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Ministry


Liturgical Ministries. Help us set the table.

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” – Matthew 26:28

The Liturgical Ministries comprise various ministries that assist the clergy and parish community in celebration of daily, Sunday and Holy Day liturgies and provide a warm and welcoming space for worship that fosters a sense of belonging:

Mass Coordinators are adults who are responsible for the preparation of OLBS Liturgy by opening and securing the church before and after each service, and ensuring that the altar preparation is complete.

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are adults at least 16 years of age who assist the priest with the distribution of the Sacred Body and Precious Blood of Christ at all Masses. Required training for Extraordinary Ministers of Communion is available through the Archdiocese.

Lectors are adults and young adults at least 13 years of age with a passion for public speaking who proclaim the Word; read General Intercessions at daily, Sunday and Holy Day Masses; and read Responsorial Psalms at daily Masses. Required training for proclaiming the Word is available through the Archdiocese.

Greeters & Ushers are adults at least 13 years of age who provide a warm welcome to parishioners and guests alike; assist with seating as needed; take up the collection (must be 18 or older to handle money) and direct the communion procession. Discover more.

Altar Servers are boys and girls of varying ages (must be in Grade 4 or up) who assist the priest with different parts of the celebration of the Eucharist at Sunday Masses and Holy Days. Required training for altar servers is available periodically. Trained altar servers, please follow this link to sign up for a time serve at Mass!

Music Ministers are children and adults who proclaim the Word of God by participating as a cantor, accompanist or in one of our choirs. Discover more.


Are you called? If you would like to assist with the celebration of Sunday and Holy Day liturgies, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.



Music Ministry. Sing for joy to the Lord.

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation.” —Psalm 95:1

Music facilitates a sense of prayerful participation amongst parishioners and is an important part of worship and praise to God. At Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, our Music Director, Paul Van Lysebettens, is joined by an array of talented pianists, organists, guitarists, vocalists and other musicians leading sung prayer for Sunday and Holy Day liturgies.

Under the direction of the Music Ministry, volunteer and paid cantors and accompanists lead music for Sunday and Holy Day or special liturgies. Paid musicians are selected by the Music Ministry and wages are paid in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Divine Worship.

Volunteer choir members unite around a shared love of music and faith to experience the thrill of text coming to life as they lead song for select Sunday and Holy Day liturgies under the direction of the Choir Director:

The Adult Choir, age 18+, sings at select Sunday and Holy Day Masses at both Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard. Please check the parish calendar for rehearsal dates and times.

The Charismatic Music Group sings and plays at one Mass at Queen of the Rosary or St. Julian Eymard per month and 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. Please check the parish calendar for rehearsal dates and times.

The Kid’s Choir, children in grades 3 through 8, sings at select Sunday and Holy Day Masses at both Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard and rehearses on Wednesdays from 2:45-4pm at Queen of the Rosary. Please check the bulletin or parish calendar for specific dates and times.

The Handbell Choir, under Christina Ray’s direction, brings scripture alive with a wide range of powerful notes to create a unique musical experience for worship. Handbell Choir plays one 10:30am Mass per month plus select special liturgies at Queen of the Rosary and rehearsals are Thursdays 7-9pm at Queen of the Rosary. Please check bulletin or parish calendar for specific dates and times.


Are you called? If you are ready to help us make a joyful noise, please contact Paul Van Lysebettens, Music Director, for more information today at  (847) 979-0901 x1006 or mrvan@olbsegv.org.




Art & Environment. Enhancing liturgy through environment.

“By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” —Proverbs 24:4

Art & Environment ministers plan and implement an environment for inside our worship spaces, centered on the liturgical seasons of the Church. All elements should work together to enhance worship and be clean, appropriate, authentic, beautiful and accessible.

While the Art & Environment team is responsible for decoration throughout the liturgical year, extra volunteers are always needed during Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter.


Are you called? If you would like to help enhance our worship spaces, please contact the Parish Office (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Marriage & Family Ministry. Experience the beauty, goodness and truth about marriage, family life and our Catholic faith.

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16

A wedding is but one day, and a marriage is a lifetime. Marriage & Family Ministry enables couples to use their experiences of marriage and family life, especially challenges they have overcome, to accompany other married couples in similar situations. Effective marriage ministry helps married couples discern their own unique gifts and talents and provides opportunities for couples (and divorced or widowed persons) to use their skills in service to the parish community. Marriage and Family ministers provide prayer, activities, training and tools that help couples build into their marriage.

For Catholics, February is the month devoted to The Holy Family, and it is an ideal time to strengthen our own family and its connection to Jesus’s family. As we strive to provide faith resources for families, here are 10 ways you can align your family to the Holy Family this February:

O Jesus,
our most loving Redeemer,
who having come to enlighten the world
with Thy teaching and example,
didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life
in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph
in the poor home of Nazareth,
thus sanctifying the Family
that was to be an example for all Christian families,
graciously receive our family as it dedicates
and consecrates itself to Thee this day.
Do Thou protect us,
guard us and establish aongst us Thy holy fear,
true peace and concord in Christian love:
in order that by living according to the divine pattern
of Thy family we may be able,
all of us without exception,
to attain to eternal happiness.

Mary,
dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us,
by the kindly intercession
make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of
Jesus,
and obtain for us His graces and blessings.

O Saint Joseph,
most holy Guardian of Jesus and Mary,
help us by thy prayers in all our spiritual and temporal
needs;
that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Savior
Jesus,
together with Mary and thee,
for all eternity.

(Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be 3 times.)

Amen.

Set aside time to pray the Rosary as a family:

  • Invite Fr. Dan, Fr. Louis or fellow parishioners over to pray the Rosary with your family.
  • Join the OLBS Rosary Group on Tuesdays at 7pm at SJE, or host the Rosary Group at your house.

You may pick up guides on how to pray the rosary, and even rosaries, at the parish office if you need them.

Set aside worldly and secular distractions and attend Sunday Mass together as a family. Remind everyone of the real presence of Christ at Mass, and use the Every Sacred Family 52-Week Guide to help start conversations about the Sunday readings. You can even keep the guide on your phone and use it to start conversation in the car on the way to Mass!

Place an image or icon of the Holy Family in a place of prominence in your home. Purchase a framed image or statue, take a family photo with the Holy Family statues in either of our worship sites, or search and print a favorite photo. If you would like Fr. Dan or Fr. Louis to bless an image or statue of the Holy Family, contact the parish office to arrange a time!

February can sometimes be gloomy. So, plan something fun you can all do together during the month! Maybe it’s a family outing to the aquarium, a sporting event or a movie. Perhaps it’s baking a special dessert together and enjoying the sweetness.

Celebrate the feast of the Family Patron Saint you selected at Christmastime, or you can base Family Feast Day on the patron saint of your wedding day and/or the day you moved into your new home. If you haven’t yet had your house blessed or consecrated, make plans to do so! After all, your home is the domestic church for your family, and a beating heart of sorrows and joys where you all dwell and grow. What better month could there be to bless it? Contact the parish office to request Fr. Dan or Fr. Louis come to your home for the house blessing, or to pray with you on your Family Feast Day!

Tell family anecdotes, share stories of faith and pass down the traditions. Pay special attention to family members who have passed. Make sure to talk about those who have lived their faith through difficulties in an exemplary manner! This gives roots and foundational meaning to our lives and identities as children of God. Invite Fr. Dan, Fr. Louis and fellow parishioners to hear these stories of faith, and share their own!

Write a short prayer to pray as a family following grace before meals. It can be as simple as “God bless the (Last name here) family!” If you need help, invite Fr. Dan or Fr. Louis over to pray with you.

It can be named after a saint or take its inspiration from a place in the Bible; it can have something to do with the name of the street you live on, an attribute you strive for, or your last name. But naming your home gives an epic quality to your life that creates a sense of bonding among family members that cannot be taken for granted. And again, what better month to bless your home than in the month of the Holy Family. Invite Fr. Dan or Fr. Louis to the house for the blessing!

Think of that classic television series, The Waltons, which closed each episode with that beautiful ritual!

As we end each day, let us recall these words of Pope St. John Paul II: “The family, more than any other human reality, is the place in which the person is loved for himself and in which he learns to live the sincere gift of self.” God bless your family.

What are you doing in your family to strengthen connections and be more like the Holy Family? If you have a great idea to pass along, we'd love to hear it! Please share it with us at info@olbsegv.org today!

On behalf of all of us here at the Archdiocese of Chicago, congratulations on your engagement! We are blessed to accompany you on your journey to the sacrament of marriage. The Office of Lifelong Formation offers PreCana courses on Zoom for couples to learn about the sacrament of marriage and prepare their hearts leading up to their wedding day. For more information on how to get married in the Catholic Church, please visit pvm.archchicago.org/lifelong-formation/marriage or email precana@archchicago.org.

Download the 2023 Marriage Preparation Schedule.

Married Couples Retreats are a great opportunity for couples to break away from daily struggles and tasks and spend time rejuvenating and enriching their marriage. Spend time growing closer in your marriage through inspiring talks, private couple time, individual prayer time, Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration and the celebration of the Mass. Through God’s grace, each couple may walk away with a renewed strength and a deeper commitment to each other and to God.


Breaking Bread Together
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Couples. Jesus shares many meals in the Gospels. During this retreat we will reflect on why “breaking bread together” is important to Jesus’ ministry and for the mission given to married couples. Retreat Master is Fr. Christopher Manahan, SJ.

Location: Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House
420 W County Line Road, Barrington, Illinois 60010 | Phone: 847-381-1261

Date: April 21-23, 2023

Fee: $660 per couple

Follow this link to discover more.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter
We must die to self to give more in our marriage. Learn how to be the best spouse possible by participating in a virtual Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend.

Location: Various (including locations as near as Indiana)

Date: Various

Fee: $50-200 deposit plus free-will offering

Follow this link to find an Encounter.


Faith & Marriage
You and your spouse will spend time growing closer in your marriage through inspiring talks, private couple time, individual prayer time, Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration and the celebration of the Mass. Apostolate of the Willowoods Community.

Location: The Christian Retreat Center on the grounds of St. Joseph Abbey at 75376 River Rd, St Benedict, LA 70457 (approx. 13 ½ hour drive)

Date: Monthly options available

Fee: $325 per couple plus travel expenses (lodging included, each couple given its own newly renovated Married Couples Suite)

Follow this link to discover more.


Beyond Cana
Beyond Cana® offers the time and tools to enrich and strengthen marriages — with God and His direction for us at the center. This 2½ day retreat is designed to enrich the marriages of couples who want to focus on the communication, respect, love, and intimacy that are so integral to a good marriage. A blend of spiritual and practical talks, reflection, and prayer are combined with useful tools designed to improve communication and your relationship with your spouse — even if it’s good now. All this is done from a Catholic perspective, with an understanding of marriage as a sacrament.

Location: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Richardson, TX

Date: February 17-19, 2023

Fee: $300 per couple plus travel expenses (includes 2-night stay at nearby Hilton Garden Inn)

Follow this link to discover more.


AFC Marriage Retreat
Do you long for deeper intimacy with your spouse? Are you united in your vision for your marriage and family? During this Apostolate for Family Consecration Catholic marriage retreat, refocus your marriage on Christ. Deepen your intimacy with your spouse through prayer, communication, and time spent together. Renew your understanding of God’s plan for your marriage and family.

Location: Catholic Familyland℠ 3375 County Road 36 Bloomingdale, Ohio 43910

Date: October 20-22, 2023

Fee: $399 per couple plus travel and additional expenses (Lodging: $109-$289; Shuttle to and from Pittsburgh International Airport: $20.) The cost of registration includes 3 meals/day plus snacks & beverages.

Follow this link to discover more.

Each year, the Archdiocese of Chicago hosts the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass to commemorate couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. As the Holy Father says, marriage, “gives witness to the courage to believe in the beauty of the creative act of God and to live that love that drives one to always go beyond, beyond oneself and beyond one's own family." This is the blessing that these have bestowed on your community for the past 50 years.

Follow this link to discover more information on the upcoming Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass.

Follow this link to review Frequently Asked Questions.


Are you called? If you would like to invite others to discover the beauty of marriage and our Catholic faith, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Prayer Shawl Ministry. Literally wrap someone in prayer.

“You created every part of me, knitting me in my Mother’s womb. For such handiwork, I praise you. Awesome this great wonder!” – Psalm 139:13-14

Just as Jesus wraps us in His love and peace, we can provide a shawl to someone who needs to be held and wrapped in prayer. The Shawl provides this person with a visible symbol of Christ’s presence and care, along with our prayers. Knitters and crocheters, even beginner level, derive joy from providing comfort, care and prayer to those in need in our OLBS faith family and beyond.

  • Undergoing medical procedures
  • During an illness and recovery
  • As a comfort after a loss
  • During bereavement, prayer or meditation
  • Ministering to others
  • Just socializing...the possibilities are endless!

To make the shawl personal, the giver or recipient may want to adorn the shawl with beads, shells, feathers or charms. A blessing or ritual may be offered when the gift is presented.

Materials:

  • 3 skeins of knitting worsted yarn
  • Size 11 or 13 knitting needles

Pattern:

  • Cast on 57 stitches.
  • First Row – Knit (k) three, Purl (p) three, to the end of the row. Turn and knit the purl and purl the knit. Begin every row with knit.
  • Knit about 2 2/3 skeins and use the of the yarn for fringe (optional).
  • Bind off. Finished size is approximately 2’ x 5’.

