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Thanksgiving Day Mass

 Join us for Mass as we celebrate the day and offer thanks to God for his blessings and care over his people. Fr. Jim Evans will celebrate the Mass. Mass volunteers are also needed to serve.

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Our parish office will be closed at 12 noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, November 26. There WILL NOT be Daily Mass on Friday, November 24.  We will close Adoration early on Wednesday at 12 Noon.

Need a holiday meal prayer? Below are two prayers you may use.

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, we thank you
for the goodness of our people
and for the spirit of justice
that fills this nation.
We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the
land and the challenge of the cities.

We thank you for our work and our rest,
for one another, and for our homes.
We thank you, Lord:
accept our thanksgiving on this day.
We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.

R: Amen.

—from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers.

Thanksgiving Table Prayer

Lord God,
our hearts are crowded with gratitude
as we celebrate the feast of Thanksgiving.
We have come to this our feasting table
with great joy and eagerness,
for we are truly grateful to You, our God,
for all that we have been given.
We pause now and, in silent prayer,
do thank You for the great generosity of Your gifts.

Pause for silent reflection.

We also thank one another for gifts –
especially for the gifts of love and affection
that we have freely shared.
We are thankful
for all who are present at this our feast
as well as for all those who have labored in love
in order to bring this dinner to our table.

May You, our God, bless this Thanksgiving feast
and all of us who shall share it
in Your holy name.
Amen.

Hays, Edward, Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home (Kansas: Forest of Peace Books, 1979), 122.

A Prayer for Thanksgiving

God most provident,
we join all creation
in raising to you a hymn of thanksgiving
through Jesus Christ, your Son.

For generation upon generation
peoples of this land have sung of your bounty;
we too offer you praise
for the rich harvest we have received at your hands.

Bless us and this food which we share with grateful hearts.

Continue to make our land fruitful
and let our love for you be seen
in our pursuit of peace and justice
and in our generous response to those in need.

Praise and glory to you, Lord God, now and for ever.

R. Amen.

Book of Blessings by Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989, no. 1780.

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