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

September 14, 2014

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Triumph of the Cross. In our first reading from the Book of Numbers, we find God’s people making their journey through the desert; they unjustly suspect that He has “brought them out of Egypt” in order to let them die in the desert. They have forgotten all that God has done for them through His servant, Moses. We can understand their exhaustion and frustration from their journey, but they had no right to speak against God. He sends “saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died.” They understand they had sinned against God and turned to Moses saying, “We have sinned, by complaining against the Lord and against you. Pray the Lord to take the serpents from us.” God instructs Moses to fashion a bronze serpent and mount it on a pole. All who had been bitten had only to look at it and they were healed. Once again, this event teaches us how God wanted His people to understand the gravity of their sin and its dire consequences. He wanted His people to be moved to conversion and to return to Him with a sincere heart and He would shower His mercy upon them.  

In St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we find a beautiful hymn that proclaims the glory of Christ. Because Jesus is humbly obedient to His Father, God highly exalts Him. Through the cross of His humiliation and His glory, Christ Jesus took over the leadership of humanity redeemed from the folly of Adam. Deceived by the serpent, Adam and Eve had disobeyed God, thinking that they could become like Him. By obediently accepting death, “even death on a cross,” “God greatly exalted” the new Adam. Through His passion, death, and resurrection, Christ opened up to all of humanity the path that reaches to God, and He reconciled the entire world to the Creator of heaven and earth and all that they contain.

In our passage from John’s gospel, we find Jesus in conversation with Nicodemus. Everything rests on the reality of the incarnation: the Word of God has become flesh. Jesus is the sole true witness to the Father and shares His knowledge of the things of heaven. Jesus reveals to Nicodemus what is to come, “just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” Seen in the light of Easter, the cross is not the gibbet on which Christ died but the throne of His glory. This is why John is always saying that Jesus was “lifted up” on the cross. This “lifting up” allows us to recognize His true nature and His transcendent dignity. And now it is to Christ, “lifted up” on the glorious cross, that we must raise our eyes not to be saved from the bite of a serpent, but in order to have eternal life. A look of faith is needed that will recognize in the cross a sign of salvation, and the One who is “lifted up” on this precious wood, the Savior of the world. At the same time, we will see in the cross of Christ the supreme proof of the infinite love of God, who “gave his only Son” so that everyone may have eternal life.

God bless you,

Father Ron