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

July 26, 2015

In our reading from the second Book of Kings, we find Elisha at the center of our passage. He played an important role in the northern kingdom and was known for many miraculous incidents. In today’s passage there is a great famine in the land. A man brings twenty barley loaves to Elisha. He instructs his servant to distribute the bread to all one hundred people. The small number of loaves is enough to feed everyone and there are leftovers. The Lord remains faithful to His people, “They shall eat and there shall be some left over.” Once again, we are reminded that in the Scriptures bread is God’s gift to strengthen His people. 

In St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, he exhorts them to “preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” Paul is stressing the unity of all members found in the Body of Christ. Christ has suffered, died, and risen to reconcile us to the Father and to each other. By our very baptism, “our call,” we are given the grace to overcome the selfish tendencies of the flesh. We grow in humility, gentleness, and patience through the Lord’s grace so that we are able to bear with “one another through love.” These gifts enable us to break down the walls of selfishness that are the result of the problems and difficulties we face in our lives. Finally, Paul reminds us that aggressive and selfish behavior is not acceptable in our lives because we are the children of the same Father. 

We find the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes in the Gospel of John. The crowd has followed Jesus and His disciples because of the miracles they have witnessed. As they follow Him to the mountain, their messianic expectations are strong for the “mountain” has always been a symbol of an encounter with God. The crowd is so great and the people are hungry—it is an impossible situation. A boy with five barley loaves and two fish is the only food that is available. He commands the apostles to have the people be seated, “five thousand in number.” “Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.” The people eat until they are filled. The apostles gather up twelve baskets of fragments reminding us of the abundance of the bread multiplied by Jesus. The abundance of this miracle points to the Eucharist that Jesus will give the Church the night before His death. The Eucharist is the Bread of Life that has and will sustain the Church until the Lord returns.

God bless you,

Father Ron