What Are You Thankful For?

Nov.18- Dec. 1, 2004
VOL 123 NO. 41
What Are You Thankful For?
By Eileen Jevis/ SUN staff writer
SUN photo(s) Paul Finch
Catholic SUN staff members did on-the-street interviews with a dozen people and asked them what they were thankful for, what their hopes for the upcoming year are and how they plan to spend the Thanksgiving holiday. The re-election of President George Bush, the war in Iraq and the uncertain economy were a few of the issues on their minds as they shared their thoughts.

Gina McGinn works at Onondaga County Public Library. She is a communicant of St. Matthew’s Church in East Syracuse. McGinn said she is thankful for the opportunity to worship and all the blessings God has given her –– her husband, children and family. Her hopes for the future include world peace. McGinn plans to attend Mass at St. Matthew’s on Thanksgiving Day before she joins family at her mother’s house.

Mike Manfredi is an information systems manager and a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish. He is thankful that he doesn’t live in Iraq and that he lives in the stable country of America. His hopes for the future include winning the lottery. “I don’t need much,” joked Manfredi. He plans to spend Thanksgiving with his family.

Matthew MaGuire is a teacher and is most thankful for “family, friends, health and security.” He hopes to have the opportunity to make a difference and to help others this coming year. He said he will spend Thanksgiving with his wife and his in-laws, and plans to attend Mass that day.

Mary Beth MaGuire is a family therapist who is most thankful for her loving husband and for having two great families, a warm home and a secure job. She hopes for overall good health for herself and for her husband, Matt. “We’ll spend Thanksgiving at my brother’s house in Chittenango,” Mary Beth said. She will also try to get to Mass that day.

Lena Constable is a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and is thankful for the good books available at the Onondaga County Public Library. “My hope for the coming year is a betterment of the situation in Iraq and that they will have a free government.” Constable plans on spending Thanksgiving attending Mass at the Cathedral and then going out to dinner with family and friends.

Betsey Crowley is a volunteer at the Rescue Mission and a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. She is thankful for studying the Bible with people who are trying to memorize Scripture in order to learn more about the Bible. “My hopes for the coming year are finding employment, an improvement of my health and that the people of the Cathedral and my family and friends stay safe and healthy.” Crowley will attend Mass at the Cathedral on Thanksgiving Day and then spend the day at her mother’s house.

Kevin Wilson is a U.S. government employee and a parishioner at St. Daniel Church in Lyncourt. He is thankful for living in the U.S. and his Catholic faith. “And for my friends and family,” he said. Wilson hopes for peace in Iraq and that President Bush has a successful term. “I also hope for more vocations and fewer or no abortions.” Wilson will spend Thanksgiving in Buffalo, attending Mass and having dinner at his sister’s house.

Kathleen Mezzo is a parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Parish. She is thankful for the parishioners of St. Vincent’s who have warmly welcomed her in the past year. She is also thankful for the strong Catholic and cultural community available in Syracuse and for her involvement in Voice of the Faithful. Mezzo hopes that the world situation improves and that Iraq is no longer a center of violent military struggle. She also hopes that the country and government become more focused on the needs of the elderly, especially the social security issue. Her plans for Thanksgiving include attending Mass at St. Vincent’s on Thanksgiving Day before joining friends and family.

Anna Fargo, a housekeeper at Turning Stone Casino, is a parishioner of St. Helena’s Church in Sherrill. She is thankful “for my family and for the life that my family has given me.” Although she may have to work on Thanksgiving Day, she plans to spend it with her family and will attend Mass that day.

Tarie Romer, an eighth grader at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Middle School, is thankful for her family because they support her in sports and also for the people who help at church, especially the catechists. Her hopes for the coming year include that she remain friends with those she is close to today, even when she gets to high school next fall. Plans for Thanksgiving include having family over to visit and going to Mass, “We always go,” Tarie said.

Mary Porter, is retired and she is most thankful for “the freedom we have here in the United States.” Peace around the world is her hope for the coming year. She will spend Thanksgiving with her daughter and will attend Mass with her family.

Bill Porter, also retired, is thankful for his health. The 80-year-old parishioner of St. Helena’s in Sherrill hopes to get his daughter through college and wishes for good health for the rest of his family. He’ll spend Thanksgiving at his daughter’s home and will be attending Mass that day.

Barbara Morris is recently retired and is most thankful for her “wonderful family and for the parish of St. Helena’s, the community and the support system they offer.” She feels this is a great time of year and that people ought to look into themselves and appreciate the great freedom they have and find ways to help others. “I have four children. Two of them and their families will be coming over [on Thanksgiving Day] along with some friends who would otherwise be alone on the holiday. We’ll have eight to 10 people plus my husband and myself.”

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