Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:
PARISH REDEVELOPMENT. Bishop Burbidge has approved the beginning of a consultative process regarding the potential redevelopment of the St. Charles Borromeo parish site. For information about this excititing possibility, check out our website at: www.stcharleschurch.org/parish-redevelopment
I wish everyone a safe, happy–and a delicious!–Thanksgiving, while I encourage everyone to recall the truly religious nature of this national holiday. Let us enjoy the festivities–but let us not forget the reason for this national feast, so beautifully explained by President Abraham Lincoln in the first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.... No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God.... It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
Let us then truly take time this Thanksgiving to count our blessings and to thank our generous God in prayer for all the good things he has given us–and let us not forget the poor and the lonely in our prayers, meals and contributions.
This Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, we will have a bilingual Mass of Thanksgiving at 9:00 A.M. which I urge everyone to attend. Indeed, the word “Eucharist” is a Greek word meaning “thanksgiving,” since especially in the Mass we offer thanks to the Father in the Spirit for the gift of salvation in His Son. Please note that our parish offices are closed this Thursday and Friday, with Mass on Friday at 9:00 A.M. only. I remain,
Your servant in Christ Jesus,