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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.”

Thanksgiving Novena – 9th Week

Novena of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II offered for families:

The law of God is univocal and categorical with respect to human life. God commands: “You shall not kill” (Ex 20:13). No human lawgiver can therefore assert: it is permissible for you to kill, you have the right to kill, or you should kill. Tragically, in the history of our century, this has actually occurred when certain political forces have come to power, even by democratic means, and have passed laws contrary to the right to life of every human being, in the name of eugenic, ethnic or other reasons, as unfounded as they are mistaken. A no less serious phenomenon, also because it meets with widespread acquiescence or consensus in public opinion, is that of laws which fail to respect the right to life from the moment of conception. How can one morally accept laws that permit the killing of a human being not yet born, but already alive in the mother’s womb? The right to life becomes an exclusive prerogative of adults who even manipulate legislatures in order to carry out their own plans and pursue their own interests. Continue reading Thanksgiving Novena – 9th Week