A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN AND THE STAFF
One Sunday morning, I was going to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery in Port Tobacco, MD. The priest posed this question, “What if you woke up the next day and God took away everything that you do not thank him for, what would you have left?”
Reflect on that question. What would you have left? Gratitude is one of the first things that we should give to God. Yet, it is one of the last. We do not thank him enough.
God is the giver of every perfect gift especially the gift of life. It is important to thank him for the opportunity to live, that we have, the air that we breathe, the people that we are with including our parents, siblings, family, friends and the actions we are able to do. St. Gianna Molla, “The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.” It is important that we thank God for all, the good and the sufferings. It is in our faithfulness to Him that He will bless us.
How can you thank Him practically?
1. Attend one daily Mass- The Mass is the highest form of prayer. We can give thanks to God for all that he has given us.
2. Name your blessings- At the end of the day or in the morning, start naming all the blessings that you have received.
3. Learn how to say thank you to other people- When you are able to recognize how you are being helped physically by people around you, you can start to see God’s hand in things.
4. Sing praise and worship songs- When you sing a song of praise, you can give thanks to God. Singing is praying twice.
When we live out a life of gratitude, we become more aware of how blessed we are and are able to live a life of joy even in the midst of suffering.
Have a wonderful week and know of my daily prayers for each of you.
Father Vaccaro and the St. John Bosco Staff
A NOTE FROM THE ST. JOHN BOSCO STAF
Congratulations to our winner, Grace Rihl for winning our Sweatshirt Design Contest! Thank you to all those who submitted a design. We will be selling the Sweatshirts for $25 each. Please pay by cash in the office or credit card here. Order your CCM sweatshirt today! PURCHASE HERE!
TUNE IN TO THE SUNDAY TALK
Last week, we had a thought-provoking talk about society’s fears of connecting with others on a deeper level. There was no Sunday Talk this weekend because of the upperclassmen retreat but please join us next week (Sunday, November 11) at 7:30 pm in Lee Hall 411. We will be dining at McDonald’s after the talk - if it’s your first time at McDonald’s with us, Father Vaccaro will treat you to ice cream!
FRIDAY FUN UPDATE FROM ALLISON MCCRUMB
This week we had a movie night for the freshmen and everyone who didn't go on the upperclassmen retreat. We watched the Emperor’s New Groove and ate popcorn. There were even movie theater style boxes of candy. This week we will be playing board games at the St. John Bosco Center to de-stress from a busy semester.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK FROM LITURGY
Prayer to St. Dymphna - Perseverance
Most faithful St. Dymphna, you remained true to your baptismal promises to the very end. You are, therefore, honored, known, and loved after 1,400 years by people you have aided all over the world. We do not know how long or short a time is left to us of this life here, but help us in any case to be faithful to God to the end. Please gain for us the grace to live one day at a time as if each were to be our last. Amen.
FALL INTO OUR LEAF RAKING FUNDRAISER
Our annual leaf raking fundraiser is coming up November 10 and we need some volunteers to help make this whole thing possible! Sign up and give some time to help your friends at CCM raise money for future events with the link below! Did we mention lunch is included?
A MESSAGE FROM THE SOCIAL SUPPER TABLE
Looking for a way to grow more in the faith while fostering relationships and enjoying tasty, home-cooked meals? Come on down to Supper Social, held every Thursday at the UMW CCM! This Thursday, November 8, Supper Social will feature a talk by Fr. Stefan, as well as a meal cooked by Birthright! Our next Supper Social will be the big Thanksgiving dinner, and will have music and entertainment from the choir and other students! As well as special guests who served our community all year!! Nov. 15th. Come and partake in the biggest Supper Social of the fall semester; there will be plenty of delicious dishes and desserts! We look forward to welcoming you to these events!