"Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness."
~ Psalm 103:8
Sunday's Readings:

First Reading — David found Saul in a deep sleep, but would not harm him (1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23).

Psalm — The Lord is kind and merciful (Psalm 103).

Second Reading — We shall bear the image of the heavenly Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-49).

Gospel — Give to everyone who asks of you. Lend expecting nothing back (Luke 6:27-38).
Love As God Loves
Our Gospel Sunday continues Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain, in which we heard Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. This week, Jesus gives us new “commandments,” telling us how to live and act in the world as his disciples, rooted in the radical love of God for humanity. It reminds us of his later speech about loving one another as he loves us, in other words with a God-like love, the kind we see in today’s psalm about God’s mercy.

How else could we do as Jesus tells us by loving our enemies, which seems impossible, until we remember that God gave us the example of Jesus, who is like God but also like us? David understands this merciful love when he spares the life of his enemy in the first reading. Finally, Paul tells us that we will become like Jesus if we act as he did, as God does.
Something On Your Mind?
Fr. Dan would love to hear from you! You may quickly schedule a convenient time to speak in person, via Zoom or even over the phone using Fr. Dan's OnceHub app.

Simply select how/where you would like to meet and choose 3 convenient times, and Fr. Dan will select one and confirm your appointment shortly!
Face Masks
Last week the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that moving forward face masks will be optional inside Lake and Suburban Cook County schools and churches and chapels for Masses, liturgies and Religious Education.

Masks are still required in our parish offices and gathering spaces until the end of the month when the state mandate is lifted.

Please remember that in all circumstances we are called to love one another and to treat each other with care.
Annual Catholic Appeal
The Annual Catholic Appeal begins next weekend—join us in answering the call of "Making all things new...God's promise and our responsibility."

Visit annualcatholicappeal.com to make a gift online, or look for donation envelopes in the vestibule at either worship site.

The work supported by the Appeal is more important than ever. Gifts to the Annual Catholic Appeal directly support the necessary work of parishes, Catholic schools and vital ministries throughout the archdiocese.

And please remember that once we reach our Appeal goal, donations are returned to the parish in the form of a rebate. Last year's Appeal rebate was recently received and work has begun to upgrade the sound systems at Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard. We look forward to building on that work to also make our live-streaming equipment at both worship sites like new again with this year's rebate.
If you have any questions about the Annual Catholic Appeal or the parish rebate, Fr. Dan would be happy to speak with you.

You may follow this link to quickly schedule time to meet with Fr. Dan by phone, Zoom or in person.
February Winter Supper
Another year of Suppers and Catholic Charities Dinners is off to a great start thanks to the generosity of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament parishioners. Our next Supper of 2022 will be, Wednesday, February 23rd.

This month we're showing our love with pizza from Lou Malnati's as the main dish. Bonus, if you share this flyer with Lou's on Higgins or Roselle on February 23rd, they will donate 20% of the proceeds from your order back to our parish school!

Please follow this link if you are able to help shop, cook, prep or pack meals on February 23rd.
Synod: Parish Listening Event
An invitation to be part of the church’s largest consultation in history.

Pope Francis believes that only the entire people of God journeying together can answer the question, “What is the Holy Spirit saying to the church today?”

Parish communities everywhere are organizing conversations to begin this process of listening for the Spirit. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is organizing our Parish Listening Event on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at St. Julian Eymard between 11am and 2pm. We invite you to be part of this day of prayer and sharing where we attempt to hear the voice of the Spirit.
Follow this link to discover more or register for our Parish Listening Event today!
Music Notes
This Sunday, February 20th, at the 9:15am Mass at St. Julian Eymard, the OLBS Adult Choir will lead sung prayer. The Adult Choir sings at select Sunday and Holy Day Masses at both Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard. Adult Choir rehearses on Tuesdays from 7-9pm at Queen of the Rosary. All voices are welcome!

Please check the parish calendar and bulletin for upcoming music dates and events, and reach out to Music Director Michael Hawes if you have any questions.
Respect Life Action Alerts
This morning at 10:00am, HB 5048 was to be heard in the Health Care Licenses Committee.
This bill opens the door to the coercion of the critically sick and elderly in decisions about their lifesaving care.

OLBS Respect Life works to change hearts and minds to build a culture that respects life from conception until natural death. They are committed to keeping us updated on matters relating to all stages of life.

