"I, the LORD, am your God . . .
You shall not have other gods besides me."
~ Exodus 20:2a,3
OLBS Lenten Mission: Running the Paschal Mystery
We hope to see you at the starting gate this Monday, March 8th!

This year’s Virtual Parish Lenten Mission, Running the Paschal Mystery with Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, will challenge us to see the Paschal Mystery as Jesus’ invitation to participate fully in the rhythm of life and how living this rhythm leads us “into Christ.”

Rather than gathering in church, this year's Mission is a virtual event. But, as always, the program is free and begins nightly at 7:00pm. All OLBS parishioners are encouraged to join us as we pray our way to Easter from our homes, on March 8th, 9th and 10th.

Want to know more? Follow this link for more information about this year's Mission.

Ready to get into the race? Follow this link to RSVP for this year's Virtual Parish Mission.
RSVP for Sunday Liturgies
RSVP for the Third Sunday of Lent is live March 3rd at 7:00pm!

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

SJE Church, 5:00pm

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)
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 the provided 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.
From Catechumen to Elect
Not only was OLBS honored to welcome Bishop Grob, our new Episcopal Vicar, to celebrate the 5pm and 10:30am Masses this past weekend, but he also celebrated the Rite of Election for our RCIA candidates.

After our 12 catechumens affirmed their decision to join the Church and were "elected" by the OLBS congregation, they were privileged to sign the Book of Elect in the presence of Bishop Grob and Fr. Dan.

Mrs. Donahue now begins the final preparation so that the elect are ready to make their Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 3rd at 8pm.
School Benefit Night
We've got your dinner planned for Tuesday, March 9th! Dine-in or pickup Curbside any time between 4pm and 9pm at Cafe Zupas in Schaumburg and 25% of your purchase will support our QR School. If you order online or use the Mobile App, make sure to enter FUNDRAISER25 at checkout.

Follow this link to download the flyer.
Calling All Teens, Take Mr. Van's Teen Lenten Challenge!
This week we visit the Fifth and Sixth 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, "Seek out someone who desperately needs help with a tough task and help them or find someone who is lonely/sad & find a way to spend quality time with that person, either remotely or with masks & social distancing of course! Be like Simon and help with their burden or Veronica and wipe the sorrow from their face!"

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!
Carlo Acutis Faith Sharing Night
Last week, as part of their preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, teens from OLBS participated in a Carlo Acutis Faith Sharing Night featuring former Chicago Bull, Bill Wennington.

Each month the Archdiocese of Chicago, Vicariate I sponsors a “Carlo Acutis Faith-Sharing Night” with host Jonathan Blevins, Director of
Evangelization and Formation at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights. Students have an opportunity to listen to faith-filled testimony from various guests who share their journey into the Catholic Church and answer
questions afterward.

The evenings are inspired by teenager Blessed Carlo Acutis, whose motto was “being originals and not photocopies.” He used his computer skills to create websites cataloging Catholic miracles throughout the world. He was known for his cheerfulness, generosity, and love for the
Blessed Sacrament.

We look forward to the March 30 Faith Sharing Night when OLBS' own Fr. Dan will be a featured guest!
First Friday Adoration
This Friday, March 5th, is First Friday. Eucharistic Adoration begins immediately following the 8:15 Morning Mass at SJE and continues until the Closing Benediction at 11:30am. We hope you will drop by to spend some quiet time with Our Lord.
The Way of the Cross
Join us in church to pray the Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m. each Friday during Lent. This Friday, March 5th, Stations will be prayed at Queen of the Rosary. For those still unable to join us, we will live-stream Stations of the Cross to our websites and Facebook pages.
Easter Basket Project
Each Spring, Religious Ed families help to make Easter a little more memorable for local families in need. We hope to carry on the tradition this year. Please drop your donations in the marked collection bins in the St. Julian vestibule by March 19th

Members of our Youth Group will assemble, wrap and help deliver baskets to Elk Grove Township before Holy Week. Most-requested items from the Easter Bunny this year:

  • Plastic baskets
  • Cellophane bags
  • Grass
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Bubbles
  • Individually wrapped candy
  • Chalk
  • Small toys
  • No used items please

Your help is greatly appreciated!
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.
2021 Annual Catholic Appeal
Supporting the Annual Catholic Appeal unites us as a faith community in demonstrating love of neighbor through the good works we are able to provide together. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Annual Catholic Appeal, this year or in previous years.

As a reminder, this year, we hope that when we exceed our Appeal goal, the rebate funds will help us improve our sound and live-stream capabilities at Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard.
Follow this link to watch Cardinal Cupich's homily.
The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA), formal religious instruction in preparation to receive the Sacraments of Initiation, typically runs from Advent to the Easter Vigil. This year, OLBS is honored to admit 12 young adults into the Catholic Church through our RCIA program. Just like with school and our RE program, not all RCIA sessions could be held in person and Mrs. Donahue needed to pivot to e-learning to keep pace.

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