Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Favorite Liturgy of the Year

I’m already looking forward to Mass on Thanksgiving morning (9:00AM at St. Joseph’s).

It always seems especially joyful and uplifting.

Perhaps it’s because everyone comes, sans any sense of obligation, with hearts ready to offer thanks to our generous and gracious God.

Perhaps it’s because everyone who comes longs for a focus on faith and spirituality on this otherwise secular holiday.

Perhaps they can’t wait for the family to gather to savor the feeling of community that comes with joining with others in prayer, song, and thanksgiving.

And then there are the special collections that take place. On Thanksgiving, people come here with gift cards to drop in the collection basket for families who will need help with groceries and gifts this Christmas. Everything collected on Thanksgiving goes toward our efforts to support these families, usually about 35 families with upwards of 100 children.

At the offertory, people spill out of their pews to cover the foot of the altar with food – bags and bags of non-perishables that are immediately whisked away after Mass by our Food Van ministers to our sisters and brothers in need downtown.

On no other morning are the words more true, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad!”

May your heart be filled with gratitude this Thanksgiving!


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