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 3:30 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)
Saturday: 4-5 p.m. OR anytime by appointment

Pastor's Column

August 5, 2018

Dear Parish Family:

How did you prepare for Holy Mass today? Perhaps you spent time pondering the Scriptures during the week or discussing them with one another? Did you fast? As you know, we are required to fast one hour prior to the reception of Holy Communion. It is so easy that we might not even be aware that we are intentionally fasting! In 1959, we were told to fast three hours. A few years earlier, the Church asked communicants to abstain from food and drink from midnight of the prior night. Fasting can take many forms. How many of us are addicted to our electronic devices? What would we do without them? Do I prepare for the Eucharistic banquet in the same way in which I would prepare to go to a dinner at an expensive restaurant? What about my attitude? The Israelites grumbled in the desert because they were starving. To some extent, it is good to have grumbling stomachs prior to coming to Eucharist. When we abstain from social media, the lack of external stimulation might lead the soul more directly to a stillness that makes one more alert and attentive to the divine. When you arrive at Church, I suggest that to maintain that stillness, you refrain from reading the bulletin or anything else. Arrive early; sit quietly; listen! When we come together, we are not simply a collection of individuals; we form a congregation.

“Congregation is formed only when those individuals are present not only corporally but also spiritually, when they have contacted one another in prayer and stepped into the spiritual ‘space’ around them, and strictly speaking, when they have first widened and heightened that space by prayer.”
(Romano Guardini, Meditations Before Mass, pg. 5)

Yours in Christ,
Father Bill Foley