Letter From Bulletin – November 18, 2018
SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING – This Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It is a special day on which our forebears stopped their activities to give thanks to God for all that they had been given, especially the land and the produce from the land. Please join us in celebrating Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday evening at 7 PM at St. Cyprian and 9 AM on Thursday at St. Celestine.
You are also invited to bring a loaf of bread to the 9 AM Mass for a special blessing. This bread can then be taken home and shared with family – with friends – with neighbors – with all who will be gathering to partake at your table. Eucharist means the act of thanksgiving, so you are invited to the table of the Lord to give thanks to God for many blessings that He has bestowed upon us. Thanksgiving is not an added extra. It is absolutely central to the life of a Christian. Without a spirit of thanksgiving our Christian lives would be cold and lifeless.
An attitude of mind in which thankfulness has no part is likely to lead to pettiness, resentment and cynicism. Thankfulness, on the other hand, preserves a right relationship with God. If we’re thankful, God is necessarily part of our lives. God doesn’t need our thanks, but we need to thank God. It reminds us that everything we have, we owe to him. It’s easy to be grateful to God for the good things that happen to us. But we must try to be grateful for all of our lives – the bad as well as the good, the sorrows and the joys, the failures and successes. This is no easy task. We can truly call ourselves grateful people only when we can say thanks for everything that has brought us to this moment. We need to give thanks to God everywhere and every time.
Thanksgiving, when it is an attitude of life, becomes “thanks-living – living in gratitude; living with a thankful heart.” Thanksgiving, as a way of life, also means “thanks” to God and “giving” to others. As we celebrate thanksgiving, we have many things to be thankful for – for our life, our parents, our families and friends, our work, and our future life together.
These are just a few sources of nourishment for which to be thankful, as we live in a land blessed with so much. We are equally blessed to be part of an active, thriving parish community. We have great cause to be thankful for the 50+ individuals employed as staff members, teachers, and support workers. We share in the blessing of so many selfless volunteers who consistently come to the aid of all of our parish programs, projects, committees, and fundraisers. We are grateful for so many priests who have helped us to celebrate the Eucharist like Fr. Andre Beltran, Fr. Jeff Grob, Fr. Filbert Ngwila, Fr. Stan Ilo, and Fr. Ron Navoy.
As for me, I give thanks to God every day for the opportunity to be with you and to serve you as your pastor – to have the ongoing occasions for getting to know you better – to be blessed by your many kindnesses and generous support. My life is richer for knowing you – and I count you among my blessings.
May God continue to bless you abundantly and may you always be conscious of the blessings you have received.
Father Paul Cao
Pastor of St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish