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 30, 2017

In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter stands up and solemnly proclaims all that Jesus the Nazarene accomplished in Jerusalem. Although Jesus worked many wonders and signs, He suffered a terrible death by crucifixion but all is not lost. In fact, the Father’s plan is simple—Jesus passion, death and crucifixion destroys sin and death and new life is given to all who believe. Peter reminds us, “God raised him up...because it was impossible for him to be held by death.” God in turn will not abandon us to death as we place our hope in Him and live His law of love. We will pass from death to life and see our God face to face and enjoy His presence and love for eternity—the joy that lasts forever. It is our Christian hope founded on Christ’s passion, death and resurrection that sustains us as we carry the cross in our daily lives.

Our reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter, reminds us that Christ’s death has brought redemption to our world. We have not been saved by “silver or gold” but by something far more precious—the precious blood of Christ, the spotless Lamb of God. We are reminded of the lambs chosen for the Passover meal which were to be spotless and unblemished recalling the blood of the lambs that saved God’s people from the Angel of Death as he passed through the land of Egypt as the final plague before pharaoh released the Israelites from slavery to follow Moses. God wanted us to be saved by one like us and for this reason He sent His Son, Jesus. Jesus, in obedience to the Father, offers Himself on the cross as the spotless Lamb and by His blood we are saved. The blood and water that flows from Christ’s side after being pierced by the soldier’s lance signifies baptism and the Eucharist. Through baptism, our sins are forgiven and we become God’s daughters and sons. The Lord Jesus nourishes us with His own Body and Blood as food for our journey in this world to our true and eternal home—heaven.

Today’s gospel passage from Luke begins with the journey of two companions from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The two disciples are grieving the loss of Jesus and their disappointment in their expectations of all they thought He had come to accomplish. A stranger, Jesus, joins them on the journey and they pour their hearts out to Him. They are so overcome with grief they do not recognize that it is Him. We should not be surprised by this since they would be overcome with grief and haunted by the images of the Lord’s cruel death. When someone experiences great grief; that person will listen to anyone who knows how to speak to one’s heart. For this reason, the companions listen intently to all that He reveals to them and urge Him to stay with them as they arrive at home. As Jesus blesses the bread and breaks it, the disciples immediately recognize it is Jesus and He disappears from their midst. We are no different as we make our journey through this world. The Lord Jesus is always present but especially in the Eucharist. He feeds us with His own Body and Blood which nourishes us to live and love as He has taught us. Although we have not seen Him, we love Him. He fulfills His promise to us that He is with us until the end of time. As we celebrate our Easter season may we reflect more deeply on the gift of Jesus Himself—the Eucharist.

God bless you,
Father Ron