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

October 2, 2016

The setting for today’s reading from the Book of the Prophet Habakkuk is Jerusalem as it is besieged by the Babylonians in 600 BC. He tries to console his fellow citizens by encouraging them to have faith in God because they will not be disappointed. The Lord responds to their cry, not by addressing the question put to Him, but by a solemn declaration of faithfulness to the covenant, confirmed in writing. There is nothing more than a simple declaration: the Word of God accomplishes what it says, the vow written by God already begins to be fulfilled. There is no room for impatience, and even less for doubt: “the vision still has its time,” the fulfillment will surely come; to wait for it in hope is to prepare oneself to receive it; the just will live “because of faith,” solidly based on God’s own faithfulness. The words of the prophet give us hope in our present situation no matter how painful or distressing it might be that God is always faithful and we can always rely on Him.

In our passage from Saint Paul’s second Letter to Timothy, Paul, who is in jail, encourages Timothy in the face of the persecutions that are coming. He reminds Timothy of the gift of the Holy Spirit he has received through the “imposition of hands” at his ordination. It is through this action that Timothy has received the gift of the Holy Spirit and his mission to lead the community. He is to preach the good news with confidence and bear his “share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.” The words of Paul encourage us to “stir into flame” the gift of grace we have received from the Holy Spirit beginning with Baptism and Confirmation. Many times we can feel overwhelmed by the experiences and circumstances of our lives but we must never forget that the Lord has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit leads and guides us with courage and strength in the most difficult of times realizing that we are never alone—God is always with us.

In our passage from Luke’s gospel, the apostles ask Jesus to, “Increase our faith.” Jesus responds by proclaiming the extraordinary power of faith. He expresses it in a way that is striking because of its powerful imagery of the seed and the mulberry tree. The illustration of faith and the mustard seed used by Jesus becomes a teaching moment for the apostles to remember that in every situation, whatever trials, difficulties, and hardships one must remember that nothing is impossible with faith. Jesus illustrates “our duty” as His servants by his second story. The faithfulness of the servant, which will have its reward, is a grace given at the initiative of one who calls, brings about a response, and enables one to endure to the very end. Consequently, one has nothing to boast of before God. One has no right to claim a wage, “We have only done our duty” through the grace of the Lord. The extraordinary power of faith—a faith we ask God to increase—which allows us, weak and mortal though we are, to accomplish marvelous things: for God, nothing is impossible! The joy of the believer called to the service of God performed faithfully and in a totally unselfish manner through love. The servant of God claims nothing for himself, not only because he has received all that he has from God but in imitation of his Lord and Master who came not to be served but to serve.

God bless you,
Father Ron