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

October16, 2016

In our first reading from the Book of Exodus, we find Moses sitting on the mountain with his hands outstretched while the Israelite army fights on the plain below him. This image has become a symbol of the necessity and efficacy of prayer. We cannot lose sight of the fact that Moses has “the staff of God” in his uplifted hands. It is thanks to this that God, through Moses, accomplishes His works: it releases the plagues of Egypt; it divides the Red Sea and it brings forth water from the rock. This “staff” held over the plain by Moses gives the army the strength to drive off the enemy. This battle is not only a military one but a spiritual one against the true hereditary enemy that allows no respite. There can be no victory without the help of God and His angels. The episode of Moses on the mountain is therefore an urgent call to faithful vigilance and incessant prayer to the Lord. We fight our own battle each day and prayer is our weapon as we proclaim that God is our help. He protects us from all evil because He stays near to us and He desires us to share eternal life with Him.

In St. Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Paul instructs Timothy on how essential it is to preach the word. Paul reminds him how he has received the faith and now he must pass it on to others. Scripture inspired by God is the weapon which allows one to prevail in the fight of faith. Empowered by the strength of the word of God, Timothy and every believer not only can but must proclaim the word. Like Timothy all of us will have to give an accounting of the mission that has been given to each of us.

In our Gospel passage from Luke, Jesus tells a parable on the necessity of praying always and not losing heart. As we know, discouragement can erode devotion and make it purely mechanical and rob it of its joyful spirit. This parable reminds us that our prayer is never in vain. In the parable a widow comes up against a powerful judge. She simply asks, “Give me my rights against my opponent.” The judge is not moved and nothing happens. In the end the judge gives her what she wants because she is so persistent. It is clear we are to “pray always and not lose heart.” God is the just Judge not like the judge in the parable. How much more will He attend to those who call Him persistently. We are reminded that we must pray “without losing heart” in order to be “justified,” or saved. And one has, through faith, the assurance that God will realize the promised salvation “swiftly.” Consequently, discouragement can have only one cause: a lack, or weakness of faith. Because we see nothing happening, we begin to doubt God, the coming of His reign, the promised salvation. The Lord leaves us with the question, “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?” Thus the issue is one of faith; faith in God who saves; faith in the Lord, the Son of Man who will come again, faith which must always be reawakened in us, without losing heart, because, without it, there is no salvation.

God bless you,
Father Ron