Tomorrow our great nation will gather around the dinner table and enjoy an amazing Thanksgiving feast. Families will pause from the chaos of their daily lives and spend a day enjoying the gift of each other’s love and presence. During this season of thanks, I would like to begin by showing my gratitude for the many people who make our school a community.
I am thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn – they give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here. To hear their stories, to see their learning, to witness their evangelization to adults is a powerful image. Their smiles, innocence, and unconditional love reinforce that peace and happiness can exist in a world of chaos and turmoil. It is because of our students that I am truly thankful for the opportunity to serve in a role that helps bring children closer to God.
I am thankful for the support of our parents in creating an outstanding partnership for our students. I am thankful for the parents that have kept the faith in us. They continue to share their most valued treasure and work hard to be a partner in their children’s academic, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical growth and development. Their partnership enlivens our children’s education and enriches our school.
I am thankful for my teachers and staff members who continue to be Christ for their students on a daily basis. It is an amazing feeling to see so many individuals going above and beyond in helping our students to be saints. Their hard work ensures that the needs of all our students are being met.
We invite you to join us at our parish's Thanksgiving Mass on November 28 at 9:00 AM. Everyone always comments that Mass on Thanksgiving Day is one of those occasions that seems particularly special, meaningful and uplifting. It might be because although it is not a Holy Day of Obligation on the liturgical calendar, it is a kind of “natural Holy Day.” Thanksgiving is embedded in our national identity, and what the day celebrates makes it a natural occasion to gather to celebrate the Eucharist, as we acknowledge God as the source of every grace and blessing for which we should be thankful.
Please be assured that you and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers as I gather around my table and offer my prayer of thanksgiving. On behalf of Fr. Gonzalez, teachers and staff, our Parent Association and School Board at St. Andrew Catholic School, I wish each of you and your entire family a Happy Thanksgiving.