"I am the living bread
that came down from heaven."
~ John 6:51
Sunday's Readings:

First Reading — After resting and taking nourishment twice, Elijah is strengthened to walk to the mountain of God, Horeb (1 Kings 19:4-8).
Psalm — Taste and see the goodness of the Lord
(Psalm 34).
Second Reading — Be sealed by the Holy Spirit of God so as to be imitators of God and live in love
(Ephesians 4:30 — 5:2).
Gospel — Jesus professes that he is the living bread and whoever eats this bread will live forever (John 6:41-51).
The Heart of Christian Faith
It was heartbreaking to see the great champion Simone Biles withdraw from competition at the Olympics. She has made America proud, and we can only imagine how difficult it was for her to make this decision, particularly after years of training and hard work.

Yet, she bravely faced the fact that her well-being needed attention and accepted that going forward could be disastrous for her safety and could harm her team’s chances for victory. This young, brave athlete has honored our nation and the world in the field of sport. The dedication and personal sacrifice that got her to this level merits the admiration of all.

August Summer Supper
If you or someone you know is in need of a home-cooked meal, drive through our St. Julian parking lot tomorrow, Thursday, August 5th. We'll be serving chili-cheese dogs with a side of hope in a contactless drive through. No judgement, no questions asked, just Summer comfort food.

If you are able to help shop, cook, prep or pack, a few spots still remain.
REMINDER: Please bring hot dogs and chili sauce to church, uncooked, no later than Wednesday, August 4th. Thank you!
First Friday Adoration
Friday, August 6th is First Friday. Please join us on the first Friday of every month for Eucharistic Adoration. Exposition begins immediately following morning Mass at St. Julian Eymard and continues until the Closing Benediction at 11:45am. We hope you drop by to spend some quiet time with Our Lord.
Sunrise Mass 2021: These Streets Are Holy
Since 2010, on the shores of Lake Michigan, Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago has hosted annual sunrise prayer services to pray for the protection of our children.

“These Streets Are Holy” drive in parking lot prayer service with limited outdoor seating at:

Saturday, August 7, 2021
6:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. CDT
Oakwood Beach
41st Street & Lakeshore Drive, Chicago
Mission Cooperation
This weekend we hold the summer Missionary Cooperation Plan collection, a chance to offer prayer and financial support to missionaries who minister all over the globe. This summer, due to the pandemic, we cannot have an in-person visitor, so our mission appeal is virtual. [Please follow this link for more information about the missionary groups who will benefit from this collection.] If you are able, please place a donation to support the 104 participating mission causes in the collection basket (with checks made payable to the parish), or you can make a donation online.
Morning Bike Ride
All men are invited to join the OLBS Men's Group for a morning bike ride through Busse Woods on Saturday, August 14th, following the 8:15am morning Mass.

"Life is like riding a bicycle...to keep your balance, you must keep moving." –Albert Einstein
August Outdoor Mass, Book Discussion and Cookout
The Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Summer of Prayer continues with an outdoor Mass on Sunday, August 22nd at 5pm at Queen of the Rosary. Following Mass, all are invited to stay (or join us if you attend an earlier Mass) for fellowship. We will cook out and continue our discussion of Matthew Kelly's book "I Heard God Laugh." Come see what's cookin' at OLBS!

Follow this link to view all upcoming events.
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 begin August 24th

Contact OLBS Music Director, Michael Hawes, for more information.
Come and Be Comforted
If any of the following describe your grief journey, Journey of the Heart Grief Sharing may be for you:
  • Are you struggling to pray, feeling abandoned by God?
  • Have you lost interest in attending Mass or other events?
  • Are you questioning God’s reasoning in calling your loved one to Him?

Following a loss, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Journey of the Heart Ministry seeks to let those grieving know that they are not alone. God has not abandoned you, and neither has your OLBS parish family.

The Journey begins in September. Follow this link to discover more.
School Report
Meet the Teacher Event
The Meet the Teacher Event will take place outside next Wednesday, August 11th from 4-5:30pm.
  • Gym uniforms will be available to pick up. 
  • New spirit wear will be available for purchase.
  • Grades 1-8....Please do not bring school supplies, the building will not be open. (School supplies for grades 1-8 will be brought in by students the first two days of school like we did last year.)
  • Preschool and kindergarten teachers will talk about supply drop off in their orientations. (Preschool and kindergarten orientations will be virtual.)

We know it's hard to believe, but the first day of school is just around the corner! Follow this link to discover more about QR School.
RE Roundup
Registration for 2021-22 Religious Education is happening now. Instruction will be in person, and this year you have the option to select the schedule/worship site which is most convenient for your family. 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
Reminder, next YM Meeting is Sunday, August 15th at 4:30pm. It's going to be action packed: Mr. Van will debrief Stay Camp, start planning service activities for late Summer and Fall and begin the conversation about next year's CHWC and fundraising to support the trip.
Events for Young Adults
Join young Catholic professionals by phone for a few minutes of prayer to their intercessor, St. Joseph, every Wednesday at 12pm U.S. Central Time. YCP's mission calls upon the intercession of St. Joseph the Worker, a simple carpenter who reminds us of the importance of stillness, reflection, and prayer. Discover more or register.

Would you like to bring a Young Adult Ministry to OLBS? Please contact the parish office (847) 979-0901 today!
Culture of Life Update
Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion 
The Hyde Amendment and similar laws have protected taxpayers from funding elective abortion for 45 years. Now, powerful members of Congress want to take away these laws that both Democrats and Republicans have supported for nearly half a century.

Billions of taxpayer dollars could be used to pay for abortion.

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.

Rise and Dine Breakfast
Save the date, Saturday, August 7th at 11am for the Annual Project Love Benefit Breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lisle. This year Project Love is honoring Northwest Families for Life. Follow this link to purchase tickets or make a donation.
Next Respect Life Meeting
All are invited to join our next Respect Life Ministry meeting on Tuesday, August 10th.

Follow this link to see more from OLBS Respect Life Ministry.
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.
New Adult Faith Formation Opportunities beginning in September, all are invited:

Tuesday Morning Group will begin reading Six-Weeks with the Bible "Proverbs: Wisdom for Living."

Thursday Evening Bible Study will begin studying Ascension Press "James: Pearls for Wisdom."

"For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul" – Proverbs 2:10

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