Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 125/11.12.23

Thanksgiving and the Season of Gratitude

Should we only focus on gratitude once a year? Certainly not. But sometimes, Thanksgiving can be a good reminder to get our family back on track with a gratitude practice. Here are some ways families can instill an attitude of gratitude in their homes:

1. Encourage showing gratitude to one another in the home. Sometimes we forget to thank the people we love the most.

2. Add gratitude prayer into your daily prayers. Greet the day with gratitude, thank God for the gift of food and close the night with a remembrance of a special moment in the day for which you are thankful.

3. Create a kindness jar. Ask kids, did someone do something kind for you at school today? Talk about how that made them feel and add that person's name to the jar! Put your own examples of kindness from one another in the jar as well!

4. Make a thankful tree as a visual reminder in your home.

5. Instill a practice of writing notes of gratitude to friends, family, church, and community members!

Mass Class


During the Preface Dialogue of the Eucharistic Prayer, the priest says "Let us give thanks to the Lord our God," and we respond: "It is right and just. "The priest continues: "It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks." In this moment we hear four important words: duty, salvation, always, everywhere. This comes back to recognizing God's presence in our daily lives and understanding the brevity of God's sacrifice for us. Take some time to think about these words we hear, in reference to gratitude, in the Eucharistic prayer. Are you finding time to give thanks to God each day? Are you teaching your kids the practice of gratitude and a deep connection to God? Are you helping them to see all they have as "gift?" Teaching your kids to pray in gratitude is a simple starting point in helping them to grow in relationship with is right, and just!




Click on the links below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in the Mass!

Sunday Readings:

FAMILY FAITH CONVERSATION: On November 19, we will hear the Parable of the Talents as the Gospel. This parable shows us the difference between the servant who takes his gifts and uses them wisely and the servant who buries those gifts for fear of his master. We are the servant who is given wonderful gifts by God to use for good in this world. What makes each of your family members special? What gifts do you see in each other? Is there a way you can use your gifts to show thanks to God?

Connecting to Our Church Year

On November 13, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. St. Frances Cabrini was born in the 19th century in Italy. She founded a small religious order and wanted to travel as a missionary to China. The Pope, however, told her to go to New York City. She found that the city was very poor and filled with orphans and immigrants who needed assistance. She began work to create schools. During her life, she created over 60 schools, hospitals, and orphanages around the world. She is remembered as Mother Cabrini and her order, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus continues on in their good work. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini even has a state holiday in her honor, in the state of Colorado and there is a nearby Shrine devoted to Mother Cabrini, in NYC ( )

We wish our own St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish a Happy Feast Day!

In honor of Mother Cabrini, who devoted her life to sharing a welcoming spirit with those who were often unwelcome, think about ways in which your family can show hospitality to a person or group in your community!


ACTS is an acronym that stands for adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. These are four types of prayer.

  • Adoration: Praising God for who he is and what he has done.

  • Confession: Saying sorry for the hurt we’ve caused God and others.

  • Thanksgiving: Thanking God for all he has done for us.

  • Supplication: Asking God to grant us what we need.

This week, let's focus on THANKSGIVING Prayers. Each day, choose a new thing to thank God for and share your prayer at the dinner table or at another special family meal time! Thank you, God for.....


In each edition, we will share ways your family can serve others! Many organizations in our area work to support families who have escaped dangerous lives in other countries. The Corporal Works of Mercy, part of our Catholic Faith, call us to do many things, one of which is Welcoming the Stranger. Find an organization near you that welcomes the stranger and help them with donations from their "most needed" wish lists. As a family, decide upon on an item or items you think would make a family feel welcomed and cared for! Be sure to pray for the organization and its good work!


Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Get kids in on the celebration preparation with these fun recipe ideas that double as a treat and a decoration!

Milestone Moments and Family Traditions

Light a candle at your Thanksgiving table to honor those you have lost. Acknowledge the candle at your Thanksgiving meal and invite anyone to share intentions for those they would like the candle to burn in memory of at the meal. Share stories of those special loved ones; it's a great way to connect kids to their family history!

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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