Happy Thanksgiving

11-24-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

Dear Friends,

This Thursday we celebrate that family tradition called Thanksgiving, a national holiday where we give thanks to God for the bounty of the earth. My favorite non-religious memory of Thanksgiving is from my high school days, when we played football on Thanksgiving. Actually, when I was at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, many of the high school teams shared Municipal Stadium for their games, which meant that we alternated every year on Wednesday night and Thanksgiving morning. Sacred Heart's Thanksgiving rivalry was with Wilby High School, while Crosby played Kennedy, Torrington played Watertown, Naugatuck played Ansonia, and Holy Cross played Wolcott. When we played on Wednesday evening, we were able to go enjoy the football game on Thanksgiving, and when we played on the holiday, I would go and watch Crosby and Kennedy at the stadium. During Thanksgiving, we would also watch the traditional football games, which were always the Lions and the Cowboys and whatever teams they were playing that year. Then that evening, when there were not stores open for business in preparation for Black Friday, we would play games around the table.

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Remembering our Deceased Loved Ones

11-17-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends, November is the month in which we remember and commemorate our deceased loved ones. We do so through prayers and offerings, e.g. having Masses said for them, as well as lighting candles for them in the church. Every November, besides praying for our deceased loved ones, Holy Mother Church offers readings at Mass that focus on the four last things. These are traditionally called, heaven, hell, death and judgment. In a sobering reality, none of us can escape death. Younger people, especially when they are relatively healthy, do not normally meditate on death. But the older we get, the more aware we become that our me on earth is limited.

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Pew Hymnals

11-10-2019Pastor's LetterRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

My Dear Friends,

About a year ago, St. Katharine Drexel moved away from the Breaking Bread pew hymnal/ missal and brought in the red Worship hymnals. The argument at the time, by my predecessor and by the former music director, is that in the long run you would save money because the three year cycle readings would be in one book, so you would not have to buy new pew missals/hymnals every year. They are very beautiful, and they have a large selection of music to choose from to enhance our liturgies. Many of you donated towards these books in order to memorialize them for a loved one. Yet, since last December, I have had many people approach me about the Worship hymnal and the difficulties that they have had trying to find the Sunday readings, that the print was very small, and that they were heavy to hold. I completely understand all three of those difficulties. difficulty I find myself in is that since you memorialized these hymnals and we have used them for only one year, I would never get rid of them. For better or for worse, they are the hymnals that have been chosen and the hymnals that we will continue to use. But, keeping in mind that for many people, the weight and the small print are difficult, I have made a decision, with the input of many parishioners, to spend money on bringing back a pew missal/hymnal that is more easily help and more user friendly.

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Legion of Mary

11-03-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

We just finished another month of October, a month dedicated to our Blessed Mother. What many of you may not know is that we have a group of dedicated laymen and laywomen devoted to the Blessed Mother in what is called The Legion of Mary. It was founded in 1921 by Frank Duff in Dunlin, Ireland. The objective of this lay organization is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary's work and the work of the Church. Legionaries, modeled after the Roman army, are extensions of the pastor's hands, performing spiritual and corporal works of mercy. They meet once a week to encourage one another. The purpose of the Legion of Mary is to make its members better Catholics and to mobile the Catholic laity, to raise the spiritual level of the entire community through direct contact with and interest in every member and potential members of the Mystical Body of Christ and to accomplish this through Mary, Mother of Souls and Mediatrix of All Grace.

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