Our parish Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Wed. Evening, Nov. 25th at 6pm. The weekend of Nov. 29th is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new Liturgical Year in the life of the Church. On the first Sunday of Advent, we will re-commission all our parish Liturgical ministers- Altar Servers, Ushers, Lectors, Music Ministers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and Sacristans. Our Parish Giving Tree, for outreach at Christmas, will also be on display in the Narthex of the Church.
It is so easy to fall in love with the gift and forget all about the Giver; to admire a painting and never think of the painter; to enjoy music and never know the heart from which it came; to accept and love ourselves and not to care for the One from whom we came. We did not ask to be. We did nothing to get here. My very existence is a gift of God. What am I anyway but a conglomeration of the gifts of God? What do I have that I have not received? Our most basic relationship with God therefore should be one of gratitude.
To remember and give thanks. God gave us a memory so that we can remember and give thanks. The memory enables us to bring forth from the storeroom of the past the wonderful moments of success, love and happiness, so that we can re-live, enjoy them and be grateful. “Lord, give me a grateful heart.”
To remember and give thanks. That is what the Bible is all about. The Bible is the written history of many of the wonderful gifts God has given us from the very creation of the world and the promise of even greater gifts in the future. “Lord, give me a grateful heart.”
To remember and give thanks. That is what the Mass is all about. The Mass is the perfect act of thanksgiving that Jesus commanded us to, “Do this in memory of me.” “Lord, give me a grateful heart.”
To remember and give thanks. We live in a country of plenty in a world of want, a land of religious and political freedom in a world of ethnic cleansing and zero tolerance, a land at peace in a world at war. “Lord, give me a grateful heart.”
To remember and give thanks. And in so doing we grow in the love of God. Gifts are the language of love, the more one loves the more one gives.
A blessed Thanksgiving holiday to you and yours! For those of you traveling, we pray for your safety and look forward to your return home!
Peace, Joy and Love,
Fr. Brian J Roby
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The Parish Office will be closed Thursday and Friday (November 26th & 27th) due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Penny will be out of the office November 27th - December 7th. Please call before stopping by due to irregular office hours.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS COMMISSIONING
Next weekend, November 28th & 29th, we will re-commission our parish Liturgical ministers - Altar Servers, Ushers, Lectors, Music Ministers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Sacristans.
HONORARIUM / MEMORIAL FLOWER FUND Anyone interested in having a Christmas Poinsettia purchased in honor/memory of a loved one, please place your donation in the collection basket at Church using the envelope provided. You are asked to write the name(s) of loved ones in whose honor/memory these are for.
ADVENT GIVING TREE
The Advent Giving Tree will be placed in the Gathering Space of Church the first weekend of Advent, November 28th & 29th. Parishioners are asked to take an ornament, purchase the gift, return it wrapped with the original ornament to know what the gift is and what family it belongs to.
Gifts need to be returned to Church or the Parish Office by the weekend of December 12th & 13th. It is very important that they be returned by the deadline to allow us time to sort and deliver to families.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Today's second reading reminds us that the sacrifices of Christ frees us from sin and makes us a royal nation of priests in the service of God. How am I using my gifts to serve God and others?
Readings for next weekend will be
Jeremiah 33:14-16 I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
We invite you to read and study these passages for your own reflection as we prepare for the liturgy we will celebrate as a parish community.