Materials:

  • 4-5 skeins of knitting worsted yarn (crochet uses more yarn per stitch than knitting)
  • Hook size N

Pattern:

  • 57 stitches or judge.
  • Row 1: (dc, ch2, sc) in fourth ch from hook * skip net 2 chs, (2dc, ch 2 sc) in the next ch Repeat from * across.
  • Row 2: ch2, turn. (dc, ch2, sc) in each ch 2 space across.
  • Repeat Row 2 until you have about 1/2 skein of yarn left. Do not finish off.
  • Last Row: ch2, turn, * sc in first ch 2sp, ch 2 Repeat from * across and end with a sc.
  • Finish off.

You do not need to attend ministry meetings to participate in Prayer Shawl Ministry, only to have a love of knitting or crocheting. Ministry meetings focus on faith, fellowship and exchange of ideas and are optional. Prayer Shawl makers start each session with prayer, and each stitch of the shawl represents that prayer for the recipient. For those who wish to participate, we have two opportunities to meet with other Prayer Shawl Ministers based on your schedule:

Saturday. On the third Saturday of the month in SJE Shea Hall from 9:30 to 11am.

Wednesday. On the fourth Wednesday of the month in SJE Shea Hall from 1:00 to 3:00pm.


Are you called? If you have a love of knitting and/or crocheting and would like to help wrap people in prayer, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Little Flower Ministry. Believe in the infinite power of prayer.

“How can I fear a God who is nothing by mercy and love.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of our sufferings as we grow older or as we deal with illness. But God assures us we are not alone. He is with us.

Something that can be very meaningful as we go through difficult circumstances is to offer up or unite our sufferings and sacrifices to Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. Then our suffering becomes purposeful.

 


Are you called? If you believe in the infinite power of prayer, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Bereavement Ministry. In our community of faith, nobody grieves alone.

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” —Matthew 5:4

Losing a family member can be one of the most difficult and painful experiences a person will go through. Following a loss, the Bereavement Ministry seeks to bring a caring presence and living reminder of God’s love to the family.

  • Wake. Bereavement Ministers support the family and OLBS celebrant during the Vigil for the Deceased at a funeral home, and may even conduct the service.
  • Service. The Bereavement Ministry supports the family and performs all pre/post Sacristan duties for Funeral and Memorial Masses, and may act as Readers or Eucharistic Ministers.
  • Family Interview. Bereavement Ministers support the family by meeting to aid in planning services and learning about the deceased, and may connect families with additional supportive services from the parish or community

Training provided.


Are you called? To walk with those in mourning, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Care Ministry. Parishioners ministering to fellow parishioners in extraordinary circumstances.

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” —Matthew 7:12

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 and may participate in one or more activity.

Homebound. One-on-one visits with parishioners in their homes on a regular or periodic basis.

AMITA Health. Make room visits and bring Holy Communion to parishioners at AMITA Health at 800 Biesterfield Road in Elk Grove Village. Based on current health and facility volunteer guidelines. Please note, this is only open to trained and approved AMITA Health volunteers.

AMITA Health Rehabilitation Hospital. Make room visits and bring Holy Communion to parishioners at AMITA Health Rehabilitation Hospital at 935 Beisner Road in Elk Grove Village. Based on current health and facility guidelines. Please note, this is only open to trained and approved AMITA Health volunteers.

Alexian Village. Communion Services and room visits to residents at 975 Martha Street in Elk Grove Village. Based on current health and facility volunteer guidelines.

Promedica (formerly Manor Care.) Communion Services and room visits to residents at 1920 Nerge Road in Elk Grove Village. Based on current health and facility volunteer guidelines.


Watch bulletin and eNews for Ministry of Care training and mandation opportunities. Must first be a trained Eucharistic Minister.


If you would like yourself or a loved added to our Ministry of Care schedule, please contact the parish office (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.


Are you called? To bring prayer, presence and the Eucharist to the sick, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Journey of the Heart. Finding God in our grief.

“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” – Phillippians 4:13

When we lose someone we love—a parent, sibling, spouse, friend or worse a child—the sorrow sometimes overwhelms us. Even the most faith-filled among us may struggle with loss. It’s important to remember that grief is not a curse, but a call to a deeper relationship with God.

Journey of the Heart is a compassionate grief-sharing group following the Seasons of Hope. Following a loss, Journey of the Heart seeks to let those grieving know that they are not alone. God has not abandoned them, and neither has their OLBS parish family. Founded in the traditions of Catholic Scripture and prayer, facilitators will use small-group discussion and faith sharing in a safe setting to help bring God’s comfort to the bereaved. We will not offer Counseling, but rather seek to surround the grieving with compassionate hearts to help lighten their grief journey.

Do any of the following describe your grief journey:

  • Struggling to pray, feeling abandoned by God?
  • Loss of interest in attending Mass or other events?
  • Questioning God’s reasoning in calling your loved one to Him?

Journey of the Heart understands your pain and hopes to lighten your load, please contact the Parish Office today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org and a grief minister will contact you about an upcoming season of Journey of the Heart.


Are you called? To help bring the love and comforting presence of God to the bereaved, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Good Samaritan Ministry. We are all stronger together.

“Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” – Matthew 25:40

Good Samaritans know that worth is not determined by a person’s station and strive to remind the poor in spirit of the enduring peace found in God’s love for us. Working closely with social-services agencies and other organizations, our OLBS Good Samaritan Ministry fosters volunteer opportunities to care for the spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of individuals and families in need in our parish community and beyond.

Watch the parish calendar, bulletin and eNews for opportunities throughout the year to participate in Catholic Charities Dinners and the PADS Suppers Program.


Are you called? If you’re ready to put God’s love into action by serving the poor, hungry and marginalized among us with mercy and compassion and without judgement, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Respect Life Ministry. Human life is a precious gift from God.

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you.” – St. Jeremiah 1:5

Respect Life Ministry seeks to build a culture of life that respects the innate dignity and importance of all human life from conception until natural death. Respect Life ministers work tirelessly to change hearts and minds in our increasingly secular culture through prayer and worship, outreach, education and community involvement. Prayer is the foundation of all we do in defense of human life.

Respect Life ministers join the Rosary Group at St. Julian Eymard on the second Tuesday of each month to pray a special Rosary for Life. Respect Life meetings follow the Rosary for Life in Shea Hall.

From Mothers Day to Fathers Day, Respect Life celebrates a Season for Life to help raise awareness for agencies that work to protect life and help create a culture of life.

October is Respect Life Month. Each year, from Respect Life Sunday to the beginning of November, the Respect Life Ministry sponsors activities in the parish and community to help raise awareness and support for a culture of life and partner agencies who share this vision.

