Prayer is how we communicate with God. Conversing with God through prayer helps us grow in relationship to Him. Not only how we speak to Him, but in listening to Him. Prayer may be a source of comfort, wisdom, strength or even peace. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament has many opportunities for communal and individual prayer.
Introducing Every Sacred Family: A 52 Week Mass Discussion Guide! Created in collaboration with Ablaze Families, this 80-page guide is an amazing resource for raising saints—and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament has purchased it for the entire parish!
Inside you’ll find a roadmap to prepare for Mass as a family, engage kids of all ages at Mass, and continue faith-filled conversation throughout the week—because catechizing our kids starts with conversation!
For every Sunday and Solemnity, there are three discussion questions that dive into the Mass readings, with a particular focus on the weekly Gospel reading. Written by Catholic mom and theologian Jennifer Stavinoha, the questions are engaging, appropriate for kids of all ages, and designed to spark meaningful conversation around the Mass readings. And, you don’t need to be a catechist or biblical scholar to use the Guide or answer the questions with your family. Simply answer from the heart and share your own experience of how God is working in your life right now!
And our favorite? This guide meets you where you are! Even if you only have a few minutes in the car on the way to Mass, this guide makes it easy to grow in faith as a family.
How can you use the Guide?
Questions? Please contact the Parish Office at (847) 979-0901 or email@example.com. We hope you find this Guide useful. If you’re using it, please let us know what you think. We want to hear from you!
One significant way that Christians have prayed each day, whether alone or with a community, is through the Liturgy of the Hours.
This ancient practice, with origins in the Old Testament, continues to be a daily prayer discipline for religious communities today. Join fellow parishioners for Morning Prayer, Monday through Saturday. You can join any day and as many days as you wish!
Listen and pray along with any of the options below:
Please be logged in or dialed into our virtual vestibule by 7:40am so we may begin on time. Prayer begins at 7:45am, concludes by 8:00am and includes a recited hymn, psalms, a reading, prayers, and intercessions, Monday through Saturday.
Our commitment to prayer is the bond that unites us. Review readings for the week or download Daily Prayer.
Whether you are reading ahead for Sunday, following along from home because you aren’t ready or able to join us in church yet, or are following along in church until we are able to bring back worship aids for Daily and Sunday liturgy, follow this link to Daily Prayer on the USCCB website.
If you prefer to have Daily Readings delivered right to your inbox, follow this link to subscribe to Get Daily Readings eMails.
Though we are open without capacity restrictions (face masks still required at this time), we understand that not everyone is ready or able to attend in person at this time. When you are unable to join us in person, you are invited to join us LIVE.
Thank you for supporting the parish: Online Giving or TEXT donation amount to +18477505955
Sunday Mass from Holy Name Cathedral; broadcast by the Archdiocese of Chicago on their YouTube channel, Saturdays at 4:00pm (Note: may be re-telecast on Sunday morning by ABC, check local listings)
Sunday Mass from Mercy Home for Boys & Girls; broadcast on WGN -TV Channel 9, Sunday mornings at 9:30am
Questions? If you have any questions, concerns or know of another resource for the faithful to participate in Holy Mass or Community Prayer remotely during this difficult time, please contact the parish office (847) 979-0901 or firstname.lastname@example.org. May God Bless You!
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” —Acts 2:38
In Baptism, we are born into new life in Christ. Symbolized by the pouring of water, Baptism removes the stain of original sin, gives us a new birth in the Holy Spirit and is received only once.
For children 6 years and younger, Baptisms are celebrated at Queen of the Rosary on the second and fourth Sunday, and at St. Julian Eymard on the first and third Sunday of each month, with certain exceptions for holidays, holy days of obligation or special occasions. Please contact the parish office to check the parish calendar for upcoming dates and to confirm the availability of your preferred date.
We will confirm the time with you ahead of your scheduled Baptism.
Advance registration for Baptism is required. Please contact the parish office to complete an intake and get the process started.
Participation in a Baptismal Preparation Class is required for parents prior to baptizing your child. Once you complete an intake form with the parish office, you will receive details on the preparation.
For adults interested in being Baptized, please contact the parish office to learn more about our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program.
