Don’t Blink!

 In Youth Ministry

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers: all good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change. 

(James 1:16-17)


During this season, it can be very easy for us to miss the spirit of Thanksgiving. Our culture seems to go from Halloween and Christmas in a blink of the eye! And over time our focus on the Thanksgiving holiday seems to be more and more about which store has the best sales instead of spending time with family.

Social Media and technology, not doubt is integrated into almost everything that we do and it can form how we think, both good and bad. We can easily lose site of the fact that we are created to be in relationship with our Lord and with each other. Although social media can help keep us connected, it cannot replace the bonds that happen from spending time being present with each other.

Even though Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday, it is still a time for us to reflect on all that we have been given and to foster a heart of gratitude for our family and friends. As Catholics, we know that all we have comes from Our Lord. Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins because He wants us to be with Him in heaven to celebrate the greatest of all feasts, the Heavenly Banquet!

Until we join Him forever in heaven, the Eucharist is the sure sign of Christ’s unending love for us, it is our hope for what is to come. I invite you to join us in the Eucharistic Celebration of the Mass at St. Francis Xavier church at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov 26. Eucharist means thanksgiving and as a Eucharistic people we are called to live everyday in gratitude for all that God has given us.

This Thanksgiving, may we open our hearts to God’s great love for us so we may share His love with others!

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