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“Whoever loves me will be loved by my father …. “

John 14:21

May 11, 2020

Monday of the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

What people won’t do for Mother’s Day! The 24 hour Adoration was packed with people adoring the Lord. Truck full of food. Hope you saw the Mother’s Day Video. If not, it is below.

Monday’s graces:

  1. Holy Mass: “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father…”  <HERE>
  2. Confession: Today, 5-7 pm. Outdoor.

Day of Prayer and Fasting and Works of Charity – May 14. 24 hour fast. Donate $10 and receive a loaf of Ezekiel 4:9 bread (sponsored by www.foodforlife.com). Anima Christi Retreats will match every dollar raised and all donations will benefit Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Outreach. More information on the Anima Christi Retreats website <HERE>.

Mark your calendars. Planning another 24 Hour ADORATION over Father’s Day weekend. Same deal as Mother’s Day. Jesus, confessions, food collection for our fathers. Graces, graces, graces.

Meet Monday with joy,

Fr. Dan

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 



 

May 10, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Happy Mother’s Day,

How can I say no to some images of Mom? Impossible. Pictures kept coming in so we did our best to make sure they were all added. My earlier note said 412 images. There are more than that. Hope the images bring a smile and even a tear of gratitude to your heart for all the Moms who make their Hollywood debut today.

Fr. Dan

P.S.  Today, from 9 am to 5 pm, we have bundles of holy water, holy oil and holy salt available at the Food Donation Truck for a donation.

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“Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God bless you.

412? That’s how many images are in today’s slide show honoring our Moms. What a gift … to see so many Moms from countless families and countries. MAMA MIA!

Make Mother’s Day great by uniting with the Blessed Mother. Here is how:

  1. Holy Mass: Today offer your spiritual communion for Mom. <HERE>
  2. Adoration until 5 pm. Come on by and pray for Mom. No matter the distance to Mom, Jesus closes the gap with His Love.
  3. Confession: Mom always used to bring the Leary boys to confession. Poor Fr. Ken!!! Today: 8:30 am–12:30 pm, Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart, and (9:00 am-12:30 pm)Fr. Mark Cusick; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Fr. Dan and Fr. Mario
  4. Food Drive through tonight. Amazing so far. Lots of room in the truck (pic below).

Day of Prayer and Fasting and Works of Charity – May 14 (see video below)

  • 24 Hour Fast Thursday, May 14
  • Donate $10 and receive a loaf of Ezekiel 4:9 bread (sponsored by www.foodforlife.com)
  • Bread pick-up is either at St. Andrew’s (Silver Spring) or St. Anthony’s (North Beach, MD)
  • Anima Christi Retreats will match every dollar raised!
  • To benefit Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Outreach
  • For more information and/or donate: <HERE>

So many people miss Mom. Living or deceased; local or far; healthy or not. No matter … imagine Mom speaking into your heart the words of Jesus … ”Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Turn over what is troubling to the Blessed Mother. She will bring it to Jesus.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 

 



 

May 9, 2020

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus says, “If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.

So here goes my list. It is super short … that I may be a saint and that all those whom I meet will also be saints. AMEN. (I got other ASKS of the Lord – health to many; end to poverty and suffering; more confessions from sinners; open Churches and packed parking lots for Adoration.)

So, ask the Lord to make you a saint. “Be not afraid … ” Jesus said. But, that means you must accept how He leads you to sainthood.

Saturday is always Mary’s day.  Here’s what we have:

  1. Holy Mass: ” … so that the Father may be glorified … ” <HERE>
  2. Food Drive: “Feeding Mothers so they can feed others.”  This afternoon through Sunday night. Fill the white truck in the parking lot.
  3. Confession: Mercy is almost too easy. Just offer your sins in exchange for grace and healing. Today: 5-8 pm, Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart, Fr. Mario and Fr. Pat Mullan
    Sunday: 8:30 am–12:30 pm, Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart, and (9:00 am-12:30 pm)Fr. Mark Cusick; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Fr. Dan and Fr. Mario
  4. Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament starting today at 5 pm through Sunday 5 pm. Sign up to be an adorer <HERE>.

UpcomingDay of Prayer and Fasting and Works of Charity – May 14

Pray for Mom. Thank your Mom. Love your Mom. Remember – the first thing you ever heard in your life was your Mom’s heart. Bless Mom’s heart.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 



 

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.”
Jn 14:3

May 8, 2020

Friday the Fourth Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God keeps His Word – “I am going to prepare a place for you.”  Our home is not here. There is another place that the Lord is preparing. Don’t get frustrated with God’s timing. Stay free and light. We will see His timing one day perfectly.

One of the concerns of this virus that has been on my heart is that the reality of the victims of abuse and domestic violence is increasing. I invite you to participate in the Day of Prayer and Fasting and Works of Charity. Pope Francis has asked that “believers of all religions unite to implore God to overcome the pandemic … all believers together, believers of every tradition, to pray, fast and do works of charity.” Next Thursday, May 14 is the day that he has chosen. If you would like to participate, there is a lot more information <HERE>.

Line up for the day:

  1. Holy Mass: Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Jn 14:1  What is going on in your heart these days? <HERE>.
  2. Mother’s Day Pics: Last few hours to send in a pic of your mom – drop dead time is tonight at 10 pm. We are unable to accept photos after that time in order to give us time to prepare. Send the image to media@theholyruckus.com. (Must be jpeg image to be used.)
  3. Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament starting Saturday at 5 pm through Sunday 5 pm. Give Mom a bouquet of graces.
    Confession.
    LIVESTREAM above.
    Sign up to be an adorer <HERE>.
    Submit names for prayer <HERE>.
  4. Confessions:
    Saturday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart, Fr. Mario, and Fr. Mullan
    Sunday, 8:30 am–12:30 pm, Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart, and (9:00 am-12:30 pm)Fr. Mark Cusick; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Fr. Dan and Fr. Mario
  5. Food Drive:Feeding Mothers so they can feed others.” All weekend starting Saturday afternoon. Drop off food. Fill the truck.

As you consider doing something for that special someone in your life (MOM), look around your neighborhood or community. There might be a mom who needs a social distance ‘wave’ since her kids can’t come by. You can be her kids in proxy. It might be unusual or a little awkward, but when I think of the Blessed Mother, I think that the apostles probably swung by the house of John to see Her because the Lord had said, “Behold thy Mother.” Take that Mom’s troubles away by showing her TLC.

God bless you,

Fr. Dan

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 

May 1 – May 7, 2020

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May 7, 2020

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God bless you.

At the Last Supper, after washing their feet, the Lord said, “Amen, Amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master, nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.Jn 13:16  So it begs the question – are you representing the One who sent you? Where did He send you? To those that you live with, work with, text with, walk with, pray with etc., God is inviting you to be a messenger to bring Christ to them. Don’t miss the chance.

Here are some blessings for you:

  1. Holy Mass:<HERE>.
  2. Mary, Mother of Families 24 Hour Adoration: 5 pm Saturday, May 9 to 5 pm Sunday, May 10. Give Mom a great gift of prayer.
    • Confession.
    • LIVESTREAM above.
    • Sign up to be an adorer <HERE>.
    • Submit names for prayer <HERE>.
  3. Help us with the FOOD DRIVE if you can. Saturday morning through Sunday night. “Feeding Mothers so They Can Feed Others.”
  4. Mother’s Day Pics: 75 pics received so far. Don’t forget to send in your mom. Only one image please. Send the one that you like the most. Drop dead due date is Friday at 10 pm. We are unable to accept photos after that time in order to give us time to prepare. Send the image to media@theholyruckus.com. (Must be jpeg image to be used.)
  5. Day of Prayer and Fasting: Pope Francis has asked “believers of all religions to unite spiritually for a Day of Prayer and Fasting and Works of Charity to implore God to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. “All believers together, believers of every tradition, to pray, fast and do works of charity.” On Thursday, May 14th, St. Andrew’s will provide a way that you can do this. More to come tomorrow.

If you feel that people around you are not thanking you for all that you do, notice that none of the disciples said “Thank you Lord” after He had washed their feet. (Guess they were stunned or just forgot!)

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 



 

6 May 2020

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God bless you.

When I was a little kiddo (the last of 12 pregnancies), Mom always wanted us to “look sharp” (‘70’s word) for Church. So, for some reason, if our hair was sticking up in the back or the bangs looked a little off, she would take it upon herself to spit on a few fingers and then flatten the back of my head or even curly the front of my bangs. I guess, and this is really stretching it, she thought that I looked better with dried spit on my head. God rest my Mom!

