Happy Thanksgiving to all our Parishioners and Friends! The Parish office and rectory will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. We will reopen on Monday, November 28th at 8:00 AM.
On Thanksgiving Day, we will celebrate Mass at 9:00 AM at SS. Peter and Paul Church. A continental breakfast sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be held following Mass in the church hall. NO MASS will be celebrated on Friday, November 25th.
A THANKSGIVING DAY PRAYER
Our Father in heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for the food prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life, the freedom to enjoy it all
and all other blessings.
As we partake of this meal,
we pray for health and strength
to carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ, Our Heavenly Father.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Bobbi Palmeri, Sherry Propheter, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Sam and Allene Nalbone
By Their Family and Bennie Cardinale Family
Hosts – In Memory of George Seastedt
By Wife Susan and Family
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Georgio Marchini
By Gust and Dianne Calamunci
Hosts – In Memory of Patricia (McKeta) Carlson
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
4:00 (St. John) Anthony Castiglione, Birthday by Maxine Castiglione
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
7:15 (SSPP) Patricia (McKeta) Carlson, Anniversary by Family
9:00 (St. John) Dolores Onuffer by M/M Don Fiasco
11:00 (SSPP) Bennie DiTonto, Sr. by Beverly Foote
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
12:10 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22
9:00 (St. John) Teresa and Gilbert Caskey by Estate
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23
St. Clement I and St. Columban
Blessed Miguel Agustin
12:10 (SSPP) Carmela Calamunci by Carl Mazzurco
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24
St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions
9:00 (SSPP) Living and Deceased Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society by Members
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25
St. Catherine of Alexandria
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26
4:00 (St. John) Philip and Joanna DeSantis by Ron and Kathy DeSantis
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27
First Sunday of Advent
7:15 (SSPP) Marianne and Jeannne de la Cerda by de la Cerda Family
9:00 (St. John) Mary Mistretta by Mistretta Family
11:00 ( SSPP) Rick Andzel, Anniversary by Dad, Mom, Brother, Sisters and Families
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS NEWS
Members of Court St. Gertrude #92 will soon be preparing their plates of scrumptious holiday cookies. The cookies will be sold after all Masses at St. John and SS. Peter and Paul Churches on the weekend of December 10th and 11th. A mixed variety, as well as Italian fig cookies will be available in plates of one and two dozen. Anyone wishing to place an advance special order should contact Carm Ciancio at 664-5672 by December 7th. The members of Court St. Gertrude #92 very much appreciate your support of their fund raising efforts. Proceeds will be used to continue their charitable works.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, November 13
Main Collection $6,770.90
Repair & Maintenance 992.00
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
CHANGE IN THE ENVIRONMENT
Although it may sound like it, this is not a comment on the climate change and its effects! Rather it is a reminder that next weekend, we will begin the Season of Advent and you will notice the addition of the Advent wreath in the Sanctuary. The four candles (three purple and one rose) mark our weekly preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord. Because this is a season of preparation which also has a penitential aspect to it, flowers are not placed in the sanctuary during this time.
HOLY NAME SOCIETY NEWS
The December meeting of the Holy Name Society will be SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH at St. John Church hall following the 9:00 AM Mass. Please mark your calendars for this date change.
First Covenant Church located at 520 Spring St. in Jamestown will be hosting a DECEMBER GOD’S PANTRY DAY on Tuesday, December 20th from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Church. The day will be filled with a festive atmosphere, gift giveaways and food for the needy for the holidays. First Covenant needs our help in supplying the less fortunate with the following items: canned meats (tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef); peanut butter and jelly; hearty soups (not broths); canned fruit; cereal; non-fat dry milk; pasta and pasta sauces; and any kind of boxed meals. They have plenty of canned vegetables and bean in their pantry, so those items are not needed at this time.
Also, toiletries are needed such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry detergent, deodorant, and feminine hygiene products.
If you can help out, bring your items to the FIRST COVENANT CHURCH between 9 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, contact them at 483-9825.
As we look forward to the celebration of Thanksgiving Day this Thursday there are probably several things on our planning agenda for the holiday: grocery shopping, menu selection, travel arrangements, and meal time among others. To say that a lot of time and effort will be expended in preparation for the annual tradition is an understatement. Even if we are simply the guests and not the hosts we will still get caught up in the activities surrounding the holiday if only to spend a significant amount of time watching football games and making a shopping list for the so-called black Friday and cyber Monday. Although the beginning of winter is still a month away, Thanksgiving initiates a type of change of season focused on Christmas.
Although Thanksgiving Day is a civic observance it does have some religious overtones even in a society grown increasingly and aggressively more secular. The intersection of State and Church that this holiday brings can serve as a reminder to us Catholics that giving thanks to God is something we are called to do each day of our lives. The encouragement to do so is part of the obligation we have to gather for the celebration of Mass each week. Indeed, the Eucharistic Prayer (i.e. that portion of the Liturgy prayed by the priest at the altar through which the gifts of bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ) itself is also called the “Great Thanksgiving.” Keep in mind that Christ’s redeeming sacrifice which opened for us the possibility of eternal life should never be taken for granted but rather be that for which we are continually giving thanks.
There is an appropriate coincidence at Thanksgiving time in that our society’s switch in focus to “holiday shopping” occurs as we in the Church begin the new season of Advent, our time of preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord. It is a continual source of amusement to me that in a country that places such a high value on freedom of speech we get ourselves tied up in knots when it comes to using the proper name for the holiday around which all of the seasonal activity is directed. My advice is that when faced with the attempt to censor the word “Christmas” from use in the public forum, we respond by claiming the right guaranteed by the First Amendment and defend the term in the name of “diversity” which seems to be the trendy buzz word for demanding recognition.
Be that as it may, with the celebration of Thanksgiving we will be entering a time of enhanced activity that will affect the course of our lives for the next several weeks. We ought not to lose sight of the fact that this is all occasioned by the Holy Day on which we will commemorate the birth of Jesus. As we prepare to begin the season of Advent next weekend I would encourage us to incorporate into our gift shopping, decorating, and card writing giving thanks for this greatest gift God has given us.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende