The First True Thanksgiving in America Was a Mass!
A lot of us were mislead by our text books in grammar school. The first Thanksgiving actually took place in Florida in 1565. Michael Gannon, professor of history at the University of Florida, discovered that St. Augustine, the US’s oldest city, was the site of the first Thanksgiving. This first Thanksgiving took place 55 years before the Pilgrims landed, when the Spanish founder of St. Augustine, Pedro Menindez de Avilis, and 800 Spanish settlers shared in a Mass of Thanksgiving. After the celebration of the mass, Menindez and his Spanish contingent of explorers had a meal together with the Seloy Indians who were there at the landing site. So the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by Catholics, not Protestants, and took place almost half a century before the events of Plymouth.
We plan on starting our Thanksgiving celebration with participating in the sacrifice of the Mass in the morning at Saint Joseph's, receiving the Eucharist which is the ultimate way to say thanks to God, for the word eucharist means "Thanksgiving."