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

August 24, 2014

In our passage from the Prophet Isaiah, we find a story about Shebna and Eliakim and the succession of the master or steward of the palace; we see the hand of God at work—his continuing the work of salvation as He works to bring it to fruition. In every age, God desires faithful and trustworthy stewards who, in His name and according to His intentions, administer the house of which He is and remains Lord. The passage also reminds us that one steward will be sent who will not be a tyrant but shall accomplish what the Father has in store, “He will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.” He will be trusted with “the key of the House of David . . . when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.” Christ is the fulfillment of this promise for He opens the gates to the kingdom of God through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

In our reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we come to the end of the long exposition on the mystery of salvation: a hymn to God’s wisdom. Paul teaches us a very basic point about our faith and how we are lead to understand, believe and practice the revelation we have received from God. Simply understood, theology and catechesis are activities of the believer who investigates and develops things pertaining to the faith. These activities lead to prayer, contemplation, and praise. The structure of the Mass follows this same outline. During the Liturgy of the Word, God’s Word is announced in order that it might be better understood in its meaning and scope in our daily lives. The preaching during the homily is meant for the conversion of our hearts, based on a better knowledge of God and His mystery and how it relates to our daily lives. This is why the proclamation of the Word leads to prayer and the Eucharist, the great prayer of thanksgiving.

In today’s gospel from Matthew, we find Peter’s confession about the identity of Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter’s faith arouses the admiration and thanksgiving of Jesus, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.” Jesus invests Peter as the visible rock of the Church, the stone solidly set upon the unique foundation, Christ Himself, joined to it by the mortar of the faith that the Father has given to Peter. Peter is entrusted with keys that are the symbols of teaching and governing—that are to be exercised according to the example and in the spirit of the Lord. Jesus has entrusted Simon Peter with the keys of the kingdom of heaven, which is being built in this intermediary time from Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection until His return. The Church will know crises, persecutions, and storms, but the “gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it,” because its leader is the Risen One, who has definitely conquered sin and death. Although Peter suffered martyrdom, the keys have been transmitted to his successors and the ministry of Peter continues with Pope Francis at the present time.

God bless you,

Father Ron