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Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated Thursday, November 27 at 10:00 AM. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

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Welcome to St. John Neumann
Catholic Church!

A Message From Fr. Pat...

To my dear St. John Neumann Parish family:

The first "Thanksgiving" is said to have occurred in the year 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. About 90 Native Americans and 52 pilgrims were present, and the meal was prepared by 4 women who had survived their first winter in the New World, along with their young daughters and the male and female servants.  The three day feast was celebrated to give thanks to almighty God for a successful harvest. However, there is some evidence that there were Thanksgiving celebrations as early as 1607 in the Jamestown colony, and throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, various colonies set aside days of thanksgiving at different times during the year.  In the year 1777, the first national day of thanksgiving was proclaimed by the Continental Congress, in honor of the revolutionary army's victory over the British General Burgoyne at Saratoga.  There were periodic days of thanks declared in the early years of our history; President Washington declared a national day of thanks in 1789, and then again in 1795.  It was not a given, however, that the holiday would be celebrated every year.

It may surprise you, then, that it was President Lincoln who made Thanksgiving Day a federal holiday, when, in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, he proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving "to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens."  In times of war and peace, prosperity and Depression, rejoicing and mourning, our nation sets aside one day each year to give thanks to almighty God for His goodness to us, and to ask for His blessing in the days to come.

In 1943, Norman Rockwell painted a portrait entitled "Freedom from Want" that referenced a State of the Union speech given by President Roosevelt two years earlier.  The painting was an idyllic Thanksgiving meal, with three generations of a typical American family admiring a beautiful Thanksgiving turkey about to be carved.  Everyone, from grandparents to children, is smiling broadly.  Although we might dream of such a perfect holiday, none of us has ever been at a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving.  Some of us will be with family, others with friends, and a few will find themselves alone.  While we may enjoy a nice meal, and a few laughs, each of us will carry with us a heavy heart for someone who is not at the table.  We all have our anxieties, our fears, and our unfulfilled hopes. We are no different from those first pilgrims, the family of a Union or Confederate soldier in 1863, or an African-American family in Birmingham, Alabama one hundred years later.  We have much to be thankful for, and much to look forward to.  God's love continues to conquer the darkness of human effort, and to remind us that He will reign both now and forever.

Happy Thanksgiving.

-Fr. Pat

 
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Parish Mission Statement
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord, making disciples through our Catholic faith.

Our Vision
Be a welcoming home for all people, empowering spiritual growth to build up the Kingdom of God.

Mass Schedule
Vigil Saturday
5:00 p.m. 
Sunday 
8:00, 9:30
& 11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. (Spanish)
5:00 p.m. 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
& Saturday 

9:00 a.m.
Wednesday 
7:00 p.m.
Friday 
6:30 a.m.
Holy Days 
call the Parish Office

Adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament

Wednesdays 
6:00-6:45 p.m.
Fridays 
7:00 a.m. through
8:45 a.m. Saturday


Confessions
Wednesday
6:00-6:45 p.m.
Saturday
4:00-4:45 p.m.
and by appointment

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