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The Twenty Second Sunday In Ordinary Time
August 30, 2015 - September 5, 2015

Twenty Second 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

Please note the changes of the Mass schedule this week

Saturday
August 29
4:30 p.m. Kevin Melby req. by Melby Family
Sunday
August 30
8:00 a.m. Paul Boecker req. by Tony & Helen Boecker
Sunday
August 30
10:30 a.m. Deceased members & relatives of Blessed Sacrament
req. by Father Max
Monday
August 31
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
Tuesday
September 1
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
Wednesday
September 2
8:30 a.m. Betty Cowan req. by Bill Cowan
Thursday
September 3
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
Friday
September 4
8:30 a.m. Deceased Members & Relatives of Blessed Sacrament
req. by Fr Max
Saturday
September 5
4:30 p.m. Louise Popdan req. by Eileen Mathey
Sunday
September 6
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Fr Max
Sunday
September 6
10:30 a.m. Russell Plante req. by Rudy & Gerry DeWeirdt

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, August 29th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, September 5th 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. Michael A. Welter
  • Rev. James A. Molloy
  • Deacon Lawrence G. Hauck
  • Rev. Clement P. Petit
  • Rev. J.J. Clifford
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
  • PV2 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: Psecretary@blsacr-na.org

Pray For Our Sick: Bob Albrecht, Natividad Bontcac, Cathie Burns, Geraldine Daraban, Beth Edwards, Karen Haberstock, the Liz Hammes family, Anthony Jarvie, Carol Littlejohn, and Phil Gurbal.




Reflections on the Gospel

Reflection

"Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile." In the days of Jesus, this issue was about performing empty external rituals of cleanliness instead of purifying the heart. For most of us, the issue is probably a bit different. Our fixation on externals is not so much with religious prescriptions and practices; instead, our daily obsession tends to be with appearances in general. In our media-saturated culture, we are extremely tuned in to how things look. We are trained to respond to current fashion trends in clothing, hair, makeup, and accessories. Even bodies, cars, houses, and landscaping all fall into the realm of highly marketed images. The risk for us is to be so concerned with having the right "look" on the outside that we fail to consider what's happening on the inside.

Life is about more than what we have or what we parade around for others to see. As human beings we are a unity of body and soul, and if we neglect our souls, then we are neglecting the fulfillment of our human nature. We need to make sure we are not like the Pharisees in today's reading who were too concerned with outside appearances. Jesus tells us in response to them that "from within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile." This list makes a good starting point for some personal meditation on our interior life. Let's ask ourselves, "Which of the behaviors on this list threaten to defile my soul?" Then, let's ask the Holy Spirit to help purify us of that spiritual ugliness so we can appear beautiful in the sight of God.



PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS




They give by going...and We go by giving!

Mission Sunday
Father Reginald van Shalwyck, OSFS (Father Regi) shared his experiences with us today to make a mission appeal on behalf of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Father Regi contin-ues doing work in South Africa in the city of Mariental, Namibia.

St. Francis de Sales served as a young priest-missionary to the Chablais region of France. Today, the Oblates of St Francis de Sales—whose unique charism in the Catholic Church is to spread the spirituality of The Gentleman Saint—continue his work in the footsteps of Our Lord Jesus Christ "to the ends of the earth."



Religious Education Registration

Register Here Religious Education
Last Call for Religious Education Registration of the 2015-2016 school year!

Current parishioners need to be registered by August 31st. Classes that have low enrollment after that date will be cancelled.

You can find a form in the narthex, parish office, or by visiting
our Religious Education Page.

Come, Join Our Team of Teachers!

Why leave when your kids are in class just to come right back when you could be IN the class leading?!

It takes only about 1-2 hours of prep time per week (at most). It consists of learning more about our Catholic Faith and having fun browsing Pinterest for engaging learning activities. Class time is just 1 hr 15 mins of witnessing your faith to help kids grow in their relationship with God!

So come join us! Inspire our kids to be lifelong Catholics! Contact
Keri Johnson at RE@blsacr-na.org for more information or come to the teacher info meeting Sunday, August 30th at 9:15 am.



A Back To School Prayer For Parents

Back to School Prayer
Lord, as we enter this new school year, whether our kids are entering pre-school or graduate school, cover us parents with peace and confidence. Help us remember that part of parenting is entering new phases of life, taking on new roles, and shepherding our children toward independ-ence. Bless our days and nights, whether they are spent mostly with our children or without them, and guide us on the journeys you have laid out before us.

We ask these things in the mighty name of Jesus.
Amen.



Online Giving ... Is Coming!

Online Giving
Blessed Sacrament will soon be offering Online Giving, a web-based electronic contribution application.

We will be providing this service so that you have the options to manage your parish support online or with your offering envelopes.

Online Giving allows you to start, stop and change your contributions at any time and it helps you maintain your giving even if you cannot be here at Mass. This allows the parish to better manage our income, especially during bad weather or vacation times.

You can choose to do a one-time gift or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system. Even if you typically use your offering envelopes, you may wish to contribute online to a particular collection.

Watch for future details in September about this exciting new program.



Diocesan Stewardship Appeal 2015

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

Go to https://rockforddiocese.org/donate or place your envelope in the basket. A sincere thank you to those who have returned their envelopes.



Upcoming Parish Events

Knights of Columbus
DateEvent
August 30th9:15 am Teacher Meeting
September 26thBlessed Sacrament Vendor Fair & Flea Market
September 27thAnnual Parish Picnic
October 4thBlessed Sacrament's 45th Anniversary
10:30 Mass with Bishop Malloy



Our 2015 Woman of Inspiration is...
PHYLLIS LIA!

