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

May 21, 2017

In our reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we find Philip fleeing from Jerusalem when a persecution begins after Stephen’s martyrdom. We remember from last week’s reading that Philip is one of the deacons appointed to care for the Greek speaking widows. He travels to a village in Samaria. He preached the good news of Jesus and performed many signs in Jesus’ name and many came to believe in Jesus. Philip baptizes large numbers of people. Once the apostles in Jerusalem hear of Philip’s success, they send Peter and John to pray over the people that they might receive the Holy Spirit. As Peter and John lay hands on them they receive the Holy Spirit—their reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Our passage from the first Letter of Saint Peter speaks to our hearts as we live our lives in this world. We are called to follow Christ daily and keep Him at the center of our hearts. This is not always easy amidst the pressures and voices we hear which are contrary to the gospel. We draw on the gift of courage received at Confirmation to hold firm to our faith, to keep from being drawn into conflicting currents and behaviors held up by our world. We take hope in the fact that Christ alone is holy and there is no salvation without Him. To fear nothing and no one is to give Him glory. Since the Lord is at the center of our lives we should always be willing to share Christ and His good news with all we meet along the way.

Our passage from John’s gospel reveals Jesus promise of an Advocate to come. Jesus has prepared His disciples for what is to come through His passion, death, resurrection and ultimate return to the Father’s right hand. Jesus speaks of “keeping my commandments.” It is in this way we show our true love for Him by following all that He has taught for He is “the way and the truth and the life.” As we accompany Him, we may be sure of discovering our true good. Jesus knows this: He can and wants to lead us to it because He loves us. Love, after all, is the strongest and most intimate bond on earth and in heaven. As the Lord Jesus returns toheaven, we are not left alone. He asks the Father to give us an “Advocate,” the gift of the Holy Spirit, allows us to believe without having seen the Lord Jesus. The Spirit manifests His presence by what He does in each of us, in the Church and the world. It is by being attentive to this that we perceive the Spirit’s active presence. Through our reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Holy Spirit seals our baptism. Faithful to the commandments the Lord has left us, we can and must, by the witness of charity, reveal God’s love for all people to the whole world.

God Bless You,
Father Ron