...Not that you had to; I'm not trying to guilt-trip anyone.
I just wonder how many folks observe this very nice custom of assisting at Mass on Thanksgiving Day.
Mass this morning was at 8 am, and we were joined by Father Tom, the parochial vicar who is recovering from serious surgery. We've been praying for him constantly in his absence, and he got a little applause when, at the beginning of Mass, I acknowledged his return and said, "our prayers have been answered" and "we have something more to be thankful for."
Our daily Mass at St. Boniface is usually in our chapel, which is in the basement of the church; it dawned on me a day or two ago that perhaps we should have announced this Mass would be in church, upstairs, but since we didn't announce it, I decided to wait and see.
Sure enough, as 8 am neared, the chapel was packed, so I said, how about we all go upstairs? So we all did; Mass started a little late. We sang "We Gather Together" for an opening and "Immaculate Mary" as the closing. I kept the daily readings, because its one of the few times we hear from the Book of Revelation, and I wanted to give a little reflection on that.
At the conclusion of Mass, I said something to the effect of, "I'm so encouraged to see you here, and I commend you--you don't have to come today, you chose to, the Lord inspired you to come, and I am glad to have Mass with you."