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This Week's Message from Fr. Aaron Esch

With this week of Thanksgiving, we begin my favorite time of year. I find myself thankful for many blessings and many people in my life. I am thankful for the gift of faith and the blessing of being Catholic. I am thankful for the vocation to be a priest and the opportunity to serve St. Alphonsus Parish. I am thankful for the faithful and generous parishioners who support the mission of our parish.  I am thankful for colleagues and friends who make life and work enjoyable. Find time during this week to reflect on your blessings and give thanks to God.

 In observance of our National Day of Thanksgiving, we will have a special Mass schedule this week. Please consult the schedule in this bulletin for the daily details. In particular, I invite you to join us on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m., for our Thanksgiving Mass. For me, it is one of my favorite liturgies of the year.

 As you prayerfully consider your blessings, consider returning some of those blessings to God in the form of a gift to His Church. You are encouraged to return pledge cards after prayerfully discerning your commitment to our Capital Campaign and our annual parish stewardship appeal.  Your support is critical and very much needed. Thank you in advance for your generous response.

 This weekend, Fr. Britto and I will be joining our Confirmation candidates on retreat. The retreat is often one of the most important events in our youth’s spiritual formation. Pray for the students on retreat that they have a peaceful and prayerful weekend.

 The Annual Parish Corporation Meeting will be held this Sunday, November 18, after the 9:00 a.m. Mass in the Community Room. We will provide an update on the state of the parish and provide an open forum for questions. You are encouraged to attend.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

 Fr. Aaron J. Esch