Dear Friends,

As amazing as it is, the year has passed so quickly and Thanksgiving, the preeminent American festival, is upon us. The days immediately before us afford us all the opportunity to step back and to count our blessings, which for most of us are many. Having done that, we then are able to offer sincere prayers and sentiments of gratitude to the God who is so good, the God who is present and active in our lives although in ways we often scarcely notice, the God who blesses us with everything that is good, filling us with happiness in the good times and sustaining us with his grace and strength in difficult times. May these days ahead which will, for many of us, be taken up with travel, with times of feasting and time with family and friends, be safe for all of you. The refrain for this week in our prayer is taken from the Psalms: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love is everlasting.”

Reflecting on yet another year here in the parish, I personally want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you, the good people of Precious Blood Parish, for your generosity which you have demonstrated in so many ways, inclusive of your financial support of the parish as well as your sharing of your time and talents as well. I also deeply appreciate the spirit of cooperation that so many of you have shown as we work to come together in a new parish. Change is never easy, but with a spirit of openness and flexibility, we will make good things happen.

The Annual Collection is underway and the results have been encouraging. To date, we have received over $24,000 in gifts, almost halfway to our goal of $50,000. The proceeds of this collection are used to make improvements on the parish plant both on Gulf Street and on Merwin Avenue. Please consider making a gift and do so by December 31 is you wish your gift to be credited for income tax purposes.

The annual Milford Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place this Tuesday evening, November 20, at 7:00 at St. Mary’s. It is a time for the Milford community to come together before God in a service of prayer, Scripture, and songs of praise to thank God for the blessings we have received. A free-will offering will be taken and the proceeds will be given to “Milford Food 2 Kids”. Checks can be made payable to “Milford Food 2 Kids.”

Our parish will celebrate Thanksgiving with Masses offered at both St. Mary’s and at St. Agnes’

on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM. Please note that the parish office will be closed both Thursday and Friday in observance of the holiday. The office will reopen on Monday.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!