"I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD."
~ Psalm 118:17
During the first three or four centuries of Christianity, if you asked a Christian to name the feast days of the church, your answer would have been a puzzled stare, for there was only one feast: the Resurrection of the Lord. Every Sunday was a feast celebrating the one great feast. Even though our calendar now has many beautiful and holy feasts, we must continually be called back to the fact that all these other feasts exist because of the feast of Christ’s passover from death to life. The psalm today proclaims this message well: “This is the day.” It is not one of many days, but it is the day of all days, the one that gives all the others their origin, purpose, meaning, and destiny. Listen carefully to Peter’s speech in Acts with its recollection of the Passion, to the words of the apostle Paul, and to the account of Mary Magdalene, John, and Peter finding the empty tomb, and you will hear the many wonderful works that God has done for us through Christ. Rejoice and be glad!
RSVP for Triduum and Easter
RSVP for liturgies and services for Triduum and Easter Sunday are live now!

Please note, attendance is limited and registration is required. Schedule follows (if you need assistance making or changing your registration, please call or e-mail parish offices):

Holy Thursday
QR Church, 7:00pm Mass of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday
SJE Church, 3:00pm Friday of the Lord's Passion Service
QR Church, 7:00pm Stations of the Cross followed by Divine Mercy Novena

Holy Saturday
QR Church, 10:00am and 11:00am Blessing of the Easter Baskets
SJE Church, 8:00pm Easter Vigil Mass

QR Church, 8:00am
QR Church, 8:00am Parking Lot*

SJE Church, 9:15am
SJE Church, 9:15am Parking Lot*

QR Church, 10:30am
QR Church, 10:30am Parking Lot*

SJE Church, 11:30am–NEW!
Please follow this link to review the Mass/Service Schedule for Holy Week, Triduum and Easter Sunday, or use the button above to go directly to RSVP.
Follow this link to keep up with Readings for Daily and Sunday liturgies.

Liturgy Volunteers...we have added an 11:30am Easter Sunday Mass at SJE. If you are able to volunteer, please sign-up here. Thank you!
We have added a parking lot option to most of our OLBS Easter Liturgies to accommodate overflow, and particularly those with underlying conditions. Park in the designated lot and tune to 102.5 FM radio channel to listen to Mass on your car radio, or watch from your phone on our Facebook page or Web page. At Communion, an Extraordinary Minister will distribute the Holy Eucharist to guests in each car.

Important Note: The following safety protocols continue to be enforced at ALL liturgies and in-person gatherings at both churches, parish centers and on parish grounds: face covering worn securely over nose and mouth, hands sanitized upon entry (and again prior to receiving Holy Communion), seating in marked areas only to respect social distancing, temperature checks for all events involving youth or food service and no congregating in church facilities including parking lots.

If in the previous 14 days you have traveled to a state on the watch list, experienced any cold or flu symptoms or have spent time with anyone experiencing symptoms, we ask out of an abundance of caution that you please stay home to help insure the safety of our parish family.

Wondering what to expect? Follow this link to download Parishioner Reopening Guides in Polish, Spanish or English. And take a minute to watch our Welcome Home Video on the home page!

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.
Two opportunities for Reconciliation remain before Easter. Fr. Dan and Fr. Louis will hear confessions at both to help ease the lines.

Tonight, Wednesday, March 31st at QR at 7pm.

Holy Saturday, April 3rd at SJE at Noon.

We do not have a pre-registration requirement for Reconciliation, but when you arrive, a greeter will ask you to sign in with your first name and telephone number to satisfy our safety protocols.
Morning Prayer
While we won't be able to celebrate Daily Mass during the Triduum, we will still gather for morning prayer. Morning Prayer will follow the same schedule as Daily Mass and worship aids will be provided:

Holy Thursday, QR 8:15am
Good Friday, SJE 8:15am
Holy Saturday, QR 8:15am
Blessing of the Easter Baskets
We are able to bless the Easter Food Baskets this year. Blessing of the Easter Baskets will take place at Queen of the Rosary at 10am AND 11am on Holy Saturday, April 3rd.

