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 4 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

October 19, 2014

In our first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, the prophet gives credit to Cyrus, the king of Persia, who brought an end to the Babylonian exile. The prophet sees history as directed by God, its Master, for the benefit of His people. We still believe that God dominates events, pursues His saving plan, and causes everything to work for the good of those who love Him and place their trust in Him. Everything that is, even trials imposed by malice, the murderous madness of the powerful. All the more, we believe that a leader’s benevolence, which historians call political intelligence, comes from God. Isaiah understands the importance of thanking Cyrus for remembering his people. It would be unjust to take the prophet for a vile opportunist and to cite his example in order to sanction or, on the contrary, to denounce leaders according to whether they favor or oppose the interests, the ambitions, the agenda of the group, the class to which we belong. We must not mistake any god for God. “I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me.” This proclamation is at the heart of our faith.

Our second reading is from St. Paul’s first Letter to the Thessalonians, which was written twenty years after the death of Christ, before all other New Testament writings, and contains Paul’s main doctrinal themes that are his gift to the church. He refers to the community as “church” because it is convened by the Father and is gathered around the Lord Jesus. It deserves this title because the Thessalonians possess an active faith, their charity produces much fruit, and their strong and enduring hope is evident to everyone. Such are the marks of an authentically Christian community: adherence to the Christian message, practice of the “new commandment,” assured trust in divine promises, and an ardent desire to see them fulfilled. Even though Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy spent relatively little time in Thessalonica, the fact remains that in the space of a few months the church was founded, organized under local leaders, and developed on the foundation of Paul’s apostolic preaching. The explanation is a simple one: the initiative comes from God, who—one does not know how—had prepared hearts.  

In Matthew’s gospel, the Pharisees are plotting against Jesus with Herod’s followers and so they send some of their disciples to question Him, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” They have set a trap for Jesus whether He answers, “Yes,” or “No.” Jesus simply answers, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” With this answer Jesus avoids the trap, teaching us to discharge our duties to Caesar without hesitation but give back to God what is God’s. Jesus directly teaches this: the duties toward God bind all, everywhere, always. He demands that we give back everything to Him. The rest—the duties—toward Caesar—do not come afterward but simultaneously. Jesus has not been appointed to settle our disputes over inheritances, or our political, or other problems: these are our responsibilities.

God bless you,

Father Ron