"Did not God choose those who are poor
in the world to be rich in faith and heirs
to the kingdom?"
~ James 2:5
Sunday's Readings:

First Reading — Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God (Isaiah 35:4-7a).

Psalm — Praise the Lord, my soul! (Psalm 146).

Second Reading — Show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ (James 2:1-5).

Gospel — Jesus makes the deaf hear and the mute speak (Mark 7:31-37).
Heart of the Matter
Sometimes hearing passages from Scripture is like listening to the evening news.

Reports of burning sands and thirsty ground. People fearful and sick. People beaten down and desperately hungry. Strangers at the mercy of others. All of these and more are cited in the readings today from the prophet Isaiah, in our responsorial Psalm 146, and in the blunt words of the Letter of James.

If anyone doubts how attentive our Scriptures are to the plight of poor and vulnerable, they should just listen to the words that Catholics worldwide will be hearing on this 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time.

The point of the biblical message is not to submerge us in guilt but to open our eyes. Most of us, especially in our country blessed with so many resources, can avoid looking into the eyes of those who suffer. 

Summer Supper Sept 2nd
According to Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap Study, one in seven people in Cook County will experience food insecurity this year. Though statistics like this are hard to hear, and the hunger seen by OLBS Good Samaritans even harder to see, we are proud to be part of a parish of service. Thank you for your continued support of Catholic Charities Dinners and Summer Suppers.

If you or someone you know is in need of a home-cooked meal, drive through our St. Julian parking lot for a Summer Supper. We will be serving a traditional Oktoberfest meal complete with smoked sausage, homemade German potato salad and apple pie tomorrow, September 2nd between 6:30 and 7:30pm.
Happy Labor Day!
In observance of Labor Day, parish offices will be closed on Monday, September 6th.

We wish all our OLBS parish family a happy, healthy and safe holiday!
Fall Concert Series
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 18 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.
Sing to the Lord a New Song
Join the OLBS Choirs!

For Youth:
  • Sing once per month at Mass
  • Practice Wednesdays after school
  • Rehearsals begin September 8th

For Adults:
  • Sing for regular Sunday and special liturgies and celebrations
  • Practice Tuesday from 7 to 8:30pm
  • Rehearsals began August 24th but spots are still available!

Contact OLBS Music Director, Michael Hawes, for more information.
School Report
Let's Show Some Cougar Pride!
Our first Cougar Spirit day will take place on Friday, September 3. Students may show their QR pride by wearing any QR logo shirt or sweatshirt with jeans, school shorts or QR sweatpants/QR pajama pants.   

If you don’t have spirit wear, gym shirts can be worn.
RE Roundup
Countdown to RE Classes Resuming!
Registration for 2021-22 Religious Education was due by Monday, August 16th. Instruction will be in person, and begins on September 11th. If you have not already registered, follow the button below to head to our simple and secure online registration and payment system. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the parish office (847) 979-0901.
Mark Your Calendars for the First Day 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
OLBS Religious Education is a volunteer-based program helping to form our youth and providing opportunity for them to encounter Jesus Christ. If you are called to teach our most impressionable, please contact the parish office today for more information on this important formation role. Discover more.
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 dinner 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
OLBS Religious Education is a volunteer-based program helping to form our youth and providing opportunity for them to encounter Jesus Christ. While students enjoy the last weeks of Summer Break, Mrs. Uhlarik and catechists are busy planning the upcoming calendar for Youth Faith Formation. If you are called to teach our most impressionable, please contact the parish office today for more information on this important formation role. Discover more.

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 Men's Club was behind the grill at the July and August cookouts and they've been meeting biweekly for the series Into the Breach. They're also organizing social activities like bike rides and dinner before the Beach Boys Summer concert. Check upcoming bulletin and eNews for their Fall event schedule. Contact the parish office for more information.

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