Respect Life ministers organize quarterly Holy Hours to help us pray for a culture that respects life from conception until natural death. In January we lift up the Unborn; in April, near Divine Mercy Sunday, we pray for Abortion, Suicide, Mercy and Forgiveness; in July we lift up Marriage & Family; and in November we lift up the Elderly and End of Life.

The First Friday Fast for Life is a monthly full day fast every first Friday to make reparation for and pray to end the culture of death which is driving abortion, euthanasia, suicide and more. At least one Respect Life ministry member, along with individual parishioner volunteers, may participate. All are invited to pray for those fasting each month.

Fasting is one of the three pillars of penance in the Christian life.  Fasting, prayer and almsgiving express our conversion, respectively towards oneself, God, and neighbor. (CCC 1434)

This self-denial and mortification, as expressed in fasting, is also efficacious for the conversion of others.  Sacrifice and prayer are the vicarious payment we make towards the redemption of another.  St. Paul captured this eloquently when he wrote, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of His body.” (Col. 1:24)

Intercessory prayer and fasting is exactly the message of Fatima as well. Our Lady of Fatima said, “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.”  Mary revealed that our prayers and sacrifices are truly efficacious reparations, in which we can even positively affect someone’s eternal destiny.

We can accommodate fasting to our life situation. The important point is that we fast in some fashion, in union with the Church, particularly on Fridays in remembrance of Christ’s Passion, whether just giving up meat, or strictly on bread and water, or somewhere in between the two.

“Lord, Hanging as a vine upon the Wood,
O Christ our Savior,
You have made the ends of the earth
to drink from the wine of resolve.
Therefore do I cry aloud:
I am darkened always by the vicious drunkenness of sin;
Give me to drink from the sweet wine of true faith,
and grant me now the strength, O Savior,
to fast from sensual pleasures,
for You are good and love mankind. Amen.”

Today (June 24, 2022), the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns the court’s tragic 1973 decision that removed legal protection for unborn children. We welcome this important ruling and the opportunity it creates for a national conversation on protecting human life in the womb and promoting human dignity at all stages of life. This moment should serve as a turning point in our dialogue about the place an unborn child holds in our nation, about our responsibility to listen to women and support them through pregnancies and after the birth of their children, and about the need to refocus our national priorities to support families, particularly those in need.

The Catholic Church brings to such a conversation the conviction that every human life is sacred, that every person is made in the image and likeness of God and therefore deserving of reverence and protection. That belief is the reason the Catholic Church is the country’s largest provider of social services, many aimed at eliminating the systemic poverty and health care insecurity that trap families in a cycle of hopelessness and limit authentic choice.

We also come to this dialogue as Americans, knowing that the principle that all human beings are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, and that first among these is the right to life.

Make no mistake, because this ruling regrettably will have little impact on abortion in Illinois, as there are virtually no restrictions here, we will continue to advocate strongly for legal protections for unborn children. And we will redouble our efforts to work with all to build a culture that values the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.

This ruling is not the end of a journey, but rather a fresh start. It underscores the need to understand those who disagree with us, and to inculcate an ethic of dialogue and cooperation. Let us begin by examining our national conscience, taking stock of those dark places in our society and in our hearts that turn to violence and deny the humanity of our brothers and sisters, and get to work building up the common good by choosing life.

During the month of October, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament participates in many activities in support of a culture that respects life from conception until natural death. Download the flyer or see below to discover more:

40 Days for Life is the world's largest grass-roots movement to end abortion. Knowing that with God, all things are possible, people of faith unite in 40 days of prayer, fasting, constant vigil and community outreach. We aim to be a peaceful and educational presence. The next campaign runs from September 28, 2022 to November 6, 2022. Follow this link to lead a vigil, join a vigil or discover more. Download the flyer.

Fill A Bottle, Save A Life! October is Respect Life Month. During this month we remember that all life is sacred, pray for the Unborn, their beautiful Moms and for an end to abortion.  Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament will be participating in a Baby Bottle Campaign to support TLC Pregnancy Services and The Women's Center of Greater Chicagoland during the month of October.
Take a bottle, fill it with change and return it to church between September 24, 2022 and October 30, 2022. Your donation will help provide free services for moms and babies in need, including: pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, diapers, formula, food, and baby equipment. Download the flyer.

By participating in Spiritual Adoption, you offer your spiritual support and ask for God's protection, through the intercession of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, of all unborn children in danger of being killed through abortion. Download the flyer to discover more.

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament will once again join others of faith to march in the Northwest Families for Life STAND for Life in Palatine, Illinois on Saturday, October 8, 2022 between 1pm and 3pm. Follow this link for the complete itinerary and to discover more.

Aid for Women helps thousands of women each year in the Chicago metropolitan area who find themselves facing unexpected pregnancies. Each woman is provided with the emotional, practical and spiritual support that she needs to choose life for her unborn baby and to provide a better future for herself and her child.

Bishop Jeffrey Grob will give the Invocation at this year's Annual Benefit on September 28, 2022 at the Union League Club. Reception at 5:30pm and dinner at 6:30pm. Follow this link to discover more.

Each year, Life Chains form in cities nationwide to make a public, prayerful, peaceful stand for Life. Since 1987, believers have gathered nationwide on the first Sunday of every October to prayerfully stand for Life. Follow this link to lead or join a Lifechain on Respect Life Sunday, October 2, 2022.

All are invited to join a special forty-hour period of continuous prayer in support of a culture that supports life from conception until natural death. The devotion will begin at 7pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2022* and the church will remain open for Prayer and Adoration until 11am on Friday, October 14, 2022 when we will conclude with Benediction. Please see sign-up sheets in our church vestibules or follow this link to sign up online. If you need help signing up, please contact the parish office at (847) 979-0901.

*The Holy Hour including Reconciliation will be moved from QR to SJE on Wednesday, October 12th.

Why 40 Hours?

40 Hours Devotion comes from the 40 hours that Christ’s body traditionally rested in the tomb. 40 is also a significant number in the Bible, often tied to trials, tribulations and/or suffering: the Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years, and Christ was tempted in the desert for 40 days prior to the start of his ministry. Follow this link to learn more about the 40-Hour Devotion.

In honor of Respect Life Month, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Respect Life Ministry dedicates the October Holy Hour to honor life and pray for aging and respectful end of life for all. This Holy Hour will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 12, 2022* at 7pm at St. Julian Eymard and will begin our 40-Hour Devotion.

*Our regular Holy Hour with Reconciliation will move from QR to SJE on Wednesday, October 12th.

“Look at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least, try to console me and announce that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall: go to confession, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.” –Words of Our Lady of Fatima

Join Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Respect Life Ministry and others to pray a Rosary for Life on the First Saturday of October.


Are you called? If you feel called to be a voice for life, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Domestic Violence Awareness Ministry. STOP the violence!