Ash Wednesday
Lent begins on March 2, 2022, Ash Wednesday. Join your Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament family for prayer, fasting and distribution of ashes at any of the following liturgies:
  • 6:30am QR Word Service
  • 8:15am SJE Daily Mass
  • 12:15pm SJE Word Service
  • 7:00pm QR Evening Mass
Parish Lenten Mission
Each year the Parish Lenten Mission provides an opportunity for Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament to come together and deepen or reawaken our faith. Educator, speaker, author and parishioner, Joe Bush, will lead this year’s Lenten Mission “God Works for the Good.” All are invited on March 14, 15 and 16 from 7 to 9:00pm at St. Julian as we seek to discern God’s call for us. Monday evening will conclude with an introduction to ministry, Tuesday evening will be our Lenten Reconciliation Service and we’ll end on Wednesday with fellowship.
Calling All OLBS Teens!
During Lent, and especially Holy Week, we recall how God so loved the world that he sacrificed his only Son. We walk the "way of the cross" to remember how Jesus took on the sins of the world and opened the gates of Heaven for us. This year we're calling on teens in 6th Grade through High School to help bring the "way of the cross" to life for Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Living Stations of the Cross will be presented on Good Friday, April 15th at 7pm at St. Julian Eymard. There will be some speaking parts, and teens will be provided costumes and scripts. Rehearsals will be arranged ahead of time. We will do our best to arrange rehearsals around teen's schedules, and rehearsals will be limited to one hour. Additionally, Seventh and Eighth Graders may count participation in Living Stations towards their Service Hours (see any of our Adult Leaders to sign your service hour card.)
Please contact Mr. Van or Mary Ellen today to sign up for Living Stations. Though our sacrifices may be small in comparison, we demonstrate our understanding of Jesus' amazing gift to us by living our call to Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving during Lent!
School Report
Please remember that students are not in session Thursday, February 17 through Monday, February 21. We return to school on Tuesday, February 22.

Dig into delicious to help support Catholic Education! On Wednesday, February 23rd between 11am and 10pm. Show this flyer for dine in, carry out or delivery from Lou Malnati's on Roselle or Higgns and 20% of the proceeds from your order will be returned to our QR School.
RE Roundup
Save the Date, Totus Tuus Summer Youth Program is coming to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament June 12th to June 17th. Stay tuned for more information and registration info to come in March. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Uhlarik, Coordinator of RE.

Reminder for all RE classes...don't forget to bring your rosaries and workbooks to class each week. Classes resume February 5th!
This Sunday, February 20, CLW will be at the 9:15am Mass at SJE.

And don't forget to look for the coat rack with the blue drawstring Activity Bags in the vestibule at each church. Children are invited to grab a bag to enjoy learning the Rosary, reading, coloring or working on faith-based puzzles/activities during Mass. Return bags to the coat rack before you leave!

Please check our parish calendar for the full Sunday schedule!
Children's Liturgy of the Word
We invite children at select Masses—after the opening prayer of the Mass—to join a Children’s Liturgy of the Word leader for a “child-based” lesson on the Scripture of the day. Children return to their parents just before the Liturgy of the Eucharist begins.
  • CLW follows the RE calendar and runs from September to May.
  • CLW sessions are approximately 15-minutes to discuss the readings of the day
  • No registration necessary, children 4-years and older present at the Mass will be invited to CLW by the celebrant
  • CLW takes place in the sacristy at QR or in a classroom at SJE
  • CLW rotates at the 9:15am or 10:30am Masses, check the Parish calendar for specific dates
  • CLW uses the Promise series from Pflaum Weekly
Youth Ministry Corner
Chocolates? Check!
Adorable Puppy? Check!
Fun Activities/Games? Check!

An enjoyable Valentine's Day was had by residents and OLBS teens and adult volunteers alike. Mr. Van and crew visited Alexian Village with chocolates, Valentine-themed crosswords and Samantha S. even brought her puppy Milo to entertain residents this past Monday. Next trip to Alexian Village is scheduled for February 28th!

Please check out our event calendar for the next Youth Ministry event!
Questions or Suggestions? E-mail Mr. Van.
Upcoming events:
Alexian Village | Feb 28
Alexian Village | Mar 14
Alexian Village | Mar 28
Alexian Village | Apr 11
Living Stations | April 15
Alexian Village | Apr 28
CHWC | Jun 19-24
Events for Young Adults
Coming Events...
Join YCP Chicago for an evening of socializing and networking at She-nannigans! Meet and mingle with other young professionals from across the Chicagoland area and learn how YCP Chicago can empower both your professional and faith life. All young professionals in their 20s and 30s are welcome to attend!

Follow this link to discover more and register.

Would you like to introduce a Young Adult Ministry at OLBS? Please contact the parish office (847) 979-0901 today!
Raise Your Hand!
Are you looking to get involved at OLBS? Many volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact the parish office or see below for just a few:

Do you have a flair for decorating? Discover more about our Art & Environment team.

Do weddings make you cry with joy? Discover more about Marriage & Family Ministry and consider becoming a Wedding Coordinator or part of our Marriage Ministry.

Do you want to help us set the table? Discover more about our Liturgical Ministries and consider becoming a Sacristan. For youth aged 4th grade and older, consider the Altar Server Ministry.

Do you love sharing the Gospel? Please consider becoming an adult volunteer for Children's Liturgy of the Word, starting in mid-January, 2022.
To bring comfort, share God’s Word and the Holy Eucharist, Ministers of Care make faith visits to the sick, homebound, hospitalized and elderly in our OLBS community. Care Ministers must be mandated and may participate in one or more of the following activities: visits to the Homebound, prayer services at AMITA, AMITA Rehab, Alexian Village or Promedica (formerly Manor Care.) For more information, please contact the parish office.

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 to our faith and our parish family:

NEW! FORMED. To gain access to all of FORMED’s content, follow these simple steps:
  • Go to Formed.org
  • Enter our parish’s zip code
  • Enter your name and your email address

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 | info@olbsegv.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