"Blessed are you who are poor,
for the kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied."
~ Luke 6:20-21a
Sunday's Readings:

First Reading — The one who trusts in the LORD is like a tree planted beside the waters (Jeremiah 17:5-8).

Psalm — Blessed are they who hope in the Lord (Psalm 1).

Second Reading — Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep
(1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20).

Gospel — Blessed are you who are poor, hungry, weeping. Woe to you who are rich, filled, laughing
(Luke 6:17, 20-26).
Feeling Blessed
Congratulations! Welcome to the Kingdom! Rejoice and leap for joy! Sounds a little like Easter, doesn’t it? Well, in a very real way, it is. This Sunday, the scriptures remind us that we are blessed and beloved, especially when we have difficulties and don’t feel especially blessed. Jesus reminds us that God blesses us in our trials, so we should trust in the saving power of God.

We are “raised from the dead,” as it were, each time we arise from our hardships. The ultimate proof of all of this is our new life in Christ, who died so that we could be free of sin, and was raised from the dead so that we might all have new life.

Wouldn’t that be something? A new life, in which poverty is riches and sadness is transformed into lightness of spirit? It’s a topsy-turvy world, isn’t it?

Do you feel blessed today?
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
You may be aware that the Office of Catholic Schools has lifted the indoor mask mandate for schools in Lake and Suburban Cook Counties effective tomorrow, Thursday, February 10, 2022.

As well, the Archdiocese of Chicago has stated that beginning Thursday, February 10, archdiocesan churches and chapels in Lake and Suburban Cook Counties (excluding Oak Park and Evanston) can move to mask-optional for all Masses, liturgies and Religious Education classes.

To be clear, archdiocesan and parish offices, including parish halls and social gathering places, must wait until the governor’s current statewide mask order is lifted on February 28 before moving to a mask-optional environment.

As always, we will do our best to update you as information becomes available.
National Marriage Week
In February, we recognize St. Valentine's Day and honor love all month long. Also in February, the observances of National Marriage Week (February 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 13) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. Our theme for 2022 is “Called to the Joy of Love.”

Please join Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Marriage & Family Ministry in celebrating marriage and family all year long. Follow this link for Daily Marriage Tips to help you build into your marriage.
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 13th, at the 10:30am Mass at Queen of the Rosary, the OLBS Charismatic Music Group will lead sung prayer for the first time. The Charismatic Music Group features drums, guitars and trumpets to create praise and worship music you may hear on the radio, plus many of our favorites from right here at OLBS. To help us feel the Spirit moving, we will begin about 20 minutes ahead of Mass and worship aids will be provided. Come worship and pray with us! Please see the video below for a sample of what to expect.

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.
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
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 13, CLW will be at the 10:30am Mass at QR.

Also, new this week, you will see blue drawstring Activity Bags in the vestibule of each church. Children are invited to grab a bag to enjoy learning the Rosary, reading, coloring or 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
This past Sunday, February 6, Samantha S. was one of 25 young ladies from around the Vicariate to receive the Golden Rose Award from Bishop Jeffrey Grob. Each year, the Council of Catholic Women bestows this award on young women who exemplify excellence of spirituality, leadership and service. Congratulations, Samantha, we're very proud of you!

A big thank you to parishioners, and especially our adult cookers, for helping to raise $905 during last Saturday's pasta dinner fundraiser. These funds will help offset the cost of the teen Summer mission trip to Catholic Heart Work Camp.

Please check out our event calendar for the next Youth Ministry event!
Questions or Suggestions? E-mail Mr. Van.
Upcoming events:
Alexian Village | Feb 14
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...
Share the love and join YCP Gives Back in helping Little Sisters of the Poor on February 19th from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

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