Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Mass and Confession Schedule

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 3:30 p.m.
6:30 a.m. (Except Federal Holidays)⎪8 a.m.⎪
11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m.
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

April 26, 2015

In our reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter explains how the lame man was healed when he and John met him at the “Beautiful Gate” of the Temple. Peter is “filled with the Holy Spirit” and speaks with confidence, assurance, and force as he witnesses to the healing power of the name of Jesus. The “name” of Jesus saves whoever invokes it because God, by raising Him, has made Jesus Lord. Peter quotes Psalm 118 as it refers to Jesus, “the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.” Jesus, the Christ, has become by His death and resurrection, the cornerstone on which God has built the church planned since the beginning. Down through the centuries, He prepared hearts and minds, He nourished human desire and hope for the salvation with which the church would be built. He gave His prophets the ability to foresee the majesty and the characteristics of the Servant chosen to gather, in this church not built by human hands, the countless multitude of the redeemed. 

Our passage from the first Letter of Saint John speaks of our identity, “We are God’s children.” The Father has made us His own in an unexpected and extraordinary manner. The only Son who is at the Father’s side has revealed the Father and by His death and resurrection that “God is love.” Therefore faith, and faith alone, allows one to recognize God loves us. The “world” is completely incapable of this in so far as it remains in darkness. If it has not “seen” that Christ is the Light, how could it see that the Light enlightens the disciples. As believers we must deepen what we already know through tradition and baptism, and progress in our faith—our assurance everything will be clear to us one day. The brightest revealation will be when we see “God as he is.”  

In today’s gospel passage from John, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” Jesus is no ordinary shepherd because He freely died on a cross. He is not like a shepherd who fights the wolf to the death. Such action is certainly heroic, but the sheep that are saved or at least allowed to escape are left with no guide, wandering, easy prey now that they are deprived of a defender. The death of Jesus is not a defeat. By “taking up” His life again, He will instead increase His flock, leading those as well who are not of this sheepfold, and making them into “one flock” of which He will be the “one shepherd.” Jesus reveals the source of obedience to God and the bond it establishes with Him, “This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again;” “This command I have received from my Father.” These words bring us to the heart of the love relationship between the Father and His Son. God’s commandment is the expression of His love for the Son and the sheep He has given Him. To let oneself be guided by “the good shepherd” is to love Him, and with Him and like Him, to love the Father.

God bless you,

Father Ron