In November, We Remember the Faithful Departed

10-31-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

November begins tomorrow. Today we celebrate All Hallow’s Eve, commonly known as Halloween and yet again another Catholic holy day that has been co-opted by the secular world and have stripped the Catholic elements of our holy day to celebrate things that are pagan in nature or highly adult in nature.

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Four Parishes Merge into One

10-24-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Last week at Mass I made the announcement that there will be changes in New Britain that will affect the Catholic communities of Holy Apostles, Divine Providence, St. Francis and St. Katharine Drexel. Beginning on January 1st, these four parishes will begin the process of merging into one new parish. This will take some time to do, but it is expected that it could be done by July.

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Vatican Councils

10-17-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Last week we celebrated the feast day of Pope St. John XXIII. This week, on October 22nd, we celebrate the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II. Interestingly, it was Pope John Paul II that beatified John XXIII on September 3, 2000, along with Blessed Pope Pius IX. Pope Francis canonized both John XXIII and John Paul II together on April 27, 2014. The choice to beatify Pope Pius IX and John XXIII was also interesting.

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Pope John XXIII

10-10-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is not only Columbus Day but it is also the feast day of Pope St. John XXIII. He was elected pope in 1958 at the age of 76 and soon after called for an ecumenical council, which is a council of all the bishops in the Catholic Church, to discuss issues of our faith. To date, there have been 21 ecumenical councils in the Catholic Church, the Second Vatican Council being the most recent.

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The Rosary is a Powerful Weapon

10-03-2021Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Every year, we are privileged to celebrate a Mass in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th. The original title of this feast day is Our Lady of Victory, so named by Pope St. Pius V because he asked all of Europe to pray the rosary for victory of the Muslims in the Battle of Lepanto.

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