So, with Mother’s Day on Sunday, I want to have a video prepared with a picture of your mom. (Parishioner or not – you can send a picture … no worries.) Only one image please – it is not a popularity contest. You send the one that you like the most. She can be alone, with her kids or if she never wanted to be in a picture with you (LOL), send one with the family pet. Deadline is Friday night at 10 p.m. (this is a hard deadline.) We will prepare a video and have it ready for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sunday morning. Send the image to media@theholyruckus.com. (Must be jpeg image to be used.)

Today’s line up for God’s blessings:

  1. Holy Mass: “believe in me, believe in the one who sent me.” Link <HERE>.
  2. Confession: 5–7 pm. Outside. His Mercy endures forever.

UPCOMING

Mary, Mother of Families 24 Hour Adoration: 5 pm Saturday, May 9 to 5 pm. Sunday, May 10. Give Mom a great gift of prayer.

  • Confession.
  • LIVESTREAM above.
  • Sign up to be an adorer <HERE>.
  • Submit names for prayer <HERE>.

I am very pleased with all that we are doing to help the community. Do what you can. We all stretch and God makes it work. The FOOD DRIVE this weekend starts Saturday morning and will finish on Sunday night. Theme of this corporal work of mercy might be: “FEEDING MOTHERS SO THEY CAN FEED OTHERS.”

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 



 

5 May 2020

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Hope is the “combination of the desire for something and the expectation of receiving it. It also responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man.” (CCC 1818) For this reason, the word HOPE has been placed on our parish grounds. Come and leave your petition with Christ. Walk or jog or drive. But leave your struggle with Christ. You cannot carry around your burdens every day. It will wear you out. “Come to me all you who labor” says the Lord.

Opportunities for HOPE today:

  1. Holy Mass: “My Father is greater than all …” God the Father sends His Son as expiation for our sins. His Love for us is greater than our sins. <HERE>
  2. Confession: 5 -7 pm. Holiness in people heals the sickness of man. Be an instrument of healing and receive mercy in the confessional.
  3. Seeking Communion: Meditation for couples. Part III tonight. Posted by 8 pm on www.animachristiretreats.org or www.theholyruckus.com.

UPCOMING:

  1. Mary, Mother of Families Adoration: May 9-10. All night Adoration. LIVESTREAMED above. Sign up to be an adorer <HERE>. What better gift to give the moms and mom figures in our lives than an hour with Jesus? Submit names for prayer at www.animachristiretreats.org.
  2. Food Drive: Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10 in honor of Mothers. Look for Truck in overflow parking lot. Non-perishables.

Have a joyful day knowing that HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT.

Fr. Dan

 

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 



 

“The turning point in the spiritual life of a priest is not only his vocation, his calling. It is also that moment when he becomes obedient to the Spirit. That is a kind of second ordination, a crisis that carries him from being a priest merely by office into the possession and manifestation of the Spirit by Christ.” (Fulton Sheen)

4 May 2020

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As I read the above words, I was reminded of the many good shepherds that God has brought into my life. Some were tougher than others. Some did not always jive with my patterns of living. But they had my growth and holiness in their intention.

Christ the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. How are you imitating Him? Are you laying down your life in the little things that God brings you each day? Holiness during this time will not be doing great things but being open to the Spirit as He comes to you each day.

The blessings of today:

  1. Holy Mass: <HERE> Jesus offers Himself for us. My response to Him should be the same. Are you offering yourself each day?
  2. Confessions: 5–7 pm.
  3. Seeking Communion: Meditation prepared for couples. Part II tonight. Posted by 8 pm on www.animachristiretreats.org or www.theholyruckus.com.

UPCOMING

  1. Mary, Mother of Families Adoration: May 9-10. All night Adoration. LIVESTREAM above. Sign up to be an adorer <HERE>. What better gift to give Mom than an hour with Jesus? We are collecting names of moms, Grandmas, Godmothers, and anyone special in your life to be placed in a basket at the altar during Adoration. Submit names at www.animachristiretreats.org.
  2. Food Drive: Saturday, May 9. Look for Truck in overflow parking lot. Non-perishables. Did you ever consider asking your community to leave food on their front steps? They buy, you fly (deliver)! FILL THE TRUCK in honor of Mothers.

