Giving Thanks…Remembering Our Native American Brothers and Sisters

thanksgiving-feast-no-prHappy Thanksgiving!  This is the perfect time of year to express our gratitude for all of the blessings our Lord has bestowed upon us.  We, as Missionary Servants, are reminded of our gifts daily. Each new day brings with it the generous support needed  from friends like you.  Thanks to you we are able to extend God’s love and kindness to those who need it most.

This month, as Thanksgiving approaches, we reflect on the many Native Americans in this country who suffer from poverty, alcoholism, poor education, and housing.  We have two missions dedicated to working with Native Americans — Holy Rosary Indian Mission in Tucker, Mississippi, and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Tucson, Arizona. Father Bob Goodyear, S.T., serves the Choctaw in Tucker and Father Seraphim Molina, S.T., the Yaqui and the Tohono O’odom Nation in Tucson.

Father Bob reports that life on the mission is bustling, especially at this time of year.  Weddings, funerals, preparations for Thanksgiving feasts at the parish hall and daily visits with the sick parishioners keep everyone very busy.

The photos shown are of the Halloween party celebrated at Holy Rosary where 170halloween children participated.  Please keep 8 year old Lilah in your prayers.  She had a bone marrow transplant several months ago.  The process was very painful for her.  She is past the critical first 100 days so we are hopeful she will recover completely.

The Choctaw, Yaqui and Tohono O’odom are proud people with rich histories.  Our emphasis has always been to develop a sense of spiritual empowerment among the people.  With your help, we strive to create a unique and sustainable Catholic identity by offering programs for all ages and every member of the family.  The focus is on educating the entire family in the Catholic faith, engaging those who are new to the faith and enriching the spiritual life of those who have grown up in the Catholic Church.

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