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Celebrate Thanksgiving. Find Catholic thanksgiving prayers, read stories on giving thanks, and send e-cards.

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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Prayers
Share what you are thankful for during the Thanksgiving holiday with these special prayers: For Appreciation of Each Other, Prayer at Harvest, Thanksgiving Table Prayer, In GratitudeThanksgiving Prayer and Prayer of Thanksgiving.

Food, Family, Faith
Throughout the months of October and November, AmericanCatholic.org explored a variety of ways that the Thanksgiving holiday enables us to focus on food, faith and family, both in our homes and in the wider community. Click here for our stories.

Reflections on Gratitude
From AmericanCatholic Radio
Fr. Mark Thibodeaux talks about how Thanksgiving encourages us to reflect with gratitude on what is happening in our lives.





Saints at the Dinner Table 
from St. Anthony Messenger magazine
Looking for saints who shared her love of cooking, this mother discovered several whom she would like to invite to her house.

What Are Your Blessings?
from St. Anthony Messenger magazine
Here are some suggestions for ways in which we can remind ourselves that we are truly blessed.

Giving Thanks to God at Thanksgiving
Days observed and celebrated by secular society can be events to be used to make connection to important faith-related concepts for children and families. Jeanne Hunt, author of the St. Anthony Messenger Press Celebrating Saints and Seasons, suggests ways parents and teachers can make Thanksgiving come alive for children in faith-filled and fun experiences.


 


 



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Apollonia: The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob was an old man named Metrius, who was tortured and then stoned to death. The second person who refused to worship their false idols was a Christian woman named Quinta. Her words infuriated the mob and she was scourged and stoned. 
<p>While most of the Christians were fleeing the city, abandoning all their worldly possessions, an old deaconess, Apollonia, was seized. The crowds beat her, knocking out all of her teeth. Then they lit a large fire and threatened to throw her in it if she did not curse her God. She begged them to wait a moment, acting as if she was considering their requests. Instead, she jumped willingly into the flames and so suffered martyrdom.</p><p>There were many churches and altars dedicated to her. Apollonia is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases often ask her intercession. She is pictured with a pair of pincers holding a tooth or with a golden tooth suspended from her necklace. St. Augustine explained her voluntary martyrdom as a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, since no one is allowed to cause his or her own death.</p> American Catholic Blog We can find Christ among the despised, voiceless, and forgotten of the world. We have to move beyond that which we wish to ignore and forget about: embrace the seemingly un-embraceable, love the unlovable, and dare to know what we most fear and wish to leave unknowable.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Valentine's Day
Bring candy and flowers but send an e-card.

Our Lady of Lourdes
Celebrate our Blessed Mother who never tires of interceding on our behalf.

Ash Wednesday
Throughout these 40 days we allow our pride to fade into humility as together we ask for forgiveness.

Mardi Gras
Promise this Lent to do one thing to become more aware of God in yourself and in others.

St. Josephine Bakhita
Today we honor the first saint from the Sudan, who was a model of piety and humility.




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