From The Pastors Desk
This week we will gather with family and friends to celebrate the great American holiday that is Thanksgiving. It is my hope and prayer that each of you will have a joyful and beautiful Thanksgiving. Whether you are traveling to be with family or staying local, may the spirit of the Lord Jesus be with you, as you celebrate this day of giving thanks to God. I tell the school students that each time we gather for the celebration of Mass, we in a particular way celebrate Thanksgiving. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving. We give thanks to God for all the many gifts and blessings he has bestowed upon us. We give thanks to God for the gift of our faith, which allows us to proclaim and profess Jesus as Savior and King. We give thanks to God for the gift of family and friends who mold us as disciples of the Lord. St. Paul tells us so beautifully in today’s second reading that we are children of light! As we celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, let us share the light of Christ with our brothers and sisters. May the Holy Spirit continue to strengthen us as disciples of Christ our great High Priest.
Thanksgiving Day Mass
This Thursday, November 23, we will have our parish Thanksgiving Day Mass at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 8:00AM. As has been the custom, you may bring a dish that you will be serving for your holiday meal to be blessed at Mass.
A 50/50 envelope has been included in your monthly tithe’s envelope packet. Extra envelopes are located at the doors of the churches. Contribution is $20 and the proceeds will be used for the ongoing renovation and rebuilding of parish facilities. The winner takes home half of the amount collected for the given month. Simply drop your entry in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office. The winner will be announced.
Next Sunday, the Solemnity of Christ the King, is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. We begin a new liturgical year along with a new cycle of scripture readings proclaimed at Mass. All parish lectors must pick up their new lector workbooks in the sacristy of each of the churches.
Allow me to end with this Thanksgiving prayer:
Wishing you a blessed and joyful week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox