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

November 19, 2017

Attention Parishioners,

Our roof restoration project for the Church is projected to last through the month of November.  During this time, Adoration will be in the chapel. 5:30 pm Mass will continue to be in the Church.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

On December 1, I plan to offer a “healing Mass.” This is something I have been doing in my past three parishes on a monthly basis. As a preparation for this Mass, I want to offer the following brief catechesis.

There is probably nothing that so unites people of all persuasions more than does the need for healing. Believers in God, agnostics, even atheists will take advantage of an opportunity that might promise relief or healing for them or for a loved one in the face of serious illness.

The “General Introduction” to the Pastoral Care of the Sick has some helpful reflections on the mystery of sickness and the longing for God’s healing grace:

“1. Suffering and illness have always been among the greatest problems that trouble the human spirit.”

“2. Although closely linked with the human condition, sickness cannot as a rule be regarded as a punishment inflicted on each individual for personal sins (see John 9:3).”

“…the role of the sick in the Church is to be a reminder to others of the essential or higher things. By their witness the sick show that our mortal life must be redeemed through the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection.”

Christ’s healing power is conferred upon us chiefly through the sacraments of healing: Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Anointing of the Sick. Healing is also listed among the charisms or gifts given by the Holy Spirit to the Christian community. Note, however, that St. Paul reminded them of the most important gift–love!

Consider for a moment the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick:

“Those who are seriously ill need the special help of God’s grace in this time of anxiety, lest they be broken in spirit and, under the pressure of temptation, perhaps weakened in their faith.”

“The celebration of the sacrament consists especially in the laying on of hands by the priests of the Church, the offering of the prayer of faith, and the anointing of the sick with oil made holy by God’s blessing. This rite signifies the grace of the sacrament and confers it.”

“…the sick person is able not only to bear suffering bravely, but also to fight against it. A return to physical health may follow the reception of this sacrament if it will be beneficial to the sick person’s salvation. If necessary, the sacrament also provides the sick person with the forgiveness of sins and the completion of Christian penance.”

“In the anointing of the sick, which includes the prayer of faith (see James 5:15), faith itself is manifested. Above all this faith must be made actual in the minister of the sacrament and, even more importantly, in the recipient. The sick person will be saved by personal faith and by the faith of the Church…”

“A prudent or reasonably sure judgment, without scruple, is sufficient for deciding on the seriousness of an illness…”

“A sick person may be anointed before surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the surgery.”

“Elderly people may be anointed if they have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present.”

“Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be strengthened by this sacrament.”

“The sacrament of anointing is to be conferred on sick people who, although they have lost consciousness or the use of reason, have, as Christian believers, at least implicitly asked for it when they were in control of their faculties.”

“When a priest has been called to attend to those who are already dead, he should not administer the sacrament of anointing…”

“The priest is the only proper minister of the anointing of the sick.”

What about the various “healing services” wherein the gift of healing is made manifest? The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given not so much to individuals as to the Church. They are meant for the building up of the Kingdom here on earth and as signs of God’s presence in our midst.

Those who possess this gift usually follow the practice of the early Church and lay hands on those seeking the healing. Some also use holy water; others use oil (not to be confused with the oil of the sick).

Anyone is invited to receive this healing blessing; one need not be seriously sick. Often the one so blessed experiences a freedom or peace that relaxes the muscles and allows the individual to collapse peacefully. This is called resting (or slain) in the Spirit. This phenomenon need not occur as a prerequisite for healing!

Healing occurs in many ways. We must remember, however, that it is given for the sake of the community of faith within the context of that community. When such healing services occur after a “Healing Mass,” we must recognize the power of the Eucharist. Prior to communion, we all say: “O Lord, I am not worthy to receive you; but only say the Word and I shall be healed!”

Yours in Christ,
Father Bill Foley