Memorial Day

05-30-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This week we celebrate Memorial Day, a day where we remember all of our men and women who have given their lives to serve and protect our country. There have been countless deaths on account of wars in this country since our founding, mostly of our military personnel but also some civilian casualties as well.

I remember taking a graduate level English class on literature of war, reading from authors that went back to the 1800’s through the two World Wars and Vietnam; novels that included Michel Herr, Philip Caputo, Tim O’Brien and Robert Stone, among many others.

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Pentecost

05-23-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Pentecost is upon us. Or, I could say, the Holy Spirit is upon us. Today we celebrate and commemorate the birthday of the Church as well as the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Many of the important feasts of the Church have a vigil Mass, and Pentecost is one of those feasts. The prayers of the vigil Mass are a bit different from the prayers that those who attend Mass on Sunday will hear. Also, on Sunday Mass the Sequence is required but at the vigil Mas you will not hear the Sequence. It is a beautiful prayer, rich with theology and imagery.

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Readings from the Acts of the Apostles

05-16-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is the seventh Sunday of Easter. We are making our last push before the great feast of Pentecost next week. Since Easter, we have been reading from the Acts of the Apostles during Mass. Technically, the Acts of the Apostles was written from the viewpoint of after the descent of the Holy Spirit. It is record of the Apostles, primarily Sts. Peter and Paul, fulfilling the mandate of Jesus Christ to go out into the world preaching the good news and baptizing people in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But today and next week, we return to the early chapter of Acts when St. Peter announces that they need to vote for a replacement of Judas so that their number can be twelve once again. And next week we of course hear the actual passage of Pentecost.

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Happy Mother's Day

05-09-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

May is the month of Mary as well as the month of Mother’s Day. As we celebrate Mother’s Day today we also keep in mind that the Blessed Mother, who said, “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to thy word,” is the Mother of God, in Greek the Theotokos, and it is her motherhood that the Catholic Church as well as many other Christians have honored and revered.

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A Relationship with Our Lord

05-02-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This afternoon, at 2 pm, five children will be making their first Holy Communion. And on this Tuesday evening, eight teens will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is always a special time when we as a parish community see that the sacraments are being celebrated and that our young people are somehow still connected to the church. Sadly, the numbers show that many of these young people who will be receiving these sacraments will eventually leave the faith, some for good, and others for a time. I hope and pray that this is not the case for these 13 people this week. But for these young people to stay connected to the church, they will need the help and example of their parents and the prayers of each and every one of us.

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