“Every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual.” —Pope John Paul II, On the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World, 1988, no. 176.

Domestic Violence Awareness Ministers seek to bring attention and awareness in our parish and in our community to the important issue of domestic violence through prayer, education and outreach.

In an emergency, dial 9-1-1 or call the National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline at 800-799-7233.

If you are in danger, call 911.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233 or text “START” to 88788

Center for Prevention of Abuse

The American Association of Christian Counselors
(800) 526-8673

Meier Clinics, Christian Counseling
(888) 725-4642

New Life Ministries, Counseling, Coaching and other resources
(800) NEW-LIFE

Hope Joy Peace Counseling
Sandra Henderson & Marshelle Hood, Licensed Counselors
(815) 714-8620

Cloud-Townsend Online, Counseling Podcast

Hurt by Love (Cindy Burrell, verbal and emotional abuse survivor)

Jan Silvius, Life Coach

Liz Curtis Higgs, Life Coach


Are you called? If you would like to help stop the violence, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Armed Forces Ministry. Home of the free because of the brave.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” —Ephesians 6:11

Please pray for the brave men and women serving our country in the armed forces, and please keep their courageous families here at home in your thoughts and prayers as well.

Please pray for loved ones and those from our parish family currently serving in the military:

Daniel Amack

Brandon Auerswald

Elizabeth Ann Barlow

Francis Boecker

Tim Byland

Jack Campe

Nicole Cedeborg

Aaron Coker

Casey Connors

Melissa Cortese, Ens US Navy

Sara Cvikote

Adam Dyas

Tom Decker

Tom Delk

Jon Diblee

Christopher Dietz

Robert Dones

Dan Droske

Daryl Egan

Dan Farell

Michael Foss

Jeremy Franco

James Godman

Randy Groller

Robert Harwig

Christopher Heckel

Patrick Kauffold

James Patrick Keith

Kory Laga

Michael LaPlant

Rory Leahy

Sean Leahy

Sean Majer

John Michael Mancuso

Anthony Mangiaracina

Eric Jonathan Miller

James O’Reilly

Thomas O’Reilly

Charles Peterson

Lindsy Pfenninger

David Phillip

James M. Rabey

Phil Rosen

Kyle Schnoor

James Schreiner

Anne Schreiner

Robert Schreiner

Nicholas Shallcross

Gina Stramaglio

Joseph Troxell

Katie Troxell

Maggie Troxell

Jonathan Van Dyk

Jonathan Van Lysebettens

Kately Walsh

William Walsh

Andrew Weldon

Abram Whitebird

William D. Benning

Christopher “CJ” Boyd

Phillip Frank

Lawrence Kalck


Are you called? If you would like a family member or loved one included in our Armed Forces listing, please contact the parish office (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.



Love Thy Neighbor. Do unto others as you would have done to you.

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. —Mark 12:31

Love Thy neighbor is a group of creative parishioners who seek to be a source of communion and support for other parishioners, especially those who may still find their personal and/or church lives disrupted by the pandemic. Love Thy Neighbor has three primary objectives: Check In; Pledge Support and Further Connection.

Are you called? If you are ready to love your neighbor, please contact the parish office (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Parish Volunteer Communication Ministry. If you use words, you communicate!

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” – Matthew 28:19

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (OLBS) has exciting volunteer opportunities for those who enjoy working in communications, to use your skills to help promote and advance our parish mission. As a Catholic parish, OLBS shares God’s love by celebrating the sacraments, proclaiming the Gospel and serving the needs of all His children. Working as part of a small team, we are looking for creative and self-motivated people who will enjoy helping support the work of OLBS’ clergy and parish leadership.

Duration: 6 months

Hours: 4-8 hours per month to get the best out of the experience.

Location: Queen of the Rosary/St. Julian Eymard and/or Remote

Days: Flexible

Report to: OLBS Communications Director

Benefit to volunteers: Grow in relationship to Jesus Christ, fellowship, professional growth, training opportunities, possible internships, service hours, letters of reference and limited access to equipment.

  • Assist in creating branded content for YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, OLBS’ Website and other social media platforms.
  • Help to develop Canva templates to help us create a strong, cohesive brand identity.
  • Help to develop strong relationships with OLBS’ current communities and networks through delivery of regular reviews, blog and social posts or videos.
  • Assist with writing newsletters, articles and other promotional materials.
  • Assist in organizing internal and external activities; ensuring fundraising, development, event and exhibition materials are prepared and available.
  • Submit completed drafts and be open to feedback.

  • An ability to put people first.
  • A basic understanding of Catholicism and openness to growing in faith.
  • Good attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Be creative, friendly and happy to work as part of a small team.
  • Have a positive and flexible ‘can-do’ attitude.

  • Know that you are investing your time and talent to share the healing presence of Christ with those most in need of the Gospel message.
  • Have opportunities to get involved at OLBS, meet other creatives and make new friends.
  • Help make disciples, build community and inspire witness to reach fallen away Catholics and those interested in becoming Catholic.
  • Use and grow personal and professional skills in design, marketing and communications to strengthen your resume (this opportunity qualifies for service hours for teens and could meet requirements for unpaid internships.)
  • Draw on the wealth of knowledge of clergy, staff and parishioners to help share OLBS’ parish mission, vision and values.

See below for suggested roles for Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish Volunteer Communication Ministry:

The volunteer Event Photographer will help OLBS capture digital images of important moments during events for use in website, bulletin, marketing materials, newsletters and other communications.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Be present at major events, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director, to capture high quality photographs
  • Capture a variety of subjects, including parishioners and other event participants (speakers, VIPs, award winners, clergy, staff and volunteers, etc.)
  • Take photographs to catalogue event process (e.g. venue, décor, room setup, etc.)
  • Select, process and deliver high quality digital photographs to the relevant contact for use within a short period of time (1-2 days)

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Strong photography skills; preferably, ability to produce photographs that possess a storytelling arc
  • Proficiency with image editing software (eg. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, PicMonkey)
  • Ability to transport and operate camera and gear
  • Ability to perform responsibilities in a friendly, professional and timely manner
  • Own, and be comfortable with operating a high-quality camera preferred
  • Prior experience with event photography an asset (please provide portfolio or photography samples)

The volunteer Video Producer and Editor will compile and edit video footage into compelling videos that illustrate the mission, vision and values of OLBS.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Produce and edit videos that highlight the ministry work of OLBS
  • Develop shot list for use by volunteer videographer
  • Working with available video footage, select and edit appropriate clips, including addition of graphics, sounds, etc., as appropriate and deliver high-quality video clips within agreed timeframe
  • Develop new concepts for future video production
  • Collaborate with videographers, parish leadership and other staff/volunteers as needed

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite (e.g. InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere etc.) and video editing software (e.g., Final Cut Pro, iMovie)
  • Strong pre- and post- video production skills
  • Ability to create videos that have a strong story-telling arc
  • Ability to produce a video from conception to completion
  • Able to work autonomously, and as part of a team
  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Strong time management and organization skills
  • Relevant field and video producer experience

The volunteer Videographer will capture OLBS’ programs, liturgies and events on video. For special projects, the videographer will also capture footage of the stories of individuals that OLBS serves (parishioner, expert and spokesperson interviews, etc.)

