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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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Visitation: This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969 in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and precede the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). 
<p>Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages. </p><p>It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words. </p><p>Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.</p> American Catholic Blog Someone once told Pope Francis that his words had inspired him to give a lot more to the poor. Pope Francis’s response was to challenge the man not to just give money, but to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and actually reach out and help.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
The Visitation
Mary’s song of joy on this occasion traces all her blessings to God’s generosity.

St. Joan of Arc
The piety of this 15th-century military heroine was not appreciated until centuries after her death.

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Ultimately it is the Eucharist that feeds us and leads us to the heavenly banquet.

Ven. Pierre Toussaint
This former slave is one of many American holy people whose life particularly models Christian values.

Memorial Day (U.S.)
This weekend remember all those who have fought and died for peace.




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