Our Lady of the
Blessed Sacrament
Community Digest
"[The LORD] tells the number of the stars
and calls them by name."
~ Psalm 147:4
RSVP for Sunday Liturgies
RSVP for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time is live February 3rd at 7:00pm!

We remain on the current Mass schedule through next Sunday, February 14th (Valentine's Day), and the new schedule will take effect with the First Sunday of Lent, February 20/21, 2021.

Please note, attendance is limited and registration is required. Schedule as follows:

QR Church, 5:00pm

SJE Church, 8:30am

QR Church, 10:30am

SJE Church, 12:30pm
Follow this link to keep up with Readings for Daily and Sunday liturgies.
*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 outside the state, 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.
We Hear You!
This Sunday we kick-off the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal, which offers a wonderful opportunity to answer Jesus’ call to “Come, follow me…and bring hope to the world.”

In addition to providing for ministries and services throughout the archdiocese, the Annual Catholic Appeal funds services in our own parish. For example, Appeal funds support training for Bereavement Ministers, Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion and Catechists.

Additionally this year, appeal funds may afford an opportunity to bring the sights and sounds from QR and SJE to those still unable to join us in person. While we have done our best to share liturgy and events from inside our churches, we heard you loud and clear...and we know that you can’t always hear us.

Donations in excess of our 2021 annual appeal goal of $65,828, which will be returned to the parish, will be earmarked for improving our live-stream capabilities. 

If you received your pledge form in the mail, please complete it and mail it back. This year, we also encourage our parishioners to make their Annual Catholic Appeal gifts online
We'll Be Giving You a Call
As the global pandemic continues to hamper in-person gathering, we are trying new and different ways to reach out and connect with our parish family. If you see QR Church or an unknown number on your caller ID, it might be OLBS. Here are two ways we're trying the telephone to connect right now:

1) Pre-recorded messages from Fr. Dan letting you know about important changes or upcoming events. These calls will show QR Church in the caller ID. If you miss the call and have any questions, please feel free to give the parish office a call.

2) Outreach calls from our Love Thy Neighbor ministry. We are trying to reach every parishioner by telephone just to check in and see how everyone is doing or if there is anything we can help with. These calls are being made by fellow parishioners and so may show as a blocked or unknown number. If you let the call go to voicemail but want to connect with us, please call the parish office and we'll help you out.

Parish Office (847) 437-0403
Times, They Are A Changing
Beginning February 21st, the First Sunday of Lent, our Sunday Mass Schedule is changing. The new schedule, as of Sunday, February 21st, will be:

SJE Church, 5:00pm

QR Church, 8:00am

SJE Church, 9:15am

QR Church, 10:30am

The current schedule as posted in the RSVP for Sunday Liturgies, on our websites and on Signup Genius remains in effect through Sunday, February 14th. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office.
Are You Called?
“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know the word that sustains the weary and will waken them.”-Isaiah 50:4
Are you called to serve as a lector at Mass? Lectors serve at least one Sunday a month by proclaiming the two readings and the Prayer of the Faithful. Training/formation is required and provided. A virtual training is scheduled for Saturday, February 13th from 9am - Noon. You will learn the theology, skills and self-confidence to help communicate God’s Word and make it come alive for the assembly. After the virtual training, a logistics training will be scheduled in church. Teens and college students are encouraged to prayerfully consider becoming a lector. If interested or to learn more, please contact the parish office for more information.
Men's Lenten Series: Consecration to St. Joseph
St. Joseph is a great model of authentic manhood. In our new five-part Lenten series, we will learn holiness by studying St. Joseph in Father Donald Calloway’s new book, “Consecration to St. Joseph.”

Sessions will be Monday nights via Zoom, starting on February 15th. The series concludes with an opportunity to consecrate ourselves to St. Joseph on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Friday March 19th.

Please follow this link for more details on the program. There is no cost to join, but participants will need Father Calloway's book, available at the link or on Amazon. To join, please contact the parish office (847) 437-0403.

What does it mean to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph?
What does it mean for a person to be consecrated to St. Joseph? Well, it basically means that you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph means you make a formal act of filial entrustment to your spiritual father so that he can take care of your spiritual well-being and lead you to God. The person who consecrates himself to St. Joseph wants to be as close to their spiritual father as possible, to the point of resembling him in virtue and holiness. Saint Joseph, in turn, will give those consecrated to him his undivided attention, protection and guidance.
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, a prominent Marian priest, exhibits an unmistakable zeal for the priesthood and devotion to Our Lady. He is a well-known conference speaker on Divine Mercy and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He speaks passionately about these topics in his moving conversion story. He is the editor of two books: The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body and The Immaculate Conception in the Life of the Church. He has also authored seven books: Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina, No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy, Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest, Marian Gems: Daily Wisdom on Our Lady, Mary of Nazareth: The Life of Our Lady in Pictures, Rosary Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary, and Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon
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:

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

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

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.
There are more than 250 families enrolled in our Religious Education programs. And just like our schools, Mrs. Donahue and Mrs. Uhlarik had to convert their curriculum to facilitate remote and hybrid learning. Using Zoom, FlipGrid, Google Meet, Facebook Live, video and more, they continue to help form parish youth and teach them about Jesus Christ.

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