"For it is in giving that we receive."
–St. Francis of Assisi

As November begins and Thanksgiving and Christmas draw near, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament's second "A Season of Giving" kicks off this week!

Building on last year's enthusiasm and success, OLBS is proud to be a parish of service. Our donations of time, talent and treasure will support our OLBS parish community and help bring comfort and joy this season to those in the greater community:
Christmas Elves Stocking Project
Make holidays merry and bright for children at Mission Our Lady of Angels with stocking stuffer toys and candies. Drop items off in marked bins at QR and SJE when you attend Mass between November 10th and November 21st. Look for the announcement in upcoming bulletins for more information and ideas for goodies to donate or call the parish office (847) 979-0901.
Christmas Angel Tree
Adopt a family, as a group or individually, and bring joy to those less fortunate this Christmas season. Look for the Angel Trees and in both QR and SJE vestibules and select your family ornament the weekend of November 13th-14th. Then start shopping and let the fun begin!

Bring wrapped gifts, packaged in a single bag or box marked with your family number, to Shea Hall between December 6th and 10th. All gifts due to church the weekend of December 11th and 12th. Look for more information in upcoming bulletins and e-News or call the parish office (847) 979-0901.
Catholic Charities Dinners
Last year, Catholic Charities was serving an average of 100 people at their Dinners. This year, as the pandemic continues, average attendance has grown to around 120. That is up from about 60 people per Dinner prior to the pandemic.

Your generous donations to the Poor Box (one located in each church) support our OLBS Parish Outreach ministries. We will also take up a special collection at morning Mass at Queen of the Rosary on Thanksgiving Day to support the Poor Box. OLBS supports a Catholic Charities Dinner each month throughout the year to help feed the hungry in our community.
To help break the cycle of domestic violence, the WINGS Program provides housing and advocacy services to women and children escaping unsafe living situations.

Look for collection bins in both church vestibules November 26th to December 5th. More information and suggested donation lists will appear in upcoming bulletins and eNews.
Winter Suppers
Due to the tremendous need in our community during this global pandemic, Summer Suppers has been extended to include Winter Suppers again this year. Journeys/PADS has been housing 90+ homeless neighbors in local hotels since last Spring and has been blessed to have this grant extended through the Winter again this year. We'll meet at Shea Hall to assemble meals and pack food bags for pickup by JOURNEYS to help PADS guests (volunteers are required to wear masks and gloves and must have their temperature taken prior to serving). Look for Signup links in upcoming bulletins and e-News.
Blood Drive
Blood is urgently needed at this time. Examples of transfusion needs are:
  • Cancer: up to 8 units/month
  • Bone Marrow Transplant: up to 2 units/day
  • Liver Transplant: up to 100 units
  • Auto Accident: up to 50 units
  • Cardiovascular Surgery: 2-25 units

A Blood Drive will take place at the Charles J. Zettek Municipal Complex on Saturday, November 13th between 8am and 1pm. Follow this link for more information.

Save a life by donating blood.
Toy Drive
Your new, unwrapped toy donations will bring holiday cheer to children at Mission Our Lady of Angels again this year. Look for collection bins at both QR and SJE to drop toys, dolls, games and more off when you attend Mass between November 26th and December 5th. Look for more information and ideas for the most-wanted toys in upcoming bulletins and e-News or call the parish office (847) 979-0901.
(847) 979-0901info@olbsegv.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

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