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Letter from Mike Helkenn, Lay Director


De Colores friends!

November is rich with reflective moments. The Church gives us saints days for martyrs, virgins, and the feast of the Presentation of Mary. Our country gives us one of its most treasured holidays: Thanksgiving. 

Personally, I treasure Thanksgiving for all it gives us: food, family, football, and friends... not necessarily in that order. We usually spend a great deal of time preparing food for a feast. At our home parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we have a Thanksgiving mass in the morning, then Fr. Ron blesses all of the bread for our dinners that night, as well as the wine. Usually everything is stacked in a heap right in front of the altar. My friend, Joe, calls it "the great wine exchange!" Imagine bringing a Two-Buck Chuck and coming home with a Kendall Jackson!

For the past several years, our family has helped cook a Thanksgiving feast for the homeless who live in our local park. One thing we need to remember, though, is that people are hungry every day, not just during the holidays. So we should do what we can to help support efforts that will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, and heal the sick. 

I am awed by my brothers who are involved in Kairos ministry, my sisters who work at Fr. Joe's Villages, or hospice and palliative care-givers. I recently met a Cursillo couple who (in their retirement years) build schools in Peru. They operate on a shoestring, but have made a huge impact in the lives of the local children. Mother Teresa said, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." (Make a friend, be a friend, and bring that friend to Christ.)

Be thankful. Be generous. Be loving. Pray, read, and do for others. Then as the Church begins a new year with Advent, we can be better prepared to receive our Savior into our hearts at Christmas. Remember that Jesus was born, lived, and died as poor as any human ever was. Yet He is our King and Lord of all! 

God bless you and yours this holiday season!

Much love,

Mike Helkenn

©2012 San Diego English Speaking Cursillo

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