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

May 24, 2015

As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, we once again read the account of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and our Blessed Mother as they were gathered in prayer in the upper room. According to Jewish custom, the Feast of Weeks was celebrated on this fiftieth day (Pentecost) which commemorated all the covenants God had made from Noah to Sinai. For this reason, people had gathered in Jerusalem from all over the ancient world. The Holy Spirit sent by the Father and Son descended upon those gathered in the upper room like a driving wind and tongues of fire came to rest on each of them. They were filled with courage and went outside to proclaim the gospel. Each person from the different countries could understand what the Apostles were saying to them. At Pentecost, God gathered His people in Jerusalem to hear the good news of Jesus’ gift of salvation which had been promised down through the centuries.

The Holy Spirit sanctifies God’s people through the sacraments. The sacraments are efficacious signs: new life is received through Baptism; the bread and wine are transformed into Christ’s Body and Blood; and the anointing of the Spirit at Confirmation enables us to witness to the truth. The Lord Jesus continues His healing through the Spirit in the Sacrament of Reconciliation where sins are forgiven and the Anointing of the Sick forgives sins and brings peace as we share in the cross. The Spirit sanctifies the marriage of a woman and a man as a sign of the union between Christ and His bride the Church. The Spirit sanctifies and strengthens those men who are called to serve the Church as deacons, priests and bishops as they shepherd God’s people. The sacraments are those special gifts which enable us to share in God’s life and love—sanctifying grace. The Spirit also bestows special gifts on each one of us to continue the mission of spreading the good news, growing in virtue and building up the Body of Christ—actual grace.  

In our gospel message, Jesus says to His disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Jesus wants His disciples to love Him not only in words but in action. Obedience to the commandments is first and foremost obedience to God and to His Christ out of love; to love God and Christ is to obey the commandments. For this reason, Jesus experienced and understood His love of the Father in obedience to His commandments. Jesus promised the disciples, “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” The gift of the Spirit assures us of the presence of Jesus and the Father in our lives. It is the Spirit which moves us to proclaim the good news of God’s love to our world by what we say and do.

God bless you,

Father Ron