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

November 22, 2015

On this Sunday, our liturgical year comes to its completion. We proclaim and celebrate Christ, King of the Universe, enthroned at the right hand of the Father, as the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all things, the unique Savior of all people to whom He brings grace and peace. His kingdom does not belong to this world, for it uses measures that have nothing in common with this world.

Our first reading from the Book of Daniel, relates the vision that the author has during a time of great persecution of the Jews by Antiochius Epiphanes. The conviction of the author is simple: God will save His people. God does not have a savior in reserve; He had already enthroned Him at His side and has conferred on Him “dominion, glory and kingship” that He might reign over all people and nations. Whatever the present trials may be, we must not be disheartened. In spite of appearances to the contrary, the order willed by God is going to be established.

In our gospel passage, we find Jesus being questioned by Pontius Pilate, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replies, “you say that I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Jesus has not been vested with power by humans; He comes from above. Already in this sense, His kingdom does not belong to this world. Moreover, He came “to testify to the truth.” But “what is truth?” To understand what Jesus means, we must refer to the meaning that the Bible, not philosophy or common usage, gives to this word. In biblical language, the truth is a road one can follow with complete trust in order to have life. It is contained in God’s law because truth is something “to be done”; one must “be and walk in truth” by conforming one’s actions and one’s whole life to the will, to the word of God. Jesus was sent by the Father and invested by Him with the mission of testifying to that kind of truth. He taught it by works, by actions and lastly by His death.  

The truth leads to His kingdom—the kingdom of God. Through baptism each one of us is entrusted with proclaiming the gospel throughout the world using the same means Jesus, Himself, used: testimony even to death, if necessary. The Church and the Christian community must be an image of this kingdom where one joyfully becomes the servant of all, beginning with the weakest, the poor, the lowliest. To follow Christ, King of the Universe, by going against the ways of the world, brings many difficulties. Jesus’ message is contrary to the world’s message, but we are compelled to courageously proclaim the truth even if it means persecution and ridicule. As ambassadors for Christ, we have been given faith, hope and love which have the power to transform our world. We raise our eyes toward Christ, who, His heart opened on the cross, draws everyone to Himself to lead them with Him to His kingdom.

God bless you,

Father Ron