Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Mass and Confession Schedule

Sunday
7:30 a.m.⎪9 a.m. (ASL Interpreted)⎪10:30 a.m.⎪
10:30 a.m. gym⎪12:30 p.m.⎪5:30 p.m. 
Filipino Mass every 4th Sunday 4 p.m.
Weekdays
6:30 a.m. (Except Federal Holidays)⎪8 a.m.⎪
11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m.
Saturday
8 a.m.⎪11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m. (Fulfills Sunday Obligation)
Holy Days of Obligation
Eve before Feast Day  - 5:30 p.m.
Feast Day - 6:30 a.m.⎪8 a.m.⎪11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m.
Sacrament Of Reconciliation (Confession)
Friday and Saturday after 11 a.m. Mass (if no funeral)
Saturday: 4-5 p.m. & after 5:30 p.m. Mass
OR anytime by appointment

Pastor's Column

September 28, 2014

In today’s first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel, the Lord says, “You say, ‘The Lord’s way is not fair!’” This statement sums up the view of the Israelites’ view of God’s justice. The prophet uses this moment to stress God’s justice and mercy. It may seem that God is indifferent to the actions of His children but that is not true. The Lord does not remain indifferent to the good or evil done by human beings. But as long as they are capable of making a free choice, God gives them every possibility to do what is right and good. He does not label those who do evil as the “evil ones” because He believes they can repent with the sincere purpose of amending their lives. God never gives up on us but continues to call us to conversion. God’s patience and mercy are the basis of our hope and an appeal to our responsibility to live the commandments He has revealed to us.

In St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he addresses the dissension present in their community. He understands that internal dissension and rivalry can destroy the bond of unity and charity of the community. The Christian community is built on three main characteristics: unity, humility, and solicitude for others. Paul stresses the fact that unity is absolute. The community must be of one mind and heart to accomplish the work of Christ otherwise the community is in great danger. If there is a lack of humility for others, competition takes root leading to factions and rivalries which destroy the foundation of community. We take Paul at his word, “. . . humbly regard yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others. Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.” In recognizing the face of Christ in each other, we build up unity within the community thereby eradicating the self-preoccupation that seeks to destroy a community.

In our gospel passage from Matthew, Jesus tells the parable of two sons who are asked by their father to work in the vineyard. The first son begins by refusing the request “but afterwards changed his mind and went.” The other son immediately agrees, “’Yes, sir,’ but did not go.” There is no doubt that the first son does his father’s will. Jesus reminds the crowd and us to be busy about the Father’s work in the vineyard and not rest on our good intentions. To limit ourselves to good intentions and ignore the work of the gospel that needs to be done is scandalous and closes our entry into the kingdom of God. We are reminded that God did not only promise salvation He accomplished it. The Father sent His own Son, who did not hesitate to empty Himself of everything through His passion, death, and resurrection to obey the Father’s will. There is no other salvation than obedient faith, a loving, living faith showing itself in actions.

God bless you,

Father Ron