2nd Sunday of Lent

02-28-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

On the second Sunday of Lent, we read at Mass the passage of the Transfiguration. This year it comes from St. Mark’s Gospel. The Transfiguration is an important event in the life of Christ. It is when he brings Peter, James and John with him to the top of Mount Tabor. While on the mountain, Jesus is transfigured in dazzling white in front of the three Apostles. He is preparing them for what is about to happen as they approach Jerusalem.

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First Sunday of Lent

02-21-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

So Lent has begun. We are celebrating the First Sunday of Lent today. For the next forty days we are called by Holy Mother Church to meditate on our sinfulness and our need for repentance. Our Lord began his public ministry by saying “The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Repentance means a conversion, a metanoia in the Greek, which means a turning around. We are called to turn around from a life of sin and to live a life of virtue. We do so through the help of the Church, through her sacraments, especially the sacrament of confession, as well as through the very important Lenten acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

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St. Valentine

02-14-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is St. Valentine’s Day. Pope Gelasius established the feast day to be celebrated in the Catholic Church in 496 AD. The Lutheran and Anglican churches also celebrate his feast day on February 14th, but the Orthodox Church celebrates his feast on July 6th. In 1969, with the promulgation of the new Roman Calendar, Pope St. Paul VI removed St. Valentine from the general Roman calendar so that only local churches with a particular devotion to St. Valentine would still commemorate him. Interestingly, though, the Catholic parishes that celebrate the Extraordinary Form of Mass according to the Missal of 1962, still celebrates St. Valentine. When February 14th falls on any day of the week other than Sunday, most Catholics will commemorate the feast of St. Cyril and St. Methodius.

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February 11 - the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

02-07-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This Thursday is the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes and the world day for the sick. Last year, because of the virus, the church in Lourdes, France, shut down visits to the miraculous shrine. We need Our Lady’s intercession more now than ever, not only for the victims of the Covid 19 virus but also those who suffer from so many other diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental illness, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, stroke related diseases, alcoholism and drug addictions, pneumonia and so many other diseases and illnesses.

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