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 31, 2015

Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday—the revelation of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In our reading from the Book of Deuteronomy, we find an expression of God’s presence and action in the history of His people and especially the manifestation of divine power at the time of the Exodus. Through this experience, God showed Himself to the Israelites as the One True God. The people saw for themselves the saving power of God as they fled from Egypt through the Red Sea with water as a wall to their right and to their left. As God’s goodness of the past is recalled, it reminds us that God hears our cries and gives us hope and affirms our faith in Him. Our recognition of God’s saving power and mercy causes us to commit ourselves entirely to Him by following His law. To remain faithful and obedient to God and His law is life giving. We may not always understand how the Lord is working in our lives but little by little He reveals Himself and we must discern His presence.  

In our reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, he speaks of the Holy Spirit leading us in our daily lives. Although we have not seen the Spirit and He seems most elusive we are most frequently and concretely in contact with Him in the secret depths of our hearts. In fact, nothing happens in the world, in the Church, in the liturgy, for the good and salvation of every believer, without the Holy Spirit acting in a direct and decisive way. We are often able to detect His invisible presence and action, sometimes clearly, in the most ordinary circumstances of daily life but the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit can be discovered only by faith. Through baptism and the grace of the Holy Spirit we have become God’s adopted children, his disciples, and are called to participate in the ongoing work of Christ in the world. We know we face a daily struggle of remaining faithful to Christ and resisting the temptations around us. We are obligated to make choices and embrace ways of life opposed to those of the world. The Holy Spirit enables us to fearlessly confront these contradictions.    

In Matthew’s gospel, we find Jesus gathered with the disciples on a mountain in Galilee. Jesus gives them the great commission: to preach the Good News of His Passion, Death and Resurrection—salvation for our world; to baptize using the Trinitarian formula pointing out that a person is born to a new life, that of the three Persons of the Trinity; and, to teach all that He has commanded. The object of this teaching is not only limited to the “truths of the faith” but in daily living. As baptized people, we must learn to live as Christians, behave as children of the heavenly Father, and allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit. To believe in the gospel entails a new way of life that is based on what Christ taught and is a consequence of the grace received at baptism—the call to holiness. As we cooperate with the grace given to us in baptism, we participate more fully in the life of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and grow in holiness.

God bless you,

Father Ron