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

February 7, 2016

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
February 10, 2016

6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Ashes will be distributed during all Masses after the homily.

A Reminder: On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics between ages 18 and 59 observe a modified fast; guidelines allow one full meal per day. Catholics aged 14 and over abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. (Source: www.adw.org)

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Reflections on the Readings

As we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time our scriptures focus on the mission God has for each of us. In our first reading, Isaiah has a vision of God in His holy temple and it is during this experience that he is called to be a prophet. Isaiah sees “the high and lofty throne,” the Seraphim and the “train” of the cloak that “filled the Temple.” It is this experience which enables him to preach the theology of the sanctity of God. Overwhelmed by this experience of God, Isaiah feels unworthy but God purifies him and he responds, “Here I am . . . Send me.”

St. Paul through his conversion experience on the road to Damascus is called to be an Apostle. He, too, is conscious of his unworthiness, having persecuted the Church. His choice by God to be an Apostle is pure grace along with the zeal which sustains him through his mission. It is an unconditional gift accepted freely by St. Paul when he responds to Jesus, “What shall I do?” As St. Paul reminds the Corinthians, so he reminds us to guard the gift of faith we have been given.

In Luke’s gospel, we have Jesus seated in a boat teaching the crowds. Then He directs Peter to go out on the lake and cast the nets. Peter is surprised and responds, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” He caught so many fish that the nets were in danger of breaking. Peter and the others are seized with fear at this manifestation of the Lord’s power. As with all divine manifestations there is a profound feeling of holy terror, for a creature is in the presence of God. For this reason, Jesus responds to Peter, “Do not be afraid.” Jesus then adds, “From now on you will be catching men.” At this point, Peter and the others leave everything to follow the Lord. We are reminded that we have been called to be disciples and to use the grace, gifts and talents we have been given to serve each other. This is the way that we build up the Church, the Body of Christ in our world.

God bless you,

Father Ron