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You are invited to attend the 9 AM Thanksgiving Mass

This Thursday will mark our celebration of a national Day of Thanksgiving. We must never consider that Thanksgiving Day was an American invention. Ceremonies and periods of thanksgiving are woven through the entire tapestry of history. We find them in the Jewish Calendar of Feasts, in other world religions, in European cultures and native practices of North America, South America, Asia and Africa. In the United States Thanksgiving was historically viewed as a holy day more than a holiday, where society ceased from their work and gave thanks to God for all His goodness. For Catholics, thanksgiving is a daily and weekly occurrence through the Mass, where the Eucharistic Sacrifice is our Great Thanksgiving. I am happy that we have people attending daily Eucharist to heighten our awareness of God’s hand in our lives.

On this Thanksgiving Day let us thank God for the gift of life and health, for providing for our spiritual and physical needs, for our families and for the grace of salvation. Let us be thankful to our parents and benefactors. Let us also be thankful for the countless good people each of whom brought his or her own special gifts to us and touched our lives. Today, let us remember each one with reverence and gratitude.

We pray: “Lord, we thank you for the goodness of our people and for the spirit of justice that fills this nation. We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the land and the challenge of the cities. We thank you for our work and our rest, for one another, and for our homes. We thank you, Lord: accept our thanksgiving on this day. Amen.”

You are invited to attend the 9 AM Thanksgiving Mass

HT This Thursday will mark our celebration of a national day of Thanksgiving. We must never consider that Thanksgiving Day was an American invention. Ceremonies and periods of thanksgiving are woven through the entire tapestry of history. We find them in the Jewish Calendar of Feasts, in other world religions, in European cultures and native practices of North America, South America, Asia and Africa. In the United States Thanksgiving was historically viewed as a holy day more than a holiday, where society ceased from their work and gave thanks to God for all His goodness. For Catholics, thanksgiving is a daily and weekly occurrence through the Mass, where the Eucharistic Sacrifice is our Great Thanksgiving. I am happy that we have people attending daily Eucharist to heighten our awareness of God’s hand in our lives.

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Happy Thanksgivings Day!

“We are definitely feeling the economic crunch this year. Yet as we approach Thanksgiving, we are thankful to God for his mercy. We are teaching our children to thank and trust God even during difficult times” (parents)

Thanksgiving celebrations began back in the 1600’s when the Pilgrims offered thanks to God following the harvest season. This practice spread throughout the states.  In 1789 George Washington relayed the request of both Houses of Congress ‘to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’ That year, Thursday, November 26th was the assigned day for Thanksgiving. Continue reading Happy Thanksgivings Day!