Thanksgiving is About Thanking God, Sharing Love With Family, the Lonely and Poor

As you make your Thanksgiving plans, please invite Jesus to be part of them by attending the Holy Latin Mass.  I will be offering the Holy Latin Mass at San Juan Bautista Mission on Thanksgiving day at 10:30.  Anyone is welcome.  It will be right after their regular Mass at 9 am.

1391581_249805458508508_314505848_nWe are so thankful to God for all He has given us.  If you are hosting the dinner, please do not let anyone eat until they have thanked God.  It is a good idea to go around the table asking everyone to thank God for something.  This will not go over very well with the many of those who have been invited because they do not believe it is God who has given them love, life, family and food.

It is not a day to commit the capital sin of gluttony.  I do not think that will be a good way to thank God.  Another thing to avoid is Television and sports that day.  Lets enjoy God, family and the people we invite.

Also plan on inviting a lonely or poor person to go to Holy Mass and to enjoy the meal with you afterwards.  Or maybe you can go feed people at a soup kitchen.  When I ran St. Francis Catholic Kitchen in Santa Cruz California, Thanksgiving was one of the greatest days.  It was a lot of work to cook the 30 turkeys, but it was such a great joy.  Sometimes we had more helpers than guest, but we all ate together with the homeless that day.

The first Thanksgiving was not the pilgrims.  It was actually the offering of the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass In Latin in Florida when the Spaniard arrived safely to the Americas.

Purgatory 4Also the famous Indian who helped the pilgrim survive was a catholic named Tisquamtum or as books call him, Squanto.  He had been captured by the English lieutenant John Smith in 1614 to be sold as a slave.  Some catholic Franciscan friars found out about it and rescued him.  He was baptized catholic by them.  He then was taken to England where he worked and learned English.  5 years later he returned to New England to find most of his tribe decimated by the European diseases.  Because he now knew English he was very helpful to the pilgrims in translating, in agriculture and fishing.

Here are some more details from “Free Republic Blog”

  1. The first American Thanksgiving was actually celebrated on September 8 (feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin) in 1565 in St. Augustine, Florida. The Native Americans and Spanish settlers held a feast and the Holy Mass was offered. This was 56 years before the Puritan pilgrims of Massachusetts.Don Pedro Menendez came ashore amid the sounding of trumpets, artillery salutes and the firing of cannons to claim the land for King Philip II and Spain. The ship chaplain Fr. Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales chanted the Te Deum and presented a crucifix that Menendez ceremoniously kissed. Then the 500 soldiers, 200 sailors and 100 families and artisans, along with the Timucuan Indians celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in gratitude to God.First-Catholic-ThanksgivingLatin Mass that the Spaniards and Indians adored and thanked God at.
  2. The second American Thanksgiving happened on April 30, 1598, when Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oñate requested the friars to say a Mass of Thanksgiving, after which he formally proclaimed “La Toma”, claiming the land north of the Rio Grande for the King of Spain. The men feasted on duck, goose, and fish from the river. The actors among them dressed and presented a play. All this took place twenty-three years before the Pilgrims set sail from England on the Mayflower.
  3. The Puritan pilgrims were violently anti-Catholic. They left England because they thought that the Church of England was too Catholic. These Puritans were strict Calvinists. The pilgrims also opposed celebrating Christmas, dancing, musical instruments in church, and even hymns as papistical.