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FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
March 26 - April 1, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Lent



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
March 25
4:30 pm Gerald Hankes req. by Shirlie Hankes-Bill & Sherry Dahl
Sunday
March 26
8:00 am Marie Towle req. by Kate & Brian Pientak
Sunday
March 26
10:30 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
 
Monday
March 27
8:30 am Tony Aloisio req. by Bruner Family
Tuesday
March 28
8:30 am Deceased Members, Relatives & Friends of Blessed Sacrament
Wednesday
March 29
8:30 am In Thanksgiving req. by Tony & Helen Boecher
Thursday
March 30
8:30 am Ron Orland req. by Ron & Mary Weirich
Friday
March 31
8:30 am Fred & Katherine Dieser req. by Ann Brouch Family
 
Saturday
April 1
4:30 pm Steve Stanoy req. by Friends & Neighbors
Sunday
April 2
8:00 am Paul Boecker req. by Tony & Helen Boecker
Sunday
April 2
10:30 am 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. 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, March 25th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 1st 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. Bruno E. Dauka
  • Rev. James T. Donohue
  • Rev. Daniel P. Drennan
  • Rev. Joseph R. Teafoe/li>
  • Rev. Peter M. Wilkin
  • Rev. Daniel J. McCaffrey
  • Msgr. Andrew J. Burns
  • Msgr. Leo M. Keenan
  • Deacon Robert Wade Jr.
  • Rev. Arthur M. Kreckel
  • Rev. Harold J. Heineman
  • Rev. John W. Ryan
  • Rev. Thomas M. Considine
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
  • Battersby Family
  • Mike Bauer
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Patricia Botello
  • Jennifer Burgos
  • Cathie Burns
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Janice Feltes
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry Flaugher
  • Scott 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
  • Fred Noonan
  • Ava Olson
  • Viola Plante
  • Joanne Piotrowski
  • Bobby Roeback
  • Lynn Schones
  • Mary Schultz
  • Father John Slampak
  • Joseph Sreniawski
  • Wiesbrock Family
  • Mike Winn
  • Jerry Zbylut



Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of:
Ricky Loker, who passed away on March 21st

Ricky was the brother of Patricia (Rod) Barkei.
May his soul rest in peace.




Reflections on the Gospel

Reflection
" Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him." The prevailing theology of Jesus' time led people to believe that any kind of disability was a punishment from God. So Jesus' disciples assumed that the man born blind suffered that affliction because of someone's sin: either his parents' or his own. But Jesus sets the record straight. Not only did he reject the idea that the blindness was a punishment for sin; he also went so far as to suggest that this very trial was an opportunity for God's glory to be revealed.

And sure enough, it was. Jesus worked a miracle of healing for the man who followed his directions and "came back able to see." So it was that the "works of God" became "visible" through a man who was blind! But, ironically, not everyone had the eyes to see the miracle. The Gospel tells us that "there was a division among them" as they debated whether this remarkable healing was really an act of God.

Jesus stated that he came "so that those who do not see might see." And so, who are we? Are we blinded by our own expectations of how God is supposed to work? Are we so caught up in our own vision of what we wish would happen that we fail to appreciate what is actually unfolding before our very eyes? It is so easy to perceive trials, disabilities, sickness, and misfortune as a curse or the result of being abandoned by God. But today's Gospel suggests another reality. In the midst of these very difficulties, God wants to reveal himself, to show his love and mercy. It may not always be in the exact way e expect, but without a doubt, even in these challenging realms, God is always at work.


Important Announcements



Call to Action — Illinois Bishops Urge Action Against HB40

Choose Life
House Bill 40 is the latest version of legislation that allows your tax money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. It also allows tax money to go to grants to organizations that refer, counsel for, or perform abortions. Current law calls for those grants to go to organizations that assist women experiencing problem pregnancies. All three of these uses of taxpayer money are currently prohibited by Illinois law.