Finally, we had a nice large sign made of wood which says HOPE. The HOPE sign is by the front door of the Church. Will you come by and leave a petition on the sign? Just tack it anywhere. BYOT – BRING YOUR OWN TACKS (lol). Put sick, deceased, your worries, etc. on the sign. Fill it with lots of prayers and I will add another one that says FAITH. Then fill that one and we get to the granddaddy of them all … LOVE.

Give Monday a run for its’ money with a heroic moment (get up when the alarm goes off), a noon day Angelus and a Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Today is God’s gift to you, what you do with it is your gift back.

Fr. Dan

 

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 



 

3 May 2020

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Good Shepherd Sunday celebrates so many blessings this year for me. Too many to even consider sharing now. (Imagine if I wrote out my homily word for word … it would be a HERD NOTE!).

Priesthood has always been rooted in three things: Love for God the Father (Jesus says, “As the Father loves me, so I love you, live on in my love.”; Sacrifice (“This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.”); Generosity (“This is my Body given for you.”).

In order for a priest to find real joy (“that My joy may be in you …”), he must be willing to live out the three virtues above. Christ lived these. Pray for my brothers and me to be like Christ.

The blessings of today:

  1. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:  “…that they might have life and have it more abundantly”… <HERE>. You can pray the Litany of Prayers for Priests <HERE>.
  2. Confessions: Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart and Fr. Mark Cusick. 8:30 am–12:30 pm OUTSIDE. Mercy will rain down tomorrow in many ways.
  3. Couples Night Talks: I prepared simple meditations for couples. Tonight through Tuesday. Posted around 8 pm on www.theholyruckus.com and www.animachristiretreats.org.

UPCOMING

Next Saturday and Sunday (May 9-10) will be 24 hour Adoration. What better gift to give Mom (living or deceased) than time with Jesus? THEME: Mary, Mother of the Family. More to come.

Msgr. Hart, Fr. Mario and I thank you for all you do. We are blessed to be at this parish. Also, Fr. Foggo, Fr. Mario, Msgr. Enzler, Fr. Garvin and Fr. Ebuka and I thank you for prayers, sweat equity and financial support for the HEARTS THAT ARE BURNING walk. Your generous support leaves us speechless … but fills the mouths of the poor. Nothing could be more perfect in the month of May.

In Christ,
Fr. Dan

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 



 

“It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.” Jn 6:60-69

2 May 2020

Memorial of Saint Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the Church

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

What a beautiful day yesterday. God always has His plans. We made it. Thanks so much for all that you have done to pray for and support this 54 mile pilgrimage.

Beautiful Adoration last night. So many confessions. Steady stream all night.

Here’s your line up for today and the weekend:

  1. Holy Mass <HERE>
  2. The church will be open for private prayer from 8:30-10 am and 12:30-8 pm.
  3. Sunday Confessions: 8:30 am-12:30 pm.

God bless you,

Fr. Dan

P.S. Stay tuned here and the Anima Christi Retreats Website for a video thank you where you’ll hear from a few recipients of your generosity.

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

Anima Christi Retreats website is <HERE>.

 

 



 

1 May 2020

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God bless you.

Yesterday IT RAINED. (End of summary from yesterday’s walk.)

Thanks so much for all that you have done to pray for and support this 54 mile pilgrimage. Today, we lift up our hearts and minds to those who are suffering from unemployment or underemployment. We are asking Our Lady and St. Joseph to intercede for us.

Today’s line up of graces:

  1. Holy Mass: <HERE> First day of May so unite with St. Joseph in gratitude for the woman who gave her FIAT.
  2. Adoration: 7–10 pm. OUTSIDE. CONFESSIONS. LIVESTREAM at the top of this page. Let’s fill the parking lot asking Mary and St. Joseph to intercede for us and protect us.

Have a great 1st day of May,

Fr. Dan

 

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 

 

April 24 – April 30, 2020

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“I am the living bread that came down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.” Jn 6:50

30 April 2020

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We made it … 23 miles. Thank you very much for your prayers and sacrifices. We truly felt them. Not much more to say than, this old man is tired but full of hope and joy. HEARTS THAT ARE BURNING is of the Holy Spirit. So we thank the SPIRIT OF LOVE and the FATHER OF THE POOR.

Today’s game plan:

  1. The Holy Mass: <HERE> The words in this Gospel sit above our church tabernacle. Be present to Jesus as He is to us.
  2. Hearts That Are Burning Walk – Day 2: Updates on animachristiretreats.org.

