From the Pastor’s Desk
During Lent each of the past four years, I was most honored to celebrate a weekly Mass with the students, faculty, and staff at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. This is the nation’s healthcare university on the grounds of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that trains, educates, and prepares healthcare professionals in the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Public Health Service to support the Military Heath System and US Public Health Service. These servicemen and women will go on to provide medical, nursing, and dental care for dedicated soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, having the opportunity to bring Christ’s love to those in harm’s way. This was a unique opportunity to support our servicemembers and those working to support these healthcare professionals, something that has been important to me throughout my priesthood.
I continue to include in the Prayers of the Faithful the names of those servicemen and women who have fallen the previous week. You’ll also begin to see other efforts by a group of our parishioners to reach out to those who have worn the uniform and their families within our parish and provide outreach and support for those within our local community. It’s my hope that we will grow in awareness and appreciation of the sacrifices given by our uniformed servicemembers and their families, each and every one who has volunteered to serve, as they maintain the freedom for all of us that we so dearly hold.
Please pray for our dedicated servicemembers and their families, some of whom have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
Are you an active duty servicemember?
Do you have a relative that is an active duty servicemember?
Are you a veteran of the armed services?
We would like to introduce you to other members of our military community at Saint Andrew’s and offer support through cards, prayers, and other gestures of appreciation and encouragement.
Contact Lisa Longacre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a military family, we ask that you register and get involved in our parish right away. Registration information is <HERE>. Even if your stay is brief, we welcome you into our community. This is a very vibrant and active parish, with much to offer you during your time with us. Check out the rest of our website for more information on the many ministries and activities.
Serving at Walter Reed’s Fishers House
Saint Andrew’s will prepare and serve dinner again for about fifty patients and family members staying at the five Fishers Houses at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on June 8, 2017. The Fishers Houses at Walter Reed and other military and VA medical centers provide lodging for military and veterans’ families where they can stay while they receive medical treatment. This is a nonprofit organization outside of the DOD that depends on donations and volunteer support.
Contact Lisa Longacre at email@example.com if you would like to help serve those who have served us!
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” -President Woodrow Wilson, November 11, 1919
With these words, November 11, 1919 became the first commemoration of Armistice Day, one year after the armistice that ended World War I had gone into effect. It eventually became a legal holiday and, after World War II, the law was amended to change the name to Veterans Day. November 11 became a day to honor veterans of all American wars and honor the cause of world peace.
All who have ever served in the United States Armed Services were recognized at Masses on November 12 and 13.
Armed Forces Memorial Mass
Each year in May, the Archdiocese of Military Services honors living and deceased members of the United States Armed Forces with a Memorial Mass held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Father Dan Leary often concelebrates the Mass and we arrange to have a reserved section for Saint Andrew’s parishioners.
The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA will celebrate the 23rd Annual Memorial Mass on May 21, 2017 at 4:30pm in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica. Together with the priests of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, please join in prayer as we honor the men and women who are serving or have served in the armed forces, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Schedule of Events will be as follows:
Sacrament of Penance at 3:00-3:45pm
Musical Prelude at 3:45pm
Holy Mass at 4:30pm
Please pray for our troops.
Saint Michael the Archangel defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the divine power of God, cast into hell, Satan, and all the evil spirits who roam around the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.