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

February 26, 2017

 

Our passage from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah is an answer to the anguish that God’s people is experiencing during their exile in Babylon. Their faith has been shaken and they are beginning to lose hope that God has abandoned them but Isaiah brings them a word of hope. “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” This answer shows the depth of God’s love for them and also us. It is this love that leads to the fullness of redemption for all of us when He sends His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins and to rise from dead. We must always remember that God will never abandon us but always trust in His providential love for us.

In Saint Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians, we find him addressing the factions that are present in the community of Corinth. He stresses the fact that everyone should be serving each other. “Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” Paul points out that everyone must place their gifts, qualities, and charisms at the service of the community. No one may judge another— Jesus will be our judge at the end of time. Paul understands how the judging others has lead to the factions and divisions within his community.

In today’s passage from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus clearly teaches, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” By seeking the kingdom of God “first,” we make God’s will the priority of our lives. In so doing, we avoid the trap of being pulled into the material pursuits of the world around us by attempting to serve God and mammon. This does not mean we drift into pious daydreaming but truly strive to live lives of holiness by serving God and our sisters and brothers. In doing this, the rest “will be given you besides.” Jesus is no dreamer and He does not say that food and clothing are useless, that the things of ordinary life are due to us or will be freely given to us. But they are “besides,” a bonus. “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” The proverb confirms what was just said. Everyday we must labor for food and clothing, but we must always seek the kingdom of God and His justice, even while we are engaged in earning our living. The search for God implies a total trust in God’s providence that feeds the birds in the sky and lavishly clothes the lilies of the field.

God bless you,
Father Ron