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

August 2, 2015

In our passage from the Book of Exodus, we find the Israelites making their journey through the desert. They begin to grumble against Moses and Aaron because they find themselves in such a wasteland although they have been set free from slavery—to trust God completely is never an easy matter. The Israelites are liked spoiled and ungrateful children who take the love and care of their parents for granted. God hears the cries of the people and He provides food for all of them as the quail cover the camp and the manna is sent like dew upon the desert. All are assured a daily ration of food but they cannot hoard the food because it will be spoiled by the next morning. “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.”

In St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, he addresses his concerns that the recently converted Christians risk lapsing back into their former pagan ways. He is very direct as he points out, “put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.” This is true for all of us because we can become distracted by the things of this world and we begin to turn away from Christ. Paul constantly reminds us in his writings about the “newness” of our lives. We are dead to sin and alive in Christ. This “newness” does not immobilize us in our lives but moves us forward to deepen our life in Christ as we turn away from sin and immerse ourselves in the grace and life of Christ. Paul’s call to continuing conversion is very timely for us as we are constantly bombarded by different situations, “deceitful desires,” and new challenges in our ever changing world. Christ teaches us how to live the truth He has revealed to us.

After the multiplication of the loaves, Jesus and His disciples leave the crowd for a deserted place. The crowds find Jesus and begin to question Him. Jesus does not allow Himself to be lead into meaningless discourse regarding the manna in the desert but uses this opportunity to teach the crowd. He reminds the crowd that the manna was the gift of God not Moses. “For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” The manna and the multiplied barley loaves can satisfy only the hunger of the moment. The manna God gave through Moses points to another food that comes directly from God: His life-giving Word unto eternal life—Jesus is this promised bread. Jesus declares, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jesus is our food for our journey through this world. Every time we receive the Eucharist, Jesus nourishes us with the gift of His Body and Blood and preserves, increases, and renews the life of grace that we received at Baptism.

God bless you,

Father Ron