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

Holy Week and Easter Schedule/Reflections on Sunday Readings


Holy Week & Easter Schedule 2015


Tuesday, March 31               Confessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1              Confessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
                                                                     
Holy Thursday, April         Morning Prayer: 8 a.m.
                                              Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7 p.m.
                                              Adoration until Midnight at the Repository in the Parish
                                                  Center Chapel: Compline (Night Prayer) at 11:50 p.m.

Good Friday, April 3             Morning Prayer: 8 a.m.
                                             Stations of the Cross: 12 p.m.
                                             Confessions: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
                                             Outside Stations of the Cross with neighboring churches: 1:15 p.m.
                                             Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 3 p.m.
                                             Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 4          Morning Prayer: 8 a.m.
                                             Blessing of baskets of Easter food, Parish Center, lower level: 9 a.m.
                                             Confessions: 12 – 1 p.m.
                                             Easter Vigil: 8 p.m.
                                                           
Easter Sunday, April 5          Masses: 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the Church
                                                        10:30 a.m. in the Church and Gym
                                                        12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Church    

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Today, we gather to celebrate Passion Sunday recalling Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the blessing of the palm branches. We also listen and reflect on the Passion of Jesus according to Mark that tells of the cruel and harsh conditions of His death which brings about His victory over sin and death.

In Isaiah, we read about the Suffering Servant whose perseverance and fidelity are exalted. Where does his strength come from? The Servant put his trust in God and remained nonviolent even as he was attacked. The daily nearness of the Servant to the Master explains his courage and ability to comfort others who are tired. Jesus is presented as the Servant of God and the cruelties inflicted on Him were its profound realization. Such is the logic of the cross: to die by the hatred of others in order that they may live again by Christ’s love. Only God can give all of us proofs of His love and render us capable, through the example of Jesus, His Servant, of hoping against all hope in the victory of love stronger than death.

In St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we read the Christological hymn of Jesus. It immediately places us at the center of the divine mystery and therefore our own human mystery. God desired us to be saved by one like ourselves though free from sin. Christ humbles Himself by entering into our humanity. From beginning to end, Christ’s earthly life was a “Yes” to God so that salvation would be brought to our world through Him. Just as sin and death entered our world through Adam, salvation is brought forth by the New Adam, Jesus.  

As we read the Passion according to Mark, the scandal of the cross is evident but it reveals the “messianic secret”—Jesus is the Son of God. After the Last Supper, Jesus and his companions go to the Garden of Olives. Jesus enters into solitary anguish, prays to His Father, is betrayed by Judas and arrested, and abandoned by His disciples. As He stands before the high priest, He declares that He is the Messiah by responding, “I am.” He signs His own death warrant by this proclamation. Before Pilate, He confirms that He is a king and He is taken away and scourged. The trial before Pilate is orchestrated by the chief priests who arouse the crowd and Barabbas is released, not Jesus. Jesus is condemned to death and led out to be crucified. The so-called King of the Jews is enthroned on the cross and flanked by two robbers. Naked, humiliated to the extreme, and forsaken by His people Jesus dies with a loud cry of abandonment—the cry of the Suffering Servant found in Isaiah. When all seems lost, the Son accomplishes the mission given to Him by the Father. As Jesus breathes His last breath, He triumphs over sin and death as seen in two facts recorded by Mark—the Temple is made useless and obsolete by the sacrifice of the Son of God; a pagan centurion recognized Jesus as “the Son of God” who sits on the right side of the throne.

God bless you,

Father Ron