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Attend events, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director, to film OLBS in action
  • Capture on video the moments during events that adhere to pre-established shot lists
  • Upload captured videos onto a server or deliver via thumb drive for use/dissemination

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Strong visual design sense with attention to detail
  • Proficiency with video filming
  • Able to work autonomously, and as part of a team
  • Able to film and edit videos under a tight deadline
  • Must be able to organize own transportation to various events
  • Video-capturing experience for events an asset (please provide samples)
  • Own a professional video-camera, or a DSLR with video-capturing capabilities preferred

The volunteer Social Media Ambassador will help to spread OLBS’ mission, vision and values by supporting and growing our online communities. The Ambassador will initiate, share, and participate in discussions happening within social media, and actively help grow OLBS’ community on social media.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Share updates, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director, from OLBS’ social media platforms, like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and initiate and participate in discussions among community members
  • Deliver and spread the mission, vision and values of OLBS, especially for liturgies, missions, retreats, projects and events

Required skills and qualifications:

  • A calm, highly personable and social character who enjoys communicating with various interest groups and building rapport
  • Highly proactive and flexible in work
  • Good organization and time management skills; able to juggle multiple social media platforms at the same time
  • Good understanding of social media trends, and able to stay on top of current trends
  • Able to work autonomously, and as part of a team
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Demonstrated ability and activity on various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram etc.) an asset
  • An active profile on various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube)

The volunteer Blogger will write regular blog posts on topics relevant to OLBS’ audiences (parish families, school families, religious education families, community partners, etc.) and reflective of our mission, vision, values and communication goals.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Write engaging blog entries, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director, in your own voice on a variety of topics at consistent, periodic intervals (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.)
  • Brainstorm and research new topics for future blog entries to support ongoing development of the blog editorial calendar/plan
  • Track blog analytics to determine topics of interest to the community for future posts
  • Deliver all drafts/content in agreed-upon timeframe

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Ability to write original content consistently
  • Strong research skills (Bible, Internet, interviewing, etc.), to create informative blog entries
  • Proficient in MS Word and blogging platforms (WordPress, Tumblr, Blogspot etc.)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Degree in Journalism or Media Studies and related programs, or equivalent experience a plus
  • Prior blogging experience an asset (please provide links to sample blog posts)

As the volunteer Email Marking Advisor, you will bring your expertise in email marketing to the table and help OLBS review its email communications. You will provide advice on the email format, content, style and frequency, and help OLBS design, implement and analyze email marketing campaigns when needed.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Provide advice on the components of email marketing campaigns—review the plan, set up, test, execute
  • Analyze email marketing campaign performances, and provide recommendations to improve for the next campaign
  • Assist in the day-to-day management of email marketing: manage contact lists, email design, email scheduling, review analytics
  • Research emerging email marketing strategies and share insights/make recommendations accordingly

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Strong project management skills; able to communicate with relevant clergy, staff, parishioners and other volunteers, create and meet targets within a deadline
  • Ability to manage multiple email campaigns simultaneously
  • Proficient with marketing email programs (eg. Constant Contact, MailChimp, FlockNotes or other tools)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Excel, HTML; working knowledge in JavaScript an asset
  • BA degree in Marketing, Communications, Digital Marketing or related field strongly preferred
  • Prior experience in email marketing (strategy, implementation, analytics) preferred

The volunteer Graphic Designer will create graphics and materials for internal and external communications—bulletin, social media, presentations, posters, reports etc.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Design graphics for use/sharing via bulletin, social media (memes, social media skins, inspirational quotes or messages) and website, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director
  • Design posters, presentations and reports
  • Translate organizational messages/content into compelling designs
  • Proactively brainstorm and create new designs that enhance OLBS’ message and goals
  • Deliver all creative assets and collateral in agreed-upon timeframe

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Strong graphic design skills required
  • Ability to develop creative design that is aligned with and elevates existing brand standards and guidelines
  • Proficient in website and graphic design software, eg. Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat) and free online tools (PicMonkey, Canva, Quozio, etc.)
  • Able to work autonomously, and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Able to work under tight deadlines when needed
  • Degree in graphic design and illustration, or equivalent experience, a plus
  • Prior experience in graphic design preferred (please provide portfolio or samples)

The volunteer Proofreader will review written materials (blog posts, newsletters and email campaign content, copy for bulletins, marketing materials, presentations, reports and other documents) for content quality, accuracy and style, in a timely manner.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Proofread documents, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director, checking for accuracy and consistency (e.g., abbreviations)
  • Identify and correct spelling and grammar errors in documents using track changes
  • Ensure that the style of the document is consistent (e.g., citation/figures/table formatting)
  • Return edited content within agreed-upon timeframe

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Strong command of the English language and grammar; ability to translate Spanish and Polish language a plus
  • Excellent reading and analytical skills to comprehend and critique content
  • Autonomous worker, with strong time management skills to ensure accuracy and thoroughness of documents in a timely manner
  • Good MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Able to communicate effectively with parish leadership, volunteers and others
  • Able to work under tight submission deadlines
  • Prior experience in proofreading strongly preferred
  • Bilingualism (English/Spanish/Polish) a plus

The volunteer Media Relations Liaison will use his or her experience and expertise to provide insights for use in OLBS’ content/communications, and act as a media representative for OLBS on a range of issues and events.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Produce media releases or other, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director, understanding individual requirements of various media outlets, to promote OLBS’ liturgies, programs and events
  • Serve as a resource for local media, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director and Pastor (eg. Chicago Catholic, Viariate 1 Website, Daily Herald, Journal & Topics, Channel 6 and more)
  • Serve as an in-house expert/spokesperson for OLBS working with clergy, other lay leaders, parishioners and community partners to provide quotes, testimonials, personal stories, expertise and occasionally, being available for in-depth interviews.
  • Speak on behalf of OLBS, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director and Pastor, at various meetings and functions (in coordination/consultation with Pastor and parish leadership)

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving ability, and adaptability (“think on one’s feet”)
  • Able to travel occasionally (short distances), if required
  • Promotional and/or public relations experience an asset
  • Prior media training an asset

