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  • St. Augustine’s to celebrate Thanksgiving ‘Bread’ Mass

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  • ILION — Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by Americans regardless of their religious faith background. Tables decorated with autumn harvest colors, overflowing cornucopia and turkey with all the trimmings will be enjoyed on Thursday, Nov. 28.
    Father John Bassett, rector of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, will celebrate a Thanksgiving worship service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
    “We want to celebrate Thanksgiving in a way that celebrates community and honors God, at a time that might be more convenient than while you’re putting the bird into the oven,” Bassett said in a news release.
    Bassett said the concept of the “Bread” is to share food communally; each person brings a loaf of bread to Mass, the bread is blessed and the loaves are exchanged.
    “This way we all bring home a new piece of our community to our table,” he said.
    Fr. Bassett will be joined by Fr. Bob Richard, a priest from the Pittsburgh area and member of Bassett’s extended family. Fr. Richard will stay with the Bassett family while celebrating Thanksgiving weekend.
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