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

August 21, 2016

In our reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we see the will of God in offering the gift of universal salvation: “to gather nations of every language.” The glory that God desires to shine on all is His power to gather together all the scattered peoples, overcoming by reconciliation the divisions among them. God actively involves those whom He has already saved, the “fugitives.” The community already saved by God must testify to the universality of salvation. Thus a “sign” will be raised in the midst of the assembly that has been set free. This “sign,” this standard, filled with the power of God, will be as unshakable as He, because it is called together and unified by Him.

In the Letter to the Hebrews, the author knows that suffering can be confounding, resulting in doubt and fruitless reflection. Therefore, he exhorts the suffering to delve into the heart of the reality and to understand what is happening to them and draw all possible good—or at least some good—from their misfortune. As children are disciplined by parents so God disciplines us. The author is concerned with God, our relationship to the Father and the instruction that He gives us; the pains and trials of life are part of our education under Him and are clearly not imposed arbitrarily, but for our own good.

In our reading from the Gospel of Luke, Jesus reminds us of the “narrow gate” which leads to the kingdom. At the end of time the door will be locked by the master of the house. Then it would be completely useless to knock, to cry out “Lord, open the door for us,” to say, “We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.” God’s call that He addresses to all with patience has always been linked to the call to faithfully observe the covenant, the Law of the Lord. The Gospel is very clear: in order to have a share in the kingdom, one must accept self-denial, the need to be confronted with ordeals, even to be put to death with Christ. But these demands do not merely place obstacles on the road to promised glory. We have been taught that everything through the love of God can and must become a source of peace and joy—He is, and always shows Himself to be, a loving Father. What is impossible for us is actually done by God—this is the mystery of universal salvation offered to us through Christ.

God bless you,
Father Ron