The Chaplet of St. Michael

09-26-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Coming up this week on September 29th is the feast day of the Archangels, Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. I always love when this feast day comes every September. The Archangels are three of the most powerful saints that intercede for us, especially St. Michael. These are also the only angels that we know of with names.

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Incense

09-19-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Returning to the letters on the Mass, we will continue with the prayers after the offertory, which we discussed three weeks ago. In more solemn Masses, when incense is used, there are prayers to be said by the priest. After the changes of the Mass in 1970, these prayers were excised from the Missal, meaning that the priest is not proscribed to pray these prayers anymore. It is sad that these prayers were chopped, because these prayers are beautiful for the priest to pray. The parishioner would never have heard them explicitly, because the prayers were prayed while the choir was singing during the incensation. But the devotional qualities of the prayers were a help in reminding the priest what it is he is doing.

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Pastoral Planning

09-12-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John Granato

My Dear Friends,

Last week in my homily I mentioned that the second phase of the pastoral planning of the Archdiocese will be affecting New Britain soon. It is never easy to talk about a church and a faith that is diminishing, but the reality in New England is that the church and our faith is diminishing and the Covid virus did not help it. For centuries people rallied around and worshiped in their respective parishes. It was in their parish that they found and nourished friendships with other parishioners and celebrated their many sacraments. The parish church was another home for them.

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Commemorating September 11

09-05-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

This Saturday we will commemorate that awful day of September 11, 2001 (9/11). It is difficult to grasp for many people today the importance of that day, twenty years ago. Most young children do not remember much from early years, so most of the people who remember this day are pretty much at least thirty years old, which leaves a large part of the population not aware of the gravity and severity and danger that we were facing as a country on that day.

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