"It was not you who chose me,
but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit."
~ 1 John 15:16
Presence of the Holy Spirit
We have a unique episode in the Acts of the Apostles on Sunday. A whole roomful of people are baptized with the Holy Spirit before they are baptized with water! The verb used—“the Holy Spirit ‘fell’ on them” (Acts 10:44)—is characteristic of the way the Spirit works throughout the book of Acts: powerful and surprising. Though this “baptism” is not the normative way the New Testament describes baptism, it is still a good reminder today that the Holy Spirit is not controlled by whether or not we pour water, but rather that our sacramental signs reveal the presence of the Spirit at work among us. And we have a double reinforcement of how this work is accomplished from a Letter and a Gospel bearing John’s name. It is love, self-sacrificing and self-giving love, that manifests the Spirit of Jesus in our midst. It is love that is the greatest of commandments. The Spirit is manifested equally through those who live in that love.
RSVP for Mass on Sunday
RSVP for liturgies for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9th, are live on Wednesday, May 5th 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.
May Is the Month of Mary
Did you know that there is a Marian Garden at both QR and SJE churches? During this month of Mary, we invite you to drop by and spend some quiet time with Jesus and Our Blessed Mother in the garden at either location.

Pope Francis' "marathon" month of prayer continues!

CORRECTION, the video below is the Ave Maria from Michael and his group. Apologies that the wrong link went out last week.

Our new Music Director, Michael Hawes, shares this beautiful version of Ave Maria to start us thinking about Our Blessed Mother, the queen of May. This video is from a concert at St. John Cantius Church, in Chicago, and sung by Michael with a Male quintet of singers called His Majesty's Men. The music they are singing is the "Ave Maria" by Renaissance musician, Josquin Des Pres (c.1451-1521), who is known as the greatest musician of his time. Josquin sang as a member of the Papal Choir under Pope Innocent VIII, and served under King Louis XII of France as well. His music is known for incredible expression and beauty, and he was one of the first composers to write music that had this sort of descriptive expression in it, where the text, in this case, the Ave Maria, dictated how he wrote his music in a way that had never been done before, when chant and more basic vocal writing was the norm.
Hail Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with thee, serene Virgin. 
Hail, thou whose Conception, Full of great joy, Fills heaven and earth With new gladness. 
Hail, thou whose Nativity Became our great celebration, As the light-bearing Morning Star anticipates the true Sun. 
Hail, faithful humility, Fruitful without man, Whose Annunciation Was our salvation. 
Hail, true virginity, Immaculate chastity, Whose Purification Was our cleansing. 
Hail, glorious one In all angelic virtues, Whose Assumption Was our glorification. 
O Mother of God, Remember me. Amen.
Save the Date!
The Feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is Thursday, May 13th. We are putting together an evening of prayer on Wednesday, May 12th in anticipation of this blessed event. Stay tuned for more details and follow this link for our OLBS Unity Prayer and prayers to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, including the Novena which begins 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.
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
Our Support Saves
TLC is a multi-service facility reaching out to the community with the love of Christ, bringing light to the darkness. They provide free medical, material, emotional & spiritual support to local women facing unplanned pregnancy situations. Financial and in-kind gifts have helped TLC not only keep its doors open during this challenging time, but expand to 3 locations and a mobile unit. They are reaching more women than ever.

Follow this link to learn more about TLC Pregnancy Services, and follow here learn more about OLBS Season for Life!
Celebrating Mothers
In this month when we honor Mary, Jesus' mother and ours, we also celebrate the moms and mother figures in our lives on Mother's Day.

A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!
May Summer Supper
Beginning in May we transition from Winter to Summer Suppers. Tomorrow, 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.
School Report
Run, don't walk, to support QR School with a Track-A-Thon Pledge!

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 support our school with pledges.

RE Roundup
Altar Servers, join the conversation! Fr. Dan and Fr. Louis will host virtual Altar Server conversations on May 12th and May 15th. Frs. Dan and Louis will discuss Summer plans, and current and former altar servers will discuss the reward of serving at Mass. Follow this link to signup.

Campers, get ready for an epic quest! Join OLBS for this Summer's VBS, Treasured. You will pray, sing, work on crafts, make new friends and most importantly discover that you are more important to God than coins and gems.
Last week we introduced a temporary relocation of staff to facilitate better collaboration and communication. Also, in our continuing effort to streamline services and better minister to the needs of the parish, OLBS is introducing an Event Coordinator role to help administer the master parish calendar. Our Pastoral Minister, Brian Michalski, whom many of you know from his work in liturgy, ministry and oversight of volunteers, will now be adding this new role. 

Please see more information in this Sunday's bulletin, and please begin e-mailing meeting and event reservation requests to Brian at calendar@stjulianeymard.org starting now! (Please note, we are in the process of switching over to our new domain OLBSEGV.org.)

Follow this link to learn more.
Follow the parish bulletin, eNews, pulpit announcements and social channels for updates. And, as always, feel free to contact the parish office with questions, or schedule time to meet with Fr. Dan about the temporary office relocation or other parish news.
Administrative Assistant Wanted
OLBS is looking for a part-time administrative assistant to join our team. This role will support the business office and will require approximately 20-25 hrs per week. Duties will include, but are not limited to; data entry, filing, answering phones, recording and looking up sacramental records.

To learn more or request a complete job description, please contact the parish office.
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
Though Respect Life month is celebrated in
October, Respect Life Ministry meets year round to review issues promoting a culture of life from conception until natural death. They plan and participate in holy hours to promote life and
more. Learn more during a Season for Life
between now and Father’s Day!

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.
Our Rosary Group meets weekly in the church at SJE to lead group rosary prayer. Recently they began live-streaming each Tuesday to allow even those who aren’t able to join in person to participate. Join our Rosary Group in answering Pope Francis’s call for a “marathon” month of prayer!

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