Please follow this link to RSVP for the Easter Basket Blessing so we know how many to expect. Thank you!
The Way of the Cross
Join us in church to pray an expanded Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 2nd at 7pm at Queen of the Rosary. Following Stations of the Cross, we will begin the Divine Mercy Novena.
One Hour for Life
"Could you not keep watch with me even for one hour?"  —Matthew 26:40

Keep watch on Good Friday by spending an hour at the "foot of the cross:” Advantage abortion facility in Wood Dale (203 E. Irving Park Rd), Friday, April 2, 10:00 am - 11:00 am. The clinic usually commits abortions on Fridays, so our presence is even more vital. Make a gift of your time in honor of Jesus' sacrifice for our sins.
Calling All Teens, Mr. Van's Final Teen Lenten Challenge 2021!
This week we visit the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Stations as we Walk the Way of the Cross with Jesus. Follow this link to read reflections on each Station as we complete our Lenten journey.

Final Lenten Challenge, Say the rosary at least once this week and attend as many of the Masses/services during the Easter Triduum as possible (and be honest with yourself about whether it is truly impossible before not attending! If you attend in person, be sure to sign up but don’t forget, you can attend remotely online too!) The Triduum includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. (Of course, you can always attend the Easter Vigil in satisfaction of Easter Sunday!)
A Most Blessed Holy Week and Blessed Easter to All. Peace, Mr. Van

Share photos and pics from the Teen Lenten Challenge on the YM Facebook page to help inspire others!

Ready to take the Challenge? Follow this link to Take Mr. Van's Teen Lenten Challenge!
Parish Offices Closed
Please note, parish offices will be closed on Good Friday, April 2nd and Easter Monday, April 5th. Please leave a telephone or e-mail message and we will respond as quickly as we can. We wish you a blessed Easter!
On the Move!
Please welcome our new Music Director, Michael Hawes! A musically gifted bass baritone, in addition to singing and keyboard, Michael plays the trumpet. Growing up in Michigan, Michael and his sister learned to ride the Unicycle from their father. Michael can ride the unicycle and play trumpet at the same time! He will begin leading song during Masses on the weekend of April 24th and 25th. If you see Michael around campus, please extend a warm welcome to our new companion on the journey!
We are very grateful to Diane Tieman for her many years of service as parish nurse and wish her all the best in her retirement. Diane was very active in Care Ministry, Prayer Shawl Ministry and caring for the spiritual well-being of parishioners. She tended to the homebound and the sick one-on-one and also led Women's Retreats and special events such as blood pressure screenings or the OLBS Winter Blood Drive last year. Thank you for all that you did, Diane!
NEW Drop Off Location!
When dropping donations (for example, weekly offering, special collections, Mass Intentions) off at Queen of the Rosary, please use our new lockbox at the church. You will see the mail slot (photo at right) in the left-most door as you’re facing the church.

Like the old dropbox, the new lockbox is accessible 24/7, but also offers:

  • More convenient parking/access in front of the church.
  • Ramp accessibility at the church, no need to climb even one step.
  • Help OLBS keep loose offertory envelopes safe and secure.
  • Bulletins are available at the church for one-stop drop off and pickup.
New Book Discussion
Tuesday Morning Group begins the new book “Living for a Just Society” on Tuesday, April 13th and will resume their regular schedule of 2nd/4th Tuesday each month. Please note the misprint in the 3/21 and 3/28 bulletins (Mary, Jesus' Mother and Ours is the book concluded in March). If you would like to join the new book discussion, please call the parish office (847) 956-0130.
April 14th Winter Supper
Spots are still available for cookers for the April Supper! Last week, 120 meals were provided to support PADS guests being housed in local hotels.

And the April Supper is just around the corner. We're serving Cheese Tortellini for the last Winter Supper of the season. If you are able to help shop, cook, prep, pack or clean up for the Wednesday, April 14th Winter Supper, we need you!

Sign-Up Here or contact the parish office (847) 956-0130.

TEENS: Winter Suppers is a great way to have fun with family and friends while earning Service Hours!
Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance
One of the most remarkable things about our Faith is that by God’s grace, we have become his adopted sons and daughters. In your day-to-day life, what does it mean to be a son or daughter of God—an heir to his promises and blessings? When you sit in the pews each Sunday, what does it mean to you to be part of his family, the Church? To help you uncover this meaning, OLBS will begin an eight-week Bible study Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7pm in Shea Hall. You will not only discover your unique gifts and calling as a member of Christ’s Church; you will also help us to grow in fellowship as a parish as we grow closer to Christ together.
Follow this link to download the registration form. Please return by mail or drop off to SJE, 601 Biesterfield Rd.

