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 3:30 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

January 22, 2017

The Parish Office will be closed Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017.

There will be no 6:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. mass and no adoration.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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In our passage from the Prophet Isaiah, we find a solemn proclamation. In God’s name, Isaiah announces that a glorious era is going to follow a shameful time. This proclamation comes at a time of civil war between the two kingdoms into which the Jewish nation was split after the death of Solomon: Judah in the south and Israel to the north. Judah called the Assyrians to help them. They invaded Israel and took many captives among the tribes to Zebulun and Naphtali. Isaiah saw these events as a punishment for sin, especially the king’s lack of faith in God. Isaiah’s words bring hope to God’s people. The people of God “who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” This proclamation reminds us that the Lord remains true to His promise that He will deliver His people even when they stray.

In our second reading from St. Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians, he urges them, “that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.” Paul is addressing the divisions which are taking place among the Christians at Corinth. He reminds them that they have been saved by Christ and no one else. Stated simply, faith and not human considerations is the basis for the demands of life and behavior the he presents—Christ is not divided. Any assault on the unity of the Christian community undermines the indivisible unity of Christ. A community that is divided causes misfortune, misery, and scandal. Paul reminds us that we have been purchased at a great price—the cross of Christ. We are reminded to work for unity and build up the Body of Christ in all of our interactions with each other.

In Matthew’s gospel, we find Jesus at the beginning of His public ministry. Jesus begins preaching in Galilee, “the district of the Gentiles,” to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah. From the beginning, Jesus comes as the “light of the world” to destroy the darkness, slavery of sin, and shame covering the world. His message is simple, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The message is meant for us as Jesus calls us to live lives of holiness and accomplish the mission He has for each of us. We are struck at the immediacy at which Peter, Andrew, James and John leave everything behind to follow Jesus. Like the apostles, we are called to follow Him wherever He is leading us. We admire the courage of the apostles to leave everything behind and follow Him.

God bless you,
Father Ron