A Thanksgiving Blessing: Humble Hearts In a world where so many are hungry, May we eat this food with humble hearts; In a world where so many are lonely, May we share this friendship with joyful hearts. Amen. The priests of St. John the Baptist parish wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Day Masses: 7:00am, 8:45am and 10:30am.
THANKS FOR THE MANY THINGS!
So many living today have an expectation that they are deserving of the best that life has to offer. Well intentioned and hardworking, they possibly are worthy of the best. But, as you might surmise, life does not always fulfill our expectations of deserving.
Think back over the past months in reference to the natural disasters of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires. None of those afflicted by the tragedies were deserving of such punishing conditions. But life, nature and human insensitivity frequently distribute unjust as well as unintended conditions. The challenge of all of us is to respond as constructively as possible to the events offered us.
In this frame of mind then we might consider how blessed we are to be spared many of the ravages of nature. We can also take the occasion to analyze how blessed we are to have the elements of the life we enjoy today, be they health, family, employment, freedom or social interaction. We normally take most of these experiences for granted until they diminish or are lost. Relatively speaking, we are exceptionally favored by God to enjoy our freedom of spirit regardless of our share of the American dream.
On this Thanksgiving occasion may we acknowledge that all good things come from God and are intended for responsible use and the ultimate glory of the Heavenly Father. Rather than take everything for granted, much less that we have an expectation of the good life, may we thank God each day and attempt to do His will in all things. Happy Thanksgiving.
RIGHT OF CHRISTIAN FORMATION (RCIA)
Are you or someone you know interested in joining the Catholic faith community? Are you a Catholic who desires to complete the initiation process by receiving the Eucharist and Confirmation?
If you answered Yes to one of these questions, we warmly invite you to entering the RCIA process. RCIA is designed to assist adults who have never been baptized, have been baptized in another Christian religion and want to become Catholic, or those who were baptized Catholic but have not received the Eucharist and Confirmation. For more information please email Louise McDonough or leave your name and contact information with the Rectory staff.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.