“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 email@example.com.
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, we are blessed to have trumpet player, pianist, organist and Grammy®-nominated vocalist, Michael Hawes, leading sung prayer. Michael is joined by musicians from within and around the OLBS parish community for Sunday and Holy Day liturgies.
Working with Michael and under his direction, volunteer and some paid cantors and accompanists lead music for select Sunday and Holy Day or special liturgies. Paid musicians are selected by Michael and wages are paid in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Divine Worship.
Under Michael’s direction, 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:
The Adult Choir, age 18+, sings at select Sunday and Holy Day Masses at both Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard. Adult Choir rehearses on Tuesdays from 7-9pm at Queen of the Rosary. Please check the bulletin or parish calendar for specific dates and times.
The Charismatic Music Group sings and plays at one 10:30am Mass at Queen of the Rosary 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. Rehearsals are Mondays from 6-8pm at Queen of the Rosary. Please check the bulletin or parish calendar for specific dates and times.
The Kid’s Choir, age 6th Grade and younger, sings at select Sunday and Holy Day Masses at both Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard and rehearses on Tuesdays 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 the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com to reach Music Director, Michael Hawes, directly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.
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 email@example.com.
“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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Are you called? To walk with those in mourning, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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:
Journey of the Heart understands your pain and hopes to lighten your load, please contact the Parish Office today (847) 979-0901 or firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
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 email@example.com.
“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
The American Association of Christian Counselors
Meier Clinics, Christian Counseling
New Life Ministries, Counseling, Coaching and other resources
Hope Joy Peace Counseling
Sandra Henderson & Marshelle Hood, Licensed Counselors
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Elizabeth Ann Barlow
James Patrick Keith
John Michael Mancuso
Eric Jonathan Miller
James M. Rabey
Jonathan Van Dyk
Jonathan Van Lysebettens
William D. Benning
Christopher “CJ” Boyd
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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 email@example.com.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. We’re ready to support you!
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!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about becoming an adult volunteer, please contact the Parish Office for more information today (847) 979-0901 or email@example.com.
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. In addition to meeting weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm at SJE, a special Rosary for Life is prayed on the second Tuesday of each month. Additionally, check the bulletin, eNews and calendar for Rosary opportunities throughout the month of October, month of the Most Holy Rosary.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.