Feasts this Week: St. Monica, St. Augustine, St. John the Baptist

08-25-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This week we celebrate three interesting feast days; St. Monica; her son St. Augustine; and the death of St. John the Baptist. St. Monica is a saint for today. She prayed for over thirty years that her son, St. Augustine, would become a Christian. She persevered even when it seemed hopeless and that God was not answering her prayers. Her love for her son and her countless prayers did indeed help St. Augustine to become not only a Christian but also the bishop of Hippo and a doctor and saint of the Catholic Church. St. Augustine's famous quote is, "Our hearts are restless, O Lord, until they rest in you." After fathering a child and living with his concubine and being unchaste in other ways, and finding nothing but unhappiness and so many other philosophies and religions, St. Augustine was baptized to his mother's great joy. He was helped in his conversion by the great St. Ambrose, the bishop of Milan.

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1st Year Anniversary as your Pastor

08-18-2019AllFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

On August 22nd of last year, I arrived at St. Katharine Drexel to begin my assignment as your pastor. It has been an interesting and fruitful year for me spiritually. I have tried to understand the particular cultures of St. Maurice and St. Jerome, and I have made minimal changes for this first year until I could see more clearly the direction we as a parish should go. The only major decision I made this past year came as a result of our music director, Isaac Johnson, moving back to Tennessee. After a two month long search, and with the advice of a few parishioners and St. Francis's music director, I made the decision to hire Lou Vollono. I pray that with our new music director, as well as a focus on congregational singing, that we will move in the proper direction to help bring about, more than anything else, a love for the Holy Eucharist. Don't get me wrong, homilies and music are very important for many people, and they should be important, but the most important thing we can do as a Catholic is to attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation in order to thank God and praise Him and offer our daily sacrifices in union with the sacrifice of His Son that we represent at every celebration of Mass. And at every Mass, we are called to either receive our Lord sacramentally or to make a spiritual communion if we are not in a state of grace to receive our Lord properly.

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RCIA

08-11-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has recovered the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). The RCIA program is meant to help those who have not been baptized and are seeking baptism to learn about the Catholic faith through catechesis and through the liturgy. After many months of preparation, the catechumen (an unbaptized person seeking baptism) travels to the Cathedral for the Rite of Enrollment. At this moment, the catechumen is moving forward with the various prayers and rites, usually coinciding with the Lenten season, so that at the Easter Vigil the catechumen will be baptized, confirmed and receive Holy Communion in the midst of the assembly of believers, the local parish church. Last year, St. Katharine Drexel had one catechumen at the Easter Vigil. Let us pray that this year we may have some more catechumens. If you are not baptized or if you know someone who is not baptized and has expressed an interest in the Catholic faith, please contact the office for more information.

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The Transfiguration

08-04-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

August has arrived. This week we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. Jesus brought Peter, James and John up to the top of Mount Tabor and while there he was transfigured in front of them. It was Jesus' way to prepare them for the upcoming passion that the Apostles would witness, to give them strength to know that this was all part of God's plan. Of course Peter, James and John were not aware of why the Transfiguration happened, at least not until the Resurrection. It is the Transfiguration that also helps us as followers of Christ to know that what we suffer here on earth is nothing compared to the glory that awaits us in heaven.

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