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Posted on November 16, 2018 10:55

Turkey Dinner, long car trips, family, the Macy’s Parade, football, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the beginning of the holiday season: all these things come to mind when we think of Thanksgiving Day. Apart from all that, Thanksgiving Day is a time when we pause to reflect upon our many blessings, both material and spiritual, and to give God thanks. Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving gatherings at harvest time have long been common among almost all religions. In England harvest feasts of Thanksgiving became very important at the time of the Protestant Reformation, especially when King Henry VIII cleared away the many Catholic holydays that filled the calendar. The Puritans (Pilgrims) brought this tradition to our land with a great harvest feast at Plymouth colony (Massachusetts) in 1621. Harvest food from this new land, corn, squash, fish and abundant wild turkeys, was shared in a great feast to give thanks to God, our Creator, the Provider of good things. May this Thanksgiving holiday be a joyful, prayerful feast for you and your families. If you are able, come pray at Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Church on Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m.Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy

Thanksgiving,

Fr. Washabaugh and Fr. Albrecht