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

Holy Week & Easter Schedule

Tuesday, March 27                 Confessions: 11:30–1 p.m. & 6:30 pm–8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28           Confessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
                                              (Last Confession time before Easter.)

Holy Thursday, March 29       Morning Prayer: 8:00 a.m.
                                                Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 p.m.
                                                Adoration until midnight at the Repository in the Chapel –
                                                Compline (Night Prayer) at 11:50 pm

Good Friday, March 30          Morning Prayer: 8:00 a.m.
                                               Stations of the Cross: 12 noon in the church
                                               Outside Stations of the Cross with Neighboring Churches -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, March 31      Morning Prayer: 8:00 a.m.
                                               Blessing Easter Food baskets, Lower Level Duffy Center – 9:00 a.m.
                                               Easter Vigil: 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 1          Masses: 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


Dear Parish Family:

“And Jesus wept.”
John 11:35

These words in today’s gospel summarize a reality we all experience hen a loved-one passes away. People die every day. Some die suddenly and violently. Many pass quietly after a long illness. A quick review of our death register would reveal that the deceased of our own parish have been elderly, young, and all ages in-between. When it occurs to one of our own, the world as we know it has changed; and frequently we are confronted with questions about the very meaning of life. St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, among other great Catholic scholars have described the gospel concerning the raising of Lazarus as Jesus’ confrontation with the greatest evil–death itself. Notice, however, how the evangelist staged the scene. Jesus did not leave Galilee as soon as soon he heard that Lazarus was sick. He even said that “this sickness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God…” (Jn 11:4) John’s words have multiple meanings. The death portrayed here was the “spiritual death” caused by a lifestyle of sin. To an impressionable group of grade school students, a parish priest once said: “You see that truck driver outside? He might be dead!” We all looked totally confused until he explained that the driver might be living in sin–completely alienated from God. The awesome mercy of God is displayed in the following verses. Knowing the danger that threatened him in the environs of Jerusalem, Jesus said to the apostles: “Let us go back to Judea!” (Jn 11:7) He added that Lazarus was “asleep;” but Jesus knew he had died. Not only did he as friend need to be with his grieving friends, as God he wanted to reach out in mercy to those most alienated from God. The mercy of God is boundless! What is it, then that continues to motivate men and women to go into “harm’s way?” Might it not be that many simply want to proclaim that ours is a God of profound mercy, compassion and love? St. Paul spoke to the people of Rome about the distinction between people of the “flesh” and people of the “Spirit.” Our confessions during this holy season tell the stories of our own struggles with the conflicting forces these words signify. The Greek word used here is “sarx.” It is very graphic and denotes all that pertains to our physical bodies. Another Greek word for “body” is “soma.” It is often used to refer to the more complete image of the body as both physical and spiritual. The image from our first reading from the prophet Isaiah graphically describes what happens when a “body of people” is revived and filled with the Spirit of God. Dead bones once scattered on the desert make a great clacking sound as they come together and bodies form once again. What are those “fetters” that still bind us and from which we yet need to be liberated?

Yours in Christ,
Father Bill Foley