Illinois Bishops ask for our prayers and urge all of us to contact our state representative. If you need assistance in determining the name of your lawmaker, or in sending a message, go to http://www.ilcatholic.org or call the Catholic Conference at (312) 368-1066.
Vote “NO” on HB 40.

Defend Life

There is an urgent need to meet with legislators in Springfield to personally ask them to "Vote NO” on HB 40. The Catholic Conference of Illinois will provide a training session prior to meeting with our legislatures.

Please join us and others from throughout the Diocese of Rockford on
Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Your help is needed! Departure locations and times will be determined based on participation. Please register early so that we can arrange transportation for everyone who would like to attend. Visit http://www.rockforddiocese.org/LIFE for more details and to sign up online.

Questions? Contact the Life & Family Evangelization Office at LIFE@rockforddiocese.org or (815) 399-4300.




Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Parish Meetings & Activities
Sunday, March 26thNo Religious Education Classes
Monday, March 27thUshers Meeting —
Knights of Columbus Meeting —
Tuesday, March 21thBible Study —
Wednesday, March 29ndNo Religious Education Classes
Friday, March 31stStations of the Cross —


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 recommendation letters. Parish registration is necessary before making arrangements for a Baptism, a wedding and enrollment in the 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.


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
Ministries
tab, scroll down to Ministry Schedules and then click on the button to open the current PDF schedule.



Art And Environment Ministry

Art
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!

Choir
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
or castillo_ev@yahoo.com



Support Our Troops

Support Our Troops
Did you know that four times a year, members of the Altar a nd Rosary Society of Blessed Sacrament send out handmade greeting cards to our service men and women on our prayer list? We are looking to update our list to ensure that these cards arrive to them. Our next mailing will be for Easter greetings.

If you have a service member in your family and their address has changed or to add them to the list please call the parish office at (630) 897-1029 or email psecretary@blessedsacrament-na.org.

*This address list is kept confidential and will only be used to send out greeting cards four times a year.


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.

Journey to the Foot of the Cross:
10 Things to Remember For Lent

  1. Remember the formula. The Church does a good job capturing certain truths with easy-to-remember lists and formulas: 10 Commandments, 7 sacraments, 3 persons in the Trinity. For Lent, the Church gives us almost a slogan—Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving—as the three things we need to work on during the season.
  2. It's a time of prayer. Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 days. As we pray, we go on a journey, one that hopefully brings us closer to Christ and leaves us changed by the encounter with him.
  3. It's a time to fast. With the fasts of Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, meatless Fridays, and our personal disciplines interspersed, Lent is the only time many Catholics these days actually fast. And maybe that's why it gets all the attention. "What are you giving up for Lent? Hotdogs? Beer? Jelly beans?" It's almost a game for some of us, but fasting is actually a form of penance, which helps us turn away from sin and toward Christ.
  4. It's a time to work on discipline. The 40 days of Lent are also a good, set time to work on personal discipline in general. Instead of giving something up, it can be doing something positive. "I'm going to exercise more. I'm going to pray more. I'm going to be nicer to my family, friends and coworkers."
  5. It's about dying to yourself. The more serious side of Lenten discipline is that it's about more than self-control – it's about finding aspects of yourself that are less than Christ-like and letting them die. The suffering and death of Christ are foremost on our minds during Lent, and we join in these mysteries by suffering, dying with Christ and being resurrected in a purified form.
  6. Don't do too much. It's tempting to make Lent some ambitious period of personal reinvention, but it's best to keep it simple and focused. There's a reason the Church works on these mysteries year after year. We spend our entire lives growing closer to God. Don't try to cram it all in one Lent. That's a recipe for failure.
  7. Lent reminds us of our weakness. Of course, even when we set simple goals for ourselves during Lent, we still have trouble keeping them. When we fast, we realize we're all just one meal away from hunger. In both cases, Lent shows us our weakness. This can be painful, but recognizing how helpless we are makes us seek God's help with renewed urgency and sincerity.
  8. Be patient with yourself. When we're confronted with our own weakness during Lent, the temptation is to get angry and frustrated. "What a bad person I am!" But that's the wrong lesson. God is calling us to be patient and to see ourselves as he does, with unconditional love.
  9. Reach out in charity. As we experience weakness and suffering during Lent, we should be renewed in our compassion for those who are hungry, suffering or otherwise in need. The third part of the Lenten formula is almsgiving. It's about more than throwing a few extra dollars in the collection plate; it's about reaching out to others and helping them without question as a way of sharing the experience of God's unconditional love.
  10. Learn to love like Christ. Giving of ourselves in the midst of our suffering and self-denial brings us closer to loving like Christ, who suffered and poured himself out unconditionally on cross for all of us. Lent is a journey through the desert to the foot of the cross on Good Friday, as we seek him out, ask his help, join in his suffering, and learn to love like him.

