"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor."
~ Luke 4:18a
Sunday's Readings:

First Reading — Ezra read from the book of the law of God to the assembled people. They understood and accepted the law (Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10).

Psalm — Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life (Psalm 19).

Second Reading — As the body with its many parts is still one body, so it is with Christ
(1 Corinthians 12:12-30 [12-14, 27]).

Gospel — While attending worship in the Nazarean synagogue, Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah and declares himself to be the fulfillment of the prophecy
(Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21).
God's Law
Scripture has always held God’s law to be the path to human happiness. In today’s first reading, Ezra the priest reads the scroll of the law to the people returned from exile. They weep—then are joyful. Israel’s relationship with God had always been defined by how they kept and lived God’s law. The author of Psalm 96 likewise praises the law of God as the source of wisdom, joy and enlightenment, purity and justice.

In his advice to the bickering Corinthians, Paul points out that, just as God has made all parts of a human body essential for the health of the whole, living as “Christ’s body” requires that each member be recognized as necessary for the good of all. Finally, in Luke’s Gospel Jesus claims that the Spirit is sending him to relieve human suffering. Like Ezra, he is reading from a scroll, proclaiming God’s “law” of mercy to those in need.

Sunday of the Word of God
“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45)

This Sunday the Church celebrates Word of God Sunday, an annual celebration on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. We are a people who live by God's Word and this is a time to recognize the importance of God being revealed to us in His own words through the sacred scriptures.

Dive Into God's Word:

Formed. The Catholic Faith on Demand. Follow this link to signup for your free account. Simply enter our parish zip code, 60007, and your name and e-mail address to gain access to thousands of videos, e-books and more.

AMEN. Amen is the free Catholic app that brings you beautiful prayers, faithful meditations and nourishing Scripture to draw your mind, body and soul to rest in God.
Lectio Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible
Acclaimed author and teacher Dr. Brant Pitre digs down to the biblical roots of the Eucharist, through its foreshadowing in the miraculous events of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and Apostolic teaching.

"The Lamb of God," "The Bread of Life," "The Body and the Blood of Christ"... these are phrases we know from the Mass. But do we understand what they mean in the greater and deeper context of Scripture and Church teaching? We'll discover firsthand how Christ's Body and Blood are an integral and wondrous part of God's plan for our salvation.

When: Thursdays, January 20th through March 24, 2022, 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Where: Join us via Zoom (Note: there will be no in-person option for this study).

Cost: FREE access to the video content, if you would like the study guide, they are available from the parish office for $9/each.
NOTE: Please e-mail the parish office if you would like to participate in Lectio Eucharist so we may send you the Zoom Link for this Bible Study.
Respect Life Update
Holy Hour for Life
As the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches, we invite you to join us for a Holy Hour for Life tonight, Wednesday, January 19th at 7pm at Queen of the Rosary. We will dedicate one hour of not only our time but our collective thoughts and prayers in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament to honor the sanctity of life from conception until natural death. There will be opportunity for Reconciliation as well.
January Winter Supper
Thank you, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, for supporting another year of Catholic Charities Dinners and Summer and Winter Suppers. Everyone deserves healthy food to eat, and we feel grateful, thankful and blessed to do our part to feed those in need. Our first Supper of 2022 will be Wednesday, January 26th.

If you are able to help, please follow this link to shop, cook, prep or pack. Thank you!
Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
OLBS Youth Ministry will be serving up delicious pasta dinners again this year on Saturday, February 5th following the 5pm Mass at St. Julian. For everyone's safety, meals will be served to-go style and will include garlic bread and a side salad.

Your free-will offering (suggested donation $10) will help offset the cost of the Summer Mission Trip to Catholic Heart Work Camp.

If you are able to help cook, prep or pack for the Pasta Dinner, please sign-up so Mr. Van knows how many volunteers he'll have. Reminder for teens, if you are going on the Mission Trip, you must volunteer!
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Music Notes
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Adult Choir begins rehearsal for 2022 THIS Tuesday, January 24th. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7-9pm at Queen of the Rosary Church. The Adult Choir sings at select Masses at QR and SJE. All are invited...if you are interested in joining at any point this year, we would be happy to have you! Proof of vaccination is required.

Do you enjoy singing, or playing an instrument, but feel that our adult choir might not be for you? Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Charismatic Music Group will be starting up THIS Monday, January 23rd. We will be playing and singing at Mass once per month at QR, and will consist of praise and worship music you may hear on the radio, plus many of our favorites here at OLBS. We will have drums, guitars, trumpets, and would love to worship and pray with you. Rehearsals are Mondays from 6-8pm at Queen of the Rosary. All are invited and we would love for you to join! Proof of vaccination is required. 
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.
School Report
Eat Portillo's and Give Back Tonight, Wednesday, January 19th from 5-8PM

Download this flyer and bring it to Portillo's, 1500 Busse Road, EGV, or show it on your phone and 20% of the proceeds will benefit our QR School.

Let's talk Open House...follow this link to register for our QR School Open House on Sunday, January 30th from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
RE Roundup
There will be no RE classes on Saturday, January 29. Parents of children preparing to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will meet Saturday, January 29 at 10am in QR Church. This meeting is geared for parents, so if you must bring your children, please provide something for them to read or work on. 

At the meeting, OLBS will welcome veteran teacher Mrs. Karen Vance as she shares her wisdom gained from 45 years experience preparing children for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Her contributions to our sacramental preparation program are very much appreciated. Mrs. Vance has requested that parents bring a photograph of their child to hold in their hands as she speaks. 
We will also welcome any questions parents may have in preparation for the blessed days ahead!
Youth Ministry Corner
Our next fundraising event to help offset costs of this Summer's mission trip to Catholic Heart Work Camp will be our February 5th Pasta Dinner. Service hours available! Volunteering for this is mandatory for teens going to CHWC, but all OLBS teens are welcome to help, even if you will not be going to CHWC!

If you are not able to participate in the dinner but would like to contribute, donations to help purchase food are always welcome.
Questions or Suggestions? E-mail Mr. Van.
Upcoming events:
Alexian Village | Jan 31
Pasta Dinner | Feb 5
CHWC | Jun 19-24
Events for Young Adults
Coming Events...
On January 22nd, YCP will be helping out at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels (MOLA), who will be hosting a Holy Hour for vocations in their Our Lady of the Angels Church at 11am. The monstrance that will be used is the traveling monstrance that was used in the 1926 International Eucharistic Congress in Chicago. YCP will gather at 9am to help set up for the Holy Hour and with pantry prep.
All are invited to stay for the Holy Hour, and there will be a reception afterwards! Follow this link to sign up.
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.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Men’s Group acts through its members to support, empower, and educate men in our OLBS family and in the community in spirituality, leadership, and service. Recently, the Men's Group began the Kapaun's Men Virtue series. 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:

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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.

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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