Bishop Hayes students share prayers of thanks

A turkey strolls.

(Some students from Bishop Hayes Catholic School in Muscatine share what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving:)

Dear God,

I’m thankful for my family and the love they give me, and for my friends who I love to see. Thank you for all the animals on land and in sky, the creatures that crawl, run, swim and fly. Thank you for the plants growing here, that they have water from God’s tears. Thank you for the food you give, and the water that makes us live. Thank you for the church we go to, and the praying that we quietly do. Thank you for the space you give us, and the homes we take care of. And we do all of this because, Jesus died for us!

Kayla Scholz, Sarah Schoer, third grade


I am thankful that God gave us older brothers and sisters. I am also thankful for the gift of grace. God made us unique and have different talents. I am thankful that God created us to care for our surroundings and the world.      I am looking forward to having Thanksgiving with my parents and my older brother. We are all thankful for what God has given us; his son Jesus the Savior was his greatest gift of all.

Peoples’ gifts are maybe the talents they have to share with one another to help someone in need. Our hands were created to make, give and share and that’s what God did; he made the Earth, he gave his son Jesus, and he shared the love and care.

Leo Galoso, fourth grade

Dear God,

Thank you for all the things you have given me: life, family, friends and many more things. Thank you for the gift of feelings, people and love. You have given me so much and so I thank you for all your gifts. Thank you for the gift of yourself. Christmas is a very special time for me because I give thanks to Mary, you and Joseph. Thanksgiving is coming up and I would like to praise and thank you for everything.

Sarah Spellman, fifth grade

Dear God,

I love you so much! Thank you for holding and loving me when times are bad. Help me and everyone to have a meaningful journey through faith, trust and kindness all through the years! I wish to be close to you and think of others.

Mary Amerine, fifth grade

Dear God,

I am thankful for my family, friends and everything! I am thankful for my great-grandpa who just turned 91!

My teachers are the best thing in the world to teach me. I wish my school continued into high school.

Alli Brade, fifth grade

Dear God,

I am thankful for the love you gave. I am thankful for a mom and dad. I am thankful for shelter to live in. I am thankful for a good education.

Mario Moreno, fifth grade

Dear God,

Thank you for giving the world life. Thank you for friends that accept you for who you are. Thank you for family that loves and cares for us. Thank you for creating everything and everyone in the world.

Morghyn Riley, fifth grade

Dear God,

Thank you for the love and faith you gave me and my family and friends. I am thankful for the good food I have and the roof over my head. You give me the knowledge and courage to do things. I really appreciate the things you have given me.

Kendra Honts, fifth grade

Dear God,

I am thankful for family and friends and Thanksgiving food. What is your favorite thing?

Anthony Vitale, fifth grade

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