Eucharist icon Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
November 22, 2015 - November 28, 2015

★ ★ ★ Celebrating 45 Years as a Parish ★ ★ ★

45th Anniversary Mass
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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
November 21
4:30 p.m. William & Rose Mary Thill req. by Brett & Linda Deiter
November 22
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
November 22
10:30 a.m. Deceased Parents of Grace Fisher req. by Grace & Ross Fisher
November 23
8:30 a.m. Deborah Dunn req. by Dolores Dunn
November 24
8:30 a.m. Linda Surratt req. by Flora & Herve Hagueux
November 25
8:30 a.m. Russell Plante req. by His Family
November 26
8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving
Deceased Members Relatives & Friends of Blessed Sacrament
November 27
8:30 a.m. Pat Kish req. by Sabo Family
November 28
4:30 p.m. Mary Allen req. by Janice Feltes
November 29
8:00 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
November 29
10:30 a.m. Jeannette Aguigah Lawson req. by Lawson 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, November 21th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, November 28th 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. Edward A. Cemy SS
  • Rev. John Vuc
  • Deacon Melvin Murphy
  • Rev. Clement W. Caine
  • Msgr. Clemens Kalvelage
  • Rev. Peter Cichozki
  • Rev. Thomas L. Walsh
  • Rev. Francis A. Kilderry
  • Rev. Paul A. Tuchlinsky
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • PFC Antonio Bourge
  • IT2Jeremy Daly
  • PFC Ethan J. Feltes
  • Sgt Kyle W. Feltes
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • 1st LT Ryan C. Lutz, SPC
  • 2nd Lt Nicole E Maenza
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • PFC Wyatt VanderLinde
  • 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, Natividad Bontcac, Cathie Burns, Geraldine Daraban, Beth Edwards, Karen Haberstock, the Liz Hammes family, Anthony Jarvie, Carol Littlejohn, Phil Gurbal, Kylie Baltz, and Margaret Feltes.

From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk
Dear Blessed Sacrament Families,

Happy Thanksgiving! There is a story told about a German mystic named Tauler.

"God give you a good day," Tauler said to the beggar. "I thank God, sir, that I never had a bad one." said the beggar, thank God that I am never unhappy." In amazement Tauler asked him what he meant. "Well," said beggar, "when it is fine, I thank God; when it rains, I thank when I have plenty, I thank God; when I am hungry, I thank God; and since God's will is my will, and whatever pleases pleases me, why should I say I am unhappy when I am not?" Tauler then asked the man, "Who are you?" The beggar replied, "I am a king." "Where then is your kingdom?" asked Tauler. The beggar answered quietly: "In my heart."

The question is: 'Are we less grateful because we have more?' In this life there is nothing greater than to have a 'Grateful Heart'. When we are grateful, that is the time we can be most happy. As we celebrate another Thanksgiving Day, let us remind ourselves of a beautiful saying from Charles Dickens who said, 'We should have 364 days of thanksgiving and one day for complaining!'

Please know, and I cannot emphasize enough, that I am always grateful for all of our volunteers and parishioners who make things happen around here. Be safe in your travels this week and have a meaningful and joyful celebration as you give thanks to God with your family and friends.

Peace, Joy and Blessings,

Father Max

Vocations Corner: Thanksgiving
Rev. Keith Romke

Vocation Corner
Thanksgiving is SUCH an important day in our lives, and not just because we get to eat lots of yummy food. It offers us an opportunity to slow down and focus on something that we should in fact be focusing on every day, which of course is being thankful.
Fr. Romke
I'd be willing to say that having a practice of gratitude is actually one of the most beneficial things that we can do in life. Here's the reason why: When we pause for a moment and ponder all of the things that we have to be thankful for, we will come to see that despite whatever shortcomings and failings are present in our lives (I'd say we spend too much time dwelling on these and not enough time focusing on the positives!) despite our weaknesses and imperfections, God gives us more than we realize. In fact, God gives us so much and provides for our every need in such a way that if we really pause to reflect deeply on what we ought to be grateful for, I think we'll find that God even uses our very weaknesses to bring about good and to bring about things that we can be grateful for. This of course will help us to desire to draw nearer to God as we continue to live our lives, but even more than this, having a practice of gratitude can help us to trust in God. Keeping in mind His faithfulness in the past can act to bolster our faith that He will continue to provide in the future.

So let go of any fears that you might have in following God's call, He's got it all covered. Follow His will, and one day you'll be thankful that you did!

Upcoming Parish Activities

Upcomimg Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar
November 23trdKnights of Columbus
7:00 pm
November 24thBible Study with Fr. Max
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
November 25thBaptism Preparation Class
6:30 pm
December 6thChristmas Pageant Potluck
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Religious Education This Week
November 22nd9:00 amSunday, K-5 Classes
11:30 amChristmas Pageant Rehearsal
5:00 pmNo Bi-Weekly 6-7-8 Classes
November 25th6:30 pmNo Wednesday, K-5 Classes
November 29th9:00 amNo Sunday, K-5 Classes


Happy Thanksgiving

There will be a Mass on Thanksgiving Day is at 8:30 am. There also will be Mass on Friday, November 27th.

The office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday. As always, please leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Lights of Love

This Christmas Season, honor and celebrate the memory of family and friends with a beautifully embossed memorial card to be displayed on a Christmas tree in the Narthex. Cards can be purchased before/after Masses for $5 each.

This is being ponsored by the Altar & Rosary Society.

Volunteers Needed

Winter weather help needed
We are in need of a volunteer/s to shovel snow, and salt if needed, around the Religious Education entrance on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, perhaps 20 minutes before class starts if the snow is less than 2".

Anyone interested, please see Fr. Max.

Knights of Columbus Vocation Raffle

Knights of Columbus
Please help us support our future priests, pastors, and clergy!

