04-28-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today, with much gratitude to Pope St. John Paul II, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, also known as the Second Sunday of Easter. The devotion of Divine Mercy comes from St. Faustina, a Polish nun from the 1930's, who Pope John Paul II canonized on April 30, 2000. St. Faustina allegedly had allocutions from our Lord Jesus Christ, who commissioned her to have a picture made of His Divine Mercy image. This image has two lights coming from Our Lord's Heart, red and white, which symbolize the blood and water that came from his side while He was on the Cross.

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Aleluia! He is Risen!

04-21-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

Rejoice, for today the Lord is Risen!! Today we commemorate the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ! He has conquered death and defeated Satan, and He has opened the way to the Father. As we come to Mass today, we celebrate our redemption and the Father's love for each and every one of us. Because of the importance of Easter Sunday, we celebrate Easter Sunday for a full eight days, called an octave. Every day from Sunday morning to Divine Mercy Sunday (the Second Sunday of Easter), we say the words, "Today is the day that the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad!" In all actuality, though, every Sunday of the year is a little Easter.

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Holy Week

04-14-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

We are entering into the holiest of weeks, culminating in the celebration of the height of our faith, the Sacred Triduum. We begin with Palm Sunday today. I have the reading of the Passion typed out for you since the Worship Hymnal does not have the Passion account in the separate voices.

As we progress through Holy Week, the cathedral will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Tuesday. The Archbishop blesses the oils that will be used in the sacraments throughout this next year. Traditionally the Chrism Mass is celebrated on Thursday morning of Holy Week, but many dioceses have moved it to Tuesdays so that more priests could attend.

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"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

04-07-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Jesus says in the Gospel of John, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." He says this to those who wish death to the woman caught in the act of adultery. This line is used by many people today when it comes to mentioning sin and judging another person for his or her lifestyle choices. "Who are we to judge?" is the talking point of the day. What Jesus says is true. One must be very careful when he brings charges against someone who has sinned and is looking for retribution or punishment for the sinner. All of us have sinned and all of us are in need of God's mercy. All of us have asked Jesus not to condemn us for our sins, so if we are seeking not be condemned, we should also not seek to condemn others.

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