From Msgr. Popadick

November 19, 2017 

THANKSGIVING DAY GREETINGS: The Priests who serve here at St. Aloysius Gonzaga – Msgr. Matt, Father Marty, Father Jim Pribek; all of our Sisters – Elizabeth, Maryann, Betty, Eleanor and Dorothy, Loriette, Edmund, Kevin and Marcine – as well as our Parish Leadership and Parish Staff – all join Father Peter in wishing the Parishioners and Friends of St. Aloysius Gonzaga our prayers and gratitude as we celebrate another Thanksgiving together. In almost every letter St. Paul wrote to the early Christian communities he began by thanking the followers of Jesus for their love of the Gospel and their service to each other and all in need. For example: “I thank my God whenever I think of you; and every time I pray for you.” (Phil 1, 3) We – your Sisters, Leadership and Priests – echo those words of Paul. We thank God for the great grace to live, work, celebrate, pray and minister with you. You are a gift of God to us. And we thank God for you in the best way possible – lifting you up in prayer. A Blessed, Holy and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

THANKSGIVING DAY AT ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA: There is no better way to begin our celebration of Thanksgiving Day than starting with Holy Mass. The very word, “Eucharist”, comes from the Greek and means “to give thanks”. To celebrate Mass – to celebrate the Eucharist – is to give thanks to God for all the blessings and gifts He shares with us each and every day. That is what Thanksgiving Day is all about – stopping to reflect upon all that we take for granted – and suddenly realizing everything – absolutely everything – from the morning coffee to family gathered in peace around the table to Jesus Christ – is a Gift of God. There are two Masses Thanksgiving morning – 6:45 AM and 9AM. Our Choir will lead us in song at the 9AM Liturgy. Try, if at all possible, to begin Thanksgiving Day with Holy Mass.

DONATION WEEKEND – CHRISTMAS FAIR: This is Donation Weekend for our 74th Annual Christmas Fair. This means Christmas Fair leadership with be in our school building after all Masses to accept any donations for the Fair – prizes for our various booths, Winter Celebration Raffle returns, new items to be used in creating Theme Baskets or a completed Basket ready to be raffled, the gift of your time, letting us know how you can help us out, cash donations so we can purchase prizes where needed. The only thing you cannot bring this weekend are your baked goods – that will have to wait to the actual day of the Fair! Our Christmas Fair is traditionally the first Saturday of December – this year December 2nd from Noon to 6PM. There will be a fantastic Kitchen Menu including chili, roast beef sandwiches, homemade desserts. Prize Booths give you the chance to win boys’ and girls’ toys, towels and sheets, Christmas ornaments, sporting goods, choice wines and many other items. Over 50 Theme Baskets will be on display. Again, Fair Leadership asks your help in making the event a success. Invite family, friends, neighbors, graduates of our school and former parishioners, co-workers to attend the Fair. Bring your donations to the school or drop them off at the rectory at your convenience. Extra raffle tickets can be found in church or at the rectory – could you sell a few more? (The raffle ticket makes a great “gift” to place in a Thanksgiving Day greeting card!) Please help us make this year’s Christmas Fair a great success. And, as we always say, anticipating your usual favorable response, we – Fair Leadership – says “thank you”!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
– St. Maximilian Kolb

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU…sent a thank you note to a friend for just being there when you needed “a friend”?