Saint Andrew Church

May your Memorial Day give you a moment to reflect on peace and love. Our Tri Parish Memorial Day Mass will be at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, May 28th at 9:00am

           Saint Andrew Church phone number is 814-454-2486, our email is saintandrewerie@gmail.com

"PRAISE THE LORD EVERYDAY!"

 

Dear Brother and Sister's

The first reading for the Mass today is the account (Deut. 4: 32-34, 39-40) of Moses’ speech to the people of Israel on the plains of Moab in which he reminds them of sacred events in their history: the burning bush experience, the choice of Israel by God as his own people, the Exodus from slavery. He continues with the bold declaration that Israel is now a monotheist nation: “…the Lord is God (Deut. 4: 39) in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other.” This radical break from all previous history is evidence of God’s intention to break into our history. He intends to be up close and personal, and so acts in our time in a way like no other god.

Moses is delivering this speech, however, to a generation who never experience slavery in Egypt. This congregation is composed primarily of the children born in the desert. Much of what Moses has to say is intended to remind them of the lessons learned by their parents while enslaved. His ulcer is produced by his very deep conviction that God has chosen Israel to be the medium through which salvation is to come into the world and the child-congregation who has little if any experiential knowledge of life as a slave. Will the kids ever understand? Will they be able to grasp their place in history? Doesn’t Moses sound like a parent whose kids don’t practice their religion? Moses just did not know how to communicate the faith to Israel, yet he refused to excuse himself from the mission to which he had committed so long before.

We celebrate the answer to the question in our liturgy this weekend: the most Holy Trinity. No one could have imagined God surprising us with the means to be successful; the invitation into the life of the most Holy Trinity 

This gift completes us and makes us mobile. In fact, it requires our mobility: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Mt. 28: 19).

At this point, you may be feeling a bit put off by this idea that you bare a resemblance to the children of the Exodus. The parents of these children after all had spent many years in the Egyptian slavery and your parents did not. Your resemblance can be found, nevertheless, in the fact that your children are growing up in a culture that was not home to your childhood. How do you make disciples of all nations when the classmates of your children or grandchildren are smoking pot, often living as a dysfunctional family, or are totally unchurched? How sad it would be to admit this description of reality in our current culture and then not admit the reality of the Holy Spirit.

You may be living in a time or place where, like the first eleven apostles, you worship but you also doubt. Remember that the presence of doubt is not evidence of weak or absent faith; it is the evidence of faith-in-search mode. You don’t have the answer …yet. If your faith were absent, you would be indifferent, not doubting. Look at Thomas, unfortunately nicknamed “The Doubter.” Was he indifferent? Or struggling? You may be struggling and feeling as though you’re getting the Moses’ ulcer, but, in fact, you’re more likely getting his depth of faith.

Let God surprise you with the divine wiliness that is the reward for those who consider him trustworthy. As children of the Pentecost, trust.

 Fr. Dan

 

 CONFESSIONS on Sunday after the 11:00 AM Mass at St. Andrew Church

 

 

 

 

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Parish Membership

Become a Member

The parish of Saint Andrew, a welcoming, joyful and renewing Catholic community, dedicates itself to serving all of God’s people with the love of Jesus Christ and His mission.

We welcome new members. To be a member of St. Andrew Parish you must be registered. All those out of high school should be registered individually. Parish membership is required to be a sponsor at Baptism and Confirmation, to be married in the parish, or to have a child baptized. Click here to view the registration form.  

 

Alpha: come and See!  ALPHA STARTS MONDAY, APRIL 9TH AT 11AM  TO 2PM .  LUNCH IS INCLUDED.

Alpha is a series of session designed to explore basics of Christianity and /or strengthen your faith.  It is a way to encounter Jesus.  It consists of a meal, a talk and a small group discussion where you can openly and honestly ask questions and discuss your thoughts and feeling regarding Jesus, faith and the meaning of life without any judgment - or you can just listen.  Alpha runs one evening a week for 10 weeks.

for more information visit click here; http://sacredhearterie.org/alpha/   or  click here; https://vimo.com/161200822

 

 

 

 

The Spring Fund Raiser was a fantastic success.  Our next event will be the Saint Andrew GREAT MASS AND PICNIC at Rainbow Gardens in Waldameer.  The date is set for JUNE 24TH.  MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW!!!

 

 

 We have an APP for your phone

1)  go to apps

2)  go to play store or app store

3)  open my parish Catholic life

4)  click on the St. Andrew church listing

         That should do it....

Call Beth with questions (454-2486)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mass Times

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Weekday Masses are in The Annunciation Chapel (located in the white building by the parking lot). The Mass times in our Chapel are: 8:00 a.m. on Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri. There is No Wed. mass.

Food Pantry

Saint Andrew and Saint Jude

Ken Adams; 814-440-7813

1:30-4:00pm every other Tuesday

Food and clothing are available.

We are able to serve anyone in the neighborhood within our Second Harvest boundaries and all parishioners in need.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH TO; GANNON UNIVERSITY, SEW WHAT SEWING GROUP & THE BOB EVANS GROUP ON UPPER PEACH ST.  Your contributions mean sooooooooooo much to our clients!!

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
8:00 a.m. to noon
12:30 p. m. to 4:00 p. m.

Wednesday, closed all day.

Weekend Eucharist

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Holy Day Eucharist
7:00 a.m.

or as marked in bulletin

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