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 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.

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.

Contact Lisa Longacre at lisalongacre@yahoo.com.

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.

 

Upcoming Events

Serving at Walter Reed’s Fishers House

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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 lisalongacre@yahoo.com if you would like to help serve those who have served us!

 

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.

 

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 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

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 or Sylvia Stanton at sylvia7@bellatlantic.net .

 

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

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 spiritually 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