Celebrations this Week

07-28-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This week we celebrate three saints that call us to a deeper appreciation of the Most Holy Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration. August 1st is the feast day of St. Alphonsus Ligouri, the founder of the Redemptorist Order and the patron saint of confessors. Some of his famous works, besides his work The Moral Theology, is The Glories of Mary, The True Spouse of Jesus Christ, The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ and The Holy Eucharist. He also wrote The Way of the Cross, which is a meditation on the Stations of the Cross that many parishes use during Lent. I was blessed to celebrate Mass in the Church of St. Alfonsus in Rome, the Mother Church of the Redemptorist Order, in 2007 under the original miraculous icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Redemptorists have always promoted the devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help throughout the Catholic Church. St. Alphonsus died in 1787.

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Feast Day of St. Ann and St. Joachim

07-21-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This Friday, July 26th, is the feast day of St. Ann and her husband St. Joachim. They are the grandparents of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the parents of our Blessed Mother. Their names come from Tradition, since they are not mentioned in the Bible. They are mentioned in a work called the Protoevangelium of James and the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary. St. Ann was the more popular saint of the two, but they are both to be revered as chaste parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of our Savior. It is always a good thing to remember our grandparents, those living and those who are deceased, on this day.

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Celebrations this Week

07-14-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This week, on July 16th, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I always looked forward to this feast day as a child and as a teenager because of the feast at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Town Plot section of Waterbury. My grandmother lived around the block from the church, and many of my relatives volunteered at the feast, held in the parking lot of Mount Carmel. I would look forward to the fried dough especially. The feast would include the procession in the streets of the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as well. Even though I have not attended the feast in many years, I know that every year Mount Carmel still has the feast in honor of their patron saint.

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July: the month of the Precious Blood of Jesus

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

My Dear Friends,

May is the month devoted to the Blessed Mother. June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. This month, July, we celebrate a month dedicated to the Precious Blood of our Lord. On the www.catholicculture.org website, we read the following, "The Precious Blood which we worship is the Blood which the Savior shed for us on Calvary and reassumed at His glorious Resurrection; it is the Blood which courses through the veins of His risen, glorified, living body at the right hand of God the Father in heaven; it is the Blood made present on our altars by the words of Consecration; it is the Blood which merited sanctifying grace for us and through it washes and beautifies our soul and inaugurates the beginning of eternal life in it."

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