"The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced."
~ Isaiah 50:7
Sunday's Readings:

First Reading — The Lord GOD is my help; who will prove me wrong? (Isaiah 50:5-9a).

Psalm — I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living (Psalm 116).

Second Reading — Faith, if it does not have works, is dead (James 2:14-18).

Gospel — Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:27-35).
A Matter of Control
From toddlerhood to old age, we grow in mastery of our own lives, our bodies, and our destiny. This mastery is hard won, and we don’t let go of autonomy easily. Much of this self-mastery involves the avoidance of pain or discomfort, so when we hear things like “take up your cross” and “lose your life,” we tend to resist the message.

James says that faith without works is dead. Ouch! That is really a direct message! One way to look at this, as well as the part about losing our life to find it, is that faith is a process of more and more openness to God’s direction of our lives. It is very hard for us to give up control, but perhaps what we are being asked to do is not to become passive and babyish, but to allow God to direct where our self-mastery will lead and what it will accomplish. We are asked to relinquish the need to control the results of our efforts; to risk, as Jesus did, the loss of everything we are working to achieve.

We are asked to let God take the lead and to control the results, even though we may never see those results.
Fall Concert Series
Join us this Sunday, September 12th at 2:30pm at Queen of the Rosary Church for our first OLBS Fall Concert! Kevin Allen, choirmaster of the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Chicago, has served as Music Director at St. John Cantius in Chicago. He is one of our country's leading composers for opera and chamber music, as well as incredibly beautiful church music. Join us for a wonderful concert featuring the QR Organ as played by Kevin with Trumpet and Singing by Music Director, Michael Hawes.

Please follow this link if you would like to help at the event.
The Journey Begins...
Season 1 of our new Grief-Share Group begins on Monday, September 13th at 7pm. Please contact the parish office if you would like to come and be comforted.

We will listen as you talk about your loved one, cry with you in your sorrow, laugh with you as you recall the good times or sit in silence when you don’t care to share or speak (sharing is always optional). We won’t tell you to hurry up, get a grip, pull yourself together or let go and get on with your life.
Oktoberfest with OLBS Men's Club
Hold Onto Your Lederhosen!

OLBS Men’s Club invites you to
dinner at Oktoberfest in Lion’s
Park on Friday, September 17th.
All are welcome!
Hometown Parade
Come out and support Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and QR School in this year's Hometown Parade.

Held on September 18th at 2:00 pm, the 2021 Hometown Parade theme will be "My Favorite Things" and the Grand Marshal for the parade will be the Elk Grove Village Community Character Coalition.

Stay after the Parade for the 2021 Oktoberfest celebration which will include children's games, activities, food, drinks, live music & so much more!

Follow this link if you would like to march with Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament!
National Day of Remembrance
Please join us for a prayer service to honor our unborn brothers and sisters on the National Day of Remembrance, Saturday, September 18th at 4pm. The prayer service will take place at St. Julian Eymard inside the church, and conclude with a procession to the Marian Garden/Garden of the Unborn on the East side of the building.

The Respect Life Ministry will have flowers to be laid at the Statue of the Unborn. All are welcome.
New Ministry of Care Training
Do you have 90 minutes to spare once
a month to share your faith and bring the
healing presence of Jesus to our sick and
homebound? Training for new ministers will take place in person on Saturday, September 18th and 25th. Please pray to the Holy Spirit and if the Lord is calling you, please contact the parish office to be connected with our Ministry of Care, or download the flyer for more information.
School Report
Ba Da Ba Ba Ba...We're Lovin' It!
McDonald's Benefit Night to support QR School at the McDonald's at Arlington Heights & Biesterfield Roads on Tuesday, September 14th between 1 and 7pm.

Contact the parish office or QR School (847) 437-3322 to get the flyer.
RE Roundup
Ready, Set, Go...Mark Your Calendars for These First Days of Class!
Sept 11 (9:15 - 10:30am): QR Grades K-4
Sept 12 (10:15 - 11:30am): SJE Grades 7-9
Sept 14 (4:30 - 5:45pm): SJE Grades K-3
Sept 14 (7:00 - 8:15pm): QR Grades 5-8
Sept 15 (4:30 - 5:45pm): SJE Grades 4-6
Youth Ministry Corner
Hey OLBS Teens and Parents, join the AfterMass Youth Group at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg on Wednesday, September 22nd from 6-8pm. Let's have a good time for a great cause and see how many food boxes we can pack. Teens vs. Adults, anyone??

Follow this link to sign up for the event!
Events for Young Adults
Coming in September...

Would you like to introduce a Young Adult Ministry at OLBS? Please contact the parish office (847) 979-0901 today!
Culture of Life Update
Help Us Build a Culture of LIFE! 
Please join us before the Rosary for Life and Respect Life meeting on Tuesday, September 14th for a Meet 'n Greet with the Respect Life Ministry. Hear from members of the Respect Life Ministry on what a culture of life means to them and learn about upcoming events scheduled for September and October to help support a culture of life. All are invited and we hope to see you there!

