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The Reverend Roland C. Cloutier Welcomes You to All Saints Catholic Church
All Saints Parish in Somersville, Connecticut is committed as a faith-filled community to meet the spiritual and temporal needs of those we encounter in all ministries of our faith. Through prayer, sacramental life and works of charity, in love and obedience to God, the Lord of all life. All Saints stands ready to proclaim the Good News in word, sacrament, and service to all.
All Saints Church is yoked with St. Edward Church in Stafford Springs, CT. Click here to link to the Saint Edward website.
If you know of anyone who is hospitalized or homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist, please contact the rectory office.
THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. Though a king, Jesus chooses to associate himself with the poor, the meek and the humble. He is the servant king who desires not to sit on a lofty throne arrayed in gold but on the thrones housed in the hears of his brothers and sisters. Poverty comes in many forms; both physical and spiritual. If we love Jesus and desire to serve him, we must be ready to provide for the needs of others, no matter what those needs are. We do that with trust that if God puts a needy person in our path, he will also provide us with what we need to truly help him or her. Let us start looking at people in a different way. … they are Jesus in disguise.
ON THE GIVING OF THANKS
Many decades ago I was taught that when people say ‘thank you’, you are supposed to respond with ‘you’re welcome.’ I must be getting old fashioned (or maybe cranky) but I so often hear intelligent people being interviewed on television who respond with a ‘thank you’ to a ‘thank you.’ It seems inappropriate to this old mind of mine. But fashion and language do change. All you have to do is look at the internet and the whole world of text messages that are purposely shortened to get the most out of each message. Spelling bees will soon become obsolete.
But, however we respond to a ‘thank you’ it is always necessary to give thanks for what we have. This week we will celebrate our national feast of Thanksgiving, a feast that was begun in the midst of a Civil War by a president who knew that, even in the turmoil around him, we still had an awful lot for which to be thankful.
And, so, President Lincoln wrote these now famous words 151 years ago: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven, but we have forgotten our God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent God who dwelleth in heaven.”
Of course we, as Catholics, have been giving thanks to God since the birth of Jesus. We are summoned by the Lord each and every Sunday for the sole purpose of giving thanks to God. At the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer, when the priest makes Jesus present to us on the altar, he says: “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.” We all respond: “It is right and just.”
The priest continues: “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Father most holy, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ….”
The very word ‘Eucharist’ is a Greek word that means ‘Thanksgiving.’ I sometimes hear some, (mostly the young) say: “I don’t like to go to Mass because I don’t get anything out of it.” My response: “Good! You’re not there to get anything out of it. You are there to give thanks to God for all the things you have already gotten.”
On the other hand, I do hope that everyone, (especially the young) gets something out of being at Mass. It is, after all, not only our duty, but our very salvation, as the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer states, to acknowledge “the gracious hand (of God) which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us.”
We indeed have much for which to be thankful beginning with our life, given us by our parents and our good God; our Faith in Jesus and in His death and resurrection which takes away even the darkness of human death ad replaces it with the hope of eternal peace and joy in heaven; our parents / spouse / children / grand-children; our country which guarantees us the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which includes the right to practice our Faith without any interference by the ‘government.’
We need to be aware of our need to be thankful for; tables full of food; closets full of clothes; schools free to teach the truth; work to earn our living and boost our self-worth; chests full of toys for young and old.
Yes, we have much for which to be thankful. Our gratitude is captured in the beautiful hymn we often sing: Now Thank We All Our God: Now thank we all our God with heart and hands, and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices; Who from our mother’s arms hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love and still is ours today. O may this gracious God through all our life be near us, with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us; preserve us in his grace, and guide us in distress and free us from all sin, till heaven we possess.
May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. ~ Fr. Roland ~
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