Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!

The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 16, 2016 - October 22, 2016

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Office Will be Closed
Friday October 21st Morning

Office Closed Office Closed
Parish offices will be closed Friday, October 21st in the morning due to staff training. As always if you have an emergency and are in need of a priest please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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
October 15
4:30 p.m. Wilbert Feltes & Mary Allen req. by Janice Feltes
October 16
8:00 a.m. Irene Miksanek req. by Miksanek Family
October 16
10:30 a.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
October 17
8:30 a.m. Betty Karsten req. by Alyce Konen
October 18
8:30 a.m. Rafaela Cardenas & Daniel Valenzuela req. by Melgosa Family
October 19
8:30 a.m. Jeanne & Bob Albrecht req. by Lynne Albrecht
October 20
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
October 21
8:30 a.m. Communion Service
October 22
4:30 p.m. Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
October 23
8:00 a.m. John Karafiat req. by Family & Friends
October 23
10:30 a.m. John Aister req. by Violet Huberty

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, October 15th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 22nd 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:
  • Deacon Raymond Clobes
  • Deacon Eugene Wedoff
  • Rev. Nicholas J. Thiry
  • Deacon Harold Poss
  • Deacon Jerry Tobin
  • Rev. David J. Conway
  • Rev. Michael W. Chernetzki
  • Rev. Anthony J. Vollman
  • Msgr. Michael B. Krug
  • Re.v John Pop
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
  • 2nd Lt Nicole E Maenza
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • LCPL Gail Patsch
  • PFC Wyatt VanderLinde
  • LCPL Luis Velazquez Jr.
  • Cadet Ethan J. Young, AFA
Almighty God look with love upon our men and women in uniform and protect them in their time of need. Bless them and their families. Amen If you have a name you would like to add to our prayer list, call the parish office or email Jennie Bourge at:

Pray For Our Sick:
  • Bob Albrecht
  • Joe Apodaca
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Cathie Burns
  • Geraldine Daraban
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Janice Feltes
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry 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
  • Bill Middleton
  • Fred Noonan
  • Maddie Ockerland
  • Viola Plante
  • Robert Earl Rickert Sr
  • Lynn Schones
  • Mary Schultz



Through the waters of Baptism, we welcome to the Body of Christ and our Parish…

Richard Bradley and Rosemary Jane
son and daughter of Rebecca and Jason Hall.


Happy Marriage

Congratulations to parishioners

David & Florence Hoving
who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Reflections on the Gospel

"Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?" The widow in today's parable didn't give up. She kept "bothering" the judge by coming to him and asking for a decision in her favor. Ultimately, her persistence caught his attention and influenced his behavior. Jesus seems to be teaching us today that this quality of faithful persistence is a good one to have. Thus, he advises us to call out to God not once, not twice, but "day and night." This is a fitting image for the idea of continual prayer; it goes on all the time without ceasing.

As this Gospel reading says in the opening line, Jesus wanted to teach his disciples how to "pray always without becoming weary." It's interesting that the method he used for this instruction was to emphasize the reward of such persistent prayer. The parable's conclusion assures us that for those who pray without giving up, God "will see to it that justice is done for them speedily." Perhaps this attractive promise is supposed to keep us from losing hope, from throwing in the towel, from becoming "weary" when our requests don't seem to be getting heard.

Following the example of this determined widow, we need not fear to repeatedly make our requests known to God. In fact, we should make a point of it! If we only offer our prayers of petition halfheartedly, without real conviction, persistence, or sincerity, they are not as powerful as they could be. But when we truly commit to taking these requests before the Lord, day after day (and night after night!) then we are displaying a kind of profound faith in God's ability to act on our behalf. So, full of hope and trust, let's keep "bothering" this truly just Judge!

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Important Announcements

Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Activities
Sunday, October 16thReligious Education Classes — 9:00 am
Wednesday, October 19thReligious Education Classes — 6:30 pm

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 recom-mendation letters. Parish registration is necessary before making arrangements for a Baptism, a wedding and enrollment in the RE 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
tab, scroll down to Ministry Schedules and then click on the button to open the current PDF schedule.

Art And Environment Ministry

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!

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

Parish Announcements

Jubilee Of Mercy

Jubilee of Mercy
During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us to contemplate the notion of a Holy Door, "a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope."

The door symbolizes a passage or transition into a special year of evangelization and prayer. Pope Francis will formally open the Holy Door December 8th to begin the Year of Mercy. The ritual of the Holy Door is to evoke the concept of forgiveness, which is always the main focus of a Holy Year.

You are invited to make a diocesan pilgrimage of Mercy by visiting and passing through each of the Holy Doors in the Rockford Diocese. To commemorate your pilgrimage and encourage ongoing prayer for Mercy, you are invited to take along a "Year of Mercy Passport," to be stamped at each Holy Door parish.

