This most special season of the year is off to a great start! Many of our parishioners ran in the Annual Drumstick Dash or provided water and encouragement to the estimated 20,000 people who ran, walked or crawled by Christ the King on Thanksgiving morning. A literal sea of humanity came together in support of Wheeler Mission and its outreach to the homeless and needy in our community. Thank you to all of our parishioners who took part in this amazing event.
Other parishioners volunteered that same day to help prepare and serve meals as part of the the Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Day Dinner Project. Tens of thousands of people throughout the city enjoyed a delicious dinner and warm hospitality thanks to the kindness of hundreds of volunteers.
This weekend our Giving Tree made its annual appearance in the vestibule of the church. A very large and a very beautiful tree holds hundreds of tags listing the hopes that children and adults have expressed for Christmas gifts this year. It was heartwarming to see people taking tags from the tree to help make Christmas special for others.
Some parishioners are making ‘honor gifts’ to family and friends this Christmas by providing funds for lunches to the school children in Haiti supported by our Bois de Lance outreach project in honor of a loved one. What a perfect gift for that person who doesn’t really need another tie or sweater!
lf we tum on the nightly news, we could easily be led to believe that kindness and generosity and compassion are in short supply in our world today. As I watched wave after wave of people of all ages and all backgrounds pass by Christ the King on Thanksgiving morning, I saw that kindness, generosity and compassion are alive and well in our community!
May this spirit, which is the spirit of the Gospel, continue to grow and flourish among us as we enter into the Holy Season of Advent and prepare the world for the return of the One who calls us to love one another as God loves us. This is the true spirit of this season and every season of our lives!
See you at Mass!