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

November 2, 2014

Today we celebrate All Souls Day as we remember all of our beloved dead. This commemoration of all the faithful departed was first celebrated on November 2, 998. Pope Sylvester gave his immediate approval to the abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Cluny in favor of this celebration within the church. The Benedictine Order continued to spread this custom throughout the world. The Mass for All Souls Day was included in the Roman Missal by the Council of Trent in 1570.

In our reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we hear the message of hope—that death will not have the final word. The Lord promises us that the “web of death” will be destroyed and He will “wipe away the tears from all faces.” These words have been fulfilled by Jesus through His passion, death, and resurrection. This message of hope consoles us knowing that death does not have the final word and we rejoice that salvation has been given to us as God promised.   

In St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, he speaks of our new life in Christ that begins with our baptism. As we are baptized, we die with Christ that we might rise with Him. As the waters of baptism are poured over us, original sin is washed away and we become God’s daughters and sons—a new creation and are no longer slaves to sin and darkness but children of the light. We are given the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love to live lives of holiness and truth as taught and revealed by Jesus.

Our passage from John’s gospel clearly states the mission of Jesus that He has received from the Father, “. . . that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” Jesus comes to restore what was lost through the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve. Christ’s sacrifice, the unique gift of His passion, death, and resurrection, completes and surpasses all others. This sacrifice is a gift from God the Father for He handed His Son over to sinners in order to reconcile us with Himself. At the same time it is the offering of the Son of God, who in love offered His life to the Father in reparation for our disobedience. By His death, Christ liberates us from sin; by His resurrection, He opens for us the way to a new life. This new life is above all justification that reinstates us in God’s grace. The risen Christ becomes the principle and source of our future resurrection and everlasting life. Although death comes to us, death does not have the final word for we belong to Christ and share in His life and the promise and glory of being raised with Him on the last day. 

God bless you,

Father Ron