40 Days for Life
National 40 Days for Life signup day is Friday, September 10th all day. Follow this link to find your vigil site, or if you prefer, Advantage Health Care Center in Wood Dale is an option. While not a 40 Days for Life site, people are welcomed to pray in front of the clinic, which is located at 203 E. Irving Park Road. Persons can stand on the sidewalk, but are not permitted on the property. Street parking is available on Oak Street, adjacent to the clinic. Vigil begins September 22nd and runs through October 31st.

Walking With Moms In Need
Walking with Moms in Need is a time of service in which Catholic parishes and communities "walk in the shoes" of local pregnant and parenting women in need. Discover more.
Next Respect Life Meeting
All are invited to join our next Respect Life Ministry meeting on Tuesday, September 14th.

Follow this link to see more from OLBS Respect Life Ministry.
COVID Mitigation Protocols
With a return to required face coverings in all indoor public spaces for all people over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status, in Chicago and all of Cook County, the archdiocese is temporarily reinstating several mitigative measures in affected parishes.
For all Masses and other liturgies celebrated in Cook County the following directives apply:
Masks must be worn by all participants for the duration of the Mass, with the following exceptions:
  • Presider: When praying or preaching, the mask may be removed.
  • Readers: When proclaiming the readings or announcing the petitions, the mask may be removed.
  • Cantors: When leading hymns or proclaiming the Psalm, the mask may be removed.
  • Wind instrumentalists: When playing, the mask may be removed.
When receiving Holy Communion:
  • As the communicant approaches the priest or extraordinary minister, he/she receives the Host in the hand.
  • The communicant steps six feet to the side, removes the strap from one ear of the mask or face covering, letting it hang from the other ear, uncovering the mouth, and consumes the Host.
  • The communicant replaces the mask over the mouth and nose and returns to his/her seat
Raise Your Hand
Fr. Dan and Fr. Louis are so proud of all our OLBS parishioners and the way everyone has stepped up to help in so many different ways over the past year. Things continue to change on a dime and we're not expecting the pace to slow down any time soon. Volunteers across Councils, Boards, Clubs and Ministries are needed more than ever. There's something for everyone, where do you see yourself? Contact the parish office with questions!

Follow this space for spotlights and updates on the various volunteer opportunities available around the parish. Joining a council or board or volunteering for a ministry requires a short time commitment and shows great stewardship. Please share your gifts and offer your talents to a consultative board or one of the many ministries serving our parish and community. Raise your hand. Make a real difference in the life of our parish, school and religious education programs. OLBS needs YOU!

Want to know more? Please contact the parish office (847) 956-0130.
The Women's Club seeks to facilitate a sense of belonging that connects all women of the parish to our Catholic identity through a shared faith, spirit of service and social interaction. Recently, the Women's Club presented our QR School teachers with gifts to help purchase classroom supplies and paper for making copies and handouts. Historically, the Women's Club has organized and helped support fellowship events such as game nights, parish picnics and recognition dinners. For more information, please contact the parish office.

We are grateful for your continued generosity to the needs of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament family during this time. In addition to dropping or mailing your donation to church, you may give online where you may make weekly contributions to our parish family and keep the vital ministries and services we provide going. We thank you for your generosity!
Though things have opened up, we recognize that not all are able to join us at this time, so we remind you that we continue to have the following virtual tools available to help us stay connected:

Sunday's Digital Worship Aid.
We are no longer preparing a digital worship aid as we have been able to place hymnals and missals in the pews once again! The dark blue books are both hymnal and missal, so please look there to follow along with the readings on Sunday.

Daily Prayer. Follow this link to review daily prayer, or signup to receive daily prayer delivered right to your inbox.

Morning Prayer. No commute, no computer needed...join us on your phone Monday through Saturday for Morning Prayer. Learn more.

Weekly Bulletin. Download the weekly parish bulletin when you are unable to attend Mass.

Weekly Rosary. The Rosary is prayed at SJE on Tuesdays at 7pm. If you are unable to join us in church, we invite you to join the live-stream.

Live-Stream. We have live-stream available for Sunday liturgy and some daily Mass from both churches: QR and SJE.

Let's Get Social. Like or follow us on Facebook to receive news and updates in real time and join the conversation: QR and SJE.
(847) 979-0901 | OLBSCares@ArchChicago.org

Worship sites:
Queen of the Rosary, 750 W. Elk Grove Blvd.
St. Julian Eymard, 601 Biesterfield Road

Queen of the Rosary School, 690 Elk Grove Blvd.
(847) 437-3322 | www.qrschool.org