Weekly Message from Father

 

My Dear Parishioners,

 

 Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  Yes, I am!  Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays in our land and we love Thanksgiving.  It is a time for everyone to give thanks and praise to God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us, our families and our beloved country.  We give thanks to God with our prayers at home and also at church.  We give thanks to each other with our prayers, fellowship and love.  We celebrate Thanksgiving with great meals from one home to the next—pity the poor turkeys; but good for our tummy J  Finally, we celebrate Thanksgiving with shopping until we drop.  Thanksgiving is the best time of the year to shop for bargains and for Christmas gifts for our loved ones.  Please, wherever you may be for Thanksgiving, be safe in your traveling; please pray together as a family before your Thanksgiving meals and attend Holy Masses to pray for your loved ones (visit Masstimes.org for Mass times near you); please be patient, be loving and be kind to one another.  Remember that everyone in your family, old and young, they are like fingers on your hands, you need them all.  If your fingers are dirty or greasy, wash them and don’t chop them for it will surely hurt and will be life-threatening.  Please love your family the way they are and forgive them, for sometimes they don’t even know what they are doing or talking about.  Only when we truly love others will we be loved by them.  When things go wrong, stop to think and say a prayer in your heart for God’s guidance and peace within you so that you can see the goodness in one another.  No one can change us nor can we change anyone; we must change ourselves to be more humble, loving, kind, forgiving and sacrificing.  God knows it all and He is always ready to help us to be beautiful in His eyes.  God bless our loved ones and all those who are far from their families and homeland, especially those who are in the military.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone with love, peace and happiness. 

 

 

St. Joseph Thanksgiving Dinner: If you are in town this Saturday, November 18th, immediately after 5:30pm Mass, please join us for a special Thanksgiving dinner with homemade turkey and special dishes.  Everyone is welcome, including non-Catholics.  See the bulletin for more details.

 

 

ParishRegistration: if you have not registered yet, please know that we would love to have you and/or your family join our church family.  Registered families will receive a special Christmas gift the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd.  Please pick up your Christmas gift, one per family, before Mass and have it ready in the pew with you.  I will bless it for you during Mass.  It’s a beautiful Cross of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph to watch over you and your family until you are in heaven with God.  You have prayed with me to the Holy Family and now you will have them in your home.  I hope that you will enjoy this special Christmas gift.  Please hang this Holy Cross in your home where everyone can see it and know the eternal love of God for us and for every person He created.  

 

                                                        Jesus, Mary, St. Joseph, pray for us, Fr. Hien