Thanksgiving week is one of the most peaceful weeks of the year for me! I find Thanksgiving to be kind of a mini retreat, a time to be with family and friends and a time to say thank you for all our blessings. I am just returning from a week of retreat and so I have had lots of time to reflect all God’s blessings in my life. Please take advantage of the slower pace to connect with God and other life relationships. I realize that sometimes it is difficult to see the blessings through all the trials and pain we sometimes have to confront, but the blessings are there. This past year has been filled with blessings for me that include:
- Despite the pain and sorry that came with the unexpected death of my brother Don on July 5 I am extremely thankful for the hundreds of people who gave me their support and love in my time of grief,
- The continued good health for the rest of my family.
- The beauty of friendships, some have been part of my life for over 50 years.
- Another year (40+) of ministry in our Church.
- Ministry with the people of Transfiguration and what a joyful experience it has been for me and hopefully for you.
- Time to recreate and soak in the beauty of the world God has given us to enjoy.
- An ever-deepening awareness of God’s love in my life.
I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving Mass with you this coming Thursday. I love this particular celebration because the people there because they are so appreciative of all God’s blessing. You are welcome to bring your Thanksgiving bread or rolls to Mass on Thanksgiving for a special blessing. I praise and thank God for all these blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!
Did you do it yet? We are only half the way to reaching our Catholic Ministry Appeal goal of $203,413. Thank you to those who have made their pledge! Your pledge is important to the life of our local church and to our parish. Please make your gift or pledge this week so we can conclude the Appeal before the Christmas season.
You never know what a kid may say and with an eye on Thanksgiving dinner: TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating? SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.
Again, thank you for your ongoing love and support; it truly is a gift in my life.
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,