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Today our parish celebrates its annual Turkey Bingo event which has become a favorite parish tradition for many. With activities and opportunities for all ages, please do join in the fun and enjoy some time with other parishioners. Thanks to everyone who makes this event such a success each year.

The profits from this event will be tithed to our parish Food & Diaper Pantry and our St. Vincent de Paul Conference. The larger portion will be applied to debt reduction. The youth will keep their profits from the sale of concessions and will use it to help offset expenses for their summertime travels.

For several years now, our parish has been celebrating a Thanksgiving Eve Mass at 6:30 p.m. the evening before Thanksgiving Day. Mass will be followed by a pie social in the Gathering Space. Traditionally, items for our parish Food Pantry are presented at Mass, and the offertory collection will be given to our parish Food Pantry.

Thanksgiving Day is a sort of vestige of the Christian roots of our nation. It is a civic holiday with deep Christian origins. Some Scripture scholars point to gratitude as one of the first steps in a life of faith. When we intuit that we have been touched by someone outside ourselves, we are grateful and we begin to search for the source of that touch.

In some ways, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. When we gather in gratitude, we are renewed in the values that unite us. Please do plan to celebrate Mass with us on Wednesday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m.

This weekend our nation observes Veterans’ Day. We set aside this day to honor the men and women who have put their lives on the line in each generation to establish and protect the national privileges that we sometimes take for granted.

In the course of our history, many people have shed their blood for our country and the values on which our country is based. Many more have invested years of their lives, one day at a time, spending time away from families and careers, serving close to home or in far-away places.

We certainly owe a debt of gratitude to all those who served. Our way of life would not be possible were it not for the sacrifices of so many.

One change that I've noted in recent years is that our country relies more heavily on the part-time soldiers of our various National Guard units. Many of our friends, relatives, neighbors, and work associates are now involved quite actively in military units. When soldiers are deployed, it impacts not only their families but also the many people associated with them.

For those of us who rely on the military of our country, it is important that we support their work and do what we can to lighten the burdens of their families. Let's keep our veterans in prayer on this holiday.

At our parish meetings earlier this year, Rick Lingberg and Eric Sammons presented a proposal for evangelization that would involve disseminating personal stories of faith by way of Facebook and other technical media. Several people volunteered their testimonies, and some of these have now been recorded. Rick has shown several groups these initial interviews and will continue with several more groups this month.

We are gradually building up knowledge of this project. Then when it is released, we will be looking for a large number of our members to “Like” and “Share” the video testimonies, sending them into the larger community. So far, the reaction of groups that have viewed them has been very positive.

Please watch for further details as we get closer to the release time. The more people who “Like” and “Share,” the quicker the good news will be sent.

Finance Report: For the first weekend of November, we received $10,024 in the collection, along with our online giving. Thanks so much for your generosity.

A Stewardship Testimonial: "We would be happy to help."

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