This Thursday, November 27, is Thanksgiving Day, and it is hard to believe that it is already here, with Christmas soon to follow. The year has passed quickly. I hope that in advance of your celebration with family and friends Thursday, you take some quiet time to count the many blessings God has bestowed on you, both in this past year as well as throughout your life. Take a moment Thursday for a sincere prayer of heartfelt gratitude. It is no day for perfunctory or mechanical prayer. The parish Mass for Thanksgiving Day will be at 9:00 AM. There will be no 7:00 Mass on Thursday.
I note with dismay the increasing tendency of merchants to try to improve their bottom lines and bolster Christmas season sales by opening their stores earlier and earlier. Whereas it once was confined to the day after Thanksgiving, now we find stores opening on Thanksgiving Day itself and at earlier hours than last year. I urge you to resist the temptation to go shopping on Thursday. Save it for another day. Make Thanksgiving Day a day for family and friends, good food, fun, football, and Christmas movies. The modern American family is an institution under siege. We must do whatever we can to bolster and strengthen our family life. Thanksgiving is a family day par excellence and it is but one day a year. Don’t ruin it by making it just another day for mindless commercialism.
Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and with it, a new church year begins. We will also introduce our new permanent hymnals. They are beautiful books. I know that once you get used to them, you will like them. I thank everyone who contributed to making the special hymnal project such a resounding success.
Finally, the Annual Collection is going quite well. As of this writing, the proceeds are in the range of $22,000. Thanks to all who have made a gift. All gifts, however large or small, are much appreciated. If you have not yet made a gift, please consider doing so before December 31 if you want credit for income tax purposes.
I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels if you plan to be on the move to celebrate with family or friends. May we also be mindful of those who are alone, those who have suffered losses this year, and those who are homebound. Reach out to them in some way to let them know that they are not forgotten.
Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
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