Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Mass and Confession Schedule

Sunday
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.
Weekdays
6:30 a.m. (Except Federal Holidays)⎪8 a.m.⎪
11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m.
Saturday
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

June 25, 2017

In today’s reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah, we find Jeremiah facing the great challenge of being a prophet chosen by the Lord and the persecution he is undergoing. This painful period is  characterized by a king who disregards the covenant and the people who are tormenting him including his friends. Moreover, the Lord entrusts him with an impossible mission for which he feels totally inadequate to accomplish. After this profound human cry of pain and distress, the gift of faith prevails and he receives the consolation of the Lord, “But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.” Jeremiah steps out in faith and totally entrusts his cause to the Lord and it is upon Him that he places his heavy burden which overwhelms him. Jeremiah is truly the father of what it means to be spiritually “poor” by teaching us to depend on the Lord in our spiritual and material distress as we place our needs in the hands of the Lord.

In St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, he expresses the reality of sin and its effects in our world. The disobedience of Adam and Eve has brought sin and death into creation—God did not create sin and death. Paul goes on to share how our salvation is a gift and is accomplished through Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection, “But the gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many.” Not only does Christ repair the catastrophic state that had its origin in Adam, He initiates a new and better state. In Christ, we find our hope, through Him the universe has become a “new creation” and baptism is the gift that transforms us as it washes away original sin and opens us up to a new life in Christ as we begin our journey with Him.

In today’s passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus instructs the Apostles to “fear no one.” He is preparing them to go forth and witness to the good news of the Gospel. We know how the good news is not received by the world around us. As the Lord’s followers, we can be despised, mocked as dreamers, and dangerous challengers to the materialistic and selfish values around us. He instructs us “not to be afraid.” In doing so, He contrasts the fear of human beings with the fear of God, which has nothing to do with fear or even religious fear. Fear of God is consciousness of the transcendence and power of God, but also of His being the supreme good. Only one thing should be feared—to be lost, soul and body, for having cut one’s self off from God’s love. We are precious to God and His love for us is called providence. This gift enables us to trust God in all things and to know that He will give us everything we need to accomplish His work in our lives.

God Bless You,
Father Ron