SOUP, SUPPER AND
STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Soup Supper

Soup
Every Friday of Lent we will be having a soup supper at 6:00 pm before Stations of the Cross. The menu will be soup, salad, bread and refreshments. Stations of the Cross will follow at 7:00 pm.

To volunteer or donate part of the meal, contact Eva Castillo through
email: Castillo_ev@yahoo.com, phone: (630) 239-5940
or cell: (630) 391-3993.

Please help out at our "soup kitchen".

Stations of the Cross Leaders

Friday, March 31stCatechists (teachers and aides)
Friday, April 7thLiturgical Ministers

LENTEN DEVOTIONS

Lent Cross
Mass: Daily Mass is 8:30 am, on Monday through Friday.
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 7:00 pm following the Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study: Six Week Lenten Bible Study with Father Max on Tuesdays beginning February 28th from
6:30 - 8:00 pm looking at Luke's Gospel.
Confession:
Penance:
Reconciliation:
Saturdays from 3:45 - 4:15 pm


Reconciliation Schedule

Sunday
April 2nd
9:15 am Religious Education and parents 2 priests
Wednesday
April 5th
Be Reconciled - Diocesan Day of Confession
9:00 - 11:00 am Individual Confessions 1 priest
6:30 - 7:30 pm Individual Confessions 1 priest
Saturdays
(Except April 15)
3:45 - 4:15 pm Individual Confessions 1 priest

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

HOLY WEEK

Holy Week
Holy Thursday
April 13th
7:00 pm Mass of the Last Supper
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
(until 10:00 pm)
Good Friday
April 14th

8:00 am
6:00 pm
Day of Fast and Abstinence
Morning Prayer
Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil
8:00 am
9:00 am
7:00 pm
Morning Prayer
Blessing of Easter food baskets
Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday 8:00 am
10:30 am
Easter Mass
Easter Mass

Holy means "set apart" - Catholics set apart an entire week - Holy Week, to center themselves through prayer on the events surrounding the suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus.

LENTEN REGULATIONS


Lent Fasting is to be observed by all, 18 years and older, who have not yet celebrated their 60th 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.

Heart to Heart
Heart To Heart: Help others this Lenten season by taking part in the Heart to Heart Project. This person-to-person project has helped thousands of children in our sister Diocese of Chulucanas, Peru, South America, by providing basic school supplies. To participate, pick-up one of the sheets in the Narthex or RE center, decorate the double heart and return it with $2 to the labeled boxes. The hearts help show the people in Peru that people of the Rockford Diocese care and pray for them. All are encouraged to participate!



Rice Bowl
Hope For Haitians: This Year Blessed Sacrament is going to support Hope for Haitians during Lent in order to help build a new village in Haiti. There are boxes {and/or envelopes} available for your donations. Please help this worthy cause that is providing the works of mercy to families most in need in the northern part of Haiti.

If you would like to find out more about this ministry, please contact
  Bob Pfundstein at (815) 847-0656 or at bob@hopeforhaitians.org, or   "http://www.hopeforhaitians.org.


