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This week we as a nation celebrate Thanksgiving Day. As I sat down to write this week’s bulletin article, my first thought was, “I wonder what the word ‘thanksgiving’ actually means.” I found myself wondering what the dictionary would say about the word, whether anyone (else) ever looks up its definition, or if we just assume we know what it means?

According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, thanksgiving means “the act of giving thanks”, “a prayer expressing gratitude”, and “a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness”. With these definitions, what I find interesting is that each recognizes that giving thanks is not passive but requires action. Often we focus on what it is for which we are thankful: food, shelter, health, family, etc. This year we may want to consider our action of giving thanks. Rather than working on our list of things to be thankful for, instead we should ask ourselves, “How do we give thanks?” Is it by our prayers, publiclly acknowledging what we have been given, and celebrating with a spirit of gratitude?

As we prepare to offer thanks, we may want to consider two opportunities that we have this week to give thanks. Wednesday evening the Hudson Area Ministerial Association will sponsor its annual Thanksgiving Eve of Praise and Worship. We are honored to be the host site for this year’s event on Wednesday, November 25, at 7:00 p.m. Ministers from the various churches around Hudson will be involved in leading the prayers and our own Fr. Patrick McConnell will preach. Music will be provided by a combined choir from the area churches. This is one of my favorite nights of the year because it is one of the only times that we gather as area ministers and together lead worship. Our Council of Catholic Woman will provide a pie social after the service in our parish hall. You may want to bring a food donation for the food pantry or a monetary donation for Operation Help.

On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, we will celebrate Mass at 9:00 a.m. This is the second opportunity to gather, publically acknowledge, and acclaim the divine goodness of God. While every Eucharistic gathering is a celebration of thanksgiving to God, the joy of Thanksgiving Day is that our prayers are joined with other Americans in giving thanks. While someone recently told me that this is the day each year when more food is consumed by Americans than any other day (Super Bowl Sunday is second), it is also the day each year when more heads bow in gratitude than any other day.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day and if you travel we pray for your safe journey.  Whether you will be in Hudson or far off, do reflect  how you will best give thanks this year.

Fr. John Gerritts

November 22, 2015



` Friday, November 20
5:45 AM TMIY (That Man is You!)

` Saturday, November 21
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip available after Mass

~ Sunday, November 22
Masses 7, 9, 11 AM
Social by Home and School
9:00 AM Bible Explorers

5:00 PM Epic - His Story - Our Life
6:30 PM 33 Days to Morning Glory
Scrip available after Mass

~ Monday, November 23
9:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away

~Tuesday, November 24
8:00 AM Mass
6:00 PM Family Rosary
7:00 PM Pastoral Council Meeting

~ Wednesday, November 25
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass at CCH
5:30 PM Choir Practice
7:00 PM HAMA Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

~Thursday, November 26

9:00 AM Mass
~ Friday, November 27

~ Saturday, November 28
8:00 AM Dust Busters
9:00 AM Divine Mercy
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip  available after Mass

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