Friday Night:

Adoration: 7-10 pm. LIVESTREAM (top of this page). Confessions. Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Come pray for workers and those in harms way.

We are in this together. Thanks for walking with my brother priests and me.

In Christ (with sore feet),

Fr. Dan

PS: During the walk, I realized how old I was … kept thinking of the words to the song TIGHTEN UP (but in reference to every muscle in my body). Then I asked them if they knew the song by Archie Bell and the Drells. NEGATIVE. So I played it for them. I’ll be cranking that song up (and others) as we make our way tomorrow. TIGHTEN UP NOW!

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29 April 2020

Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the church

Dear Brothers and Sisters.

So, we are off. Where we are going? Only the Holy Spirit knows. But, we will pray along the way and lift up your petitions. (We also each have a “silent card” that we can use anytime to call NO TALKING for 30 minutes).

This all started on Easter Sunday when Fr. Mario and I read an article about a man who ran 12 hours straight. We were both still living the EASTER DREAM and said, “We could do that.”

So that night, our conversation went from going to the National Shrine (9 miles) to going BACK and FORTH to Emmitsburg (108 miles). Going to bed that night after our conversation, it was still up and back to the Grotto.

During prayer the next morning, I said, “Hey man, let’s be honest. We can’t make it 108 miles without beating each other up. But we can make 54.” So the deal was struck: 54 miles.

Then, as we met priests, we invited them (Fr. Foggo and Fr. Ebuka) … hanging the carrot in front of them that it would be great and a chance to bond. (Fr. Ebuka is going for his penance … LOL) We are carrying 650 petitions. WOWZA.

Here is the day:

  1. Holy Mass: “Sir, give us this bread always.” <HERE>
  2. Hearts That Are Burning Walk – Day 1: Lord have mercy! Updates on animachristiretreats.org.

We will be praying for you folks. Great opportunity to visit Our Lady.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 



 

28 April 2020

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In my priesthood, I have taken many things for granted. For almost 20 years, I have lived in a rectory where the Blessed Sacrament was in the Chapel. I have visited often and freely – sometimes during the day and in the hours of the night when I felt called. For about 15 years, this monstrance has been in my tabernacle. The TRUE BREAD … Jesus. The Eucharist is the GIFT OF THE FATHER. Givers give. The Father gives His Son. During this time, I have been saying, “Sorry Jesus for not appreciating your PRESENCE.”  I pray for you in my chapel.

Here are the Gifts that the Father gives today:

  1. The Holy Mass: God gives His Son. You receive Him. Then you give Him to others. <HERE>
  2. Confession: Tonight from 5–7 pm in parking lot. Fr. Dan and Msgr. Hart.
  3. Hearts That Are Burning Walk for Hunger:  Tomorrow we walk. We added Fr. Ebuka from Holy Redeemer. He is a rookie. Guess who is paying for breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc.? You got it. The ROOK. Check animachristiretreats.org for intentions for each hour.

Friday:

Adoration: 7-10 pm. LIVESTREAM. Confessions. Meditations on St. Joseph. Prayer intention: Workers seeking employment and safety of workers.

Thanks so much everyone for your support for the walk to Our Lady. We are carrying over 500 petitions. WOWZA.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

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27 April 2020

Monday of the Third Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God bless you.

“Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, WHICH THE SON OF MAN WILL GIVE YOU.” Jn 6:27

What a promise God makes in the Gospel … we will receive HIS SON in the Eucharist again! Trust in God’s Word. Also, during this Eucharistic “fast,” apply this Gospel to your heart: “When you fast (even from the Eucharist – these are my words) do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance so that they may appear to others to be fasting … they have received their reward.” Mt 6:16  Remember, it is your choice to go through this time with a sad face or DEBBIE DOWNER attitude. (BTW, I know many are worried, but worry leads to sadness and sadness leads to discouragement which leads to not wanting to pray!)

Yesterday, as we closed with Benediction, there were 83 cars in the parking lot. The entire 24 hours was graced filled. MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 24 Hour Adoration in honor of our MOTHERS, Saturday, May 9-10. Plans being finalized. More information to come. If Mom is living, tell her that you will give her an hour of prayer that weekend. Don’t do flowers. They die. There are too many hungry MOMS in the world. I am also planning a food drive that weekend. Planning being finalized … and as Mom would say “just hold your horses.” Whatever that meant.

