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

August 31, 2014

In our first reading from the Book of Jeremiah, we see how striking and irresistible the force of God’s call is. Jeremiah has answered God’s call to become a prophet but he is extremely sensitive, shy, timid, and deeply attached to his country and family. He is obligated to become a prophet of gloom and doom and antagonizes the strong and powerful leaders of his time and he feels he is not cut out for the job. The whole initiative was from God and it is God who will “deliver” Jeremiah and provide him with the words to speak. Jeremiah allowed himself to be “seduced” and God will take this frail and weak instrument and by the Spirit’s impulse he will speak the truth to His people.

In our second reading, we have a shift in the focus of the last twelve weeks and come to an exhortation to live out our daily lives according to the gospel—the Christian’s moral life as worship of God. Christ rendered a perfect worship to the Father by His obedience throughout His life and in His death on the cross. From that point on, the only valid worship is in reference to the new life that the Lord communicates to His disciples through baptism. Through baptism, we become one with Christ by dying to sin and rising to new life within Him. This opens us to the life of sanctifying grace through the sacraments and especially the Eucharist. Our worship is intimately bonded to our lives and forms an indissoluble unit.  The Eucharist is both source and expression of the charity that builds us into the Church. The Christian’s moral life becomes an unceasing search for conformity to God’s will.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells His disciples that He will “suffer” and “be killed” and “on the third day be raised.” In order to understand Peter’s reaction, we must remember the mere mention of the cross, an instrument of capital punishment, would frighten any and all of them. Peter cannot bear the thought that his Lord would suffer in such a way and declares, “God forbid, Lord!” Like Peter, how could anyone accept that such an end would come for Him who manifested in His teaching and His acts an authority and a power never seen in a human being? Jesus feels Peter’s reaction, though it is a human and a spontaneous one, as an intolerable temptation coming from him. It reminds Jesus of Satan’s temptations in the desert. “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” How can Peter say such a thing after the revelation he received from the Father? Because Peter remains a human being. Even after Jesus was raised on Easter Sunday morning, Peter had to run to the tomb and verify the story of the women and he was amazed. Remember that Peter and the disciples thought they were seeing a ghost when Jesus appeared to them after the Resurrection. It was only after Pentecost that Peter boldly proclaimed Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. To come to this faith, we like Peter must go from our human thoughts to God’s thoughts and this is not accomplished in one instant.

God bless you,

Father Ron