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

November 12, 2017

Attention Parishioners,

Our roof restoration project for the Church is projected to last through the month of November.  During this time, Adoration will be in the chapel. 5:30 pm Mass will continue to be in the Church.

Dear Parish Family:

As the leaves fall, the weather gets cold, and the daylight lessens, our thoughts naturally turn to the winding down of life. November is the month dedicated to prayer for our beloved dead. While the passing of a lovedone is a traumatic event in the life of anyone, commemorating the dead is not meant to rekindle grief; rather, is a time for “giving thanks.” The most appropriate way for Catholic Christians to do this is in the context of “Eucharist”—the ultimate act of “thanksgiving.” Reflections on our ancestors naturally lead to thinking about our own brief lives. Again, our thoughts ought to be filled with gratitude; but, there is a practical purpose in such meditation. We help our families greatly when we let them know our desires with regard to our funeral and burial. Indeed, planning the funeral liturgy is an excellent way to enliven hope in the resurrection. Keep in mind that the Mass is not a place for family members and friends to expect to “give eulogies.” The priest will incorporate into his reflection on the biblical readings the faith and life of the one being honored with Christian Burial. Nonetheless, the guidelines of the Archdiocese do indicate that one person might be designated to make personal “remarks” either prior to the Mass, after communion, at the wake or at the burial. Our parish can provide you with suggested Scriptures and music. Planning also obviates painful questions regarding burial wishes. The Church asks that all human remains be buried or interred in a mausoleum or columbarium. Our belief in the mystery of the Incarnation linked with that in the resurrection of the body dictates that human remains are not to be “scattered” or even placed on a shelf at home. They are to be placed in a sacred place with the dignity they deserve. I have fond memories of visiting cemeteries with my parents and hearing their stories about our ancestors who are buried there. These sacred grounds are special places for prayer and for reflection on our heritage of faith.

Blessed November,
Father Bill Foley