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

February 1, 2015

As we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our reading from Deuteronomy is a meditation on the Prophet Moses. Moses is the prophet par excellence because he was chosen by God to transmit His word and Law. This message is given to Moses, “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin, and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him.” This statement reveals the Lord’s initiative in calling a prophet. Prophets do not claim to unveil God’s secrets or His intentions. What they know and the message they proclaim comes from God. They have received this mission from God and cannot shrink from its responsibility no matter what the cost. God will never abandon His people but will remain present among them and will continue to make His will known to them through the prophets. God will ultimately send His Son the fulfillment of His promise to not only redeem us but show us the way home to heaven.

In St. Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians, he gives a great teaching on marriage and celibacy. He understands the beauty and sacredness of marriage and family life as God had planned it from the beginning. But he also presents celibacy as a sign of the expectation of the kingdom that Christ will inaugurate on His return at the end of time. The value of natural fatherhood and motherhood helps us to understand the price of spiritual fatherhood and motherhood. Despising marriage or belittling its dignity is incompatible with the just appreciation of celibacy for the Lord. Conversely, denigrating celibacy implies a faulty understanding of marriage as a state willed by God. The reciprocal recognition of the high value, the demands, the merit, the graces of the two states of life, the two vocations, allows us to correctly appreciate marriage and celibacy in their originality and complementarity. In this case, the two kinds of life will stimulate each other in friendly emulation to seek God and holiness.

In today’s gospel passage from Mark, we find Jesus teaching with authority in the synagogue in Capernaum.  While He was teaching, a man with “an unclean spirit” cried out, “What have you come to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” We find it interesting that the first one to publicly acknowledge Jesus’ divine origin is not one who has been healed by Him but a demon. This cry is not a profession of faith but a cry of rage and despair. This experience points to the whole of the mission of Jesus—to conquer the evil one. As Jesus proclaims the kingdom of God in Capernaum, it is the beginning of the overt, public and decisive struggle between Jesus and Satan. The “unclean spirit” is unmasked and at the same time, lost in advance. We see the power of Jesus over the spirit as He commands him, “Quiet!” Come out of him!” The people are amazed at His authority and wonder who He is. This question will be answered as Jesus manifests His power and authority and ultimately through His passion, death and resurrection.

God bless you,
Father Ron