Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

With the fast approaching of the national holiday of Thanksgiving, I thought it might be a good opportunity to reflect on some of the blessings of the past year. I want to give thanks to God and to this community for the good things in our parish life together.

2022 has had some ups and downs, just as any year offers, but I must say it’s been a good year overall so far. St. Charles Borromeo School has increased its enrollment over the last several years and we are blessed with wonderful, dedicated teachers and staff, making it a place where not only learning happens but where love and
charity grows and is fostered. I’m grateful to all who help make the school the special place that it is: faculty, students, families, and all.

Halfway through this year we saw the return of the Carnival, after a two year hiatus because of Covid. Not only did we manage to get back to previous success but surpassed expectations in the money raised to support school and parish efforts throughout the year. The Carnival depends on its volunteers and so many who make it run, have been doing so for many years. That commitment and dedication is deeply appreciated and as Pastor I wantto  thank such individuals and all volunteers, because without them, there is no Carnival. I hope Carnival 2023 is another success story in the year ahead.

Personally, I’ve had a lot to give thanks for. Opportunities with my family, a special project with my brother, my tenth anniversary to the priesthood, and the ability to minister within the St. Charles Borromeo community. God has been abundantly good to me and at a minimum, I should strive to recognize that and give thanks for so
many blessings within my life.

And so, in the next several weeks, I hope that you have the chance to recollect and think about the good things that you’ve experienced this year. For some, there may be difficult moments or situations that make it hard to see the good. For others, we may be so busy with ordinary life that it’s a challenge to reflect in such a way. But
in and around Thanksgiving, our whole society offers a chance to take some time and find something to be grateful for.

I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving, just in case I don’t have a chance to do so face to face with you. Enjoy time with family, friends, and loved ones in whatever way you choose to celebrate. And may God continue to bless all of us as we journey through our daily lives.

Peace and Goodness,
Fr. Dan