Time Out: Mass on June 24Posted: June 8, 2012
I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
among the throngs I will praise you.
When I typed the word “thank” into biblegateway.com to find a nice verse to start this post off with – there were 133 search results – meaning, in the NIV version of the Bible alone, Thankfulness is mentioned over 130 times. To put it into perspective – “greed” – what I would consider the opposite of thankfulness is mentioned just 25 times in the entire Bible. I don’t think this is just happenstance… we are reminded to be appreciative about five times more than to be selfish through God’s own word.
Do you do this on a daily basis? Do you take time to thank God five times more a day than you do to ask him for something? I’ll admit that I’m not always the best about this – and I bet many others may struggle with this as well.
We’ve shared 35 stories so far of human triumph, hope, dignity, justice, and love – now it is time to pause and give thanks. Thanks to our founders who were courageous enough to embark on this endeavor in the early 1900’s. Thanks to our communities to opening their hearts, pocketbooks, and minds to the work we do. Thanks to the Diocese of Cleveland for assisting us in growing our reach throughout the eight counties in Northeast Ohio that we provide services. Thanks to the board members, volunteers, government officials, and consultants who have provided invaluable guidance and support over the past 100 years. Thanks to our staff members who lovingly carryout the ministry of Christ each and every day they come to work. Thanks to the parishes who support us in countless ways. And above all, thanks to God for his divine blessing over the past ten decades.
On June 24, we have an opportunity to come together as a community and change things up – The Most Reverend Richard Lennon is hosting a mass at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Downtown Cleveland at 2:00 p.m. for the purpose of Thanksgiving and Celebration. We will be thanking God for the blessing of Catholic Charities 100th Anniversary in the Diocese of Cleveland.
Incidentally, the word “celebrate” appears in Bible 68 times, “rejoice” is mentioned 154 times – and if Philippians 4:4 has anything to say about it, I think celebrating this anniversary is definitely acceptable.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
After the mass, everyone is invited to a reception at the Galleria at Erieview to reminisce and continue to the celebration of this momentous occasion. I hope to see as many employees, volunteers, parishioners, and community members as possible on Sunday join me in pausing to say “thanks.”
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