As a Development, Stewardship & Fundraising Volunteer you will assist in establishing revenue goals while creating fundraising initiatives to promote OLBS’ growth. As a fundraising team member, you will also aid in grant research and the development and implementation of outreach methods.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Working with clergy, staff, Finance Council and other stakeholders suggest and lead donor campaigns, fundraising events or special appeals, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director or Pastor
  • Assist with donor communications—email, direct mail, social media, phone calls, in-person meetings, and presentations in cooperation with the parish leadership.
  • Work with parish leadership, staff and other key stakeholders to prepare and develop grant proposals.
  • Bring innovative ideas and solutions to help improve and streamline processes for fundraising
  • Ability to complete tasks in agreed-upon timeframe

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Sincere interest and/or related experience with fundraising activities
  • Degree in business administration, nonprofit management, public administration, or other related fields a plus
  • Ability to effectively work both independently and collaboratively
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate and follow up with funders
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies a plus

The Volunteer Canva Designer/Template Developer will assist in developing OLBS-branded templates in Canva that can be easily shared with staff, lay leaders and community partners to create worship aids, flyers, posters, brochures and more that are visually appealing and aligned with OLBS brand standards and guidelines.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Recreate existing OLBS marketing, design and communications templates in Canva, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director, allowing ability to edit content, photos and colors while locking important branding elements such as OLBS logo
  • Suggest new uses for Canva and work with parish leadership to develop new branded templates in Canva, allowing ability to edit content, photos and colors while locking important branding elements such as OLBS logo
  • Work with clergy, staff, ministry and other lay leaders, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director, to develop relevant branded templates in Canva, allowing ability to edit content, photos and colors while locking important branding elements such as OLBS logo
  • Ability to submit drafts and turn-around edits in agreed-upon timeframe

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Strong graphic design skills required
  • Ability to develop creative design that is aligned with and elevates existing brand standards and guidelines
  • Proficient in Canva and other graphic design software, eg. Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat) and free online tools such as PicMonkey, etc.
  • Able to work autonomously, and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Able to work under tight deadlines when needed
  • Degree in graphic design and illustration, or equivalent experience, a plus
  • Prior experience in graphic design preferred (please provide portfolio or samples)

The Marketing Administrative Support volunteer will support the management of administrative duties within the Marketing Team in OLBS.

 

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Organize and maintain digital and printed marketing resources and materials (e.g., brochures, data, presentations, files, photos, videos), as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director, for easy retrieval when needed
  • Assist in large marketing projects and events, as assigned/agreed to with Communications Director, by researching, sourcing and coordinating resources required to implement the project
  • For events, prepare meeting materials and work with parish staff on room reservations and setup
  • Work with parish staff to organize volunteers for event setup (set out signage and printed materials, hospitality, etc.)
  • Work with parish staff to keep vestibule displays, particularly Welcome Table materials, stocked and up to date

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Thorough knowledge of general administrative duties and procedures
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Good prioritizing and project planning skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • An independent and adaptable worker
  • Detail-oriented, thorough approach to work
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Explorer
  • Comfortable traveling to both worship sites
  • Able to lift packages of approximately 20 lbs.

As mandated by the Archdiocese of Chicago, all volunteers must complete a Volunteer Service Application and be current with all Protecting God's Children requirements. Follow this link to VirtusOnline.org. If you do not have an account, click the First Time Registrant button to create your account and complete all requirements. If you already have an account set up, login and check your dashboard to insure:
  • Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is listed as your primary location
  • Your Criminal Background Check is current
  • All of your documents including Code of Conduct and CANTS are current
  • You are up to date on all Training Bulletins and Training Modules
Volunteer Communication Ministers will also need to complete the following:

If you have any questions or need assistance with Virtus or any of the forms, please contact the parish office at (847) 979-0901 or marketing@olbsegv.org.


Are you called? If you would like to discover more, or join the team, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.


Hospitality Ministry. “All Are Invited” is more than just a catch-phrase.

“Above all love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” —Peter 4:8-9

While Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament strives to make “radical hospitality” part of our DNA, Hospitality Ministry promotes an atmosphere of faith and fellowship that seeks to share the love of Christ, acceptance and support in a particular way with all who cross our doors.


Are you called? If you love to meet new people and share witness to our faith, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




OLBSLive! When you can’t be here in person, you can still join us live.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” — Psalm 37:30

OLBSlive! is Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament’s audio-visual and technology ministry. The importance of technology could not be overstated during and as we hopefully emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when we were asked to stay home, we were able to participate in Mass through television and live-stream, meet with fellow parishioners using Zoom, Teams, Google Meet or other technology and keep abreast of news and happenings at OLBS with the website, e-mail, social media and more.

While digital and online participation will never replace in-person participation, we recognize that some are still unable to join or may not be comfortable joining us in person at this time. We’re looking for teen and adult volunteers who are comfortable with or want to learn about technology, video, social media and more to help us continue moving into the digital age.

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Are you called? If you’re a budding director or you just can’t put the camera or camcorder down at family events, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Book Club. Awesome people read books!

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” —Philippians 2:4

Books may educate us, transport us, entertain us, make us laugh or even make us cry. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Book Club encourages fellowship and builds community. Join other readers each month for spirited conversation about faith-based books from a variety of genres…biographies, fiction, non-fiction and apologetics to name just a few.

  • We meet on the first Monday of the month, with breaks over the Summer and during Christmas
  • We promise not to cover more than 200 pages per month, so if a book is lengthy we’ll split it up over multiple meetings
  • Members are responsible for purchasing, and of course reading, their own copy of each book reviewed
  • Even if you haven’t read the book, you are still welcome to join the meeting, but be prepared for spoilers
  • Some time at the end of each meeting is set aside for fellowship and fun


Are you called? Get ready to hit the books, new members are always welcome! Please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Grounds & Garden Club. Caring for God's creation.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefor pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” —Matthew 9:37-38

Our grounds are the first impression that those in our OLBS family, visitors and the community at large have of our facilities. The grounds must present a warm and welcoming environment for worship and education. The Grounds & Garden Club helps us care for all of God’s creation by planning and carrying out gardening, planting and upkeep projects at both of our worship sites.

As the saying goes, “many hands make light work” and we are ever grateful when the Lord sends laborers into his harvest. However, if you see something around our campuses that looks like it could use a little attention, please contact our parish office before beginning any work. While plants or trees may look dead, they may only be dormant and while outdoor furniture may look in need of repair, that may be a project already underway.


Are you called? If you have a green thumb, love to dig in the dirt or arrange flowers, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.



Women’s Club. Connecting women of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament through shared faith, service and social interaction.

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears her down.” —Proverbs 14:1

The Women’s Club (CCW) acts through its members to support, empower, and educate women in our OLBS family and in the community in spirituality, leadership, and service. The Women’s Club plans and organizes various social activities, service projects and fundraisers to help support the parish and bring the women of the parish and community together.