Holy Doors in the Diocese of Rockford are located at:
Our Lady of Good Counsel - Aurora St. John the Baptist - Johnsburg
St. Mary - DeKalb Cathedral of St. Peter - Rockford
St. Thomas More - Elgin Poor Clares Corpus Christi Monastery
St. Michael - Galena St. Mary - Sterling

A Prayer for the Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees God.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy;
let the Church be your visible face in the world.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm,
may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind. Amen.

—Pope Francis


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.

2016 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal

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.

By pooling our resources, we can make a difference in our parishes, our diocese and society at large. Your gift to the 2016 Diocesan Appeal supports ministries like these:

  • Help to Those in Crisis
  • Protection for the Vulnerable
  • Training Lay Ministers
  • Support for Retired Priests
  • Sacramental Preparationfor all Ages
  • Diversity Outreach
Our 2016 DA target is $52,164.00. So far 257 out of 554 families have made their pledges. Thank you!

Please help our parish reach our goal!

If you haven't received an envelope, one can be picked up either from the Church or the parish office.

The Rockford diocese offers an online giving program for this appeal. Visit to donate online.


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Please note that online giving is available to Blessed Sacrament parish for regular contributions or one-time church donations. Online giving can replace or supplement envelope donations given at Mass and users can make changes at any time. For more information, please reference the GiveCentral instructions printed and available in the Narthex, click the “online giving” button on the Blessed Sacrament website, or simply visit and search for our parish. Thank you for considering online giving!

Signing up is easy - Just click on the icon above the arrow.
There also is an instructions flyer, found in the Narthex, or you can call the office for further assistance.

Attention E-givers!
You will be receiving your envelopes this quarter. Envelopes were ordered before the Give Central program was in place. You will not be receiving them in the future.

Rosary Making Workshop

Rosary Making Workshop
The Altar & Rosary Society will make string style rosaries for our Troops for Christmas.

We need ladies with experience making the knot rosaries and ladies who would like to learn.

Please call Sharon Konen at (630) 466-4613. The next Altar & Rosary meeting will be announced soon.

Thank You!

Thank You Thank You
Thank you to Helen Boecker and Mary Weirich, our Volunteer Mass Captains, for ensuring that everything is in order and that everyone is present before the start of Mass. We appreciate your self-less service to the Blessed Sacrament community.

2016 Women of Inspiration Dinner

Women of Inspiration

Sara Casher
Congratulations to our 2016 Woman of Inspiration Sara Casher

(Pictured: Rev. Max Lasrado, Most Rev. David Malloy and Sara Casher)

St. Teresa of Calcutta Prayer Group

St Teresa of Calcutta
If you would like a specific intention to be prayed for during the prayer group, please fill out a blank card located under the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and place it in the prayer box.

This ministry is open to everyone and moving forward will meet at 9:00 am right after the 8:30 Communion Service on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

For more information regarding this ministry call Rita Bruner at (630) 966-8589.

Parish Upcoming Activities

RCIA - Join Us - It's Not Too Late

Not Yet Catholic?
Or Baptized Catholic but have not received
the Eucharist or Confirmation?

The RCIA (Rite of Christia Initatin of Adults) is our way of welcoming new adult members into the Catholic Church. It consists of a series of gatherings with other adults who are also interested in learning more about God’s love in the Catholic Church.

To: All adults who are unbaptized.

Those baptized in the Catholic Church who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.

Those baptized in other Christian churches who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.
Weekly small group sessions focusing on the teachings of the church and to prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

Join us every Sunday from 9:00 to 10:15 am
It's still not too late to join.

Brian Pientak (630) 892-1667 or email

October is Respect Life Month

Respect Life Month
Life Chain Sunday
Thank you for those who participated in the annual Life Chain Event. Only through our vigilance and prayer can we overcome the barriers of respecting life.

October Prayer Vigil
Pray for one hour across from Aurora Planned Parenthood as part of a community-wide effort to create a peaceful prayer vigil 8:00 am — 4:00 pm during the month of October.

Things to doOutcomes
  • Pray
  • Fast
  • Give up a TV show
  • Pray the Rosary
  • Give up a favorite Snack
  • Skip a meal
  • Save your change for a month
  • Give up an hour of Internet
  • Babies are saved
  • Parents are saved the pain and headache of abortion
  • Abortion workers quite and become Pro Life
  • Abortion clinics close
  • Post-abortive women and men find healing and forgiveness

Try to do one sacrificial act daily for an end to abortion.

Attention Lectors

The 2017 Year A Proclaimer Handbooks have arrived. They are available for pick up in the Altar Server's room.

Reverse Collection

Reverse Collection
This weekend, the monthly Reverse Collection was held. Please return your food/donations by next weekend. Thank you for your generosity.

All Soul's Day - November 2nd
Remembrance Book

All Souls Day
On Wednesday, November 2nd, All Souls Day, there will be a special Mass for families who have lost their loved ones in the past year.

If you have lost a loved one outside of our parish, please call the parish office to let us know if you are able to attend this Mass. This will ensure that we make the necessary arrangements.

This special Mass is scheduled for 6:45 pm in the evening.

