by Parish Staff
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you!
May the Peace of the Risen Lord be with you! Friday of this week, November 16, is a very important and exciting day for our Ss. Cyril and Methodius parish family. It is our parish’s turkey day! Every year I look forward to our annual cover dish Thanksgiving Dinner. It has become a tradition that truly celebrates our unity as a parish family. This will be our 27th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. This year’s dinner will be my last one as the pastor of this wonderful parish.
When I first came to the parish, I wanted to provide the parishioners with an opportunity to come together around the table to give thanks to God for all that He has done for us as a parish family and to give us a chance to visit with each other and even make some new friends. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that this event would bring together so many people that we barely fit into Msgr. Kasper Youth Center. Our parish family has not only grown in numbers, but has also grown in closeness to one another. We are truly a family!
What I enjoy is being able to taste food from different family traditions. Besides the turkey and dressing, there will be casseroles of every sort, sweet potatoes fixed in a variety of ways (I just want to remind you that I like the ones baked whole with lots of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon), tamales, a fw Asian dishes, mashed potatoes and gravy (This was Deacon Ron’s favorite – may his soul rest in peace.), a variety of other vegetables and salads of all sorts. Then there is the dessert table (Deacon Albert’s favorite part of the meal) – pies, cakes, puddings, fresh fruit, cookies, etc. Remember that are a good number of people like Deacon Freddie who need sugar free desserts. It will be a feast fit for a king and you all are invited!
As St. Paul looks down from his place in heaven, he must be proud of the way that we here at SSCM celebrate our being the Body of Christ, the Christian family. It is the one time of the year that we come together to enjoy a meal around our common table, as well as enjoying each other’s company. It is a time when our individual families come together as one large parish family. I really look forward to this dinner. I enjoy seeing “my family” come together as y’all spend time catching up on what has been happening in your lives. I even enjoy the noise of people talking all at one time. People enjoying people make a happy sound! This is a meal where we actually pay attention to the people at our table and not playing with our telephones — except to show a few pictures or listening to music that is plugged in our ears. What a glorious occasion!
This year, more than ever, this parish dinner will take on a special meaning. It shows that in spite of a very divisive midterm election season, we can still come together as a family around our common table and enjoy good food and each other’s good company. It is indeed a time for us to unite ourselves around our Lord and enjoy being a part of the Christian family.
If you are new to our parish, I want to encourage you to be part of our family celebration. If you have been around for a while, you know what a good time we have at this annual event. So fix your favorite dish, load your family in the car and come to Msgr. Kasper Youth Center on Friday, November 16th, at 7:00 p.m. In fact you should plan to be here a little earlier since we begin to eat at 7:00 p.m. Thanks to your generosity, there will be plenty of lighted parking thanks to your generosity and hard work four years ago.
I want to thank our Grand Knight, Paul Mora, and his brother Knights for taking the annual dinner under their wing. The Knights and their wives put in a lot of extra effort to get this meal put together. The success of the evening will depend mainly on their effort and on all the people who volunteer to help them. I also want to thank Marie Munoz, our school cafeteria manager, and all the volunteers who work in the school cafeteria for going beyond the call of duty to help make our annual dinner a success. Marie is famous for turkey dressing and gravy. Mmmm so good!
Let me also encourage you to get up early on Thanksgiving Day and come to Mass. The Eucharistic celebration is the greatest prayer of thanksgiving that we have as Catholics. Mass will be at 7:30 a.m. This will give you plenty of time to grab breakfast before you start cooking your own Thanksgiving Dinner. During Mass you will be given the opportunity to reach out to those less fortunate than ourselves. The collection at that Mass will be given to the Works of Mercy.
See y’all Friday evening, November 16th for the 27th Annual Turkey Dinner and on Thursday, November 22, for the 7:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Mass. Let us give thanks to the Lord for He is good!
Please pray for me and my brother priests and all the seminarians.
I love you,