"You alone, O LORD,
bring security to my dwelling."
~ Psalm 4:9
It is interesting that during the Easter season, when we do not hear a reading from the Old Testament, it becomes so important. This is particularly true today. Peter’s speech begins with a prayer formula familiar to Jews: “The God of Abraham . . .” (Acts 3:13). It likewise contains the potent phrases “Holy and Righteous One” and “mouth of all the prophets” (3:14, 18). Peter was stating in no uncertain terms that the law, psalms, and prophets had been fulfilled in Christ. This is reinforced by Jesus himself in the Gospel passage, when he states that everything in the scriptures (to the early Christians “the scriptures” were what we call the Old Testament) had to be fulfilled. Above all, Jesus and Peter both emphasize that we are witnesses to all of this, and are sent forth to bear witness to it in the world. The Latin Missa, from which our word “Mass” comes, means “sent” (as in “mission”). As we leave Mass today, let us remember to be witnesses to all that has been fulfilled in the risen Christ.
RSVP for Mass
RSVP for liturgies for the Third Sunday of Easter (or Divine Mercy Sunday), April 11th, are live on Wednesday, April 7th 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.

Liturgy Volunteers...we have added an 11:30am Easter Sunday Mass at SJE. If you are able to volunteer, please sign-up here. Thank you!
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.
Youth Ministry Car Wash
Back by popular demand, and warming temps...the YM Parking Lot Car Wash Fundraiser! Pop by the St. Julian Eymard parking lot this weekend between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. to get your car washed. Free-will donations will be used to help support our campers on their CHWC Summer Mission Trip to Montague, Michigan.
NEW Options for Morning Prayer
One significant way that Christians have prayed each day, whether alone or with a community, is through the Liturgy of the Hours.

Listen and pray along with fellow OLBS parishioners using any of the options below:
1. Download the free iBreviary app here to your smartphone device.  

2. Visit the iBreviary website and follow along from your computer or tablet (iPad or other).

3. Simply dial in and listen to pray along: 1-717-275-894 then enter the code: 990 3251#

Please be logged in or dialed into our virtual vestibule by 7:40am so we may begin on time. Prayer begins at 7:45am, concludes by 8:00am and includes a recited hymn, psalms, a reading, prayers, and intercessions. Note, we will no longer post PDF download of the prayers on our websites.
Annual Catholic Appeal
While we continue to see many new faces at Sunday liturgy, we are still not able to gather in-person as a whole parish. Please consider signing up for online giving to the parish offertory and to the Appeal. Just as we rely on your spiritual support, the Church continues to rely on your financial support to continue its work of sanctification and evangelization. Also, once we surpass our Appeal goal (we're almost there!) the amount rebated to us will be used to improve our parish sound and camera equipment.

Please follow this link if you would like to support this year's Annual Catholic Appeal.

Please know of my deepest gratitude for your participation! —Fr. Dan
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.
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.
School Report
SAVE THE DATE! Best Event of the Year!
And You Don’t Have to Leave Home!

QR School Virtual Spring Gala
THIS Saturday, April 17th at 6:00pm

  • World-renowned comedian, Ken Garr, will make us laugh till our sides hurt.

  • Silent Auction with all your faves like teacher for the day, dinner with the Pastors, flashy ride to school

  • Plus 50/50, Paddle Raise, Live Auction, Square Pool and more!
RE Roundup
From the desks of Mrs. D, Director of Religious Education and Mrs. Uhlarik, Coordinator of Religious Education...

Please keep our second graders in your prayers over the next few weeks as they prepare to celebrate First Eucharist. Continuing to wish all of our OLBS family a peaceful and blessed Easter season.
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
With the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, our current Religious Education school year is drawing to a close. The Religious Education program is a volunteer-based program and we're always looking for dedicated, faith-filled individuals to help prepare our youth encounter Jesus Christ and live as disciples. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about volunteering for the upcoming school year!

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 OLBSlive Ministry live-streams morning Mass 6 days per week and at least two Masses every Sunday for the benefit of those who are still unable to join us for in-person worship. Our donations to the ACA, once we surpass our goal, will help improve our camera and sound equipment.

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