Our parish Remembrance book will be in the Narthex during the month of November. Feel free to write the names of your deceased family members, relatives and friends as they will be remembered in our prayers.

Bible Study Is Back!

Bible Study
Please join Father Max and fellow parishioners for a 6-week study of the book of Romans. This study will begin Monday, November 7th, but then meet on Tuesdays in Holy Family Hall from 6:30-8:30 pm.

A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex. Please register by Sunday, October 30th. Any questions, please contact Meg Hemmerich (630) 638-1428.

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry
Thank you to speaker John Lampheris and the high school students who came for our opening Youth Ministry meeting this past Sunday evening!

Christopher Wood, Samantha Wood, David Amundsen, Johanna Brunke and Hannah Kline came to discuss how Jesus is the "Rock Solid" foundation of our faith and lives. We were reminded that God created us for a purpose and we all have our own special talents and abilities to use for his glory.

All are welcome to join us next month on Sunday, November 13th. Also, feel free to bring a friend!

Fall - Can We Still Count On You?


It's Fall! This means that many of our parishioners are back from 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 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:

October 21-23, 2016
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
November 18-20, 2016
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
December 9-11, 2016
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778

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.

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 to learn more!

To take a Couple to Couple League live online or self-paced online NFP course go to 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.

Change A Life, Be A Tutor!

Be A Tutor
Adult Literacy volunteers needed to tutor adults in reading or speaking English.

Contact the Waubonsee Community College Adult Literacy Project
(630) 801-7900 x4661 or Email

Classroom Training will be held Saturday, November 5th and
Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Women's Fox Valley Bible Study

Bible Study
The Women’s Fox Valley Bible Study will meet at St. Patrick Church,
6N491 Crane Road, Saint Charles on Thursday mornings, 9:15 - 11:00 am,
September 22 through November 10.

The group will study The Book of Revelation, using the New Collegeville Bible Commentary by Catherine A. Cory and the Little Rock Scripture Study Guide. Child care is provided.

Registration is required. To register, call Kathy at (630) 377-4629.

Finding A Path For Healing

Finding a path for healing
Finding a Path for Healing: A Seminar on Domestic Violence will be held on
Monday, October 17th at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Sugar Grove,
from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast

Magnificat Day
Join us for the Magnificat Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon at D'Andrea Banquets & Conference Center 4419 Northwest Hwy in Crystal Lake.

The Featuring guest speaker will be Fr. Robert Thorn. Tickets are $20 each.

To order tickets, call Dee Slowey (815) 893-4061 or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with check made payable to "Magnificat-McHenry Chapter" to Dee Slowey 8416 Owl Court, Village of Lakewood, IL 60014.

Area Catholic High School Open House

Open House
Our area Catholic High School’s Open House dates are as follows:

Rosary High School

Rosary High School

Date:October 23rd 12:00 pm (Noon)
Information:(630) 896-0831 x12

Rosary Catholic High School will be hosting an open House on
Sunday, October 25th at Noon for students in grades 5 through 8 and their parents.

All families interested in learning more about Rosary High School are invited to attend. The event begins with a program in the auditorium followed by presentations in each academic department. Guests will also meet students, faculty and staff, and learn about Rosary’s athletic programs and extracurricular activities. Registration is not required.

For additional information, call the school at (630) 896-0831 x12.

Aurora Central

Aurora Central Catholic

Date:November 3rd 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Information:(630) 907-0095 x109

For more information, Click on the Images above to go to the schools website for more details.

Deacon Information Days

These meetings are open to those men between the ages of 35 and 55 who may be interested in serving the Church as a Permanent Deacon.

Attendance at one of the meetings is mandatory for application to the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program. Married men must attend with their wives. During these meetings an overview of the formation program and the application process will be presented.

Please speak with your Pastor about your interest before planning on attending. For more information, please call the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at (815) 399-4300.

The last meeting date will be held Saturday, December 3rd,
from 10:00 am — 12:30 pm in the Diocesan Administration Building located at 555 Colman Center Drive, Rockford.

Life's Healing Journey Weekend Retreat

A Life's Healing Journey Weekend Retreat will be held on
Monday, December 3rd - 4th. at the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, in Aurora. The cost of the retreat is $75 per adult (18+).

Life's Healing Weekend is a one-of-a-kind retreat that blends informal talks, common prayer, quiet time and small group sharing in a safe and supportive environment. Known for our confidentiality this weekend will be a crucial journey as we explore how disappointments, abuse, losses and sudden changes can destructively impact and control our lives.

During the retreat, each stage will be followed by a brief guided meditation on scriptural passage to help people understand the Gospel values in our human situation.

Lastly, the retreat concludes with a clear focus on the liberating impact forgiveness can have in one's life and how it can set us free to find our self identity.

Are you ready to become the best you that you can be?

Attention Crafters

Join us for the annual Christmas Cookie and Craft Fair presented by St. Anne's Society of Holy Angels Church in Aurora on Sunday, December 4th.

For more information contact Julie Lano at (630) 585-8174 or

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.