfry. All proceeds go directly to Marmion’s Fishing Team.
Fish Frys
St Therese Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus invite you to their Fish Frys from 5:00 - 7:30 pm in the parish hall. Join them for a delicious family fish fry dinner at 271 N Farnsworth Ave in Aurora.



JOIN US




Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA Was one of your resolutions to learn more about what Catholics believe or to receive the Sacraments and join the Catholic Church? Any adult who wishes to join the church or find out more about our Catholic faith, is invited to join our continuing classes on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the Religious Education Center.

For further information, call Brian Pientak at (630) 892-1667 for details.




The Altar and Rosary Society Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl The Altar and Rosary Society Prayer Shawl Ministry needs shawls. Our inventory needs to be replenished and we are looking for anyone who can crochet, knit or tie fabric pieces to craft shawls that can be blessed and distributed. Donated yarn and patterns are available

Please contact Sara Casher at (630) 801-8945 or Visit the Altar and Rosary Webpage.




AROUND THE AREA




Aurora Central Catholic High School
Step-Up Day

Aurora Central Aurora Central Catholic High School Step-Up Day is Tuesday, Feb 24th or Tuesday, March 10th from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. All 7th grade students are invited to interact with ACC students, attend an all-school Mass and embark on their very own block schedule.

For more info or to register, call Brian at (630) 907-0095 or email bcasey@auroracentral.com.



Holy Angels School Open House

Holy Angels Holy Angels School is having a New Parent Open House on February 26th at 6:30 pm.

Holy Angels School is a ministry of the whole person which helps students develop spiritually, intellectually, psychologically and socially while the outstanding curricu-lum results in high standardized test scores. Come and learn about faith based education.



Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” God wants so much for your marriage. Take time to reflect, renew and re-energize your marriage on the next WME weekend.

Early registration is highly recommended. For info, see alifetimeoflove.org 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:

DateLocationContact
March 6-8, 2015
Apply Online
Madison, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
April 17-19, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
April 17-19, 2015
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
May 1-3, 2015
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
June 12-14, 2015
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
June 12-14, 2015
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
July 31-02, 2015
Apply Online
Madison, WI Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
August 7-9, 2015
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
September 11-13, 2015
Apply Online
Crystal Lake, IL Bill & Noreen Klopp
(888) 574-5653
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


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.




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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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!