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 4 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

December 21

 

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.

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Reflections For December 21

In our reading from the Second Book of Samuel, God reveals through Nathan the prophet that David is not to construct a temple. This refusal by the Lord does not mean that all sanctuaries are to be condemned. This house the Lord will build for David is not a temple made by human hands that David can rely on, but rather the stability that God will give to his house, from which will be born a son, the beneficiary of the promises. It is God who chooses, who takes the initiative—not people. Nathan’s prophecy should make us think carefully about those who are tempted to limit His actions.

In St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, he witnesses to the salvation accomplished by Christ. Almighty God does not rule as a sovereign or as a dominating conqueror. Nevertheless, He has the power to “command” to call the Gentiles to “obedient faith.” He has revealed the ancient mystery—hidden from the ages—Christ Jesus is the fulfillment of the Father’s promise. The beautiful hymn that ends the Letter to the Romans is a wondrous cry that is appropriate for the Church as it prepares to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus, “to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

As we hear Luke’s brief presentation of the annunciation of Mary, each detail points to the revelation of a mystery: the angel is sent a “virgin,” betrothed to a man “of the house of David.” The same is true about the first words of the angel which are a cause of rejoicing, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” These words immediately evoke a whole host of expectations and mysteries. How could one not think of the promised child whom we find in the prophecy of Isaiah called Emmanuel, God-with-us? “She was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.” Mary wonders because she perceives that Gabriel’s salutation has a hidden meaning: it is a mystery and he confirms her intuition—“Rejoice” and “Do not be afraid.” He called Mary by her own name after having given her the title of “favored,” meaning she has “found favor with God,” that she is the object of a singular divine favor and is to conceive and bear a son. Gabriel announces that His name will be Jesus—the name under which we will invoke Him because He is “God saves.” What was awaited in a more or less distant future is now realized. The framework of the promise is concrete: it concerns a son that Mary will conceive and bear who will be named Jesus and become the savior of the world. No one could have foreseen that this humble daughter of Zion would be chosen and prepared by God to be, one day, the virgin mother of the long-awaited Messiah. She herself knew only one thing: her ardent desire to serve the Lord. She becomes for us an example of faith by choosing to serve the Lord in all that He asks of us. Like Mary, we are called to cooperate with God’s grace that is given to us to accomplish our vocation, our mission in this world.

God bless you,
Father Ron