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 3:30 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)
Saturday: 4-5 p.m. OR anytime by appointment

Pastor's Column

August 19, 2018

Dear Parish Family:

Why do we bow or genuflect when passing in front of the tabernacle? The flickering candle to the left of the tabernacle reminds us that Jesus is present in the tabernacle in what we call the Blessed Sacrament. All day long people seek the solace of this presence. We feel both drawn towards Him and in awe of Him. In the face of the light, the dirt is illuminated clearly. We are profoundly aware of our nothingness before God; yet the human soul is always longing for this very warm and glowing light. This sacred presence is made manifest in the context of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Simple elements of bread and wine become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not “magic,” but it is very real. I find it fascinating that some of our fellow Christians who adhere strictly to the words of the Bible do not take literally the words of the sixth chapter of John (from which our gospels have been taken this month):

“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink
his blood, you do not have life within you.” (John 6:53)

In an attempt to detract from this truth some ridiculed the ritual of the Church by stating that what we do is simply hocus pocus. That very phrase from which some magical formulae are derived is a mockery of the consecration at Mass: Hoc est enim corpus meum! (This is my body) There are eight Eucharistic Prayers; but the words of consecration remain the same in all of them. They all begin with a Preface that reflects the season or the theme of the day and gives praise to God. We conclude as we enter more deeply into the mystery with the Sanctus (Holy, Holy). We proclaim the great mystery of our faith after the consecration and acknowledge our belief in the great Amen with which we conclude the Eucharistic Prayer. We enter into the Rite of Holy Communion with the recitation of the words Our Savior gave us – the Our Father. After an exchange of peace, those who are prepared come to the altar for Holy Communion. After a simple bow, we choose whether to receive on the tongue or in the hand. The minister says the words: The Body of Christ. Our response Amen proclaims both that we believe this wafer is the real body of Christ and that we are also the body of Christ. If one chooses to receive on the tongue, it is necessary to open the mouth wide and stick out the tongue. If one chooses to receive in the hand, we are asked to make a throne for the king, placing one hand beneath the other and placing the host in our mouth with that lower hand. Notice that we receive; we do not take. The chalice is offered but not required. Christ is fully present in either species. While many come to the altar, not all partake of the Eucharist. Some are not of age or are not Catholic; others are aware of a circumstance in their lives that prevents them from participating fully in the sacrament. Questions about such situations need to be addressed privately to a priest. During the procession to the altar for Holy Communion, music is sung or an antiphon read that reminds us that we are all on the same journey. This Eucharist is a taste of that eternal banquet for which all human hearts long!

Sincerely yours in Christ
Father Bill Foley