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The Most Rev. David L. Ricken is the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

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Giving thanks for all our blessings

By | November 16, 2011

So many parishes have food drives for the poor or the unfortunate. Food pantries need more and more food items and volunteers to pack and deliver goods to their neighbors. St. Vincent de Paul chapters and other outreach organizations can all use your help, not just during the holiday season, but year round.

With the economic difficulties in northeast Wisconsin, we all need to lend a helping hand or a financial gift to those who have recently lost their job. Catholic Charities is very busy assisting the needy these days to help with budgeting and with other needs.

On Thanksgiving Day, I along with many other volunteers will have the incredible honor to serve the poor, who are alone for the holiday, at Lambeau Field. This event, hosted by the Green Bay Packers and served by volunteers from our local churches in the city, is just one way for us to reach out to those in need.

During this time we ought also to remember in our prayers those who are unemployed and those who are homeless, especially as the deep winter will soon be upon us. A Thanksgiving or Christmas gift to one of our shelters in the diocese would be a great way to share your blessings. Join me in exhorting our lawmakers to do whatever they can to turn our economy around and help the country to create an environment where jobs will really be able to be created.

As Pope Benedict writes, “It is thus ‘urgent’ that serious and effective measures, as well as a firm will, are set to finding ways so that ‘all will have access to fitting, stable and well remunerated work, through which they are sanctified and participate actively in the development of society, combining intense and responsible work with appropriate times for a rich, fruitful and harmonious family life.'”

May we all do what we can to alleviate the sufferings of our neighbors. Have a good Thanksgiving as you count your blessings and remember those around you.

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