Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Mass and Confession Schedule

Confessions- The Light is on for You
Wednesdays during Lent from 6:30-8pm
7:30am⎪9am (ASL Interpreted)⎪10:30am⎪       10:30am gym⎪12:30pm⎪5:30pm Filipino Mass every 4th Sunday 4pm
6:30am(Except Federal Holidays) ⎪8am⎪11am⎪5:30pm
8am⎪11am⎪5:30pm (Fullfills Sunday Obligation)
Holy Days of Obligation
Eve Before the Feast  - 5:30pm
Feast Day - 6:30am⎪8am⎪11am⎪5:30pm
Sacrament Of Reconciliation (Confession)
Friday and Saturday after 11am Mass (if no funeral)
Saturday: 4- 5pm & after 5:30pm Mass
OR anytime by appointment

Pastor's Column

April 20, 2014

Holy Week & Easter Schedule 2014

Good Friday, April 18th      Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                       Stations of the Cross – 12 Noon
                                       Confessions – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
                                       Outdoor Stations of the Cross with Neighboring Churches on 
                                         Chevy Chase Circle - 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 19th  Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                      Blessing of Easter food, Lower Level of Parish Center – 9:00 a.m.
                                      Confessions – 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
                                      Easter Vigil – 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20th    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


The Lord has indeed risen, Alleluia. 

Glory and kingship be His forever. 

These words of the entrance antiphon for Easter Sunday express the truth and joy of the Lord’s resurrection. We ask God to renew us through His Son’s resurrection to live lives worthy as His children.

In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter gives testimony to the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Peter along with the other witnesses chosen by God saw the Lord after His resurrection. Jesus appeared to the apostles and the women, explained the Scriptures to them and reminded them of all He had taught them. In this way, they were able to pass from despair and doubt to joy and faith. Our faith comes to us from the apostles and is transmitted in and through the Church so that we might give testimony to the Lord’s goodness to others.

In St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he reminds us to “think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” He reminds us not to lose our focus since we are bombarded on all sides in our daily life with messages contrary to Christ. We have “died with Christ” and our lives are “hidden with Christ in God.” The path of the Christian life we follow is an unbroken following of the mystery of Christ. We have the promise of sharing in the glory of Christ when He comes at the end of time. Meanwhile, we actively take on the challenge of becoming the saints we have been called to be through Baptism.

In our gospel passage from John, Mary Magdalene returns to the apostles with the news of the empty tomb. Peter and John set out towards the tomb immediately. Although John arrives first, he allows Peter to inspect the tomb where he finds the burial cloths in a pile. John enters the tomb and immediately he sees and believes. For John, the sign of the empty tomb led to a full knowledge of the Scriptures. The Lord’s resurrection is the supreme blessing for all believers. We look forward to the day when the Lord will come at the end of time and we too shall experience the fullness of the resurrection. Each one of us must announce the good news to our world, “The Lord is risen as He promised.” 

May God bless all of you,

Father Ron