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 4 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

July 27, 2014

In our first reading from the First Book of Kings, we find Solomon addressing God in prayer, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Solomon did not hesitate to ask, “Give your servant . . . an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.” “To distinguish right from wrong” is a divine prerogative that no one can usurp without sin. Solomon knows this; he humbly asked to share in the divine wisdom, precisely because he is aware of his own weakness. Such consciousness pleases God, who grants his request. We see Solomon’s deep faith in God, whose light can only illumine human judgment and directs human steps on the road of truth and life.

Our second reading continues St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. He writes with great certitude concerning God’s plan for the world that is “a design of love,” the steps of which are connected and call for one another: “For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined he also called, and those he called also justified, and those he justified he also glorified.” Salvation is accomplished by Christ and given to us through baptism. We are no longer slaves to sin but God’s own daughters and sons washed clean and anointed with the Spirit and conformed to Christ’s own image. We have died to sin and death and risen with Christ to newness of life. For this reason we share in Christ’s glory even though we carry the cross and suffer its trials and tribulations in this life. This share in Christ’s suffering becomes the key that opens to us eternal life and the fullness of glory with God forever in His kingdom.

In Matthew’s gospel, we find three parables this Sunday: hidden treasure in a field, a pearl of great price, and the net of fish. In the first two parables, we find a hidden treasure and a pearl of great value. In both cases, the men hasten to sell all their belongings in order to purchase the field and the pearl. The lesson in clear: the kingdom of heaven is a treasure beyond price; we must renounce all we possess in order to acquire it. Jesus uses the image of the net thrown into the sea as the final parable. The net is brought to the shore filled with everything and it must be sorted. This parable is an image of those who have come to hear Him. There are fish of every kind and they will be sorted but not now. The time for judgment will come—“at the end of the age.” Now is the time “to fish” and live the kingdom of God as Jesus has taught us by loving God and our neighbor. It is in this way, that we fulfill our role, our vocation, in God’s plan by living a faith-filled life and witnessing to Him so when we are “caught” we will enjoy the fullness of the kingdom of heaven.

May God bless all of you,

Father Ron