Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. And it’s not even a religious holiday. There is no real decorating of homes necessary, no crazy rush to buy and exchange gifts. It’s a time to enjoy the company of others, eat well and probably too much, watch some football, and be thankful. “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, Abraham Lincoln declared when he officially proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November as a national holiday in 1863.
We know the story of the pilgrims who celebrated their first harvest. Their feast lasted three days, attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 pilgrims. It’s not just about what we eat and drink, but also about whom we share the day with. For that, we are thankful.
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for YOU. Yes YOU. For all of you, for the dedicated staff members, the many volunteers on all levels, all of you who participate in the life of our parish by helping out on commissions, committees and in the various groups and clubs. I am thankful for ALL of YOU, those who challenge me, those who strive to raise our parish to the next level, and to those of you who share comments and sentiments because you want our parish to be even greater in serving the Lord and all of God’s children. Thank you.
“Father all-powerful, your gifts of love are countless And your goodness infinite; As we come before in Thanksgiving With gratitude for your kindness, Open our hearts to have concern For every man, woman, and child, So that we may share your gifts in loving service. Through Christ our Lord. Amen” – (From the collect prayer of Thanksgiving Day Mass)