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

March 26, 2017

Holy Week & Easter Schedule 2017

Tuesday, April 11              Confessions – 6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12        Confessions – 6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m.                 

Holy Thursday, April 13   Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                          Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 p.m.
                                          Adoration until Midnight at the Repository in the Duffy Parish                                           Center Chapel – Compline (Night Prayer) at 11:50 p.m.   

Good Friday, April 14      Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                         Stations of the Cross – 12 Noon
                                         Confessions – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
                                         Outside Stations of the Cross with Neighboring Churches – 1:15 p.m.
                                         Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 3:00 p.m.
                                         Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 15   Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                         Blessing of baskets of Easter Food, Lower Level Duffy Center – 9:00 a.m.
                                         Confessions – 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
                                         Easter Vigil – 8:00 p.m.                   

Easter Sunday, April 16  Masses:  7:30 a.m. & 9:00 a.m. in the Church, 10:30 a.m.                                                                       in the Church & Gym, 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Church    
           

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In our first reading from the first Book of Samuel, we find the selection of David as king of the Israelites. Samuel is sent by the Lord to the town of Bethlehem to the home of Jesse. The new king is to be chosen from among his sons and the Lord reveals His choice as the youngest son, David. David is anointed as king and the spirit of the Lord rushed upon him. David will slay Goliath, he will befriend Jonathan who will be killed in battle, he will commit adultery with Bathsheba and have her husband, Uriah, killed on the frontline of the battleground and then repent of his crime. Through all of this, the Lord will remain true to His promise that the line of David will never end—the Messiah will be born of the house of David. It is Jesus who fulfills the hope of Israel that was promised by the Lord.

In our reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, he reminds us in our own time of the great gift and privilege we have received, “You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” We have become God’s children through the waters of baptism. We are “children of the light” no longer consumed or living in darkness. Christ has destroyed sin and death through His passion, death and resurrection—He is the light of the world. By His grace Jesus helps us to remain faithful to Him and to “take no part in the fruitless works of darkness.” As we continue our Lenten journey, we draw closer to Christ asking Him to “enlighten” us so that we will “learn what is pleasing to the Lord” so we can bear much fruit in this world.

Today in John’s gospel we find the story of the man born blind. Jesus meets the man and simply cured him of his blindness: a little mud rubbed on the eyes, washing of the eyes in the Pool of Siloam, and upon returning from the pool, he could see. We cannot miss the point that the blind man is healed little by little and that his “inner” eyes were opened and that he was brought to faith. John wants us to pay attention to this gradual way of recognizing the Lord Jesus. John does not tell us what attracts Jesus to the blind man—it is truly God’s initiative. The miracle of sight for the blind man becomes a surprise for him, his parents and those who knew him. His faith in the Lord Jesus changes everything. The theological significance of this story is an illustration of the journey toward faith, under the action of grace from beginning to end; the summit is reached when we to confess with all our heart, “I do believe, Lord.”

God bless you,
Father Ron