"See what love
the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God."
~ 1 John 3:1
Responding to the Call
Do we truly know the voice of Christ? Do we truly respond to the voice of our shepherd with our own distinctive voice? How often we attempt to imitate those around us, appropriating the response of another member of the flock to Christ. Perhaps we need to balance the image of being sheep of one flock with the image from the second reading, which tells us that we are all children of God. What child has precisely the same interaction with parents as his or her siblings? Instead, they frequently do and say things to distinguish themselves in the eyes of their parents.

Whether we use the image of children or of sheep to understand our relationship with Christ, we believe that we are all known and called by name. With this great gift comes a responsibility: to respond to the call with our own distinctive voice, to discern exactly what our call is, to determine precisely what the will of the Father is for each one of us.
OLBS new Music Director, Michael Hawes, in his own words. Michael will begin celebrating Mass with us this weekend, April 24-25 at the 5pm (SJE), 8am (QR) and 10:30am (QR) Masses and will rotate his schedule each week. One of Michael's favorite hymns is "How Can I Keep From Singing," also known as "My Life Flows On In Endless Song." Follow this link to hear Michael sing!
RSVP for Mass on Sunday
RSVP for liturgies for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 25th, are live on Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00pm.

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):

SJE Church, 5:00pm

QR Church, 8:00am

SJE Church, 9:15am

QR Church, 10:30am
Follow this link to keep up with Readings for Daily and Sunday liturgies.
The parking lot attendance option remains available at the QR 10:30am Mass for 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.
Discover Your Inheritance
A few spots still remain for Ephesians Bible Study. This 8-week study begins tomorrow evening at 7pm. You will not only discover your unique gifts as a member of Christ's church, but help OLBS grow in fellowship as we grow closer to Christ together.

In-person or Zoom option available!

Follow this link to download the registration form or call the parish office (847) 437-0403 to register today.
Season for Life
Spring, a season of renewal and hope, is adorned in the natural beauty of new life. God’s great creation bursts forth with the sights, smells and sounds of a world emerging from the slumber of winter. Green grass, flowering trees, chirping birds and gentle rains fill our senses and hearts with a great anticipation of good things to come.

In this spirit of renewal and hope, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Respect Life Ministry invites us all to participate in a Season for Life.
Special Screening, Tonight Only
Watch this fantastic pro-life film while supporting Aid for Women's life-affirming mission!

Join us this evening, Wednesday, April 21st at 7:30 PM for a viewing of Roe v. Wade at the Pickwick Theatre 5 S Prospect Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068.

Purchase general admission tickets for $30. All ticket proceeds directly support Aid for Women's mission!
Honor Mom, Support Project Love
Project Love is again offering beautiful Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards to help raise money to support women facing a crisis pregnancy. Mother’s Day cards are suitable for any mom, daughter, daughter-in-law or mother-like figure and the inside of the cards will read that “a donation to Project Love has been made in your honor.”

We Can Be the Face of Hope
Eva is doing all she can to raise her grandchild alone on a limited income. She called Catholic Charities when she couldn’t afford to fix her plumbing. We made the home repair, and invited her to our caregiver support group. She was one of the 398,078 seniors we helped last year.

Please give to Catholic Charities on Mother’s Day to help seniors live in comfort. Learn more at www.catholiccharities.net.

“People have a dignity that is priceless and worth far more than things.” - Pope Francis
May Summer Supper
Beginning in May we transition from Winter to Summer Suppers. On Thursday, May 6th, in addition to feeding guests who remain sheltered in local hotels, we will serve drive-through guests. Meals will be available to-go style in a contactless drive-through in the St. Julian parking lot.

Please follow this link to volunteer to cook, prep, serve or cleanup at the May Summer Supper.
Thanks for Helping Us Reach Our Goal
Our Annual Appeal goal this year was $65,828 and we just recently reached $66,340 in pledges. To date $57,342 of those pledges has been fulfilled, so we still have a little bit of work to do.

If you haven't made your contribution to this year's ACA, there's still time! Follow this link to support this year's Annual Catholic Appeal.

Please know of my deepest gratitude for your participation this year and in previous years! —Fr. Dan
School Report
Run, don't walk, to support QR School with a Track-A-Thon Sponsorship Opportunity!

One of the school's major fundraising events, QR School Track-A-Thon will take place on Friday, May 14th. The Track-A-Thon is a student-body and staff favorite and has become a highly-anticipated day of fun and celebration for the whole school. Students willingness to collect pledges beforehand and their enthusiasm on the track is a testament to their dedication to QR School. We invite you to consider supporting this event through a corporate sponsorship. All sponsors will receive recognition on participant t-shirts, event signage, QR School website and in the OLBS Parish bulletin.

Please contact Cheri Cage if you would like to learn more about becoming a sponsor.
RE Roundup
From the desks of Mrs. D, Director of Religious Education and Mrs. Uhlarik, Coordinator of Religious Education...

We're coming up on the end of the Religious Education academic year and we couldn't be prouder of all that our catechists and Religious Ed families achieved during this unprecedented year! Please continue to keep our eighth graders in your prayers as they recently celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation. Also, our second graders continue to celebrate First Eucharist over the next couple of weeks.

We continue to wish all of our OLBS family a peaceful and blessed Easter season. Stay tuned for information on May Crowning and Summer enrichment activities!
Scholarship Opportunity
The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW) offers a $1000 four-year renewable scholarship to young women who are seniors in high school.

Deadline for submission is April 30, 2021. Follow this link for the application and guidelines.
Quigley Days
Youth/high school age men are invited to Quigley Days at St. Alphonsus, 1429 W. Wellington in Chicago. Join for Mass and Prayer this Saturday, April 24th at 9am.

Follow this link to view the Mass via live-stream.
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
For the faithful, being separated from the Eucharist can be painful. Our OLBS Ministry of Care brings the healing comfort of Jesus Christ to homebound parishioners by bringing the Eucharist to them. Please contact the parish office today to learn more about the comfort and healing offered by our Ministry of Care.

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.
We need volunteers to help greet and usher at liturgical events beyond Sunday Masses. Welcome Home team members are needed at Baptisms, Weddings, First Holy Communions and more. Please check the Volunteer SignUp for opportunities and help OLBS welcome everyone home!

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