Sisters and Brothers,
I want to remind everyone that Bishop Rick will be with us this Sunday to consecrate and dedicate our new altar. I hope everyone will be with us for this big celebration. This Sunday is also the First Sunday of Advent - which begins our countdown to Christmas. Let's have a full house this Sunday as we join together in giving thanks for this beautiful gift.
Speaking of giving thanks, amidst all the feasting and shopping, I urge you to take a moment to give God thanks. Pause for a moment to consider all the wonderful blessings you've experienced this year. No doubt there have been some trying times, but so far you've made it through! And, even within trials, there can be blessings and opportunities for growth.
Maybe your thankful because you've gotten a new job or promotion. Maybe you've gotten some good news regarding a health concern. Maybe you've made a good friend. Or, maybe you've reconnected with a loved one from the past. Whatever blessing has come your way, give God thanks. Take just a moment to express to God (and to others) something you are thankful for. Studies show that gratitude can improve health and also rewire our brains so that we are happier people.
I know that I am thankful for all of you. Being away on vacation allowed me the time to unwind and to ponder the blessings I have right here around me. Thank you for being part of our parish family. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me. Thank you for allowing me to minister among you. I'm grateful to be your pastor and I am thankful I have you to share this joy.
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