Contact the Parish Office by telephone (847) 979-0901 or e-mail, we're looking forward to connecting with you.
In the Eucharist, our faith lives are nourished. Symbolized by bread and wine, we are nourished by the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
To receive First Eucharist (First Holy Communion), school-aged children require Baptism, the support of their family and to be enrolled in Religious Education.
If your child was not baptized at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard), we will need a copy of their Baptismal Certificate prior to First Eucharist.
At Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, we celebrate First Eucharist as a class in the Spring. For upcoming dates, please check the Religious Education special dates.
For adults interested in receiving First Eucharist, please contact the parish office to learn more about our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program.
Contact the Parish Office by telephone (847) 979-0901 or e-mail, we're looking forward to connecting with you.
In Confirmation, our faith lives with Jesus are sealed. Like Baptism, Confirmation is received only once and is symbolized by the laying on of hands and anointing with oil.
For school-aged students to be Confirmed, they must be Baptized; must have received First Reconciliation and First Eucharist; and must be enrolled in a 2 year prep class with support of the family.
If your child was not Baptized at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard) and we do not already have a copy of their Baptismal Certificate on file, a copy is required prior to Confirmation.
At Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, we celebrate Confirmation as a class in 8th Grade in the Spring. For upcoming dates, please check the Religious Education special dates.
For adults seeking Confirmation, please contact the parish office to inquire about our RCIA program.
Contact the Parish Office by telephone (847) 979-0901 or e-mail, we're looking forward to connecting with you.
In Reconciliation we receive Jesus’ healing grace. Symbolized by the confession of sins and granting of absolution by a priest, we are granted God’s forgiveness through Reconciliation.
For school-aged children to receive First Reconciliation they must be Baptized, enrolled in classes and have the support of the family.
If your child was not Baptized at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard) and we do not already have a copy of their Baptismal Certificate on file, a copy is required prior to receiving First Reconciliation.
Additionally, Reconciliation is available at Queen of the Rosary on Wednesdays at 7pm or at St. Julian on Saturdays at Noon, or by appointment by contacting the parish office.
During Lent and Advent special Reconciliation Services or extended hours for Reconciliation may be available. Please consult the Parish Calendar or weekly bulletin for dates and times.
Please contact the Parish Office by telephone (847) 979-0901 or e-mail. We look forward to connecting with you.
In Anointing of the Sick, a sick person’s suffering is united with Jesus’ suffering. Symbolized by anointing with oil and the laying on of hands, through Anointing of the Sick sins are forgiven. Please note, there is a misconception that Anointing of the Sick is only for those who are dying. This is not true. Anointing of the Sick is for anyone who ill, about to undergo surgery or awaiting a serious diagnosis.
If your or a loved one is in need of Anointing of the Sick, please contact the Parish Office by telephone (847) 979-0901 or e-mail and we will connect you with one of our priests for Anointing.
Planning to marry? Congratulations!
In Matrimony, a man and woman are united as a sign of Jesus’ unity with his church. Symbolized by the couple, their promise and the wedding rings, two become one in Matrimony.
We are happy you have decided to marry at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard). When a couple commits themselves to marriage in the Catholic Church, they make a lifetime commitment to one another, and they also make a sacramental commitment. The promises made to each other are made before God and His people. The Catholic Church then takes special care in preparing a couple for this commitment.
Once you complete a Wedding Intake and a date has been finalized, you will receive a Matrimony Packet. The Matrimony Packet contains information you will need as you plan and prepare for your wedding day here at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. Please read through this packet carefully and complete all requirements in a timely fashion. Your attention to these details will help the process run smoothly.
We hope that this time of prayerful discovery is a joyous time for you. May God Bless You!
Please contact the Parish Office at least six months ahead of your planned wedding date by telephone (847) 979-0901 or e-mail. We're looking forward to helping you plan your special day!
In Holy Orders, men are ordained Priests, Deacons and Bishops. Symbolized by laying on of hands and anointing with oil, in Holy Orders spiritual leaders are born, the work of the Apostles is continued and we are reminded of Jesus’ teaching to care for others.