Vocation Drive

The Knights of Columbus will be selling Vocation Raffle tickets to support our Priests of tomorrow! Last year, the Illinois State Council Knights of Columbus raised over
$ 100,000 for support of our seminarians.

By purchasing a book, you help support our seminarians and have the opportunity to win 1 of the 20 raffle prizes totaling $ 20,000. The first place winner will be awarded $10,000.

Did You Know...
The first place winner of $10,000 in 2013, was sold here at Blessed Sacrament Parish.

You can purchase a book of 15 tickets for $10. Tickets will be available for purchase from any of the Knights.

Hurry -- the drive ends Friday, November 27th and the drawing will take place Saturday, December 5th.

Bonus: Free wooden train raffle ticket with every purchase!

For additional information, contact: ,b>Dominic Leo at (630) 892-4628.

Christmas Pageant Potluck

Christmas Pageant Pot Luck
The Second Annual Christmas Pageant Potluck on Saturday, December 6th from 11:30 an - 1:30 pm. We are looking for donations of costumes for the pageant (angels, shepherds, and animals).

We are also looking for donations for the kids raffle including new or slightly used toys and books. You can bring any donations to the church.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kuhn at (630) 849-6650
or Brenda Denovellis at (630) 264-0837.

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant
Christmas Pageant Children Kindergarten through 5th grade wishing to play a part in the Christmas Pageant can sign-up in the Religious Ed office.

Practices will be on Sunday, November 22nd & Sunday, November 29nd from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm in Holy Family Hall.

Christmas Pageant Choir

Youth Choir
Children Grades 4 thru 8, wishing to sing familiar Christmas hymns to the narration of the Christmas Pageant, call Linda Fandrich at (630) 896-9116

Adult Choir

Adult Choir
The Christmas season is almost upon us. The Adult Choir will sing on
Thursday, December 24th at 8:00 pm.

To prepare for this event, the adult choir will begin rehearsals on Thursday evenings:
  • November 19th
  • December 3rd
  • December 10th
  • December 17th

All practices will be held from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the music room.

If you would like to join or for more info, call Linda Fandrich at 896-9116.

Parish Dinner-Dance: An Evening in Venice

Dinner Dance
Save the date: A Parish Dinner-Dance: An Evening in Venice is set for
Saturday, February 20th in Holy Family Hall.

Come enjoy an Italian dinner, live music, cash bar, raffle baskets and an evening filled with dancing and fellowship.

Tickets are $25/person and will be sold after Masses beginning
Saturday, December 6th. There is an early Bird Special: $45/couple if purchased before January 1st. This is a 21 and over event with proceeds to benefit the Religious Education program.

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


Holiday Food Drive

Holiday Food Drive
The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of volunteers for their
8th Annual Holiday Food Drive being held from November 1st - November 25th.

Whether you are a student in need of community service hours, a member of an organization or an individual looking for a way to participate in a worthwhile project in your community, we welcome your help!


Click here to go to SignUp Genius Online
— OR — Contact Claire Perez at: (630) 263-8209
— OR — Send Email to Claire Perez at

Advent Bible Lecture Series

Advent Bible Lectures
The following series of Advent Bible Lectures are being held at the
Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford:
  • Session 1: Sunday, November 28th — Messianic Prophecies in the Old Testament
  • Session 2: Sunday, December 6th — Messianic Expectations at the Time of Jesus
  • Session 3: Sunday, December 13th — Jesus as Messianic Fulfillment

The sessions will be held from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford. Please bring your Bible.

There is a $10 charge for the series or $5 for individual lectures.

Aurora Central Catholic High School Open House

Open House
Aurora Central Catholic High School’s Open House will be held:

Aurora Centeral

Aurora Central Catholic

Date:Sunday, December 6th 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Information:(630) 907-0095 x109

For more information, please contact Mackenzie Hilmer at (630) 907-0095 ext. 109 or or click on the image above to go to the schools website for more details.

Cookie and Craft Fair

Craft Fair
The St. Anne's Society of Holy Angels Church is holding its annual Cookie & Craft Fair on Saturday, December 6th, in Connor Hall. Hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be homemade cookies for sale, a craft show, raffles, and Santa (bring camera for family photos). Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. 

For additional information, please contact Julie Lano at (630) 585-8174 or by email

2015 Ted Brattin Civic Youth Awards

Civic Youth Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Ted Brattin Civic Youth Awards. The theme is "Give a Teenager a Pat on the Back" and will be presented to youths between the ages of 14 - 19 years of age who exhibit qualities of civic involvement, leadership and community service.

For more information and a nomination form please email Abigail Chiesa of the Rotary Club of Aurora at The awards will be presented at the annual Pearl Harbor/Ted Brattin Civic Youth Award Luncheon on Monday, December 7th at 11:15 am at the Gaslight Manor.

More information available by calling Jeff Anderson at (630) 844-0855.

The Nazareth Spirituality Center

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

More information is also available from


Caritas is an auxiliary of Catholic Charites and we are focused on fundraising for the needs of disadvantaged children in the Rockford community.

We meet on the firt Monday of the month at the Diocesan Administratio Center. We are looking for new members to help us put on our 30th and best luncheon yet. The only requirement to join us is a love of children and a dedicatin to making their lives beter. Your ideas are welcome and your help is needed to make our 30th year a huge success for the benefi of the children!

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

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:

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

For additional weekends, visit

Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: or call (888) 574-5653.

For a fin de semana en Espanol in Rockford, contact:
Hugo & Gaby at (630) 690-2094.

For a fin de semana en Espanol in Chicago on November 8-10, contact:
Andres y Maria at (630) 229-2600.

Tutors Needed

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

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

Are you Traveling?

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

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

Our Advertisers

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

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