This Bible Study will be available in person (SJE Shea Hall) and via Zoom.
Sew, a Needle Pulling Thread
Because it's never too early to begin thinking about Christmas, and because we don't call them Christmas Elves for nothing...

While we're all waiting for Spring to make an appearance, the Boys of Summer to throw out the first pitch, and dreaming about Summer BBQ's, OLBS Christmas Elves are busy sewing 1000+ stockings for the children at Mission Our Lady of Angels.

If you sew, or would like to learn, we need you! To join our Christmas Elves, please contact the parish office (847) 956-0130 today!
Say NO to Cutting Parents Out
Parents for the Protection of Girls, a coalition of Illinois leaders and parents combating the repeal of parental notice, invites you to attend a on of four webinars on March 29th, March 30th, April 7th, and April 8th. These webinars are designed to give concerned citizens the tools and information needed to fight against the repeal of the Parental Notification Act. Through these webinar sessions, attendees will learn how to set up meetings with their legislators using Zoom and conduct effective conversations with their representatives. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
School Report

QR School Gala Fundraiser is April 17, 2021. While limits on gathering and protocols for public spaces may continue to separate us physically, we are forever united spiritually. Join us for this Virtual Gala to show solidarity and support for our QR School.

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; staying together is a success."

Follow this link for more information, to buy tickets or to help raise donations.

Please continue to pray for our school as QR School teachers continue to teach in these special circumstances.

Follow this link to discover more about QR School.
Save the Date, April 17, 2021 for QR School's Annual Spring Gala.
RE Roundup
From the desks of Mrs. D, Director of Religious Education and Mrs. Uhlarik, Coordinator of Religious Education...

  • Days until OLBS RCIA Candidates receive sacraments of initiation: 3
  • Weeks until OLBS 2nd Graders receive First Holy Communion: 1.5
  • Weeks until OLBS 8th Graders receive their Confirmation: 2
  • # of individuals seeking sacraments this Easter Season: 120
  • Our OLBS community growing closer to God: Priceless

As we near the end of Lent, wishing everyone a blessed Holy Week and Easter.
Did you catch Fr. Dan on last night's Carlo Acutis Faith Sharing Night?

Drop us a line to share your thoughts on the conversation.
House for Sale
Soon you will see a For Sale sign in front 
of the old unoccupied SJE rectory (single-
family house behind the church on Bristol). 
We're currently exploring options to lease 
the space to a religious order or to sell the 
house and invest the proceeds for the 
greater good of the parish.

The house is in need of refreshing and 
remodeling, and is not part of the St. Julian 
church campus proper. Additionally, with 
severe temperatures this past winter and 
nobody living in the house, damage to 
plumbing and other fixtures was incurred. 

Whatever the final determination of the 
SJE rectory house, sale or lease, should 
not be looked at as foreshadowing of 
future parish site decisions. We are 
simply looking to use available spaces 
and direct parish funds and assets where 
they will do the most good for the parish.

If you have any questions, please 
We may still be limited in gathering and need to keep our social distance for a little while longer, so we remind you that we have the following virtual tools to help us stay connected:

Sunday's Digital Worship Aid. Whether you print out or follow along on your phone, from home or inside our churches, you will find Sunday's Digital Worship Aid on the home page of our church websites: QR (scroll down to the link "Click here for digital worship aid...") and SJE (scroll down to the button "Sunday's Digital Worship Aid").

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.
Raise Your Hand
We are heartened to see more and more parishioners feeling comfortable to join us for in-person worship. However, even with vaccines becoming available and the arrival of warmer temperatures, we know that not everyone is able to join us in person. We will need to be able to provide live-streaming and virtual options for liturgy, ministry and other events for some time to come. If you are tech-savvy and would like to help us get our OLBS Audio-Visual Ministry up and running, please contact the parish office today!

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.
OLBS has nearly 4,000 families in our records and generous parishioners are dialing each and every family? The Love Thy Neighbor Ministry began over the Summer and they’re still in process of contacting every household to see if there is anything OLBS can help with.

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!

SJE Campus | 601 Biesterfield Road | (847) 956-0130
QR Campus | 750 W Elk Grove Blvd | (847) 437-0403