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

November 29, 2015

As we celebrate our First Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year. It is for us a new beginning, a renewal, as we begin a new year of grace and blessing in the Lord. Advent is a season with a two-fold character: a season to prepare for the celebration of the Birth of the Lord Jesus and a season which directs our hearts and minds to the Lord’s second coming at the end of time. The readings of this Sunday, remind us of the joy that allows us to hear the divine promises, to fight against darkness, to live our lives without fear, to meet the Lord Jesus who has come and is coming.

Knowing that God is working toward the time of fulfillment does not free us from responsibility. On the contrary, Jeremiah’s prophecy that announces the days of deliverance, a kind of security prepared by the “Lord of justice,” compels us to praise God for all His wonders. We are reminded of the need to recall God’s covenant with His people and to observe the commandments.

In today’s second reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians, he reminds us of our duty as God’s obedient daughters and sons. We are to live the law of love as preached by Jesus. It is in this way, and only in this way, that we grow in a life of holiness—pleasing to our God. Jesus’ words are not always easy to accept and follow, but He gives us the truth.  We cannot follow the ways and message of our world as the standard of our conduct. We must listen to the Lord Jesus, place Him at the center of our hearts, and search Him out and serve Him in one another. In this way, we remain “blameless” and grow in “holiness.”

In our passage from Luke’s gospel, Jesus reminds us, “Be on guard.” As disciples of the Lord we look forward to the day of His return. We cannot become complacent in our lives for we must remain vigilant and discern what really matters today. The Lord Jesus reminds us not to “become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life.” We must always remember that we live in this world with our hearts set on the next—our true and eternal home. Everything in this world is passing, so let us be filled with courage and hope as we await the coming of the Lord. 

God bless you,

Father Ron