Monsignor Matthew BernelliPastor Emeritus, St. Mary Catholic ChurchBridgeport, Connecticut
For over a decade Monsignor Matthew Bernelli has shared his vision of stewardship with the ICSC family, contributing his wisdom and experience to the Spanish-language track at ICSC conferences. He is Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary Catholic Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he was pastor for 36 years.
Every November, the United States celebrates a great national holiday: Thanksgiving. Canada celebrates a similar feast in October. Although the origins of the U.S. festivity are somewhat historically murky, it’s evident that some of the earliest immigrants to America celebrated this day as an expression of gratitude to God for bringing a healthy harvest which would ensure their colony’s survival through the winter. It was the most primal kind of thankfulness: you have spared our lives, O Lord, and we are grateful.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
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Thank you, LordFor all the beautiful and wonderful things we experience in our life;for the beauty of the earth and its amazing colors;for crisp autumn mornings and sparkling winter nights;for mountains and forests, rivers and seashores.
Thank you, Lord For all the beautiful and wonderful things we experience in our life; for the water that cleanses, the clothes that bring warmth, the food that nourishes and the home that gives comfort.
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