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

July 5, 2015

In today’s reading from the Prophet Ezekiel, he receives his mission from the Lord. His mission is not an easy one as the Lord is sending him to His people who have rebelled against Him. The prophet is neither a flatterer nor a demagogue; he proclaims what God has ordered him to say. God is like the sower who throws seed by the handful, although He knows that a part of it will fall upon ground in which it will not germinate. God wants to give everyone a chance and He cannot resign Himself to allowing any land to remain fallow. He knows the richness of the Word that, in any event, will bear fruit. The fact that God sends a “son of man” as a prophet in the midst of His people shows an unflagging solicitude. The presence of His prophet shows to all that He remains ready to welcome those who will listen, even after having first rejected the prophet. God is not naïve, but knows that through hearing His unceasing calls, every sinner can finally experience a movement of wisdom, abandon sinful ways, and be converted.

In Saint Paul’s second Letter to Corinthians, he expresses how the extraordinary grace and revelations transformed him on the road to Damascus. However, he shares, “That I, Paul, might not become too elated, because of the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me. . .” Paul asked the Lord to remove the “thorn” three times because of the torment it caused. The Lord did not reject Paul’s prayer  He did not lift the burden of the cross bearing down on Paul, but He assured him of His effective help, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul’s prayer, as well as the Lord’s answer, are to be seen in the perspective of the mystery of the cross of Christ, who has revealed God’s power. But we must not forget that the strength given by this faith does not prevent us from feeling, to our innermost depths, the anguish of fear. All saints bear witness to this, even those who underwent martyrdom. Paul boasts of his weakness “in order that the power of Christ may dwell with [him].” He concludes, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” He recalls this for our benefit when we are faced with grave difficulties and when we are threatened with discouragement because of our weaknesses. His experience gives us a new reason to hope against all hope embracing the burden of the cross in our own lives.

Today in Mark’s gospel, we find Jesus being rejected by the people of His hometown of Nazareth. Everyone knows Him; they have seen Him grow up in their midst, and now He is teaching them on this particular Sabbath. They are astonished at His teaching and the wisdom it contains. They have heard about the miracles He has performed and it is too much for them—they are suspicious of Him. Jesus responds to them by saying, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” Although Jesus cured a few people, He was not distracted by their lack of faith but continued on preaching, teaching, and healing. He moves on to other towns to continue the mission He has received from the Father—to proclaim the Good News—and accomplish our salvation.

God bless you,

Father Ron