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 4 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

October 26, 2014

In our first reading from the Book of Exodus, we find the “Covenant of Mount Sinai” a series of laws and prescriptions that follow from the Ten Commandments. They are transmitted by Moses at God’s command and are qualified by this divine origin that distinguishes them from the codes put forth by humans. They come from Him who remains close to His own, who watches personally the manner in which they are observed or disregarded, and who is intimately involved in His people’s fidelity or infidelity. He watches the observance of His law, in particular when it comes to behavior toward the widow, poor, and weak. To mistreat, to oppress, and intimidate them is to insult God, to act as if He does not exist, to render Him evil for good. The defenseless have God as their defender and advocate.

In St. Paul’s first Letter to the Thessalonians, he marvels at the growth and witness of the church by the Thessalonians who received the word “in great affliction” and have become “a model for all believers in Macedonia and Achaia.” Paul knows full well that only the action of the Holy Spirit can explain the results obtained by his preaching. The apostles’ faith must have been contagious, because trials have not altered it but have stimulated the growth of their faith. People saw in Paul and his companions a convincing witness of Christ. If they had been preachers similar to so many others, seeking their own glory, they could not have borne what they had to suffer for the Thessalonians. The truth is borne out time and again—the credibility of the message depends upon the witness of those who spread it.  

In Matthew’s gospel, we find Jesus being questioned by a lawyer regarding the greatest commandment in the Law. Once again, a trap is being set for Jesus and He responds, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This answer reminds us that love is the constant attention given to God and to others. God, who loves all His children, judges the love we say we bear Him by the manner in which we act toward our sisters and brothers. Doing what is contrary to our neighbor’s good, in any way whatsoever, never corresponds to God’s will, to the love we owe Him. Jesus’ answer to the lawyer asking Him about the greatest commandment is also a revelation concerning Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father, above us, nobody has ever seen; the Son has become our Brother through His incarnation and we find Him in our neighbor; the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One in the indivisible Trinity. It is impossible to find the Father in prayer and the Spirit in the secret of our hearts if we do not recognize and serve the Son in the sisters and brothers with whom He identifies Himself.

God bless you,

Father Ron