Nov 27, 2014
??Did you know?? that a Spaniard by the name of Pedro Menendez de Aviles celebrated a feast of Thanksgiving centered on a Mass with the Timucua Indians on September 8, 1565, in St. Augustine, Florida?
They dined on bean soup 56 years before the celebration in Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts!
Another Catholic feast of Thanksgiving happened in Texas -- again before the Pilgrims. Don Juan de Oñate declared April 30, 1598, to be a “Day of Thanksgiving” and it was also commemorated with the holy sacrifice of the Mass.
We give thanks for all the early Americans and for our ancestors in the Faith.
...and for whoever decided on turkey and gravy over bean soup!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!