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

June 19, 2016

In today’s reading from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah, we find him writing about someone—a messiah, redeemer of suppressed people—who suffered and was killed, and his death poured a new spirit of grace on Israel. This text concerns sin and its purification. In order to overcome evil that has led to the death of “him whom they have pierced,” there must be an intervention of God that grants a new spirit, a spirit of repentance with respect to the one who has suffered for all. This is one instance, among many, that shows how Christ, in surpassing the prophecies, fulfills them. For neither a prophet or any other commentator could have imagined such a fulfillment.

In today’s passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he is writing to the Galatians who have possibly abandoned their faith or at least allowed the “truth” of the gospel to become contaminated. After having given their faith to Christ and put their trust in Him, the Galatians began to search elsewhere—the Mosaic Law—for the assurance of their salvation which is impossible. To live under the order of faith is to walk with only the guarantee of God’s promise, with complete confidence in Him; this can be fearful. From the temptation to turn to another system of security based on fidelity to a precise set of prescriptions, to observance of minutiae, comes a kind of enslavement. This debate over justification by faith or by the Law is not a thing of the past. It is not a question of abstract or juridical order. It is a question of knowing whether or not we can, like Jesus Christ and in Him, give to God the name of “Father”: “Through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.”

In Luke’s gospel, we find Peter’s profession of faith as he responds to Jesus by saying He is, “The Christ of God.” Jesus then forbids them to tell anyone about this profession and goes on to say, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and scribes and be killed and on the third day be raised.” This statement must have puzzled the disciples as Jesus reveals His mission. He has been sent by the Father to confront sin in decisive combat and to vanquish it forever through His passion, death, and resurrection. Jesus will become the victor as good triumphs over evil, grace over sin, and life over death. Jesus goes on to tell them, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” The “cross” of the disciples evokes the sacrifices that one “must” agree to in order to follow Jesus and not the ways of the world. “To follow” Christ, “to follow in his steps,” is not to seek the cross or stoically resign oneself to it, still less to delight in it. These renunciations and eventual death are not desired for their own sakes, but as the necessary passage to resurrection and life in Christ, in the very footsteps of Christ. As we travel daily on the road while bearing our cross, “denying” ourselves as Christ has taught us by loving God and our neighbor while “losing” our lives—it is a road that leads to life through the resurrection.

God bless you,
Father Ron