I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving “in advance.” We thank God that, with the low rate of COVID this year, we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving in a “normal” way with our families. As we all know, the Thanksgiving celebration is not a Church Liturgical celebration such as a feast day or solemnity. However, it is good to note that we Christians do celebrate Thanksgiving differently from nonbelievers. While we celebrate Thanksgiving by thanking God and acknowledging that all we have and all our blessings come from Him, non-believers may not involve God in their Thanksgiving celebration.
The best way we can show that we are truly thankful to God on Thanksgiving Day is to begin the day with a prayer of thanksgiving to God. I invite all our parishioners who are in town to come and join us for the Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9 am in the MPR. Let us come and thank God for all His blessings upon us this year. We will livestream the Mass on our parish Youtube channel so that those who are out of town can watch. This year we are trying something different, a Bread Exchange for those who attend the 9 am Mass. Bring a loaf of bread and place it at the side table. During Mass the bread will be blessed. After Mass those who brought a loaf can take a different loaf home. Please join us on this day of thanks!
As a parish community, we are thankful to God for many things: the decline of the COVID rate this year, for the blessings of peace and unity in our parish school community, for the blessing of the wonderful teamwork that led to a successful groundbreaking ceremony for our Church building project, plus many more. May God continue to bless us through this year and always.
We are thankful to the Diocesan Newspaper, Catholic Sun, for featuring our St Benedict Parish on their paper this month. Please click here to read the article about our groundbreaking ceremony. (Link HERE)
U.S. Bishops Approve Action Items on Their Agenda at the Fall General Assembly Find out more HERE.
The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church The document "The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church" was developed by the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved by the full body of the USCCB at its November 2021 General Meeting and has been authorized for publication. Find the full text HERE.
Have a wonderful week and remain blessed!
Fr James Aboyi, VC
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