The St. Joseph Medal

03-11-2018Pastor's LetterRev. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

It is that time of year again when the Archdiocese honors those volunteers recommended by the pastor forthe annual St. Joseph medal. St. Joseph is the patron saint of our Archdiocese. He is also an important figurein the Gospels, even though he does not have a spoken word attributed to him. He is traditionally a quiet andunassuming man who went about his business and was a support for his wife, our Blessed Mother, and for herSon, Jesus Christ. He took no credit for the good works that he quietly performed.

Every year, our archbishop asks us to nominate a person (or a married couple) who exemplifies this unassumingmodel of discipleship. Throughout the years, many deserving men and women in Torrington have beennominated by previous pastors as well as by me to be the recipient of this prestigious honor. In 2015, I haddecided to nominate only one person from the Torrington Cluster in order to show that we were one churchcommunity. I did the same in 2016. Last year, I returned to a person or a couple from each individual parish inour cluster because of the imminent changes that were happening due to the pastoral plan. This year, now thatwe are one new parish, we are allowed to nominate only one person (or married couple) for the 2018 award.

It brings me much joy to share with you that the first ever St. Joseph medal recipient for St. John Paul the Greatparish is Maria Lovallo. The ceremony will take place next week, March 18th, at St. Joseph Cathedral at 3pm ifanyone would like to attend and show Maria your support. Without wanting to embarrass Maria, I will not listeverything she does for our parish, but suffice to say, she does a lot in a very quiet and unassuming manner.Congratulations Maria. It is a well-deserved honor for you and for our parish.

God bless.

Fr. John