Are you called? Please visit the Arhdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Vocations to learn more.
As Catholics, we have many ways to deepen our relationship with God. When we attend Mass, we hear the Word of God and listen to the priest’s Homily. When we meditate on Scripture or join a Bible Study, we hear the Word of God. When we give our time, talent or treasure to help our neighbor, we imitate Christ. And for even more examples, we can look to the stories of the Saints.
Another way we can grow in communion with Jesus is through Eucharistic Adoration. Continue reading to see how you can become a Eucharistic Adorer!
The Adoration of the Holy Eucharist, or Eucharistic Adoration, in its most basic terms is worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the Altar in the Monstrance so that we may see and pray in front of the real presence of Christ. It is an opportunity for us to express and deepen our love for Him. But, what makes Eucharistic Adoration different than other prayers we say throughout our life?
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. —Proverbs 15:3
Yes, God is in all places and always near, and so we can always enter into His presence in prayer.
Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord, You know it all. —Psalms 139:4
And, also true is that God is all-knowing, including knowing even our inmost thoughts.
But, because the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ are present in the Eucharist, in Adoration we worship and pray to the Lord in a more intimate and present way. The Eucharist represents the body of Jesus, the Son of God who died to save us from sin so that we have eternal life with Him. When we participate in Eucharistic Adoration, we are in the true presence of Jesus. In the presence of the Eucharist, we receive a more powerful spiritual nourishment and deepening of relationship with Christ than we might during our daily prayer.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is introducing a new and expanded schedule for Eucharistic Adoration so that we can share this opportunity with more parishioners. The new schedule will be as follows:
Wednesdays (beginning April 12, 2023), Adoration will begin with Exposition immediately following daily Mass at 8:15am at St. Julian Eymard and continue until the Closing Benediction at 8:00pm. Reconciliation will be offered from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.*
Saturdays (beginning April 15, 2023), Adoration will begin with Exposition immediately following daily Mass at 8:15am at Queen of the Rosary and continue the Closing Benediction at 1:00pm. Reconciliation will be offered from Noon until 1:00pm.*
On the First Friday of each month, Adoration continues at St. Julian Eymard from the conclusion of the 8:15am daily Mass until the Closing Benediction at 11:45am.
*Please note, this is a new schedule and Reconciliation on Wednesdays and Saturdays remains at a consistent time, but moves to the other worship site.
Always remember that we are in the presence of God! When we see the Lord in the Host, we should genuflect, and generally maintain an attitude of respect during Adoration. When others are present, we should also be silent. Kneeling, sitting and standing are all appropriate for prayer during Adoration. We don’t really have to “do” anything, but below are ideas to help us enter into the presence of Jesus with confidence and humility and experience the blessing of Eucharistic Adoration.
Be Present. The first step is simple, but very important—show up. Approach Jesus with reverence and adore Him for all He has done for us.
Pray the Rosary. Meditate on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary to feel closer to God.
Write in a Prayer Journal. The act of writing allows our inner thoughts to come forward and can help us process information more clearly.
Free-Form Prayer. We needn’t have anything planned or memorized, and may simply wish to converse with Jesus as we would a friend of relative. Be sure to listen for the Holy Spirit to hear Jesus’ answers.
Listen to Music. As St. Augustine says, “When we sing we pray twice.” Create a playlist to help you focus on God and the gift of His only Son. Just be sure to bring earphones.
Read. Meditating on scripture, reading a daily devotional or other religious book may help you focus on God and enrich your spiritual journey.
If you’re new to Eucharistic Adoration or maybe just out of practice, understanding the main elements will help you feel more comfortable and let you get the most out of the experience.
Tabernacle. The locked cabinet behind the Altar where the priest places the Eucharist. The priest opens the Tabernacle to retrieve the Eucharist during Communion and Eucharistic Adoration.
Consecrated Host. During the consecration at Mass, the Host and Wine become the Body and Blood of Christ by the power of God. The technical term for this is transubstantiation. While they still look like bread and wine, during consecration, God transforms the substance or essence and they become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Monstrance. The item where the Eucharist is exposed and displayed is called the Monstrance. While it can take various appearances, the most common type of monstrance, and that which we have at both Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard, is a sunburst shape atop a long stem and base. The monstrance contains the luna, or lunette.
