On Thursday of this week we will hold a special “Thanksgiving Day Mass” at 9:30 a.m. This isone Mass for the entire parish, so let’s plan on filling the church. For Americans this holiday isan important civic holiday and goes back to our pilgrim history. But for all of us this is a day thatshould be a “holy day” because it is a special day devoted to giving thanks to God for all of ourblessings, especially the blessings that we have enjoyed in this country. Families will gather to reconnect with one another, delicious food will be prepared to enjoy, and many people will have a day off from work. All of those are good reasons to be grateful – but there are many more like the freedoms and privileges that many of us enjoy (and often take for granted) as citizens of this nation.