Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Mass and Confession Schedule

Confessions- The Light is on for You
Wednesdays during Lent from 6:30-8pm
7:30am⎪9am (ASL Interpreted)⎪10:30am⎪       10:30am gym⎪12:30pm⎪5:30pm Filipino Mass every 4th Sunday 4pm
6:30am(Except Federal Holidays) ⎪8am⎪11am⎪5:30pm
8am⎪11am⎪5:30pm (Fullfills Sunday Obligation)
Holy Days of Obligation
Eve Before the Feast  - 5:30pm
Feast Day - 6:30am⎪8am⎪11am⎪5:30pm
Sacrament Of Reconciliation (Confession)
Friday and Saturday after 11am Mass (if no funeral)
Saturday: 4- 5pm & after 5:30pm Mass
OR anytime by appointment

Pastor's Column

April 13, 2014

Holy Week & Easter Schedule 2014

Sunday, April 13th             Palm Sunday - blessing of the palm at 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday, April 15th            Confessions – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th       Confessions – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Holy Thursday, April 17th   Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                       Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 p.m.
                                       Adoration at the Repository until Midnight in the Chapel in the
                                       Parish Center; Compline (Night Prayer) at 11:50 p.m.

Good Friday, April 18th      Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                       Stations of the Cross – 12 Noon
                                       Confessions – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
                                       Outdoor Stations of the Cross with Neighboring Churches on 
                                         Chevy Chase Circle - 1:15 p.m.
                                       Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 3:00 p.m.
                                       Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 19th   Morning Prayer – 8:00 a.m.
                                       Blessing of Easter food, Lower Level of Parish Center – 9:00 a.m.
                                       Confessions – 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
                                       Easter Vigil – 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20th    7:30 a.m. & 9:00 a.m. in the Church
                                       10:30 a.m. in the Church & Gym;
                                       12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Church


Today we gather to celebrate Passion Sunday recalling Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the blessing of our palms. We also listen and reflect on the Passion of Jesus according to Matthew evoking the cruel and harsh conditions of His death which brings about His victory over sin and death.

In Isaiah, we meet the Suffering Servant whose perseverance and fidelity are exalted. Where does his strength come from? The Servant put his trust in God and remains nonviolent as he is attacked. The Lord instructs him and therefore he must speak the word he is given. The daily nearness of the Servant to the Master explains his courage and ability to comfort others who are tired.

Jesus is presented as the Servant of God and the cruelties inflicted upon Him were its profound realization. Such is the logic of the cross: to die by the hatred of others in order that they may live again by Christ’s love. Only God can give all of us proofs of His love and render us capable, through the example of Jesus, His Servant, of hoping against all hope in the victory of love stronger than death.

In St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we read the Christological hymn of Jesus. It immediately places us at the center of the divine mystery and therefore our own human mystery. God desired us to be saved by one like ourselves though free from sin. Christ humbles Himself by entering into our humanity. From beginning to end, Christ’s earthly life was a “Yes” to God so that salvation would be brought to our world through Him. Just as sin and death entered our world through Adam, salvation is brought forth by the New Adam, Jesus. Our hymn of praise and glory to God for so great a Redeemer is “Jesus Christ is Lord!”

As we read the Passion according to Matthew, we see how he stresses that the leaders are responsible for the Lord’s death, the end of the old covenant, and the birth of Christ’s church. But Matthew’s main emphasis is the profound and filial submission of Jesus to the Father’s plan. Matthew’s account of the passion is very similar to Mark’s but the differences are as follows: he reports the remorse of Judas and his subsequent suicide, Pilate ignores his wife’s warning about Jesus and washes his hands of the affair and finally, he includes the miraculous events marked by the death of Jesus. As Jesus breathes His last breath, supernatural phenomena take place attesting to Jesus’ victory over sin and death: the earth trembles and tombs are opened and the saints who rise appear to many people. As we begin our Holy Week, we meditate on and remember all that Jesus suffered in His passion and death to bring about our salvation.

May God bless all of you,

Father Ron