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)
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 13, 2017

Dear Parish Family:

Did you ever wonder why Jesus used parables as a preaching technique? I believe there are two prime answers to this question. People often learn profound truths more effectively by the use of examples. Secondly, God’s love is so overwhelming in its simplicity. The “parables of the kingdom” as told by Matthew, all illustrate God’s mercy. The weeds are not to be pulled until harvest lest the good wheat be destroyed in the process. Evil does exist along with the good because God so respects human freedom as to invite us to respond on our own to the invitation to live in God’s love. When elders bemoan the lack of religious fervor in their children, these parables are a reminder that God never gives up on us. The “kingdom” grows slowly, almost imperceptibly, like the mustard seed. Some of us, however, are fortunate enough to have “conversion moments” that leave an indelible mark. The story of the Transfiguration (told by all of the synoptic) gospels was one such unforgettable impression made in the collective consciousness of early followers of Jesus. There is nothing that we can do to “make” such moments of spiritual awakening occur; but the very fact that they happen ought to give us hope.

On the sixth of August, when we as Church celebrate this great feast, I will be with family members in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. On one memorable hike in those beloved hills years ago, we emerged from the clouds to see mountain peaks rising above an ocean of clouds. Moments later the sun had burned through the under-cast and the vision was gone. These rare events encourage us to persevere through our spiritual deserts and painful crosses to the joy of new life with the Risen Lord!

Yours in Christ,
Father Bill Foley