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

October 11, 2015

The author of the Book of Wisdom has meditated on the Scriptures and after a long reflection on his experience has led him to understand the importance of Wisdom. The gift of Wisdom guides the world in the right direction corresponding to the Father’s intention and fulfilling His will through the Law. Wisdom is personified as a woman and she is preferable to health, beauty, and light—Wisdom does not perish. She is a gift from God for which we must pray. This Wisdom is the spirit of discernment, understanding of the heart, surety of judgment that shows with certainty what is good and what is evil. The gift of Wisdom helps us to see the world around us as God sees it. 

In the Letter to the Hebrews, we are given a brief instruction and reflection on the power of God’s word. This word is living because it comes from the living God. That is why it is “effective” and penetrates everywhere “soul and spirit” and “joints and marrow.” It is impossible to evade it, even if one refuses to listen. What God said once remains eternally and one cannot silence Him or nullify His words. It is impossible to flee and avoid hearing God’s word because it reveals the truth of who we are and what the Lord calls us to do. By His word, the Lord calls us to cooperate with His grace and accomplish His will in our lives.

In today’s passage from Mark’s Gospel, a rich young man comes forward to Jesus and kneels down asking, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” We immediately identify with the young man because he asks the question we all have in our own hearts. Jesus reminds him that in order to know how to act, one must consult the commandments of the Law. The young man answers, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus looks at him and loves him and adds, “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” “To follow” Jesus, an expression that describes discipleship, demands that we prefer Him over everything, that we accompany Him without looking back. “At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.” Then Jesus “looked around” and said, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” They were amazed at His words and examples and said, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus responds, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.  All things are possible for God.” Jesus makes it clear that salvation comes from God and God alone—we cannot save ourselves. In order to enter the kingdom of heaven, we must free ourselves from earthly things, from material riches that tie us down. And we all know how difficult it is to be truly detached from what we possess, even if it is very little. But Jesus’ word reaches farther: there exists no way of forcing open the gate of heaven; salvation is a gift—a grace—that always comes from God. 

God bless you,

Father Ron