Monday Blessings:

  1. The Holy Mass: Maybe you can be like St. Stephen in the first reading. When accused, have the “face of an angel.” <HERE>
  2. Hearts That Are Burning Walk for Hunger: PLEASE DON’T WORRY EVERYONE. ONE OF US WILL MAKE IT HOME. (LOL) See AnimaChristiRetreats.org for petitions and support.

This Week:

Friday, May 1, Feast of St. Joseph the Worker: Adoration. Confessions from 7–10 pm. Parking lot. LIVESTREAM. THEME: All workers and those seeking work.

Yesterday was classic. Heard confessions all morning in the rain. Decide to put up tents. Didn’t rain after. Lol.

God bless you. Here we come MONDAY!

Fr. Dan

 

Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church Food Pantry could use your help. They were able to purchase a large quantity of food and will be distributing on Tuesdays. They have reached out to us for volunteer assistance and have added more dates to their sign-up to help them <HERE>. They need help bagging, set-up and clean-up, all of which can be done without contact with the general public.

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26 April 2020

Third Sunday of Easter

From the Staff of St. Andrew’s:  Thank you for showing the ‘luv’ to Father Dan, Msgr. Hart, Fr. Mario and our seminarians with your signs, pictures and notes which fill the pews. Such creativity! If you missed the opportunity to send yours in, there’s still room. Please email saabulletins@yahoo.com or drop in the COMPLETED ASSIGNMENTS bucket at the front door of the school (near the basketball hoops).

 

  1. Third Sunday of Easter Celebration of the Mass: <HERE>.
  2. Hearts That Are Burning Walk for Hunger: Petitions and support <HERE>.
  3. Drive-In Confessions: 8:30 am-12:30 pm.
  4. ADORATION: Continues until 5:00 pm. LIVESTREAM ABOVE.  Livestream Hours 9–11 am. Sunday.

 

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

24 Hour Adoration information is <HERE>.

 



 

25 April 2020

Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you St. Peter for putting into words what so many are feeling. “Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. RESIST HIM, STEADFAST IN FAITH.”

Many feel they are struggling with their faith and some are having a “tough time” with God. Do yourself a favor and tell God how you feel. Stop ruminating about it and bring it to Him. He will listen. Also, you have to give the Lord more time. It is not hard to encounter Christ. He is especially present but maybe you should engage in the following spiritual blessings today:

  1. Daily Mass: <HERE> Are you present or just there? FOCUS so you can receive grace.
  2. Hearts That Are Burning: 5 more days to send your petitions and support <HERE>. 22 miles is what we are thinking for DAY 1. Day 2 depends on DAY 1 (LOL).
  3. Confessions: 5–7 pm. Something so amazing about the Sacrament of Reconciliation being given in the rain … like Mercy cooling the sinner.
  4. ADORATION: 24 hours with Jesus. OUTSIDE. Jesus dealt with many storms in His ministry. What is one more? It is on. If it is raining, it is all the greater sacrifice. Come even in the rain. HE WILL BE THERE WAITING. Sign up to be an Adorer <HERE>. LIVESTREAM ABOVE  Livestream Hours are 5–7 p.m. Saturday and 9–11 am Sunday.

It is not a matter of simply loving God. Making a pilgrimage to the church to visit Jesus is necessary. If you are going to the store, then you can come to Adoration. If you have been out the last few weeks anywhere, and not come by the Church, then you have no excuse during this time of Adoration. Plus, you can go to confession. TWO for ONE. How good is God to us.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

24 Hour Adoration information is <HERE>.

 



 

24 April 2020

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what good are these for so many?”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Saints can have doubts at times. Look at our patron Andrew … “but what good are these for so many?”  Is it ok to ask Christ WHY? But, don’t answer the question yourself. Let Jesus tell you. He will always tell us what to do. He takes bread, blesses and offers. This miracle was a sign of the Eucharist.

Stop thinking about what you are giving up in not receiving the Eucharist (maybe like the boy – hey, that is my lunch, it’s all I got) and start encountering Christ now. Take your struggles, joys, worries, etc. and offer them to Christ. They do not remain just YOURS anymore. When given to Christ, they somehow become a grace to others.

