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October 12 - Thanksgiving Day

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordOctober 12, 2020

The readings for the Thanksgiving Day mass are as follows:  Colossians 3: 12-17; Psalm 113; and Mt. 7: 7-11  - to see the text of each using the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which in Canada we use for the texts of our readings for mass, go to

There is a special significance of this day being celebrated, even if its origins in Canada were not specifically faith based.  For as people of faith, it should be quite easy to apply a faith perspective to Thanksgiving. For all that we are, all that we have, all that we are blessed with in this life, we need to be constantly aware and grateful, even when the world around us is racked with turmoil and anxiety as it is during this time of pandemic. 

How I wish that each day was Thanksgiving Day - not because the opportunity to get together with loved ones and have a lovely meal, even if it is just with our immediate household, but because every day is a day to give thanks and praise to God.  As you have heard me say more than a few times from the pulpit, "If we took the time to count our blessings, we would have no time left over to complain".

If you are getting together for a celebration today, please try doing this - just before you say grace, have each person share at least two things that they are thankful for at this time. I dare say no one will be unable to smile as they speak of their two things and hear them from everyone else a the table. 

Everyday is meant to be Thanksgiving Day.  Amen.