11/23/14 Pastor’s Message

December 1st, 2014 by Donna in Pastors Message Archive 2014

More Than Just Turkey and Stuffing

Happy Thanksgiving! In my own name, and on behalf of Deacon Mike and Deacon Steve, I extend our prayerful best wishes for a great day with your family. May you have safe travel, whether it’s across town or across the country.

Please consider yourself invited:

This Tuesday, November 25, we are hosting the Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at 7:00 p.m. here in our church. People will gather from the other churches in town, and there will be a combined choir. Refreshments will be served in Father Fanning hall. Please consider coming as a family and representing our parish family.

On Thanksgiving morning, we will have a Mass of Thanksgiving at 9:00 a.m. here. The word Eucharistia means “thanksgiving.” What better way to begin your day than at the table of the Lord? We will have blessed bread to take home with you to your table for sharing during dinner.

Our Thanksgiving traditions center on the meal, most often of course turkey and stuffing and all the fixins’. It is also time to think about those who do not have what we have, especially the children who go to bed hungry every night. How can we show gratitude to God, and at the same time remember those who are in need? Perhaps we can commit to making a donation of food or money to the Middlebury food bank. Perhaps we could commit to study the issue of poverty and then take steps (writing members of Congress, state reps) for advocacy. Maybe it’s time in the new year to simplify our lives and consume less of everything (food, fuel, energy).

Our lives are a gift from God. As Catholics, we are asked to make a gift back to God, to use our talents and energy to the best of our abilities. What gift will you give to God for Christmas?

Thank you,

Fr. Dennis J. Vincenzo

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