Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
August 20 - August 26, 2017

Twentieth 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!


Date Time Intention
August 19
4:30 pm Evelyn Locke req. by McStay & French Families
August 20
8:00 am Lori Aloisio req. by Aloisio & Bruner Families
August 20
10:30 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
August 21
8:30 am Communion Service
August 22
8:30 am Communion Service
August 23
8:30 am Communion Service
August 24
8:30 am Communion Service
August 25
10:00 am Memorial Mass - Catherine Woodard
Visitation: 9:00-10:00 am
August 26
4:30 pm Sue Theisen req. by Ray & Bonnie Beachs
August 27
8:00 am William & Jean Gebhardt req. by Phyllis Lia
August 27
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.

Joyful Mysteries
Monday & Saturday
1. The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary
2. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
3. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
4. The Presentation of our Lord
5. Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12
Sorrowful Mysteries
Tuesday & Friday
1. The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
4. Jesus Carrying the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of our Lord
Glorious Mysteries
Wednesday & Sunday
1. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
2. The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
5. Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth
Luminous Mysteries
1. The Baptism in the Jordan
2. The Wedding at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist


Individual Confession Hours
(Please use the bell tower entrance)

Saturday, August 26th 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, September 2nd 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. Thomas B. Swanson
  • Rev. Bertram C. Jaeger
  • Rev. C.F. Mertens
  • Rev. Peter J. Weber
  • Msgr. Al F. Harte
  • Rev. Anthony Marchesano
Pray For Our Service Men And Women:
  • CS3(SS) Kevin Bohler
  • IT2Jeremy Daly
  • Airman Jovany Espinoza
  • Sgt Zachary Gardner
  • Capt Ryan C. Lutz
  • PVT Andrew McMullen
  • SPC Jason McMullen
  • A1C Keely Muzzey
  • CPL Gail Anne Ruiz
  • 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:

Pray For Our Sick:
  • Bob Albrecht
  • Mary Lynne Aldous
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Patricia Botello
  • Star Brock
  • Karen Brown
  • Leonora Brown
  • Jennifer Burgos
  • Cathie Burns
  • Bill Cowan
  • Alison Davis
  • Brett Deiter
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry Flaugher
  • Scott Flaugher
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Richard Gallo
  • Bill Gardiner
  • Steve Gaspardo
  • Shirley Gatz
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Tom Kehoe
  • Donna Kinzie
  • Veronica Klymus
  • David Ladouceur
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Fred Noonan
  • Juan Peña
  • Viola Plante
  • Joanne Piotrowski
  • Bobby Roeback
  • John Rogers
  • Lynn Schones
  • Fr. John Slampak
  • Joseph Sreniawski
  • Barbara Sydor
  • Rosemary Tinsley
  • Mary Van Linden
  • Wiesbrock Family
  • Mike Winn
  • Jerry Zbylut

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of:
Dolores Shannon, sister of Sandy Winterowd
who passed away on August 14th

May her soul rest in peace.

Reflections on the Gospel

"O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." This woman was an outsider. She was a Canaanite, not an Israelite, and as such she would have been considered ritually unclean. But she approached Jesus nonetheless and asked for his help. And Jesus used this opportunity to teach his disciples an important lesson.

In the verses directly before today's passage, Jesus had told Peter that what defiles a person comes from the heart, not from ignoring external purity practices. Then, Jesus traveled with his disciples from Galilee to the region of Tyre and Sidon where they were much more likely to encounter someone considered to be unclean.

At first it appeared that Jesus wasn't going to acknowledge the woman who begged for help. His comment, "It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs," was a common comparison between Jews (the children) and Canaanites (the dogs). But, in fact, Jesus said this only to go right ahead and break this social code! He showed by his actions that it did not matter whether someone was Jewish or not, what mattered was the faith in a person's heart. And this woman proved to Jesus and the doubting disciples that she had great faith. How many others would have even approached Jesus to ask for his help? How many others would have persevered when he appeared unresponsive? By pausing in his response, and first mentioning the standard reply, Jesus gave this woman the opportunity to demonstrate her great faith. And then, he answered her request and praised her extraordinary faith. What a lesson for his prejudiced disciples! And what a lesson for us, both to persevere in faith, and never to judge o thers on mere appearances.

Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Parish Meetings & Activities
Monday, August 22ndKnights of Columbus —

Parish Announcements


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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.

2017 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal

2017 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 2017 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 2017 Diocesan Appeal target is $ 54,164.00. If you have not filled out a a pledge card, please do so soon.

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. So far 207 out of 572 families have made their pledges.

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


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

Religious Education Registration

Religious Education
Religious Education registration is happening now for the 2017-18 year. Forms are available in the narthex, online or in the parish office.

Please mark you calendars for Wednesday, September 13th for the Religious Education Opening Mass at 6:30 pm followed by the parent meeting. (There will be an ice cream social for the students during the parent meeting.)

Religious Education Teachers needed on Wednesdays!

Religious Education Catechists needed for most grades on Wednesday nights!
No experience necessary - just a willingness to learn and share your faith with the youth of our parish. Class time is from 6:30 - 7:45 pm.

Contact Keri at or call the parish office (630) 897-1029.

Childrens Choir - Grades 4-8

Childrens Choir
Due to summer vacations and other activities during the months of July and August, the Children's Choir will not meet.

We will resume singing for 10:30 Mass the first week of each month starting in September.

Have a Great Summer! Hope to hear all our angel voices once again in September.

Linda Fandrich, Music Coordinator

Ministry Formation - Group 18

Lay Ministry

Don't miss this opportunity to help develop pastoral leadership in the parish:

Ministry Formation

St. Mother Teresa Prayer Group Meeting
Meeting Cancelled - August 10th

St. Mother Teresa
The St. Mother Teresa Prayer Group Meeting scheduled for August 10th has been cancelled. The rosary will begin at 8:10 am before the 8:30 am Communion Service. Please continue to submit your prayers requests in the wooden box under the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The group will meet again on Thursday, September 14th. All are welcome to join us as we pray for the needs of our parishioners on the second Thursday of every month.

Silver & Gold Wedding Anniversary Mass

Silver and Gold Mass
Couples celebrating the milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 or more years of marriage in 2017 are invited to a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Malloy at St. Mary Parish located at 10307 Dundee Road in Huntley on Sunday, August 20th at 2:30 pm.

A cake and punch reception will immediately follow.

The Life & Family Evangelization Office welcomes your registration by phone (815) 399-4300 or online at

Commemorative certificates to mark this special occasion will be available for those who pre-register for this event.

2017 Woman of Inspiration

Women of Inspiration
Our 2017 Woman of Inspiration is Sharon Konen! Sharon is a founding member of Blessed Sacrament. She was a member of the first parish council and has served in the Altar and Rosary Committee throughout the past 46 years in many capacities. Sharon has also served as a Homebound Minister of Holy Communion, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, 4th grade catechist and volunteered at Hesed House's Soup Kitchen.

Congratulations to Sharon from Father Max and the Blessed Sacrament community! Save the date for a dinner honoring the 2017 Women of Inspiration of the Aurora Deanery on Sunday, August 27th!

The Woman of Inspiration Dinner will be held at Piper's Banquets in Aurora. Cocktails at 4:00 pm and dinner at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting the parish office and are $30 per person. Sunday, August 13th is the deadline for reservations. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Evening Of Reflection For Women

Evening Reflection
Attention all Parish Women and their friends...

Please join us for an evening of reflection with Father Peck,
of St. John Neumann Parish.

When:   September 7th — 7:00 pm
Where:  Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Refreshments will be served, following the presentation.

Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Picnic

Thank you Melissa and Dan Heinen for volunteeering to coordinate the Parish Picnic.

Mark you calendars... Our Parish Picnic will be held on
Sunday, September 10th following the 10:30 am Mass. More details are to come.

Thank You For Donating Blood!

Give Blood
Save the Date...Next Blood Drive!
We want to appeal to all those that have donated in the past and/or are able to donate in the future, that our next blood drive will be
Saturday, October 14th. It's not too early to SAVE THE DATE. We will provide periodic reminders throughout the year.

Giving blood is a gift that truly keeps on giving. Be someone's hero!

The Great Lakes
Catholic Men’ Conference

Great Lakes Mens Conference The Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference is

Saturday, November 18th at 8:50 am - 4:00 pm

in DeKalb. Dynamic speakers will share their insights from their own faith journeys.

