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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.