Our Thanksgiving Harvest- an Opportunity for Grace & Blessing
Our Thanksgiving Harvest is a grace-filled time for giving thanks to Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest, for all the blessings and provisions received for the year. It is also a time when the parish unites with one heart to celebrate the Lord's goodness and one another - and to have fun together!
This joyful celebration is our primary fundraiser each year for the vital infrastructure repairs and minor improvements needed in the parish.
Borrowed from a beautiful tradition in West Africa, this thanksgiving festival is a time when we present our "first fruits" to the Lord right at His altar during holy Mass.
Families, individuals & groups come (some dancing) during Offertory at Mass to present themselves & their gifts to the Lord, in a form of tithing to support the Lord's mission for His Church. The offerers are then blessed by the priests at the altar, along with their gifts.
This is not a one day event. Our grand Thanksgiving Harvest day this year at St Antoninus is on Sunday, November 12.
On this day of joyous celebration, we begin with Holy Mass at 10am, with the blessing for all nations during our flag-bearing Parade of Nations. Following Mass, we gather for delectable multi-cultural lunch and exciting festivities, including a bazaar auction.
Invite all your families, friends, co-workers, your doctors, insurance agent, car mechanic, etc to come and support our harvest appeal.
Let us pray a blessed & fruitful Thanksgiving Harvest!