Feast of the Epiphany

01-01-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Michael Casey

My dear friends,

This is the first weekend of our coming together with new Mass schedules and in only four of our seven churches. There has been a lot of work which has gone into getting everything ready for this weekend and I am immensely grateful for everyone who has made this possible.

This weekend is the Solemnity of the Epiphany, when we particularly celebrate the visit of the Magi, coming to find the newborn Christ. The Magi came from far off lands, traveling through, “Field and fountain, moor and mountain.” They read the signs in creation and found Jesus.

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1st Week of Advent

11-28-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

We have made it through another liturgical year. Today is the first Sunday of Advent. In four more weeks we will celebrate the great feast of Christmas. We have just finished the series on the Mass, so now would be a great primer in the lectionary. If I repeat myself, I am sorry, but St. Ignatius of Loyola once said that repetition is the mother of all learning.

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End of Mass Prayers

11-21-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

We are coming upon the end of the Mass in these writings. The great Eucharistic Prayer has just been prayed and now we come to the Our Father. In the older form of Mass, the people would respond with only the last line of the Our Father, “But deliver us from evil.” The reformed liturgy has the priest and people praying the Our Father together. After the Our Father, the priest prays, “Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

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Features of the Roman Canon

11-14-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John Granato

My Dear Friends,

Continuing with the Eucharistic prayers, I want to discuss some features of the Roman Canon. The reason the Eucharistic prayer was prayed silently for centuries is that it is an act of sacrifice. The priest has entered into the Holy of Holies at this moment to pray and offer the sacrifice in the name of the whole Church. It is for this reason also that the priest would for centuries pray the Eucharistic Prayer facing in the same direction as the people; symbolically it is the priest who is leading all of us into worship of God and into the offering of the sacrifice.

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The Preface & Eucharistic Prayer

11-07-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

After the excitement of the last few weeks, we will return to the Mass. We last left the offertory. Following the offertory we have the preface dialogue and preface to the Eucharistic prayer. The preface dialogue is an ancient dialogue of priest and people where the priest greets the people with the words, “The Lord be with you,” and you respond with, “And with your spirit.” The next line is, “Lift up your hearts,” and you respond, “We lift them up to the Lord.” And finally the priest says, “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,” and you respond, “It is right and just.” After this dialogue the priest will pray the preface.

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In November, We Remember the Faithful Departed

10-31-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

November begins tomorrow. Today we celebrate All Hallow’s Eve, commonly known as Halloween and yet again another Catholic holy day that has been co-opted by the secular world and have stripped the Catholic elements of our holy day to celebrate things that are pagan in nature or highly adult in nature.

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Four Parishes Merge into One

10-24-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Last week at Mass I made the announcement that there will be changes in New Britain that will affect the Catholic communities of Holy Apostles, Divine Providence, St. Francis and St. Katharine Drexel. Beginning on January 1st, these four parishes will begin the process of merging into one new parish. This will take some time to do, but it is expected that it could be done by July.

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Vatican Councils

10-17-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Last week we celebrated the feast day of Pope St. John XXIII. This week, on October 22nd, we celebrate the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II. Interestingly, it was Pope John Paul II that beatified John XXIII on September 3, 2000, along with Blessed Pope Pius IX. Pope Francis canonized both John XXIII and John Paul II together on April 27, 2014. The choice to beatify Pope Pius IX and John XXIII was also interesting.

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Pope John XXIII

10-10-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is not only Columbus Day but it is also the feast day of Pope St. John XXIII. He was elected pope in 1958 at the age of 76 and soon after called for an ecumenical council, which is a council of all the bishops in the Catholic Church, to discuss issues of our faith. To date, there have been 21 ecumenical councils in the Catholic Church, the Second Vatican Council being the most recent.

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The Rosary is a Powerful Weapon

10-03-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Every year, we are privileged to celebrate a Mass in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th. The original title of this feast day is Our Lady of Victory, so named by Pope St. Pius V because he asked all of Europe to pray the rosary for victory of the Muslims in the Battle of Lepanto.

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