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November 24, 2019

posted Nov 22, 2019, 6:40 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Thursday, our nation celebrates THANKSGIVING DAY. I would like to reprint a meditation on the meaning of THANKSGIVING DAY. To me, it sums up the true meaning of the day and places the emphasis where it should be.  It is written by Dr. Linda Mintle:

When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Watching the Macy's Day parade, eating a very large meal with all the trimmings and watching football with family and friends? Or maybe Black Friday and the kickoff of the Christmas season are your focus?

In 1621, Governor William Bradford declared a day of thanksgiving to God for surviving the bitter winter and reaping an abundant harvest. Both Pilgrims and Native Americans feasted together. The holiday began by giving thanks to our Creator! Over the years, the meaning of Thanksgiving has shifted several times.  However, the origins are about giving thanks to God for provisions and blessings. And that is something we need to be intentional about in our time of celebration.

Biblically, we see that thanksgiving is associated with adoration, praise, an offering, or sacrifice. We find  ourselves giving thanks for what God has done and who He is. As the Pilgrims noted, God is faithful and gives abundantly to his children. Thanksgiving comes from a grateful heart to the One who has given so much and continues to bless His children.

This Thanksgiving, enjoy the meal, watch the parade and football, but remember to truly give thanks. If you need a little help, here are a few verses from the Psalms:

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.” (95:2)

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.” (100:4)

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endures forever...Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” (107:1, 8-9)

Let's praise Him this Thanksgiving, give thanks for our many blessings, and then continue this practice throughout the year!

 

Because of the holiday celebration, there will some ADJUSTMENTS in the schedule for the week.

      There will be a 6:00 PM anticipatory Mass on Wednesday. This will allow those traveling on Thursday to    

           get an early jump if needed or allow more time for preparation in their homes.

      Adoration on Wednesday will end at 5:00 PM in preparation for Mass.

      There will be only a 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday and Friday. No 7:00 AM Mass both days.

      The rectory will be closed Wednesday noon through Sunday, allowing priests and staff to enjoy the

           holiday  with family and friends. We will reopen on Monday at 9:00 AM.

 

ADULT CHRISTMAS PARTY – PLAN TO BE WITH US – ON DECEMBER 14TH our annual Christmas Party for adults will be held at the Ramada Inn on Saturday, December 14th from 5:15 – 8:30 PM. This party is my way to say THANK YOU for being such a wonderful parish family. And, we are having a new menu this year! More information is found in the bulletin, but I wanted to draw you attention to this wonderful event. Call the rectory now for your reservation.

 

NEW 2020 LECTOR WORKBOOKS are available in the sacristy. Lectors are asked to stop by and pick one up for the new liturgical year.

 

HUMOR (?) FOR THE WEEK - A turkey farmer was always experimenting with breeding to perfect a better turkey. His family was fond of the leg portion for dinner and there were never enough legs for everyone. After many frustrating attempts, the farmer was relating the results of his efforts to his friends at the general store get together. "Well, I finally did it! I bred a turkey that has 6 legs!" They all asked the farmer how it tasted?  "I don't know," said the farmer. "I never could catch the darn thing!"

 

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