Grow in Chastity, no matter your Vocation

04-25-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This Wednesday, April 28th, is the feast day of two wonderful saints; St. Louis de Montfort and St Peter Chanel. St Louis founded the Montfort Fathers. There is a shrine run by the Montforts in Litchfield, CT that has life size Stations of the Cross and a very modest gift ship. St. Louis also wrote the Secret of the Rosary as well as a 33 day consecration to the Blessed Mother. St. Peter Chanel was a diocesan priest in France before entering the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers) and becoming a missionary in the South Pacific. He became a martyr for the faith and is considered the proto Martyr of the South Pacific.

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Understand what the Church Teaches and Why

04-18-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today’s first reading recalls our reading of the passion account during Palm Sunday. St. Peter reminds the people that they put to death the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be released in his place. That murderer is named Barabbas, a name that means son of the father. The people were screaming to have the son of the father released yet they demanded the Son of the Father, the Son of David, to be crucified. How often do we out to death the Son of the Father in our lives? How often do we demand that the Son of the Father be crucified? We do this whenever we knowingly sin. Jesus died for our sins in order to set us free and to be reconciled with the Father, yet we continually reject God’s invitation by remaining in our sin and calling that sin good.

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Divine Mercy Sunday

04-11-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. The name comes from St. Faustina and the date (the second Sunday of Easter) was promulgated by Pope St. John Paul II. There is a growing devotion in our country to the Divine Mercy chaplet as well as the messages of St. Faustina in her diary. These messages, which St. Faustina claims comes from our Lord, is a logical extension of the devotion to the Sacred Heart. Our world is in desperate need of Divine Mercy. Just spend one hour on social media and all you see is hate and anger towards people who do not believe what you believe. Our country, our state, our city, our Catholic Church, our Archdiocesan church, our local parish and our families are not exempt from the hatred and anger that seethes in the undercurrent of human relationships.

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The Lord is Risen! Happy Easter!

04-04-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

It is a great joy that this year we are able to celebrate together as a community the great feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. It has been a long thirteen months since the beginning of the virus that has turned upside down our schedule for Mass. It is so important for us to not only worship our Lord, but to worship him as a community of faith together at the celebration of Mass brings us such spiritual strength. Now is the time for us to rely on that spiritual strength as we continue to navigate our lives around this pandemic and this coronavirus. Today we rejoice in the new life that we receive from our Lord’s resurrection as we commemorate his rising from the tomb. As we enter into this Easter season liturgically, we are given many opportunities to grow in our spiritual life. The graces and blessings that we receive from a sacramental life and a life of prayer are ever increasing. In fact, Easter is so important a feast that we celebrate Easter Sunday for eight days in our liturgy. Every day for the octave is Easter day! For eight days we pray, “This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad!” It is also a reminder that death is not the end; rather it is a beginning of new life. May you and your families have a most blessed Easter and a growing encounter with the Risen Lord.

EASTER MESSAGE FROM BISHOP LEONARD P. BLAIR