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From the desk of Fr. Speier 

Dear Parishioners:  

This coming Thursday is the celebration of Thanksgiving. This year our Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Parish at 9:00am. Both parish choirs will be singing for that mass. I would like to invite all of you to join us for this celebration. 

 Thanksgiving Day is a very special celebration for all. There is not a great deal of hype about this feast except that families gather celebrate a meal and give thanks to God for all of the blessings he has bestowed on us this past year. It goes without saying that each and every one of us has been blessed by God and has reason to give thanks. 

 Thanksgiving is not a holy day of obligation but it is a wonderful way to begin this special time by attending mass. Eucharist means thanksgiving. Every time we gather for mass we do so with the purpose of being in the presence of the Lord and giving thanks for all blessings received. A most appropriate way for us to begin this national celebration is to start our day by gathering for the celebration of Mass. 

 I know that many of you take advantage of being on or using social media of one sort or another. For many Facebook is the social media of choice. I was looking through Facebook one day and saw a post that is appropriate for this this of year. It was a cartoon drawing of a Thanksgiving Turkey and Santa Claus. The Turkey said to a bewildered Santa Claus, “Move away fat boy November is my month”. It was funny in one regard but sad as well. 

 In our society today we hardly have time to enjoy one holiday before our sights are set on the next one not far behind. In the busy world in which we live time is precious and we try and put in everything we can into every second of every day. We have all had the experience of have a feeling of relief when the holidays are done and we can get back to normal. 

 The days of enjoying the holidays and the experience of being with family and friends is lost on all the preparations we believe we have to fulfill. It would be nice, for a change, if we could truly enjoy each holiday instead of worrying about what is on the horizon. 

 That sense of rush and using every second of every day hits church people as well. We are busy preparing for all the celebrations that we lose sight of what each event is all about.

 I hope and pray that your celebration of Thanksgiving will be one of joy and happiness for you and your families. A good start to the day would be joining us for mass at St. Catherine of Siena Parish at 9:00am for mass.