Blessed Sacrament Logo Welcome to Blessed Sacrament!
October 15 - October 21, 2017

Twenty-Eighth 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
October 14
4:30 pm Wilbert Feltes & Mary Allen req. by Janice Feltes
October 15
8:00 am Community of Blessed Sacrament req. by Father Max
October 15
10:30 am Federico Bourge req. by His Family
October 16
8:30 am Mark Bancroft req. by Bourge Family
October 17
8:30 am La Verne Covelli req. by David & Robin Spang
October 18
8:30 am Walter & Elizabeth Hogan req. by Walter & Sharon Hogan
October 19
8:30 am Communion Service
October 20
8:30 am Carl DeBroux req. by Cathy Hewitt
October 21
4:30 pm Jovita Aldover Necia req. by Fran Deasa
October 22
8:00 am Evelyn Locke req. by McStay & French Families
October 22
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, Coctober 21st 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 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. John J. Burnes
  • Rev. Robert E. Schneider
  • Deacon Raymond Clobes
  • Deacon John Harrington
  • Rev Nicholas J. Thiry
  • Deacon Harold Poss
  • Deacon Jerry Tobin
  • Rev. David J. Conway
  • Rev. Michael W. Chernetzki
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
  • TSgt 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:
  • Mary Lynne Aldous
  • Brook Bess
  • Natividad Bontcac
  • Patricia Botello
  • Star Brock
  • Karen Brown
  • Leonora Brown
  • Jennifer Burgos
  • Cathie Burns
  • Bill Cowan
  • Alison Davis
  • Beth Edwards
  • Xandra Echavia
  • Margaret Feltes
  • Jerry Flaugher
  • Marcia Freeman
  • Steve Gaspardo
  • Phil Gurbal
  • Karen Haberstock
  • Liz Hammes family
  • Anthony Jarvie
  • Tom Kehoe
  • Donna Kinzie
  • Veronica Klymus
  • Carol Littlejohn
  • Linda McNamara
  • Fred Noonan
  • Joanne Perkins
  • Viola Plante
  • Joanne Piotrowski
  • Bobby Roeback
  • Fr. John Slampak
  • Joseph Sreniawski
  • Rosemary Tinsley
  • Mary Van Linden
  • Wiesbrock Family
  • Mike Winn



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

Finley Robert Noonan
Son of Brendan James & Anne Marie Noonan

From The Desk Of Father Max

Pastors Desk
Dear Blessed Sacrament Families,

Greetings to you from Father Max! I hope you are all enjoying this pleasant Fall weather.

I am writing these few lines to thank you sincerely for your generous contribution to the past 3 special collections which took place over the last 3 weeks. Your willingness to help and make monetary sacrifices along with your prayers is a tangible sign of our solidarity with those who have suffered the wrath of the natural calamities.

The total, of all the contributions collected, has been reported in our current as well as past bulletins. Thank you again to all who contributed and may God bless your kindness.

Our Religious Education classes are off to a great start! I want to take this opportunity to thank our returning and new teachers and aides who have taken up the task of imparting our faith education to all of the children and youth of our parish. I would like to remind all parents that the faith education of the children is not con-fined to solely the classroom. Please make every effort to participate in the Holy Eucharist on weekends with your family and always believe, "A family that prays together, stays together."

Also, let's keep our Candidates and Catechumen, who have begun their RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) in our prayers. They have begun their classes and cat-echesis preparation to be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 2018. We are once again grateful to Brian Pientak, RCIA Coordinator, for leading these classes.

Finally, let us continue to pray even more ardently for peace in the world in the after-math of the senseless killing in Las Vegas two weeks ago. The peace prayer of St. Francis of Assisi is a powerful reminder to all of us that ‘PEACE’ is a gift from God and He can always bring about change in people who promote hate and violence in our world.

Thank you for your kind attention and may God bless you in every good way.

Peace, Joy and Blessings,

Father Max

Important Announcements

October Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Please pray that all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Mark Your Calendar

Parish Meetings & Activities
Monday, October 16thParish Council (HLH) —
Wednesday, October 25thDinner-Dance (HLH) —
Friday, October 27thSt. Francis of Assisi Movie —
Monday, October 28thMorning Reflection (HFH) —

Religious Education This Week
Sunday, October 15thReligious Education —
Wednesday, October 18thReligious Education —
Sunday, October 21stReligious Education —

Parish Announcements

Thank You For Donating Blood!

Give Blood
The Knights of Columbus and Heartland Blood Centers would like to thank all those that came out for the blood drive last weekend. As a parish, we collected 23 pints of blood which can save 69 individuals.

Giving blood is a gift that truly keeps on giving. Thank you for being someone's hero!

If you missed our blood and would donate, we encourage you to visit the Heartland Blood Bank located at 1200 N Highland Ave, in Aurora, IL. A blood donation can take as little as 30 minutes and can save 3 lives.
Call (630) 892-7055 to schedule an appointment.