Featured speakers this year are: Bishop David Malloy, Bishop of the Rockford Diocese, Deacon Paco Gavrilides, Homiletics Instructor, Deacon Bob Fishman, Jewish convert, Gus Lloyd, Ave Maria Radio Host, and Wayne Messmer, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Wolves singing host.

Visit the conference website at for more information.

Observer Drive

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

Summer Time - Can We Count On You?

Summer Time

It's Summer Time! This means that many of our parishioners are 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.

Early registration is highly recommended. For info, see or call (888) 574-5653.

Spend some quality time renewing your marriage. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends:

September 9-10, 2017
Apply Online
Geneva, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
October 6-8, 2017
Apply Online
Elk Grove Village, IL Jim & Kris McCulloch
(630) 577-0778
October 27-29, 2017
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
November 17-19, 2017
Apply Online
Rockford, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
December 8-10, 2017
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.

St. Rita of Cascia Catholic School - BBQ Dinner

St. Ritas
Please join us as we Kick-Off the new school year with a BBQ dinner. Picnic with us or take out.

When: Monday, August 21st
Time:   4:00 – 6:00 pm

The food will be provided by 5-B's Catering. The menu choices are:
  • 2 Pork chops -OR- Quarter of Chicken
  • -OR- 1 Pork Chop and 1 Chicken
All meals includes: applesauce, baked beans, coleslaw and rolls.

$10.00 tickets pre-sold and $14.00 at the door.
Hotdog meal available for $6.00.

Order online at St. Rita of Cascia School's Facebook page or by contacting
Cindy Gaspardo at or texting her at (630) 742-9524

St. Rita of Cascia School is located at: 750 W. Old Indian Trial in Aurora.

Rosary's Party in the Park

Party in the Park
Rosary High School's is hosting a Party in the Park Labor Day weekend to raise funds for scholarships for students from local parishes/schools!

When:     Saturday, September 2nd
Time:      6:00 – 10:00 pm
Where:   Blackberry Farm - 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora

Music, Food, Beverages, Activities for Kids will be available. The costs are:
  • Individual: $25
  • Rosary/Marmion Students/Staff: $10
  • Family/Group of 4+: $20 each
All proceeds go to Rosary scholarships to students from local grade schools.

Explore a Lay Vocation

Explore Vocations
Catholic adults ages 21-65 who are in good standing with the Church and who are interested in exploring the idea of a vocation as a secular member of the Discalced Carmelite Order are invited to attend two community meetings in September and October.

The second Saturday morning meetings in Rockford will begin with morning prayer followed by Mass and brunch, then time to receive information, ask questions, and, at the second meeting, to be interviewed. The next study year begins in January.

Please refer any questions to:

St. Joseph Catholic School

St. Jospeph School logo
Are you looking for an education change for your children? St. Joseph Catholic School invites you to consider us for 2017-2018 school year. Conveniently located on the corner of Illinois Avenue and High Street, St. Joseph School has openings in Preschool through 8th grade.

All programs are full day with extended care options. Public school transfers entering 1st-8th grade are eligible for a $1,500 discount per family ($1,000 first year & $500 second year). Other scholarships may also be available. Students entering 4th grade have an additional first year grant waiting for them.

St. Jospeph School
Call the school office at (630) 844-3781 for info on our great school! or visit us on the web:

Hessed House's Transportation and Dental Ministries

Hessed House
Hessed House's Transportation and Dental Ministries need your help. "Providing a ride or dental care are things that are so simple and so necessary."

If you are interested in providing transportation or dental services to those served at Hesed House, please contact

Courage Apostolate in the Rockford Diocese

Courage Apostolate
Do you have same sex attraction or know someone who does? Courage is an international apostolate of the Catholic Church which ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and a chapter is here in the Rockford Diocese. If you think Courage is for you or someone you know, contact their chaplain, Fr. Phillip Kaim at

If you know of family members or friends who would like to be a part of a support group for those with same sex attraction, please contact their Chaplain, Fr. Ryan Browning at or visit for more information on the Apostolate program.

Special Religious Development (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 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 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.

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

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:

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

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.