40 cans
Knights of Columbus



The Knights of Columbus: The Knights of Columbus is again going to be supporting a program called 40 Cans for 40 Days. We are asking the members of the Knights of Columbus to donate 40 cans/packages of food, representing the 40 days of Lent. The food will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry, which our parish already supports through our monthly Reverse Collection program.

We would invite our fellow parishioners to join us in this effort. If you would like to participate, bring your food donation to church on March 26th, along with your reverse collection donation.

Thank you for your support of this program.

AREA LENTEN FISH FRYS

Fish Frys
Holy Angels - 180 S. Russell Ave - Aurora

Knights of Columbus - Cardinal Bellermine Council 4849
Fish Dinners in Connor Hall.

Dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Cost: $10- $12
Info: Norm Rozanski (630) 892-24132
natr54@hotmail.com
Fish Frys
Our Lady of Good Counsel - 601 Talma St. - Aurora

OLGC Athletic Association
Fish dinners and macaroni and cheese dinners in OLGC School Gym.

Dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Cost: $7 fish dinner, $5 macaroni and cheese dinner
Info: School (630) 851-4400
Fish Frys
St Peter - 1891 Kaneville Road - Geneva

Knights of Columbus - Batavia Council 2191
(2) cod filets, (3) large shrimp, hush puppies, fries and coleslaw in McLoughlin Hall. Carry outs are available.

Dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7
Time: 6:00 pm - ?
Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids under 12
Info: Joachim Jocson (630) 232-0124

On Friday, March 17th, join us for a festive St. Patrick's Day Fish Fry AND Corned Beef & Cabbage! Yes, Bishop Malloy has issued a special dispensation to allow Catholics in the Diocese to eat meat on the 17th!

Our celebration will also feature a Catholic comedian, Irish Step dancing and Celtic music. Please plan to join us for a shamrockin' good time!
Fish Frys
St Rita of Cascia - 750 W. Old Indian Trail - Aurora

Knights of Columbus - St Rita of Cascia Council 14825
Baked fish and all the trimmings or cheese pizzas.

Dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7
Time: 4:30 - 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids under 12
Info: Dave Jenkins (630) 267-7082
djenkins59@gmail.com


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.



2016 Individual Tax Reports

Taxes
2016 tax reports are available, for those who donated $250 or more, 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. Your donations to the Diocesan Appeals will not be on our record. The Diocese will be sending those reports.



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




40 Cans for 40 Days

40 Cans for 40 Days
We are asking the members of the Knights of Columbus to donate 40 cans/packages of food, representing the 40 days of Lent. The food will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry, which our parish already supports through our monthly Reverse Collection program. We would invite our fellow parishioners to join us in this effort. If you would like to participate, bring your food donation to church on the weekend of March 25/26th, along with your reverse collection donation.

Thank you for your support of this program.



Usher Meeting

Ushers
Attention all Ushers! Father Max would like to meet for a brief meeting on Monday, March 27th at 6:30 pm in the church.

If you are interested in joining the Usher Ministry please come to this meeting!



Adult Choir Practice

Adult Choir
The Adult Choir will be meeting to practice for Holy Week beginning Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 pm and for the following two weeks, Thursday, April 6th and Thursday April 13th in the music room.

Please plan on attending at least two of the three practices. If anyone is interested in joining the Adult Choir, please contact Linda at rainbowlady@comcast.net



Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Soup Kitchn
Blessed Sacrament is scheduled to help at the soup kitchen at Hesed House on Monday, April 3rd and Friday April 7th
from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Six to eight volunteers are needed to do food prep, cut and plate pies/cakes for dessert, make cookie tray, set tables and serve lunch (11:00 am to 12:45 pm).

A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex. This is a great opportunity to perform a Corporal Work of Mercy!



Movie Night

Movie Time
Come join the Lenten Bible Study group for a viewing of the movie
"Risen" (PG-13) on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30 pm in Holy Family Hall.

