Time to Give Thanks

Adore God and give Him thanks always because of the numerous and inestimable graces at your disposal! What an inexpressible happiness! Venerable Mother Alphonse Marie always thanked the Lord for help and everything she received.

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday of November, is the most celebrated holiday in the United States. It is celebrated as a day for giving thanks to God for all His blessings of the harvesting of the preceding year.

What is the root of this celebration? Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions and nations after the harvest. As we know, Thanksgiving in the United States has been celebrated nationally since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the Heavens." Special blessings, coming from God, call for Days of Thanksgiving.  

Thanksgiving Day Celebration Has Begun

American Thanksgiving Day is a holiday, a day of celebration, a day of family gatherings, a day of joy, fun, good food, etc. although it takes a lot time of preparation.

Our Sisters with our Priests started to celebrate this special holiday already on Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, November 19, 2017. Why so soon? 

This special Sunday, the Ladies of Charity from McKeesport, Corpus Christy Parish, prepared and served us a special meal, cookies, cakes, salad, etc. They offered their time to satisfy our body and also our spirit. The special thing was that they brought us their love, friendship, joy... 

The food was excellent! While eating we got know better each other. We found that some of the Sisters tought these ladies. We could hear nice and interesting stories of their school time. That was really surprise to see each other after many years! Thanks to God for this arrangement.

After meal, there was a time for Thanksgiving Bingo. There was a lot of fun. Often was heard the word "turkey" or the sound of turkey, which meant there was BINGO! Everyone won at least once so everyone received a gift and non of us should be sad. Some Sisters were lucky and won several times. How good is God to us! How many gifts He has prepared for us! We have just to accept them and thank to God for them.

God bless these ladies and all who participated on preparation or celebration! 

On Thursday November 23rd, the Thanksgiving Day celebration continued. Thanks to all people who made this day great for us by donation of food, cakes, etc. God bless them all!

We Gave Thanks

Grateful to our God for many blessings received in the past year, we gathered together in our Chapel for Holy Mass, on November 24, 2016, at 8 a.m. With hearts full of joy we sang:
Thanks be to God whose love has gathered us this day. Thanks be to God who helps and guides us on our way. Thanks be to God who gives us voices that we may thank Him: Deo gratias, Deo gratias, thanks be to God Most High.
Thanks be to God for all the gifts of life and light. Thanks be to God whose care protects us day and night. Thanks be to God who keeps in mind us who forget Him: Deo gratias, Deo gratias, thanks be to God Most High.

Even Liturgy of the Word encouraged us to give thanks to God. From the Book of Sirach (50:22) we heard, “Now, bless the God of all, Who has done wondrous things on earth.” Followed it we repeated the response of Psalm 67, “O God, let all the nations praise You!” St. Paul confessed in the first Letter to the Corinthians (1:4), “I give thanks to my God always … for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus.” St. Luke (17:11-19) described that Jesus was disappointed when only one of the ten persons with leprosy returned to give thanks to God.

We have been giving thanks to God not only during Holy Mass, but all day long. A special thanksgiving prayer, which expressed our gratitude to God for the gifts we received in the past year, followed by a great dinner. Sisters, Priests, and some lay people spent a really Happy Thanksgiving with us.

God, grant us the grace to be always grateful to You for every gift we have received.
 




We Remember
December
Merciful Jesus, grant them eternal rest.
1Sister M. Martha Berdar 1985
6Sister M. Sabina Horvath 1962
11Sister M. Lucretia Seif 2002
16Sister M. Colombiere Hofstetter 2012
20Sister M. Catherine Kocsak 1995
22Sister M. Perpetua Takacs 1987
25Sister M. Fidelis Biro 1997
29Sister M. Imelda Siebert 1986

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