14th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

04-26-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

On Tuesday April 28th, I will be celebrating my 14th anniversary of priestly ordination. I never would have believed that I would celebrate an anniversary while being shut down due to this coronavirus. I have loved every moment of being a priest since the day of my ordination, celebrating Mass and the other sacraments (anointings, baptisms, weddings), celebrating funerals, visiting the kids at faith formation (and our Catholic schools when I was in a parish with a school), attending picnics and fundraiser dinners, and offering talks and classes for the parishioners. I have so much joy in my life from being a priest, and I encourage any man (teen, young adult, or older man) to be open the call of the Holy Spirit and consider a life of priestly ministry.

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Divine Mercy Sunday

04-19-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, the second Sunday of Easter. It is the eighth day of the Octave of Easter as well, which means we remember this day as Easter Sunday. For the eight days of the Octave, every day is Easter Sunday, so every day it is acceptable and right and just for us to say, "This is the day the Lord has made!"

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Easter Sunday

04-12-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is the day the Lord has made! He is Risen! He is truly Risen!

Sadly, so many Catholics throughout the world, let alone in our own country, will not be celebrating the Resurrection in a church building, offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. But that does not mean that the Lord is absent. When our Lord rose from the dead on Easter Sunday morning almost two thousand years ago, it was a triumphant act that conquered death once and for all.

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Holy Week

04-05-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

We are about to enter Holy Week, a most sacred time of the year for our church, and a time this year where so many Catholics in our country and throughout the world will not be able to participate in the sacred mysteries of the Triduum. Today is Palm Sunday. We have palms on tables outside at the entrances of the churches. I have blessed them, and they will be available only on Sunday for you to pick up.

Please, if you come to get a palm, practice social distancing. I will continue to live stream the Sunday Mass on my Facebook page and on our new YouTube page. The link for the YouTube page is https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCgHi84MBwzPu7pxbLkCmLuQ. I will also upload the Mass video to our St. Katharine Drexel Facebook page after the Mass is over.

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