Public Masses Resume

07-05-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

As I write this letter, and if everything goes as planned, you will be reading this bulletin letter while in church. As of this weekend, we are resuming public Masses for our parishioners. It has been a long time in coming, but we are grateful to God that we are able to gather as a community once again around the altar of the Lord. There are some caveats to that sentiment, though. You will notice some changes this weekend and for the next several weeks.

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Doing the Will of the Father

06-28-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Jesus gives us difficult words in today's Gospel according to Matthew. He says, "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." We are, of course, commanded to honor our mother and father, according to the 4th Commandment. And we are to love the little children for only those who are like little children will enter the Kingdom of God. Even more, Jesus ends today's passage that whoever gives a cup of cold water to one of these little ones will surely not lose his reward. So, what to make of this quote?

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Happy Father's Day

06-21-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all of our fathers, as we remember all of our fathers both living and deceased. This is the 9th Father’s Day that I have not had my father with us. I think of him every day and miss him very much. But as much as I miss him, I know my mother has had a much more difficult time since 2012. I have been blessed to have a wonderful mother and father, two people who loved each other so very much and who raised eight children with love and great patience.

The thing I remember about my father the most is how much he loved my mother. It has been said that the greatest gift a father can give his children is to love his children’s mother. A man who loves his wife and sacrifices for her and the family that they have created is a man that knows who he is. Anyone can father a child in the strict sense of the word, but sadly in our culture we have witnessed a great loss of men who are fathers, men who provide for their children and who have created a family that shows support and love and compassion.

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Solemnity of Corpus Christi

06-14-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, the feast of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Real Presence of our Lord in the Eucharist is misunderstood by many people, which has led to even many Catholics not believing in this mystery.

The Eucharist is not a symbol. The Eucharist is truly the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The mystery in our faith is called transubstantiation. It is term from philosophy, which seeks to describe the change that takes place in the bread and the wine during consecration. The substance of the bread and wine change into the body and blood of our Lord so that bread and wine cease to exist and is completely replaced by the substance of the body and blood. Yet it still looks and feels and tastes like bread and wine.

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Temporary Weekday Mass Schedule and Guidelines

06-07-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Beginning tomorrow, June 8th, we will begin having public Masses again but only for weekdays. I will have a temporary new Mass schedule for these Masses until we are able to get together again on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

At these daily Masses, the guidelines from the Archbishop states that only one hundred people may attend. We will have hand sanitizer in the churches, but if you have your own please bring it with you. Holy Communion will be distributed, but you are not obligated to receive Holy Communion. If you feel at all unsafe in receiving Communion, then please do not come forward but make a spiritual communion in your pew. It goes without saying that people should be spread out unless you are a family or a couple attending together.

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