ministry

Military Outreach

 
“May the LORD give might to his people; may the LORD bless his people with peace!”
(Psalm 29:11)
 

From the Pastor’s Desk

During Lent for several of the last few 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.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

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.

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Get Involved!

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.

Outreach Activities

Serving at Walter Reed’s Fisher House

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Saint Andrew’s prepares and serves dinner periodically for about fifty patients and family members staying at the five Fisher Houses at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  The Fisher 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 Department of Defense that depends on donations and volunteer support.

We will prepare and serve dinner again on Wednesday, December 6.  Contact Bennett Solberg at 240-743-8747 or bjsolberg@yahoo.com if you would like to participate!

H.E.R.O.E.S. Care

Saint Andrew’s has several Stephen Ministers who are trained in caregiving and the deployment cycle as Hometown Support Volunteers in H.E.R.O.E.S. Care. This program is a collaborative effort among well established non-governmental organizations designed to provide complete and proactive support for members of all branches of the military and their families through pre-deployment, deployment, family reintegration and post-deployment.  This program is available to post 9/11 servicemen and -women, veterans, and their families in the community where they live. More information on H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is available <HERE>.  Contact Faye McAneny at 301-806-0960 or fayemcaneny@hotmail.com if you are interested in learning more about the program at Saint Andrew’s.

Veterans Day

“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, 2016.

Armed Forces Memorial Mass

Military 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 celebrated the 23rd Annual Memorial Mass on May 21, 2017.  Thirty-five Saint Andrew’s parishioners attended.

Join us on Sunday, May 20, 2018 for the 24th Annual Memorial Mass!

 

Directions to the Basilica

 
The names of those members of our military who have lost their lives within the previous week
are included in the Prayers of the Faithful at all Sunday Masses each week at Saint Andrew’s.

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.
 

Are you interested in helping with outreach to our military community? Contact Lisa Longacre at lisalongacre@yahoo.com .

 

Resources

Catholic Women of the Chapel: Fort Belvoir

Catholic Women of the Chapel: Fort Meade

Military Council of Catholic Women

Archdiocese of Washington Department of Special Needs Ministry: Veterans

Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

H.E.R.O.E.S Care

Veterans’ Voices

Joining Forces

Dog Tag Bakery

Catholic News Service: For God and Country (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8)


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"As an active-duty Army spouse, embedding myself within a Catholic community is integral for my physical and spiritual well-being. I not only received support from SAA during my husband's deployment and multiple TDYs, but I also received so much love and encouragement in my Catholic formation. I truly believe SAA helped prepare me for the New Evangelization here at our new duty station. I will be forever grateful for Father Dan and our entire Saint Andrew family."
-Stephanie McWhirter



"Our son was deployed with the USMC and would be away for Christmas last year. We were sending care packages and asked if the children from St. Andrew Apostle Catholic School would like to write a letter or draw a picture to include in our next package. We were so surprised when we picked up a large stack of envelopes from the school - there were enough for each Marine in the entire SPMAGTF Battery B! Our son snapped a few pictures to capture how touched these Marines were to have received a personal greeting from a child. Thank you so much SAA for supporting the military!"
-Deacon Steve and Rosemary Reeves


"Serving military patients and their families at Fisher House was a wonderful thing to do. Taking care of those who have sacrificed so much for us is a small gesture compared to what our military families give to this nation."
-Jud Woolard