Augustine Institute CD's

Augustine Institute
Engage Your Faith The parish recently purchased CD's from the Augustine Institute. The materials may be found in the Narthex on the newly installed kiosk.

The suggested donation is $4 each, or make checks payable to the parish. Please consider sharing your CD once you've listened to it!

Lighthouse CD

"Very inspiring! Patrick’s solid under-standing of our Faith makes me want to learn more and follow his example."

Jeff — Rapid City, SD

Calling All Youth!

Volunteers Needed
We are currently inviting the youth of our parish to contribute their time and talent in the liturgy in the following specific ways:

Altar Servers
Youth Choir
Lector at weekend/special Masses
Liturgy of the Word for children (various roles available depending on age)
Share any other talent

For more information call the parish office or email:


E-Giving arrow
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.

Important benefits of Online Giving...

  • The satisfaction of giving to God first.
  • Easier to fulfill stewardship commitments.
  • Strengthens participation and support in the Church.
  • Allows you to contribute even when you are away.
  • Easier personal budgeting.
  • Using your favorite credit cards and collecting your points, miles and reward benefits.

How do I sign up? It's EASY!

  • Go to and search for our parish
    -OR- Click on the Green Arrow on the left.
  • Click on the Start Giving icon.
  • Follow the prompts.

If you have been considering using Give Central for your donations, now may be a good time to begin. We will be ordering 4th quarter envelopes February 17th. If you are receiving envelopes that you no longer use, please let us know to discontinue them.

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

RCIA - Join Us - You Are Invited

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 not too late to join us.
Brian Pientak (630) 892-1667 or email

October is Respect Life Month

Respect Life Month
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 quit 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.

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.

Movie Night

Movie Time
A Movie Night hosted by the Youth Ministry will be held
Friday, October 27th. Doors will open at 6:00 pm.

Admission is Free. We will showing St. Francis of Assisi which runs 105 minutes.

All are invited. Feel free to bring a lawn chair. This event is sponsored by the Adult Faith Formation.

For additional information, contact Terry Schones at (815) 633-8089.

Morning of Reflection Stewardship of Ministry
With Father Rich Rosinski

Morning Reflection
Please join us for a morning of reflection led by Father Richard Rosinski, pastor of St. Thomas More, Elgin.

Reflection on the Stewardship of Ministry
with Father Richard Rosinski
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)

Are you currently involved in a Ministry here at Blessed Sacrament or are you feeling called to serve God and our parish community through a ministry but not sure yet what serving in a ministry means? Whether you have been involved for over 20 years or just recently become involved in a ministry, join us as Fr. Rich guides us through a morning of reflection on how we, as Christian stewards, are to receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.

All Soul's Day - November 2nd
Remembrance Book

All Souls Day
On Thursday, 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

Bible Study
Please join Father Max and fellow parishioners for a 6-week study of First Corinthians.

This study will begin Tuesday, November 7th, from 6:30-8:30 pm.
A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.

Please register by Sunday, October 29th. Any questions, please contact
Ida Kelsey at (630) 892-2163.

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.

Fall - Can We Count On You?

It's Fall! This means that many of our parishioners are on busy raking leaves, and preparing for our fall harvest meals 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:

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
January 26-28, 2018
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
February 16-18, 2018
Apply Online
Geneva, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
April 20-22, 2018
Apply Online
Brookfield, WI Jon & Rachel Hoag
(888) 574-5653
September 7-9, 2018
Apply Online
Geneva, IL Jon & Rachel Hoag
(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.

Aurora Central Catholic High School
Golf Outing

Aurora Central Catholic Golf Outing will be held
on Saturday, October, 21st, 2017. Many contests will run throughout the event, and prizes will be awarded during dinner at the end of your round. All proceeds from the Golf Outing benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship fund, which awarded over $16,000 in scholarships to students last year.

Registration is now open at

For additional information, contact Luke Brauweiler at

Area Catholic High School Open House

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

Aurora Centeral

Aurora Central Catholic

Date:Thursday, November 2nd
Time:5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Information:(630) 907-0095 x109

All students are invited to tour Aurora Central Catholic's state-of-the-art campus and meet with ACC's faculty and staff. All visitors will have the chance to meet with representatives from various clubs and athletic teams at the school. Aurora Central Catholic High School, a college-preparatory high school with an enrollment of more than 600 students, offers students a spiritual and an educational foundation for life-long learning.

Please contact the Recruitment Director, Mackenzie Livingston, at
(630) 907-0095 ext. 109, or for more information or to schedule a personal tour.

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

Bus Driver - Part-Time Position

Bus Driver
Rosary High School is looking for a part-time CDL school bus driver available weekdays from 6:30 am to 8:00 am.

For additional information or to express interest, please contact
Ms. Mary Lou Kunold at (630) 896-0831, ext. 225, or via email:

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 Septemberand 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:

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:

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

Stop Light Green Light
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.