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 30, 2015

In our reading from the Book of Deuteronomy, we find the Law as it is given to Moses by God. His people are called to carefully guard against adding or subtracting from the Law because it comes from God, Himself. It keeps the people from the temptation of settling into any sort of self-satisfaction, into an introverted complacency. Unceasingly, it projects into the future the fulfillment that God will realize when He wills, as He wills. Through the Law, God teaches His children to walk in His way so that taking these steps they may reach the end of the journey. The humble and persevering observance of God’s law and its prescriptions give strength and courage for the long journey and keeps us on the path that God gives to us. Faithful observance of the Law is a witness to God shown before all people.  

In the Letter of Saint James, we find the source of all goodness, “All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.” The gifts or “graces” must be sought after by Christians. They come from the Father, the transcendent and inexhaustible source of all light, of all good, of all perfection. Supernatural by their origin, they are also supernatural in their effects. The word of God is “the word of truth.” We must welcome this seed into our hearts that it might germinate and produce abundant fruit in our lives. And, it is never enough for us to hear the word of God we must put it into practice.  

In Mark’s gospel, we find Jesus confronted by the Pharisees and scribes who have come from Jerusalem and reproach Him for not following the ancient traditions of hand washing.  We are reminded of the strict ritual practices of washing cups, jugs, kettles, so that no one would risk legal impurity by being contaminated by “unclean” things. Jesus wants to stress that we must honor God with our heart and not only with our lips—our inner disposition must correspond to our outward actions. Jesus says, “Nothing that enters one from the outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.” The heart is the place where evil originates and is consummated. The evil desire, the base intention, hatred, greed makes one unclean even if they do not act upon them. On the other hand and more importantly, a wicked thought may be just a temptation that, being fought back, represents a victory over evil. Watchfulness over our hearts is an obligation, because we are called to become perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. Therefore, we must examine our lives and our behavior according to God’s commandments. The commandments are a grace that assigns to us a considerable responsibility to one another and our world. If they are humbly received and faithfully kept, they render witness to the wisdom of God who gave them, at the same time they insure salvation in truth. Jesus is a free man who frees others and calls them to act responsibly by conforming their lives to the desires of their hearts in which the Word was sown.

God bless you,

Father Ron