Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is coming and that means Christmas will be here before you know it.  At this time of year the days either pass too quickly or drag so slowly that you wonder if New Years Day will ever come.
Whether your internal clock runs fast or slow, this really is the time to give thanks….and to share the blessings we have received.  Our local food pantries fill a vital need in our community.  Make it a priority to bring food items with you when you come for Mass.  You could even make a New Year’s resolution (the need never goes away) and mark your 2015 calendar with regular reminders.
Even if you have already given to the October collection for “Loaves and Fishes” consider making an additional gift to this fund that helps to meet emergency needs of local families who struggle financially.  Some families have decided to forgo a gift exchange at Christmas and have opted to make a donation to a charity instead.  You could designate “Loaves and Fishes” as your charity or the New Hampshire Food Bank, a service of Catholic Charities, which supplies all the food pantries in the State.
Give thanks and share your blessings in whatever way you can.  More than an act of generosity these gifts are an act of faith.  After it all, it is what we are called to do.        

Deacon Greg