Woman of Inspiration
Phyllis is a long standing member of our parish and has been involved in the religious education of our children for many years. She has taught Kdg, 2nd, 4th and High School students, has helped prepare children for their First Communion, and is an active member of the Altar & Rosary Society of Blessed Sacrament.

There will be a dinner honoring the 2015 Women of Inspiration on
Sunday, August 30th at the Gaslite Manor. Tickets are $30 each.



Silver & Gold Wedding Anniversary Mass

Silver and Gold
Couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 or more years of marriage in 2015 are invited to a special Mass in their honor at
St. Mary Parish in Huntley, IL on Sunday, Aug 30th at 2:30 pm celebrated by Bishop David J. Malloy with refreshments to follow.



First Friday

First Fricay
The First Friday of September is the 4th. There will be devotions and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after the 8:30 am Mass.



Blessed Sacrament Flea Market Fundraiser

Flea Market
The Blessed Sacrament Flea Market Fundraiser is:
Saturday, September 26th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. It's like a bunch of garage sales grouped together in one place! Vendors may rent tables for $25.

Contact Linda Fandrich (630) 896-9116 or Gennette Parker (630) 973-3940 for more info.



World Meeting of Families
Philadelphia
Prayer

World Meeting of Families
God and Father of us all, in Jesus, your Son and our Savior, you have made us your sons and daughters in the family of the Church. May your grace and love help our families in every part of the world be united to one anoth-er in fidelity to the Gospel. May the example of the Holy Family, with the aid of your Holy Spirit, guide all families, especially those most troubled, to be homes of communion and prayer and to always seek your truth and live in your love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Pray for us!



Cursillo 3-Day Weekends

Cursillo
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: jennybourge5@gmail.com.

More information is available at www.cursillo.org/rockford.



Leaving On Vacation?

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.



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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AROUND THE AREA




Women's Silent Retreat

Silent Retreat
A Silent Retreat is Open to all women who desire to enrich their spiritual growth. Communal Prayer time and one-on-one visits with a spiritual Director are available.

The retreat is sponsored by servants of the Holy Heart of Mary and will be held at the Nazareth Retreat House located at 717 N. Batavia Ave., in Batavia.

The retreat begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 8th and ends at
1:00 pm on Thursday, September 10th The cost of the retreat is
$ 60.00 per person. A $ 20.00 deposit is required with registration.

To register contact Linda Isleib at (630) 879-1296, Monday - Friday
between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.



Calling All Catholic Scouts!

Cathoree
63rd Annual Cathoree Camping Weekend
Camp Big Timber, Elgin
September 11-13, 2015

A fun-filled camping weekend for all Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls in the Rockford Diocese and Three Fires Council is here! Inspiring speakers and a live praise & worship music concert are part of the weekend actvities.

We will also have all the usual scouting fun: a campfire, a service project, and crafts mixed in with Mass and Adoration.

Learn and grow your faith! This weekend fulfills the scout religious award requirement as well. There is a small fee of $ 25 per person for the entire weekend; meals are provided.

For more information or to register, email Mike Nowakat at michael.nowak@sbcglobal.net.



The Wheaton Franciscans Open House and Tour

Wheaton Franciscans
In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, The Wheaton Franciscans will be offering an Open House and tour on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters Motherhouse Campus located at 26W171 Roosevelt Road in Wheaton.

For more information visit the website: http://www.www.wheatonfranciscans.org



St. Peter Barn Sale

St. Peter Barn Sale
St. Peter's Barn Sale will be held on:
  • Saturday, September 19 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 20, from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The sale will be at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Free admission, but no pets.

For more information contact St. Peter Church in Geneva at (630) 232-0124 x310



St. George Romanian Fest

St. George Byzantine Catholic Church
St. George Romanian Fest will be held Saturday, September 19th,
from 3:00 - 8:00 pm.

Come out and enjoy food, games, music and more at St. George Byzantine Catholic Church, located at 720 Rural Street, Aurora, IL.

For more information visit the website: http://www.stgeorgeaurora.org



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 jfrost@spsmw.org.



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: http://www.joyfulagain.org



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.



Rockford Diocesan Liturgical Chorale

Rockford Choir
We are currently looking for singers to join us in expanding and growing the Diocesan Chorale. A pleasant singing voice and the ability to read music are helpful.

For more information or to sign-up to with the Diocesan Chorale, please visit:
or contact Eva Marchese at rockforddiocesechorale@gmail.com.



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 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
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.




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 http://www.dominicanliteracvcenter.org.



Part-Time Receptionist/Secretary Needed

Receptionist
Mount Olivet & Resurrection Catholic Cemeteries seeks an organized, responsible individual with pleasant voice, neat appearance, computer literacy and ability to interact with the public. Bi-Lingual would be greatly appreciated; but not required.

Call (630) 897-9250 for more information.



YMCA, Safe 'n Sound
Before and After School Program

YMCA
The YMCA, Safe 'n Sound Before and After School Program is hiring for the 2015/216 School Year.

Several positions available for Site Coordinators, Youth Enrichment Instructors, and Youth Enrichment Aides. The program runs out of more than 25 elementary school sites in the Naperville/Aurora area.

For more info contact Denise DiMatteo via email at: ddimatteo@ymcachicago.org.



Are you Traveling?

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

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



Our Advertisers

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

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


THANK YOU
ADVERTISERS FOR SPONSORING OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN!