November 19, 2017

November 13, 2017

My dear parishioners,

This coming Thursday, the 23rd of November, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Although not a Holy Day, many people of faith choose to attend Mass. To help more parishioners attend Mass (on Thanksgiving Day) the time of Mass will be changed. The daily Mass on Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated at 9:00 am instead of 7:00 am.

Thanksgiving Day is rooted in English tradition dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late November date on which the Thanksgiving holiday is now celebrated.

Although sparsely documented we trace our Thanksgiving holiday tradition to 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts and also the better documented, celebration in Virginia in 1619.

President George Washington proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789 “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signed favours of Almighty God.”

On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint Resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday . Two years earlier, Roosevelt  used a Presidential Proclamation to try to achieve the change.

Anyway, don’t forget to Thank God this Thanksgiving Day, enjoy your meal with family and friends and I hope your football team wins!

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

–Monsignor Montecalvo



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