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St. Peter Newsletter — Thanksgiving 2015

St. Katherine of Alexandria the Great Martyr

Help the Working Poor on Wednesday, November 25 at 9:30am

And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it to me. (Matthew 25:40).

On Wednesday, November 25 at 9:30am (the day before Thanksgiving) we will meet at Leitner Park in Bonita Springs to distribute the food (get directions from Google or the Cafe of Life website). See the St. Peter website for more information.

St. Peter's has partnered with the local food bank Cafe of Life and our contributions will go to people and families who have no special dinners for Thanksgiving. Cafe of Life clients are 90% working poor (families work but do not make enough money to survive) and 10% homeless.

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St. Katherine / Thanksgiving Liturgy on Wednesday, November 25 at 6:00pm.

St. Katherine of Alexandria the Great Martyr

Join us for a St. Katherine Feast Day Liturgy on Wednesday, November 25 at 6pm.

This is a very good way to retain Thanksgiving as a day of thanksgiving to God.

The holy and glorious Great-martyr Catherine of Alexandria was the daughter of the governor of Alexandrian Egypt, Constas, during the reign of the emperor Maximinus (305-313), and she suffered for her Lord in the year 305.

Read the complete story about St. Katherine on the Orthodoxwiki website.

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Popular American painting of the first Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the few Christian holidays on the American civil calendar (along with Christmas and Easter) that, although becoming increasingly secularized, should be celebrated as such. Retain the Christian character of the holiday by attending church on Wednesday evening and dedicationg Thanksgiving as a day of thanks to God.

From the History website:

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Learn more about Thanksgiving on the History website.