The Mass on Thanksgiving Day will be at 9:00 a.m. in the church. All are invited to attend and to bring a donation of a canned food item or paper product (paper towels, napkins, toilet paper) to be given to those in need at the McKinley Food Pantry that we support! There will be NO MASS at 6:30 a.m. on both Thursday 11/27/14 and Friday 11/28/14 in the Rectory Chapel.
In a few short days we will be entering into the busiest time of the year. Advent will begin, Thanksgiving day will be celebrated, and here at IC will be opening our 150th anniversary year on December 8th, the joy of Christmas will follow & finally we will bring in another new year. Our spiritual lives & our peace of mind can suffer & fade away very quickly during this time if we are not focusing on prayer & our relationship with God - this happens quite easily when we are rushed & too busy to direct our attention on what is most important. I have shared with you before prayers & reflections from the book "God Calling." In this wonderful book is found a beautiful reflection on REST - I thought we could keep this reflection fresh in our minds & close to our hearts as we enter into the busy & wonderful days that lie ahead for us. This reflection is based on Matthew 11:28 - "Come to me all who labor & are heavy with burden, and I will give you rest!" Yes, Come to Me. But stay for Rest, too. Stop all feverish haste & be calm & untroubled. Come unto Me, not only for what you ask but for nearness to Me. Be sure of My Help, be conscious of My Presence, & wait until My Rest fills your soul. Rest knows no fear. Rest knows no want. Rest is strong & sure. The Rest of gentle breezes & peaceful flowing streams, of strong immovable mountains. Rest, & all you need to gain this Rest is to come to Me. So come! As we REST in the days of ahead - may we come to realize that this is our surest way to come to know the joy that we are about to celebrate! Have a blessed & holy week! Fr. Chris