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.  

We Give Thanks

Grateful to our God for many blessings received in the past year, we gather together in our Chapel for Holy Mass, on this special day. With hearts full of joy we sing:
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 encourages 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 give 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, followes by a great dinner. Sisters, Priest, and some lay people really enjoy a Thanksgiving Day.

God, grant us the grace to be always grateful to You for every gift we have received.
We Remember
Merciful Jesus, grant them eternal rest.
13Sister M. Calasantia Wegerbauer 1969
19Sister M. Sebastian Laub 1992
25Sister M. Ancilla Verosto 2008
28Sister M. Cecilia Hogya 2008
30Sister M. Angela Kun 1997

Mass Schedule:
7:30 AMMonday:
7:30 AMTuesday:
7:30 AMWednesday:
7:30 AMThursday:
7:30 AMFriday:
8:00 AMSaturday:
8:00 AMSunday:
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Holy Hour - Adoration:
Thursday before First Friday: 7:00 - 8:00 PM