A Thanksgiving Message

Thanksgiving 2016

Dear Friend:

"Joy springs from a grateful heart. Truly, we have received much, so many graces, so many blessings, and we rejoice in this.” (Pope Francis)

These words of our Holy Father Pope Francis capture very nicely the spirit of our Thanksgiving observance. In this season, with joyful hearts, we pause to thank God for His goodness and love, and for all the wonderful gifts and blessings we have received throughout our lives.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, then, I want you to know how much I appreciate all that you do for our Church—for your personal, financial and spiritual support. Our Church is strong and vibrant, and every day we are doing many good things for our brothers and sisters in the Name of Jesus. All this is possible because of God’s grace of course, but also because of your goodness and generosity. Thank you!

I hope that you and your family will have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please accept the gift of my prayers and blessings, and please pray for me too. For that, I will be truly grateful!

Sincerely yours,

Thomas J. Tobin
Bishop of Providence

Happy Thanksgiving!

If we put aside, for a moment, the turkey, the stuffing, the cranberries, and pie. If we put aside the “busyness” and the rush of the holiday season ... the visits, the visitors, the football games, and the sweet, crisp smell of fall …

What we’re left with is the simple reason we come together to celebrate Thanksgiving: to give thanks.

We come together on Thanksgiving day to celebrate all that we have. We come together to give thanks to God for all that He has given us. And we come together to pray and to experience the feeling of joy when He gives us the peace we seek.

But it is at this special time of year when you must also receive a tremendous amount of gratitude.

Because it is your generosity as a caring Catholic, your compassion, and your willingness to answer God's call to serve and give to others, that does not go unnoticed. You make our community stronger. Your generosity is what makes being a Catholic so special and meaningful.

It is you who deserves our thanks.

You play such an important role as a member of Rhode Island’s Catholic community. Because of you, many Rhode Islanders who depend on one or more of the many ministries supported by the Diocese of Providence have somewhere to turn throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season.

And although those you help may never have a chance to thank you, personally, you should know how grateful they are for your generosity and the difference you make for the lives of Rhode Islanders in need.

Each man, each woman, each child, and every one of our state's senior citizens who are served by the Diocese of Providence thank you for the choice you made to help others right here in Rhode Island:

A single mother comes to the Office of Life and Family and receives the love and support she struggles to find elsewhere. For that, she thanks you.

You help the elderly man who spends his days on the streets of Providence. He comes through the doors of Emmanuel House each night, and gets so much more than just a bed and warm meal. For that, he is grateful.

You help the mother and father who lost a child. They turn to the Church and a Bereavement Support Group you support through the Catholic Charity Appeal. They strengthen their faith and find joy that can often seem lost. For that, they live each day with gratitude.

You helped a woman who lost her job, and turned to the Diocese of Providence's Project Hope so she could get help paying her overdue electric bills and get back on her feet. For that, she said “I thank God for the caring people in our community who helped me. I am blessed and grateful. There is hope.”

As we enter the holiday season, and especially next week as Rhode Islanders celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, our entire staff at the Diocese of Providence thanks you.

We are grateful.

The entire staff and volunteers who work at the many ministries you support, such as the Fruit Hill Adult Day Care, Mother of Hope Camp, Keep the Heat On, AIDS Ministry, Emmanuel House, Dire Emergency Fund, Apostolate for the Handicapped, Office of Religious Education, Rejoice in Hope Youth Center, and many others … thank you.

Thank you for answering God’s call to serve others. For you, we are grateful. We thank you for your kindness, for your compassion, and for your willingness to take care of those who need us most.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

God bless you,

Robert Spirito

Associate Director
Office of Stewardship & Development
Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; ..." Ps. 136:1-5





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