Steuben County parish holds Thanksgiving pumpkin initiative - Catholic Courier
A display of white pumpkins with messages of thanks on them. Parishioners of St. John Vianney parish wrote expressions of thanks on pumpkins. (submitted photo)

Steuben County parish holds Thanksgiving pumpkin initiative

The meaning of Thanksgiving was conveyed in a uniquely visible manner this year within St. John Vianney Parish.

According to parishioner Jo Slovak, her pastor, Father James Jaeger, sought to decorate the altars in a special way for the Thanksgiving season at the parish’s two churches, St. Mary in Bath and St. Gabriel in Hammondsport. Father Jaeger passed along an idea involving white pumpkins, and a parish decorating group proceeded to buy several pumpkins.

Slovak then wrote “I am thankful for … ” at the top of each pumpkin, and parishioners were encouraged to fill in with one- or two-word responses of their choice.

The white-pumpkin initiative attracted a variety of participants from the two Steuben County churches. They offered thankful sentiments such as “faith,” “family,” “health,” “horses,” “pets,” “food,” “Jesus,” “safe homeland,” “skills to share,” “friends,” “the Eucharist” and “shelter.”

“The response was wonderful. Everyone young and old put their thankfulness on the pumpkins,” Slovak remarked.

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