Luna. The compartment at the center of the monstrance where the priest places the Eucharist during Adoration. The luna is at the center of the monstrance to display the glory of Christ’s presence within the Eucharist.
Prayer. Important prayers are used during this rite which may be found inside the back cover of the Breaking Bread Hymnal, located in the pew pockets at both Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard.
Follow this link to listen to Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about adoration, what it is, and why it is important.
“The Eucharist is everything, because from the Eucharist, everything is.” – St. Peter Julian Eymard
“In the Mass and in Eucharistic Adoration we meet the merciful love of God that passes through the Heart of Jesus Christ.” – St. John Paul II
“The Eucharist bathes tormented souls in light and love.” – St. Bernadette Soubirous
“Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.” – St. John Bosco
“Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that Adoration.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta
“How sweet and full of comfort are the moments spent before the Blessed Sacrament! Are you in trouble? Come and throw yourself at his feet.” – St. John Vianney
“Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to him, ‘Lord, I am here. Tell me what you would have me to do’ . . . And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart. I tell him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen. If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen. God always speaks to you when you approach him plainly and simply.” – St. Catherine Labouré
The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.” – St.Teresa of Calcutta
“Know also that you will probably gain more by praying fifteen minutes before the Blessed Sacrament than by all the other spiritual exercises of the day. True, Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere, for He has made the promise, ‘Ask, and you shall receive,’ but He has revealed to His servants that those who visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament will obtain a more abundant measure of grace.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori
O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy. O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart. Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable mercy. Amen. – St. Faustina
From Catholic Link...
There is nothing like the atmosphere of a quiet chapel or church, the smell of incense and the splendor of the monstrance to help you understand the truth of what is happening in Adoration. We are truly before Jesus Christ, His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The more you sink into that silence in front of the Host, the more you’ll realize that the only response is awe and wonder at the greatness of our God.
Jesus said “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.” (John 14:27) The outward peace we can experience in Adoration (the quiet and the stillness) reaches much deeper. It leads to an inner peace that affects all areas of our lives. It doesn’t mean everything in our life will be perfect and without suffering, but Christ’s peace means that we know that the storms of life can’t shake us.
Jesus told us to “love one another as I have loved you”. (John 13:34) Spending time in Adoration connects us to the whole world – after all, we’re spending time with the Creator of all things! More time praising and adoring God means you can look beyond your own concerns and see the needs of others in your life and in the world that we live in.
There are going to be times when Adoration can feel anything but glorious. You get distracted, your mind begins to wander, you can hear someone else sniffing next to you. Maybe in the beginning Adoration was full of wonderful feelings! Regular Adoration is when daily life sets in and it can make it feel not so special. But that doesn’t devalue or take away from the truth of what Adoration is. Our faith is more than feelings and God will still be working in you. This is the beauty of the Incarnation – God made man, coming into all our stresses, fears, problems – and yes, boredom. Know that even if an hour spent in Adoration is a continual returning to Him every few minutes when your mind wanders, you are still giving God the best gift you can – your time and company.
The more time you spend in Adoration discovering that God is a God who loves you and wants to spend time with you, the more you begin to actually want to go. If Adoration once felt like a chore, you might even find yourself becoming excited to go! Adoration is addictive, not just because of the things we can gain for ourselves, but because we were created to adore. As we say in the Mass, it is “right and just” that we should give thanks to the Lord! Adoration is imprinted on our hearts and “our hearts are restless until they find our rest in Him”! (Thanks, St Augustine!)
It’s amazing how a simple act of committing to even a short time of regular Adoration makes such a huge difference to the rest of your life. You can carry that moment of being in His presence with you long after you’ve left the church or chapel. His grace sustains you in every moment, especially in moments of temptation. Temptation becomes easier to resist when you’re spending more time in Adoration. Sometimes, it really is that straightforward.
