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

April 24, 2016

In our reading from the Acts of the Apostles for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Paul and Barnabas continue their missionary journey. They would revisit the communities they had founded to give them encouragement and strengthen them, especially if they were faced with trials. As Jesus had commanded, Peter and Paul not only worked for the awakening of faith but were also concerned with “strengthening the brothers.” Paul did this by sending disciples and by writing his letters to each of the churches he established. The apostles gave the churches they founded their own caretakers and continued to watch over and encourage them.

The Book of Revelation is the fruit of John’s lengthy meditation and mystical experience. At the end of the book, he shares his vision of “the holy city, a new Jerusalem.” The dawning of a new world is the hope of all believers who have suffered. John “sees” a universe and a world that is completely new. “The former heaven and earth,” have disappeared and so has the battleground where good and evil and light and darkness fought each other, and where the ancient serpent tried to destroy humanity. The whole universe opens for “the holy city, a new Jerusalem,” the dwelling place of God and those who shall be His people. Death, mourning, and pain have been destroyed through Christ’s passion, death and resurrection—“See, I make all things new!”

Our passage from John’s gospel comes from the night of the Last Supper. Jesus speaks to the apostles “heart to heart” knowing that His “hour” has come. That “hour” is the moment of glory when He will suffer, die, and rise to complete the mission of salvation the Father has given to Him. Jesus prepares the apostles by saying, “My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.” Jesus will not leave them orphaned, but the Holy Spirit will be sent to bring them peace, wisdom, and courage. He gives them the command, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” The love of Jesus is the incomparable standard for the love we must bear for others. To love as Jesus, is to love unconditionally—with no restrictions. Jesus’ love for all people is rooted in the love that binds Him to the Father and reveals the Father’s love for us. Christian charity has a vertical or mystical dimension. It is a participation in the very life and love of God which will be the law of the new and heavenly Jerusalem. It accompanies faith: without love nothing has value. To love as Jesus is to be “perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:28), to express like Jesus, in our own way, God’s holiness.

God bless you,
Father Ron