Today we celebrate the Feast of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It marks the final Sunday of the Church Year. Next Sunday begins the Season of Advent. In between these two Sundays falls the Thanksgiving holiday.
To say this Thanksgiving is totally different from previous ones is an understatement. The Covid-19 virus pandemic is as worse as it’s ever been and shows no signs of easing up. It has resulted in a lot of families choosing to cancel or change original plans. It’s hard to bring families together and keep safe.
As a parish family, we will gather Wednesday night to celebrate Thanksgiving mass at 7:00 p.m. at the Standish location. In spite of everything, there is always a need to give thanks to God for what we have received this year. The top of my list is to give thanks for the great work of Fr. Dave Parsch for his many years of service to this faith community. He has made the way easier for me. I am very happy to be your pastor. I really appreciate your welcome of me and your prayers for me when I underwent knee replacement surgery. I also appreciated the food you dropped off at the rectory. My brother appreciated that too.
As I get to know this community, I grow in appreciation of Standish and Alger. I like the banners of the saints in both churches. I love the banners down Cedar St. in Standish with the faces and names of those who served this country in the armed forces. All of us have grown in appreciation for all the health care workers and the dedicated service they offer us. If we have learned anything the last few months it’s that we can’t take anything for granted. Life is precious. May God bless your families and keep them safe.
Resurrection of the Lord Parish