All are invited. Feel free to bring a lawn chair.



Lenten Bible Study

Bible Study
Lenten Bible Study will continue until April 4th. The focus of the study will be Matthew 26-28: Jesus' Life-giving Death for the six week study. If you have never attended a session before, this Lenten study is a good place to start. Please join us as we learn more about our faith and Jesus' love for us. Sign-up in the Narthex through February 19th.

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



Waxing The Pews

Pew Waxing
Our annual Waxing the Pews is Saturday, April 8th at 9:00 am. We need your help to wax the pews.

Please bring a soft rag and a lot of muscle.



Palms - Help Needed

Palm Stripping
On Saturday, April 8th, we will also need help stripping the palms for Palm Sunday.

Please bring a pair of scissors and/or garden clippers.




Easter Flower Memorial Offering

Easter Flower Offering
Please return your Easter Memorial envelope by the weekend of
April 8/9th if you wish to make a memorial offering in the name of a deceased loved one for the flowers in the sanctuary for Easter Sunday and the Easter Season.



Easter Vigil Practice

Easter Vigil
The Easter Vigil practice is at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 15th.

Altar servers for the Easter Vigil Mass as well as RCIA candidates along with their sponsors please attend this practice.



Jubilee Celebration

Silver Jubilee
You are cordially invited to join us for light refreshments and fellowship in honor of Father Max and his 25 years as a priest.

Join on Saturday, April 29th & Sunday, April 30th for refreshments and fellowship following the Masses in Holy Family Hall.


Priestly Ordination: April 29, 1992 - April 29, 2017



Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross

Soup Supper and Stations
Every Friday of Lent we will be having a soup supper at 6:00 pm before Stations of the Cross. The menu will be soup, salad, bread and refreshments. Stations of the Cross will follow at 7:00 pm.

Parishioners are needed to help provide either soup or salad for dinner before each of the Friday Stations of the Cross during Lent.

Please sign-up in the Narthex.



Diocesan Stewardship 2017

Diocesan Appeal
Diocesan Stewardship 2017 begins in May.

If you have not completed your 2016 pledge, we ask if possible, complete it within the next couple of weeks. Thanks for your help.



Thank You

Fuel Collection
Thank you to those who returned their Fuel Collection Envelopes totaling $8,807.00 this fiscal year.

Our total estimated utility bills are $44,000.00. We greatly appreciate your continued support.



International Appeal

International Appeal
By giving to the International Appeal, we can help to make visible the face of Christ around the globe so that the Father's love may be proclaimed to all and Jesus the Son may live in every heart.

Please give what you can, especially to support our Holy Father and to assist our brothers and sisters overseas. If you haven't received your envelope, pick one up in the back of church and place in the collection basket or drop it off at the office.



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.



Winter - Can We Still Count On You?

Winter

It's Winter! 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 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 http://www.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
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 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.



$3,000 O'Brien Vrba Scholarship

Scholarship
For undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students. Open to residents of the rural area of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. Deadline April 15, 2017.

Additional consideration given to applicants of the Catholic faith. Applications can be downloaded on the Hoy Family of Rockford website at http://www.holyfamilyrockford.org.

For more information, contact Alexis Lundeen (216) 222-2799.




Tony Melendez In Concert

Tony Melendez In Concert
Tony Melendez was born with no arms and plays the guitar with his feet.
Bilingual Concert - Concierto Bilingüe

Date/Fecha: April 23, 2017

Where/Dónde: St. Joseph Parish (722 High St, Aurora, IL)

Time/Hora: 5:30 (doors open - 4:45pm)

Donation/Donación: $20 per person/por persona $25 at door if available/ en la puerta.

Tickets available at the Parish (630) 844-3780 or contact Maria Velazquez at (630) 788-4946. Boletos disponibles en la Parroquia (630) 844-3780 o contacte a Maria Velazquez (630) 788-4946.




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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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.


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