St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Washington Avenue in Dunkirk will have a 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Mass on Thursday. The Mass will be a remembering of all of the blessings of the past year. There will be a special presentation of gifts: a baby to represent new life which should be respected in all its forms and representing the hope of the world; the American flag as a symbol of ancestors who came to the New World in search of freedom and a better life; a key to the city of Dunkirk by Mayor Frey as a symbol of thankfulness for strong resources, the local workforce and leadership of the city of Dunkirk; a remembrance of military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation's freedoms; the flag of the church united under Peter and now Pope Benedict; fruits, vegetables and other produce from the great bounty of this earth; the Holy Word which lights up minds and inspires hearts each week in the ways of discipleship; bread and wine to be changed into the body and blood of our Savior Jesus Christ; and treasure, for stewardship of the poor, needy and underprivileged and to ensure that the church's works of mercy continue.
The congregation is asked to bring food and non-perishable food items to be placed on the steps before the altar at the end of the special presentation of gifts. These will be used by the CYO youth group for the Christmas baskets that will be distributed. Everyone is welcome.