Giving Thanks to God

On This Date…

On November 25, 1893, Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, arrived at his first American mission, Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Delwiche, Wisconsin, with a fellow missionary; It had snowed two days before so Father Pennings arrived by sleigh. It was a Saturday. The bulk of their luggage was on a ship frozen on the ice in the river in Green Bay.

Father Pennings wrote home to Holland that day, “I believe that everything will work out in the end, but we’ll need the patience of Job.” Earlier in the letter he wrote, “Once again, and especially now, we thank God who is perfectly good.” Those are the sentiments which Father Zagarella expressed to us this morning at our Thanksgiving Liturgy. So, with Father Pennings and Father Zagarella we say, “Once again, and especially now, we thank God who is perfectly good.”

– Father McLaughlin


Remembering Lives of Service

Today’s Word:

She, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.
(Luke 21:4)

On This Date…

On Saturday, November 25, 1893, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., age 32, reached his first mission in America – Our Lady the Snows Parish in Delwiche, Wisconsin. In his first letter to his mother he wrote, “Although the journey was long and difficult, we did not suffer at all, thanks to your prayers and those of our friends and acquaintances.”

On November 25, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, age 46, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery after the Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew in Washington, D.C. Leaders of 92 nations attended the Funeral Mass, and one million people lined the route from the US Capitol to the Cathedral. An eternal flame marks the grave in Arlington.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus commends a poor widow who gave two small coins, saying, “She, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” During this week of Thanksgiving, we recall the lives and service of Abbot Pennings and President Kennedy.

– Father McLaughlin