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

April 23, 2017

Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we see the apostles and the early Christian community living a new life after being transformed by the Paschal mystery and the bestowal of the Holy Spirit. They have moved from hiding and being locked up in the upper room to proclaiming all that Christ accomplished through His Passion, Death and Resurrection. Their witness and fidelity to Christ brings other converts in great numbers and the church begins to grow. We see the four main pillars of the life of the early church in Jerusalem: devotion to the apostles’ instruction, communal life, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers. These four pillars continue to be the foundation of our own lives as we remain faithful to Christ and the mission we have received from Him through our baptism.

In our second reading from the First Letter of Peter, at the beginning of the letter, Peter reminds the community that they have been chosen by God the Father. They have received a new birth through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead which they participate through baptism. The power of the Lord’s resurrection is the central point of the Christian faith and becomes the source of our “living hope.” Although we may suffer for the faith, nothing can shake our hope because it is founded on Jesus—we have nothing to fear. We are reminded by Peter, “that although we have not seen him you love him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

In our passage from John’s gospel, Jesus appears to the apostles gathered in the upper room. He appeared in a wholly new state, transfigured, freed from the constraints of His mortal body, allowing Him to appear even through a locked door. Jesus resurrected from the dead brings peace to His disciples, which they in turn are to proclaim to all people. Jesus breathes on them and imparts the gift of the Holy Spirit. This gift is a mission to continue the work of salvation through the forgiveness of sins. All were not present when the Lord appeared the first time to the apostles—Thomas was missing. He will not believe the news of the Lord’s resurrection until he probes the nail marks with his finger and the Lord’s side with his hand. The Lord Jesus appears again a week later and invites Thomas to probe His wounds with the words, “Do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas had to pass from doubt to belief just as the other apostles had done. In faith and joy he proclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus pronounces the blessing for us who believe without having seen Him. It is our faith which enables us to believe and proclaim the good news of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

God bless you,
Father Ron