Fishers of Men

01-26-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

"I will make you fishers of men." These are the words of our Lord as he calls St. Andrew and Peter, two fisherman, to come after him and to become his Apostles. These are words that every man who has entered the seminary has heard somewhere and at some time in his life. Many of these seminarians go into the seminary to test the call and end up discerning with the help of a spiritual director that priesthood may not be for them. Other men who enter into the seminary test the call and eventually become ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. It is an awesome calling for a young man to be called to the sacred priesthood and to give his life for the good news of Jesus Christ. It requires total commitment on the part of the young man. In the Roman Catholic tradition, these young men, at the moment, are called to lifelong celibacy, or more importantly, celibate chastity. The celibate priesthood has been a beautiful and rewarding gift to the Catholic Church and her faithful since the beginning of the church.

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Pro-Life Message

01-19-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This Wednesday, January 22nd Message From the Pastor , the United States commemorates a decision from the Supreme Court in 1973, that is, to quote President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a day that will live in infamy. It is, of course, the day that seven Supreme Court justices voted to strike down states' laws regarding abortion, thereby granting a constitutional right for women to have access to abortion. Forty-seven years later, this decision has polarized our country and kept the issue of abortion as a central political tool instead of a moral issue. Many states, including Virginia and New York, have recently passed laws stating that abortion can be legal up to the very moment of birth with some politicians arguing that a child born alive from a botched abortion can be left to die on the table. How did we get to this place?

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The End of the Christmas Season

01-12-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

Today marks the end of the Christmas season. For many people, the day after Christmas ends the season. For Catholics, many view the Epiphany as the end of the season. Liturgically, though, the week after Epiphany is still part of the Christmas season which will end today with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. For others, culturally speaking, they even extend the season to February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. These people will keep their Christmas decorations up and their Christmas music on for the whole month of January. In any event, from Christmas day to either the Baptism or the Presentation, the life of Christ and the Sacred Scriptures read at Mass do not truly follow the normal and natural progression of Christ's life.

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The Feast of Epiphany

01-05-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Happy Epiphany!!! We seemed to move at breakneck speed through the two weeks of Christmas that I want to take the time now to say thank you. It takes a lot of work to get through the holidays and all walks of life, and the church is no different. Since I do not like to thank people at Mass because Mass is the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice and our focus should be on Christ, I would be remiss if I did not thank the people involved in making the Christmas season special.

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