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 4 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

December 14


Christmas Eve Masses
Christmas Day Masses
4:00 pm (Gym) – Children’s Liturgy   7:30 am – Mass at Dawn
4:00 pm (Church) – Vigil Mass    9:00 am – Mass of the Day
6:00 pm – Vigil Mass  10:30 am (Church) – Mass of the Day
8:00 pm – Vigil Mass  12:30 pm – Mass of the Day
12 Midnight – Mass at Midnight No 5:30 pm Mass on Christmas Day


New Year's Eve  Mass New Year’s Day Masses
5:30 pm Mass – Vigil Mass 8:00 am Mass
11:00 am Mass

Confession Schedule:
Saturday, December 6, 13, 20, at the regular time: from 4-5 p.m.
Parish Penance Service is scheduled for Monday, December 15, at 7 p.m.
Confessions will also be heard on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Reflections For December 14

Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent traditionally called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete comes from the Latin word, gaudere, to rejoice. We are at the midpoint of our Advent season and the theme of our readings is one of joy.

In today’s first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we find two passages: the announcement of the prophet sent by God to bring good news to the poor and to proclaim a year of favor. The Hebrew word for “poor” means “bowed down,” an attitude of humble submission. God’s people are in Exile and are about to be freed. They have stood before God, whose benevolence and kindness they recognize, whose mystery they adore, and for whom they have awaited with utter confidence. It is the cry of these poor—the persecuted, afflicted, and unfortunate that has been heard. As friends and servants of God, they have been pardoned for their iniquities and reassured that the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. As they are rescued by God, they are filled with joy. God’s people are no longer strangers held captive in a strange land but are ready to return to their home. For this reason, the images of the “robe of salvation,” “mantle of justice,” “diadem,” and “jewels” are used to describe the restoration of their dignity and as they return to their homeland.

In St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, we find the exhortation, “Rejoice always.” Paul in no way diminishes the sorrow and anguish of our lives but he speaks of one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit: joy. Christian joy is rooted in hope, and is indestructible even in the midst of suffering. Paul admonishes us to, “Pray without ceasing.” It is an easy step to go from constant joy to constant prayer, and vice versa, because the one is based in the confidence and hope that the other expresses. Paul also teaches us to, “Refrain from every kind of evil.” He recognizes the call to Christian holiness is comprised of works of charity, joy, and prayer. This sanctification requires us to cooperate with the grace that God gives to us. True joy flows from living our lives as God has commanded us: by loving Him and our neighbor—nothing more, nothing less.

In our reading from the Gospel of John, we find John being “interrogated” about who he is by the priests and Levites sent by the authorities in Jerusalem. He quotes the Prophet Isaiah, “I am the voice crying out in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord.” Thus he is placed in relation to someone else, whose servant-precursor he is—Jesus. John acted as an authentic precursor: he prepared himself through prayer and fasting to recognize and receive the Lord, while allowing the Lord to reveal Himself. We admire and strive for the humility exemplified by John—to allow Christ to “increase” in us while we with our own selfishness and self interests “decrease.” As we celebrate the joy of this Sunday, may we deepen our prayer life and draw closer to the Lord Jesus and reduce the distance that always exists between the little that we are and all that God has in store and prepares for us.

God bless you,
Father Ron