If it is as simple for you as getting in the car and driving to Adoration at church, or even walking to the chapel nearby, you realise how much you can take it for granted. There are those who would love to spend more time with Jesus in Adoration but who are housebound, sick or busy parents. Then there are those around the world who actually risk their lives for the Eucharist, in places where they are persecuted for their faith. When you remember those who walk for hours or days in dangerous situations in order to be present with Jesus, you realise what a gift it is to be able to pray openly, not to mention having a priest to minister the sacraments.
The more you are able to sit and let God speak to you (instead of spending all your time filling the silence with talking to Him), you’ll find that God has a really good sense of humor. He likes a joke or two, and sometimes these moments are funny enough to make you want to laugh out loud. Surprising, maybe, but don’t the best fathers show you their love by affectionate good humor?!?
This might sound scary, but it’s not. Confession allows us to experience the mighty boundless ocean that is God’s mercy. His mercy swallows up all our sins and gives us a true kind of freedom, a freedom without fear, which allows us to make the leap into His love and goodness, complete with all His perfect plans for our life. Time and time again, going to Confession re-enforces the knowledge that we are jumping into the arms of a father who loves us very much and “never tires of forgiving us”. (Pope Francis).
Ultimately, you can’t help this one! When you spend more time with an open heart in Adoration and just let Christ love you, then you’ll fall in love too. That love will define you and allow you to be yourself. “I came that they may have life, life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10)
Here's how Melissa Johnson | Faith & Life, Sacraments answered the question for Catholic Link:
Someone asked me quite seriously the other day, “What do you personally get out of Adoration?”
It was a question that gave me pause. How do I explain? If you already accept the belief that the consecrated Host is in fact Jesus Christ, it seems plain to me that you would immediately settle yourself with the certainty that you are in Jesus’s presence, and nothing else would matter. I have to go back a bit, because I wasn’t always one hundred percent convinced; it took knowing a fantastic priest to get me there.
I am a cradle Catholic (to use an over-used phrase); I am, I suppose, somewhat inculturated to Catholicism. I took a rather long break in my twenties and reverted in my thirties, and now at this point in my life, I look at it as either accepting it, part and parcel, the whole kaboodle, the entire package, or accepting none. I choose all.
In making that choice (although I don’t consider it a choice, as such, when there is nothing significant or of use to choose from–one might as well choose a lump of stone if one is hungry, or to clothe oneself in fire if one is naked), there is the reality of Christ proclaiming “This is my Body,” and “This is my Blood.” Therefore, if Christ is who He says He is, the Eucharist is what He says it is, and I’m content.
However, I also know that as a human being, I suffer from a dense intelligence and benighted knowledge, or however St. Thomas Aquinas puts it. I know I do not have the wherewithal on my own to simply will myself into believing a wafer is the Son of God incarnate; I must ask for the grace to believe. And in asking “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief,” I am perforce strengthened. It is a mystery; however, when discussing this with poor souls who want concrete evidence and mystic experience and descending angels, I find they usually are not satisfied with “It is a Mystery.”
The priest I know for whom the Presence of Jesus is as necessary as breathing taught me to rest in silence before the Blessed Sacrament and to expect the unexpected. Many times, if we’re honest, we don’t REALLY want Jesus to be manifest to us, either in the species of bread or in the flesh; given the choice, the priest says most people are incredibly uncomfortable with the idea of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, plonked down right in front of us. And yet, if you believe in the Real Presence, that is exactly what occurs. A Protestant once told him he didn’t think he believed that WE believed in the Real Presence, because if Jesus was really there in the room (even disguised as a wafer in a monstrance), he would never ever want to leave him. I believe St. Jean Vianney would concur.
Adoration, for me, is often (not always) somewhat like opening the Ark of the Covenant. I don’t mean there’s a floor show or melting Nazis; on the contrary, it’s usually silent, with the exception of bodily noises and often a feeling of being a complete clod creaking away on the pew. There is, however, a moment where the conversation gets intense. It becomes very much Me and Thee, and usually whatever complaints or hurts or disappointments I bring before Him are completely blasted away. If you’ve attempted Adoration in the past and had an unfruitful experience, I’d suggest attempting it again, this time without preconceived notions of what you should experience, and rather–just sit with Jesus. Wait for Him to speak. Consider Whom it is you go before; imagine it is your Judgement; imagine it is your moment to talk to Christ. If you had the chance, what would you say? Say it now! Consider too that even if He never makes His Presence known, even if you do not feel something, that you are still in the Presence of your Lord and Savior–and wait for that to settle in.
