"[Christ Jesus] humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross."
~ Philippians 2:8
For the Palm Sunday Gospel, we return to the Gospel according to Mark. The account of the Passion takes up nearly one-third of Mark’s entire Gospel and, of all the evangelists, he is the one who presents the details most graphically. He depicts the humanity of Jesus most intensely, describing his sufferings thoroughly. Mark portrays Jesus as a complete fulfillment of the “Suffering Servant” of Isaiah, the obedient, humble slave dying on a cross of whom Paul speaks in Philippians. But it is important to remember that we call this “Holy Week” and not “sad week” or “suffering week,” for each of the readings today, even the lamentations of the psalm, end in the promise of the strength and hope that is granted by God to those who faithfully give of themselves in love. As we enter into this week through these readings, we must reflect deeply on the sufferings of Jesus, but still be confident in the joy of risen, eternal life that awaits all of us who faithfully walk with him through these days.
RSVP for Sunday Liturgies
RSVP for liturgies from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday are live March 24th at 7:00pm!

Please note, attendance is limited and registration is required. Schedule for Palm Sunday as follows (distribution of palms by ushers at all liturgies):

SJE Church, 5:00pm
SJE Church, 5:00pm Parking Lot*

QR Church, 8:00am

SJE Church, 9:15am

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

*(intended for those with underlying medical conditions who are unable to join us in church at this time)
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.
We have added a parking lot option at the 10:30am Mass at QR. This option is restricted to those with underlying medical conditions, who, due to the ongoing pandemic are unable to join us in church at this time. Please select QR Parking Lot* on the SignUp and include the number in your car so that we know how many to expect. Park in the West lot in front of the steps 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. At Communion, an Extraordinary Minister will distribute the Holy Eucharist to guests in each car.

*In case of inclement weather, the parking lot option will not be available and we will do our best to contact you in advance of the 10:30am Mass.

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.
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 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!
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
No rest for Winter Suppers! Earlier this evening 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!
The Way of the Cross
Join us in church to pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent. This Friday, March 26th, Stations will be prayed at 6pm at St. Julian Eymard. For those still unable to join us, Stations of the Cross may be live-streamed to our websites and Facebook pages when possible.
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.
Join Us for Healing
"But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD" ~ Jeremiah 30:17

Though sometimes God's perfect plan is that we experience disease, sickness and hardship, we offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to provide God's comfort and strength to those in need by inviting the Holy Spirit into our hearts for physical, spiritual and emotional healing.

Join us on Friday, March 26th at 7pm at St. Julian Eymard for a Healing Mass during Lent.
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.
Calling All Teens, Take Mr. Van's Teen Lenten Challenge!
This week we visit the Eleventh and Twelfth Stations as we Walk the Way of the Cross with Jesus. Follow this link to read reflections on each Station as we journey through Lent.

This week's challenge, Make a special effort to go to individual confession this week. Take some real serious time to examine your conscience and determine what you have done that you know in your heart offends God and how you intend to amend your life in gratitude for this most amazing sacrifice that Jesus endured for us. When you accept your penance, do what you’re advised by the priest and a little something extra for someone else that you would not normally do because it requires you to go out of your way. Show Christ that you would have gone out of your way for Him along the way of the cross by doing for one of His least ones.

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!
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 desk of Mrs. D, Director of Religious Education...

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Easter Basket Project. Your donations allowed OLBS Youth Ministry to assemble nearly 90 Easter Baskets this year. Baskets and volunteers were blessed by Fr. Dan, and baskets will be dropped off at the Township and shared with those less fortunate in our community.

Together we shared the light of Christ with those who really need it. The generosity from the parish continues to amaze and inspire us.

As we near the end of Lent, wishing everyone a blessed Holy Week and Easter.
Reminder, March 30th Carlo Acutis Faith Sharing Night with Fr. Dan.

Follow this link to download the flyer to learn more.

Contact Mrs. Uhlarik or Mrs. D. to register and receive the Zoom link.
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 blessed that more and more in our OLBS family continue to be vaccinated. And though we have had cases of the virus in our parish community, we haven't experienced an outbreak in our churches. We would not be able to say this without the diligent work of our OLBS Welcome Home Team keeping our churches safe and open for worship.

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.
Compassionate knitters and crocheters in our OLBS family create shawls, blankets, caps and squares that literally wrap someone in prayer. These stunning works of art are shared with AMITA Hospital to help the sick, particularly those undergoing cancer treatment. They are also available at either parish office to share with a loved one in need. There is no fee for these items, and no questions asked. We simply ask that you share the first name of the recipient so we may pray for them.

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