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 17, 2016

In our first reading from the Book of Genesis, we find Abraham resting at the entrance of his tent. Three visitors appear and he immediately begins to offer them hospitality. Sarah and Abraham prepare and serve supper to their unknown visitors. Instead of words of gratitude at the end of the meal, one of the visitors announces that Abraham and Sarah will finally have the son for whom they have waited so long. In welcoming these strangers, it is God who speaks to Abraham and Sarah. It is God who fulfills His promise of giving Abraham numerous descendants.

In St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he shares his joy in the midst of suffering. The tribulations he is enduring are no accident but a participation in the redemptive work of Christ. St. Paul reminds us the Church is united to Christ and constitutes His body and therefore shares in the mystery of His death and resurrection. St. Paul teaches us to proclaim the Good News of Christ to those around us. We are not to lose heart when faced with suffering but to embrace it. By living lives of faith, hope and love we witness to Christ and lead others to a personal encounter with the Lord.

In Luke’s Gospel, we have Martha and Mary welcoming Jesus to their home. Martha busies herself to receive Jesus properly. Mary sits at the feet of Jesus to listen to His words and is indifferent to Martha’s activity. Martha’s exasperation leads her to ask Jesus to intervene seeking Mary’s help with all the details of hospitality. Jesus uses this opportunity to point out that Mary has chosen “the better part.” Jesus reminds Martha that she is “anxious and worried about many things.” Martha is preoccupied and distracted and is not listening to the Lord Jesus. Jesus teaches that His disciples must not be distracted from listening to Him and carrying out the work of the kingdom. Following Mary’s example, we must listen to the Lord Jesus through prayer and meditation on the Scriptures and put into action what He is calling us to do.

God bless you,
Father Ron