Thankful for Newly Ordained Priests

06-27-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

I am writing this bulletin letter a few days before the great event of a priestly ordination, but you are reading this presumably after the ordination has taken place. As you read this, if everything went as planned, we have two new priests in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Father Joseph MacNeill and Father Matthew Collins.

It is a time to celebrate in our archdiocese as these two men have answered God’s call to serve his church as priests. We rightly celebrate the other numerous ordinations that have taken place or will take place in the coming days as well. Our lector, Louise Cody, also is celebrating the ordination of her nephew that also took place yesterday. It is good for us to remember that we need priests in order to have the Eucharist, and we pray these priests, and all priests, are devoted to the Blessed Sacrament and to the reverent celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The following is a prayer by Cardinal Richard Cushing.

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Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist - June 24

06-20-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This week we celebrate the birth of St. John the Baptist. It is only fitting that we do so just as it is fitting that we celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th. This week we will have the longest day of the year before the birth of the Baptist, and a few days before Christmas we will have the shortest day of the year. With the birth of Christ, the light is coming into the world (as we here in the Gospel of John) and, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, the light of the day begins to increase at the time of his birth. Then, as we commemorate St. John the Baptist with the decreasing sunlight in June, we recall the words of St. John the Baptist at the beginning of our Lord’s public ministry; he must decrease so that the Lord may increase. Because of the importance of St. John the Baptist, the Church’s liturgy gives us an evening Vigil Mass for him. It is also a tradition to bless a bonfire on the vigil of his birth.

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The Feast of St. Anthony

06-13-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, a Franciscan who was renowned for his poverty as well as his learning and his preaching. He is one of the declared Doctors of the Church due to his extensive writings. Many know of St. Anthony through his being the patron of finding lost objects. He is also known for the almsgiving that is called St. Anthony’s Bread.

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

06-06-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today we celebrate Corpus Christi, Latin for the Body of Christ. Actually, today’s feast in English is called the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. It is our teaching in the Catholic faith (as well as in the Orthodox Church) that the bread and wine truly and really becomes the Body and Blood of our Lord after the words of consecration. This change in the substance of the bread and wine becoming the Body and Blood continues even after the Mass is over, which has developed through the centuries of Catholics placing any leftover hosts in a tabernacle.

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