Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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Location: Pennsylvania, United States

I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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."


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Eucharist is Thanksgiving!

I would like to quote your article in my parish bulletin next year, before Thanksgiving.

Msgr. J. Myler
Cathedral, Bellevillee Il diocese

November 23, 2012 8:22 AM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Thank you Msgr. I would be honored.

November 23, 2012 9:25 AM  

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