Happy Thanksgiving!

November 18, 2018

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to express my sincere thanks to you for making St. Martin of Tours your place of worship. It brings me such joy to see you on Sunday and to worship with you. Additionally, I am grateful for your continued support in the giving of your time, talent, and treasure to help build up our faith community.

A special thanks to the leaders and volunteers of all ministries. You have given countless hours and effort in various events and celebrations throughout the year and I am so thankful for your participation and dedication to the life of our parish. May the abundance of God’s blessing be upon you and your family.

Our Thanksgiving Mass is on Thursday, November 22 at 9:30 AM. Please join us in giving thanks to God for our many blessings. If you are traveling, I pray for your safe travels and your time of rest with your family.

We should always remember to give thanks to God, not only in good times but also in bad times. At the Last Supper, Jesus bid farewell to the Apostles. Naturally their initial reaction was shock, disbelief and sorrow. Yet, at the same time, Jesus promised them that he would be with them again. The sign that he gave that he would truly be present always is the Eucharist, the Mass, the gathering of disciples for a meal “in memory of me.” The Eucharistic gathering contains both joy and sorrow.

Oftentimes, we may stay away from Mass when a crisis occurs because we are not in a good place mentally, emotionally, and maybe physically. We don’t recognize that if we share only good times with a friend, then that person is only a “party buddy.” If we only share bad times with a friend, then that person is only an “emotional pitstop.” Either way, that is not the meaning of a true friend. God wants to be with us always, both in the good and bad times of our life. This gives us such cause to be grateful for God’s unconditional love, His presence in our lives, and His constant protection and support.

The word Eucharist means “thanksgiving.” On this day of thankfulness, we remember above all to give thanks to God, the giver of all that is good, who is with us always in joy and sorrow.

It was Thanksgiving Day in the nursing home. The small resident population had gathered around their humble Thanksgiving table, and the director asked each in turn to express one thing for which he or she was thankful. Thanks were expressed for a home in which to stay, families, etc. One little old lady, when her turn came, said, “I thank the Lord for two perfectly good teeth left in my mouth, one in my upper jaw and one in my lower jaw. They match so well that I can chew my food.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kathryn Richards