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

March 19, 2017

Holy Week & Easter Schedule 2017

Tuesday, April 11             Confessions – 6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12        Confessions – 6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m.                 

Holy Thursday, April 13   Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                          Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 p.m.
                                          Adoration until Midnight at the Repository in the Duffy Parish                                          Center Chapel – Compline (Night Prayer) at 11:50 p.m.   

Good Friday, April 14      Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                        Stations of the Cross – 12 Noon
                                        Confessions – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
                                        Outside Stations of the Cross with Neighboring Churches – 1:15 p.m.
                                         Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 3:00 p.m.
                                         Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 15   Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                        Blessing of baskets of Easter Food, Lower Level Duffy Center – 9:00 a.m.
                                        Confessions – 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
                                        Easter Vigil – 8:00 p.m.                   

Easter Sunday, April 16  Masses:  7:30 a.m. & 9:00 a.m. in the Church, 10:30 a.m.                                                                       in the Church & Gym, 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Church    
           

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Our reading from the Book of Exodus recalls the great journey of God’s people from the slavery of the Egyptians into the desert on their way to the Promised Land. There is no water and the people are suffering from thirst and they grumble against God and even question His care and concern for them. In desperation, Moses cries out to the Lord and He instructs him to strike the rock with his staff. The water flows from the rock. Moses does not test the Lord but relies on Him wholeheartedly and his faith is rewarded. Our journey is no different through the “desert” of this world to the Promised Land of  heaven. We, too, find ourselves tested in the desert but the Lord always takes care of us. Like Moses, we call out to the Lord in faith asking for His help and our hope will not be disappointed.

In Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, he points out that “Christ died for us.” We stand in awe that Jesus loved us so much that He would die for us. Jesus opens up the kingdom of heaven for us by His passion, death and resurrection. Our exodus, our journey, begins at baptism and leads from this world to the city where we shall share “the glory of God”—the kingdom of heaven. This hope cannot disappoint us, because faith, making us just, places us in a new relationship with God and, as a consequence, with others. As painful as they may be, the trials of our own exodus take on their real meaning as we share in the cross of Christ. As His disciples, we pick up our cross and follow in His footsteps knowing that Jesus is beside us giving us all we need.

In John’s gospel, we find what would seem to be a chance meeting between a thirsty man and a Samaritan woman who has come to get water for her use at home. The encounter took place even though it was against the custom of the time for a Jew to address a Samaritan woman, even in the case of an emergency. Jesus goes on to speak of Himself as giving “living water” although He does not even have a bucket for the deep well. He continues, “...whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I  shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” She could have turned around and gone home but she continues to listen to Him and responds, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” Then Jesus invites her to call her husband and He knows she has had five husbands. She recognizes He is a prophet and she believes in the Messiah who is to come and will explain everything. Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.” She leaves her jug at the well and goes running off to the village to share the good news that she has met the Messiah. Like the woman, we all thirst and it is Jesus who satisfies our thirst for holiness. Jesus feeds us as we make our journey through this world to heaven. Like the woman at the well, may we open our hearts to Jesus and His life-giving grace.

God bless you,
Father Ron