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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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Ansgar: The “apostle of the north” (Scandinavia) had enough frustrations to become a saint—and he did. He became a Benedictine at Corbie, France, where he had been educated. Three years later, when the king of Denmark became a convert, Ansgar went to that country for three years of missionary work, without noticeable success. Sweden asked for Christian missionaries, and he went there, suffering capture by pirates and other hardships on the way. Fewer than two years later, he was recalled, to become abbot of New Corbie (Corvey) and bishop of Hamburg. The pope made him legate for the Scandinavian missions. Funds for the northern apostolate stopped with Emperor Louis’s death. After 13 years’ work in Hamburg, Ansgar saw it burned to the ground by invading Northmen; Sweden and Denmark returned to paganism. 
<p>He directed new apostolic activities in the North, traveling to Denmark and being instrumental in the conversion of another king. By the strange device of casting lots, the king of Sweden allowed the Christian missionaries to return. </p><p>Ansgar’s biographers remark that he was an extraordinary preacher, a humble and ascetical priest. He was devoted to the poor and the sick, imitating the Lord in washing their feet and waiting on them at table. He died peacefully at Bremen, Germany, without achieving his wish to be a martyr. </p><p>Sweden became pagan again after his death, and remained so until the coming of missionaries two centuries later.</p> American Catholic Blog Every vocation is a vocation to sacrifice and to joy. It is a call to the knowledge of God, to the recognition of God as our Father, to joy in the understanding of His mercy.

 
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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Year for Consecrated Life
Remember the contributions of religious priests, brothers, and sisters in a special way throughout this year.
St. John Bosco
As an educator, this saint is one of the patrons of Catholic schools and students.
Peace
End this month as you began the year. Share peaceful thoughts with friends and family.
Catholic Schools Week
Through the Catholic school system, parents know that their children are being formed as well as informed.
Sacrament of Marriage
In imitation of Christ, the vocation to marriage can create a relationship for healing and forgiveness.



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