Are you called? Join our Women’s Club. New members are always welcome! Contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Men’s Group. Connecting men of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament through faith and a shared spirit of volunteerism.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” —Proverbs 27:17

The 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. The Men’s Group plans and organizes various social activities, service projects and fundraisers to help support the parish and bring the men of the parish and community together.


Are you called? Join our Men’s Club. New members are always welcome! Contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Young Adult Ministry. Continuing faith formation in a social environment.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” —Deuteronomy 31:6

OLBS proudly supports the Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago by promoting events for the YAM NW, Theology on Tap and Young Catholic Professionals and even hosting events whenever possible.


Are you called? If you would you like to introduce a Young Adult Ministry (20s and 30s) at OLBS, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org. We’re ready to support you!




Youth Ministry. The children are our future.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” —Timothy 4:12

Youth Ministry strives to connect teens 13-19 to their faith by providing opportunity for encounter with Jesus through service; service to others, service to our parish and service to our community. Youth Ministry meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month in SJE Shea Hall and provides regular opportunities throughout the year to participate in service projects and other activities.

Not only are our teens encouraged to help serve at Mass both individually and as part of the AfterMass Youth Group, but there is prayer and reflection built into many of our meetings and events.

Totus Tuus. OLBS is looking forward to bringing Totus Tuus back! Founded on five pillars, Totus Tuus strives to inspire young people to renew their faith with a stronger prayer life. In addition to a focus on Marian devotion, Totus Tuus uses sacred scripture on a six-year cycle.

Following are examples of some of the service opportunities available to OLBS teens, service hours apply for most. Don’t see something for you, please contact Mr. Van to suggest something. New ideas are always welcome!

  • Alexian Village Activity/Game Nights
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • PADS Supper Program
  • Parish Picnics
  • Rake ‘n Runs
  • Fundraisers (Car Wash, Pasta Dinner, Pancake Breakfast)
  • Seasonal Programs (Totus Tuus, Parish Picnics, Season for Giving, Kid’s Christmas Film Night)
  • Community Outreach (March for Life, Community Garden)

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Are you called? For teens, stop by any of our events and bring a friend, or two, drop-ins always welcome! Follow the parish calendar, eNews or bulletin for upcoming dates or please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.


To learn more about becoming an adult volunteer, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.




Adult Faith Formation. As we grow and mature, so too should our faith.

“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” —Proverbs 18:15

Participating in a faith community helps form confidence as well as friendships in an environment where one can learn and practice Catholic identity. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament provides opportunities to cultivate a more mature and authentic relationship with Jesus Christ by enriching the community’s understanding of our Catholic faith. Come grow in faith, knowledge, hope, love and understanding.

A structured way to grow in holiness. A commitment to a specific way of living one’s baptismal promises. An offering of time, talent and treasure in service of God and neighbor. Perhaps God is calling you to explore this balanced and beautiful way of life. Meets most months on the third Monday at Queen of the Rosary.

Lively conversation about the sacred scriptures following a book or video series. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in Shea Hall at SJE between September and May.

The Holy Spirit pulls you into deeper relationship with the Holy Family through this meditative devotion. We meet weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm at SJE, and we also gather at Queen of the Rosary on the First Saturday of each month at approximately 8:45am to pray the Joyful Mysteries. Additionally, the second Tuesday of each month is dedicated to Rosary for Life. Please also check the bulletin, eNews and calendar for Rosary opportunities throughout the month of October, Month of the Most Holy Rosary:

Our Lady of Fatima is a title given to Our Blessed Mother based on the Marian apparitions reported in 1917 by three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, at the Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal. The three children claimed to have seen the Blessed Virgin Mary in a total of six apparitions between May 13, and October 13, 1917. The events were declared worthy of belief by Jose Alves Correia da Silva, Bishop of Leiria, on October 13, 1930 and on April 25, 1946, Pope Pius XII granted a pontifical decree of canonical coronation. Our Lady of Fatima shares her Feast Day, May 13th, with our patroness, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.

Each year during October, the month of the Holy Rosary, and near the anniversary of the final apparition, we are visited by a Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Most people are unable to make the pilgrimage to Fatima each year, so with characteristic humility and love, Our Lady overcomes this difficulty by becoming the pilgrim. She comes to us courtesy of the Ambassadors of Mary, founded in 1947 by Fr. James Mary Keane, OSM. In 1954, the Ambassadors of Mary began bringing Pilgrim Statues to locations in and around Chicago to promote devotion to Our Blessed Mother, and by 1987 there were 190 Pilgrim Statues. Our Mother is collecting prayers and sacrifices in reparation for the sins committed against her divine son. With the help of many volunteers, the Ambassadors of Mary are able to provide First Saturday Retreats, the Pilgrim Virgin Apostolate and an annual celebration of Our Lady of Fatima at Holy Name Cathedral. Please join us nightly to pray the Rosary while Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Statue visits:

Welcome Prayer Service – Saturday, October 8 | 1:30pm
Nightly Rosary – Sunday, October 9 - Friday, October 14 | 7:00pm
Farewell Prayer Service – Saturday, October 15 | 12:30pm

Download the flyer or contact the parish office (847) 979-0901 to discover more.

Public Prayer Is Powerful! Join fellow parishioners and thousands across the country in praying a public Rosary on the Saturday closest to the Miracle of the Sun, Saturday, October 15, 2022 from Noon to 2pm. We will gather in front of St. Julian Eymard (601 Biesterfield Road, across the street from the Hospital) on the parkway near the signpost.

Download the flyer to discover more or let others know about the Public Rosary Rally.

See our Rosary display in church vestibules for prayer materials and rosaries throughout the month of October.

Watch The Rosary: A Prayer of Miracles on Formed. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament has a subscription to Formed. Simply visit Formed.org/signup and enter our parish zip code (60007), click next and enter your Name and eMail Address, then click Signup. Search Formed for additional Rosary materials.

See something great, on Formed or somewhere else? Please contact the parish office (847) 979-0901 and let us know!

For those who enjoy concentrated study in the Word. Meets weekly on Wednesday mornings from 9-11am in Shea Hall at SJE between March and mid-December.

Unlock the treasures of the Bible to deepen our understanding of the beliefs, celebrations and customs of our Catholic faith. Follows video with workbook Bible Study programs available through parish membership to FORMED. Combination of virtual and in-person in Shea Hall at SJE at various times throughout the year.

Work with clergy and community to develop special events throughout the year such as Speakers, Exhibits, Devotions or Pilgrimages to help Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament grow in faith and in relationship to Jesus Christ. Examples include Advent Retreat, Lenten Mission, Shroud of Turin Exhibit, Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit, Liturgical Ministry Morning of Reflection, Divine Mercy Sunday.


Are you called? Join an Adult Faith Formation group, or stop in at any of the regular meetings­—drop-ins always welcome. Contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or info@olbsegv.org.