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

October 4, 2015

In today’s passage from the Book of Genesis, we find the older and shortest of the two accounts of creation. The emphasis is on the fact that the creation of humans came before the appearance of any other form of life. Only afterwards, according to this tradition, did God plant the garden where He placed Adam who was to cultivate and care for it. Adam was alone and, although he had everything, the solitude was not good for him. God decided to create “a suitable partner for him.” God cast Adam into a deep sleep and removed his rib and created Eve. Like a father at a wedding, God presented Eve to Adam and he exclaimed, “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” Here we see the equal dignity of man and woman created by God and perfectly matched for each other. We see, too, the attraction of man and woman to each other that leads them to leave their own families so that they might become husband and wife.

In the Letter to the Hebrews, Christ occupies an unequaled position in relation to God, not only because He is His Son, but also because He has accepted to see Himself “for a little while lower than the angels.” Christ made possible the fulfillment of the plan of God “in bringing many children to glory.” By His acceptance to personally experience death, in obedience to the Father, He reversed the meaning of death. The terrible consequence of Adam’s disobedience became “by the grace of God” the cause of our salvation. “He, for whom and through whom all things exist” directly involved Himself in this work of redemption. The broken relationship between God and humans was restored, thanks to the Son of God who took on our humanity, by the initiative of the Father. 

In Mark’s gospel, Jesus is approached by the Pharisees and asked about the lawfulness of divorce. Knowing that He is dealing with lawyers and not with persons submitting an actual case to Him, He asks, “What did Moses command you?” They answered, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother.’” Jesus returned to the original intention of the Father at the moment of creation and responded, “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” This affirmation of marriage and radical condemnation of divorce struck the disciples and they could not help asking Jesus about what He had just said. Jesus answered, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” Jesus returned to the initial intention and will of God that man and woman were created equal by God with rigorously the same duties toward each other.  No longer is it possible to consider only the unfaithful woman as guilty of adultery against her husband. The husband commits the same sin if he dismisses his wife in order to marry another. Jesus raised marriage to the level of a sacrament by restoring its original dignity and deepening its sacred character.

God bless you,

Father Ron