I’m not a very good apologist. I can’t speak from theology or offer scientific proofs or rebuttals to atheist challenges. What I’d rather do is speak from personal experience in my limited way and encourage others already on their journey to continue forward, to seek Christ in all things, and to never lose sight of His love.
Melissa Johnson is a regular Catholic Link author.
Marian Garden at Queen of the Rosary. Behind the old parish center, there is an outdoor Marian Garden open to all for private prayer and reflection.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Garden at St. Julian. On the East side of St. Julian Eymard, there is a Marian Garden that boasts the statue of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament as described by St. Peter Julian Eymard, open to all for private prayer and reflection.
Joseph Garden. On the West side of St. Julian Eymard, there is a Joseph Garden donated by Joseph A. in honor of his grandfather, Joseph Scotkovsky, for his Eagle Scout project, available for private prayer and reflection.
Intercessory Prayer pleads with God on behalf of others who are in desperate need of His intervention.
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.” — Matthew 21:22
At Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, we’re plugged into the power of prayer.
If you or a loved one are in need of God’s intervention, please contact the Parish Office (847) 979-0901 or email@example.com to have yourself or your loved one included in our Prayer List.
In Memoriam remembers those in our parish family who have gone to their eternal rest…forever in our hearts.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” —John 3:16
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Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!
We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: "Never again war!"; "With war everything is lost". Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words "division", "hatred" and "war" be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be "brother", and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!
Eternal God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
our source of unity and strength,
bless us as we become
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish.
Grace us with courageous and compassionate hearts,
working together as companions on the journey of faith
to build this new Catholic Community of Elk Grove Village,
dedicated to your glory by sacrament, service, and witness.
You proclaim: “See, I am doing something new!”
Soften our hearts to your will,
and make us respond with ready gratitude and love.
Through Christ, Our Lord.
O Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament,
the glory of Christians, the joy of the universal Church,
and icon of hope, pray for us.
God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it.
Trusting that You will make all things right
If I surrender to Your will.
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my spirit; I offer it to you
With all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord,
And so need to give myself,
To surrender myself into your hands, without reserve,
And with boundless confidence,
For you are my Father.
–Blessed Charles de Foucauld
Give me O Lord all the courage I need,
Give me courage to face this uncertainty with hope during the long days and even longer nights.
Give me courage to keep on trusting even when I don't understand.
Let me remember that it is the one who trusts in you who will be saved.
Let me remember the words of Jesus, "l will be with you always."
–Shared by Dcn Jerry Szostak during his 2020 Advent Homily
For the sick, homebound and those unable to join us in person due to serious reasons, Pope Francis assures the faithful that we can receive “spiritual Communion” while watching Mass on television or livestream.
“United to Christ we are never alone, but instead form one body, of which he is the head. It is a union that is nourished with prayer and also with spiritual Communion in the Eucharist, a practice that is recommended when it isn’t possible to receive the sacrament,” said Pope Francis on March 15, 2020.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited using ordinary Rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and followed by a closing prayer. Discover more.
It is reported Mother Teresa often prayed a flying novena whenever big problems arose that needed an immediate dose of grace. With a flying novena, you pray nine Memorares immediately in a row. Because she often experienced miraculous effects through her flying novenas, Mother Teresa typically added a tenth Memorare as a gesture of thanksgiving for what was sure to be an answered prayer. Discover more.
The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. Discover more.
"Without Mary, we shall never find Jesus, for she possesses Him in her Heart." —St. Peter Julian Eymard. Pray the Novena to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard promoted the frequent reception of Holy Communion and a profound respect for the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. He encouraged prayer in the presence of the Sacrament and felt that this prayer transformed lives. Discover more.
O my God, teach me to be generous, to serve You as
You deserve to be served, to give without counting
the cost, to fight without fear of being wounded, to
work without seeking rest, and to spend myself
without expecting any reward but the knowledge
that I am doing Your Holy Will.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola
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