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 4 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

Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27, Masses at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

 

November 23 Reflections

Today we celebrate the final Sunday of the liturgical year as we honor Christ the King. In our first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel, he uses the image of shepherd as a rich metaphor for God, Himself. Shepherds exercise an undisputed authority over their flock but at the same time they are very close to their sheep and surround them with care and thoughtfulness. God does not entrust the care of His flock to others; like a good shepherd, He Himself looks after them. All the verbs used to describe the model shepherd’s activity refer to what God does for His people: tend, rescue, pasture, bind up, heal, etc. He offers all that is necessary to protect and guide the flock in safety. As we celebrate this particular feast we pay close attention to the following, “As for you, my sheep, says the Lord God, I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.” God, the Good Shepherd, will judge His sheep and lead His faithful sheep home to eternal life.

St. Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians emphasizes the central core of our faith, “Christ has been raised from the dead.” Paul contemplates the mystery of the resurrection of the Lord that is a divine event and has consequences for the present and the future in the history of salvation in which we share. The resurrection of Christ does not concern Him alone but affects us as humans born of Adam’s stock. We become a new creation and are promised eternal life because we are reborn in Christ. The process of the resurrection of the dead is started by the resurrection of Christ. This is the first step of the process that leads history to its ultimate end.  As children of Adam, we continue to die in order to live again in Christ. This second phase will take place when the living Lord comes back and leads the immense throngs of those who belong to Him and who, glorious, follow Him in their assigned ranks. Christ, as King of the Universe, will offer His power in homage to the Father.    

Our passage from Matthew’s gospel concludes the great discourse of Jesus on His coming at the end of time. The Son of Man when He “comes in his glory, and all the angels with him” will take “his glorious throne” in order to judge all nations and will appear as the king of the universe. We are reminded that He came to proclaim repentance for the kingdom of God is at hand. By His words and actions, He never stopped teaching or preaching that the kingdom has been prepared for the little ones, to whom God will give justice, and for those who are like them. Matthew stresses that all will be judged on what they will have done or not done for those who were hungry and thirsty, strangers, naked, sick, prisoners, those whom from the beginning Jesus declared blessed. The works of mercy will be the criteria as we stand in judgment before Jesus.

God bless you,

Father Ron