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This week on Wednesday, we will celebrate our parish Thanksgiving Eve Mass at 6:30 p.m. We will be gathering non-perishable food items for distribution to our parish Food Pantry guests. The offertory collection will also be added to our parish Food and Diaper Pantry account. We will have a time for socializing over pie, coffee, and cider after Mass.

Thanksgiving Day is certainly one of the premier holidays in the United States. It is a civic holiday with deep religious significance. On this day, we remember our European ancestors who first came to North America, at least partially so they could practice their faith as they saw fit. We remember how they gave thanks to God for surviving their first year in the new land.

Thanksgiving Day has become a wonderful day for families to reunite over festive meals, followed by favorite family activities. Of course, underpinning these activities is our sense of gratitude to God for all the blessings of the past year.

It occurs to me that the two parts of the word “thanksgiving” are also significant. At this time of the year, we are so filled with gratitude that we wish to give something out of our plentitude. Giving to those in need at this time of the year is a natural progression from being thankful.

On December 3rd,4th and 5th, our parish will observe the Forty Hours Devotion. Each day we will have Eucharistic Adoration throughout the day and then celebrate Evening Prayer and Benediction at 7 p.m. Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick will be our guest preacher. Many of you are very familiar with Fr. Fitzpatrick from this time at St. Michael or St. Joseph Cathedral Parishes.

We hope these three days will be a time of prayer for many as we enter the Season of Advent in preparation for Christmas. With Advent being only three weeks long this year, we will try to begin a little quicker to get into the spirit of the season. As we look ahead, I hope that many people can find some for private, personal prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and for the evening devotions too.

On Tuesday this week, the Church observes a Memorial in honor of The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This event is not remembered in the canonical Scriptures, but it has long been observed as the time when the parents of Mary dedicated Mary at the Temple in Jerusalem. This memorial points to the totality of Mary's dedication to doing God's will, even from her childhood. In that way, this memorial points the way for us to live God's will in our world.

This is also the feast of the Presentation Sisters who have ministered in the Diocese of Sioux Falls for over 125 years. At one time, there were hundreds of Presentation Sisters educating the youth of our diocese in parish schools across the diocese. Notre Dame Junior College in Mitchell was the forerunner of Presentation College in Aberdeen.

The Presentation Sisters were founded by Nano Nagle in Ireland and have always had a special ministry to those in need. Even today with reduced numbers, the sisters still make a big impact in ministries of charity and justice in our diocese and well beyond.

In the past, we often relied on the various orders of sisters to dedicate their lives to the mission of the Gospel. Today we understand more fully that we are all called to dedicate our lives to doing the will of God. In that way, the Blessed Mother is always inviting us to be open to God's invitations.

Thanks to all our Religious Education families who donated toiletries for our St. Vincent DePaul Conference. These items are bundled together and presented to each home visited by members of our local conference. Often these necessities that we take for granted become luxuries for those who can't pay their rent or utilities. They are greatly appreciated by the recipients. If others would still like to participate in this work of charity, we will gladly accept additional items.

Financial Report: Last weekend we were very happy to receive $6,954 in envelopes and $2,642 in the loose offering, along with approximately $10,332 given online. This is one of those months when people will do holiday traveling, so are especially grateful to receive generous donations toward our budget.

A Stewardship Testimonial: "Throughout the year we make regular donations, and then at the end of the year when we look at our income for the year, we make adjustments to our charitable giving to reflect our actual income."

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