Your ‘5 loaves and 2 fish’ for the day:

  1. Daily Mass: Offer to Christ in the Mass your loaves and fish … give both. <HERE>
  2. Confession Schedule:
    Today: 9:30-11:30 am
    Saturday: 5:00-7:00 pm
    Sunday: 8:30 am-12:30 pm
  3. Healing Mass with Fr. Mario and Fr. Dan: Tonight in Spanish. 7:00 pm. Check it out. Maybe in English one day. LIVESTREAM <HERE> or <HERE>.
  4. Stay with us, Jesus, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 24 Hours. Outdoor, weather permitting. LIVESTREAM. Saturday 5:00 pm–Sunday 5:00 pm. SIGN UP TO BE AN ADORER <HERE>.
  5. Hearts That Are Burning: Thanks, thanks, thanks. So many people supporting. WOWZA. PRAYERS, DONATIONS. <HERE>.

Have a holy Friday,

Fr. Dan

 

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

24 Hour Adoration information is <HERE>.

 

April 17 – April 23, 2020

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23 April 2020Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

“The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.”
John 3:34

Happy Thursday.

Thursday is always a great day in some small way to remember the Institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood. The Father loves the Son (we are in the Son) and has given everything (even this crazy time we are living in) over to Him. I wonder if you believe that? I do. The Father wants hearts focused on Him. Like Mrs. McClellan (my Kindergarten teacher) used to say, “1, 2, 3 … all eyes on me.” Now, that is a pearl of wisdom!!!

So here is the spiritual everything that the Father has given just for today:

  1. The Holy Mass : Everything that the Father has is given in the Eucharist.<HERE>
  2. Hearts That Are Burning: With this pilgrimage we are walking, sweating, praying and thanking (with your support). We are helping, feeding, supporting and loving others. <HERE>.
  3. Stay with us, Jesus, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 24 Hours. Outdoor, weather permitting. Saturday 5:00 pm–Sunday 5:00 pm. Sign up to be an adorer <HERE>. Fill the hours. Keep Jesus company. He is missing you.
  4. Confession Schedule for the weekend:
    Friday: 9:30-11:30 am
    Saturday: 5:00-7:00 pm
    Sunday: 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Go for it today. Don’t doubt God is with you. (BTW, these little pep talks are not only intended for you to get all emotionally fired up, but are to help you seize the day. CARPE DIEM.) Stop acting and feeling sad/sick/lonely and start living for Christ. He gave all He has to us. EVERYTHING. So open your hands today and receive it all.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

24 Hour Adoration information is <HERE>.

 



 

22 April 2020

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

Years ago, I used to see this sign held up at sporting events. It was behind home plate at baseball games, behind the hoop at basketball games or goal posts at football games. It was a big sign … JOHN 3:16.

So, as a kid, I looked it up because I did not know what it was – only to see these awesome words in John’s Gospel. As a 4th grader, I memorized that passage (because the Redskins won when I first saw it) and used to say it every time they had a big game. (DIDN’T HELP MUCH THE LAST FEW YEARS.) To this day, it has helped guide me to lead others to Christ. So, here is your mind exercise (i.e.: that is fancy word for homework): memorize the 27 words above. You can do it … don’t let your mind wither by watching negative news reports all day.

Gifts for you today:

  1. Holy Mass: Participate in the Mass <HERE> to know God’s love for the world.
    Confession: Parking lot from 5-7 pm. Love knows no ends for the sinner who receives His mercy.
  2. Hearts That Are Burning walk for hunger: Check out the animachristiretreats.org website to see how you can offer your SWEAT EQUITY to our 54 mile trek.
  3. STAY WITH US, JESUS – 24 Hour Adoration beginning Saturday night at 5pm: Weather permitting, it will be outdoors. All night. Jesus shining down the streets of SILVER SPRING. Be there or be square. Sign up <HERE> to commit to an hour of Adoration with the Lord.

Parental pearl of the day: Just because you have children and their hair is growing (and you own scissors or razor or weed trimmer) does not mean you have been gifted to cut hair. Just saying from a man whose mother assumed that cutting hair was a trial and error experience. Let them look like rag-a-muffins a few weeks longer (LOL).

In God’s Love,

Fr. Dan

 

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

24 Hour Adoration information is <HERE>.

 



 

 

21 April 2020

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God bless you.

I think that my Mom, if she had known the first line of today’s first reading, would have quoted it constantly … “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own.” This is a mother’s scriptural foundation for not fighting, not complaining and not bickering. Also, I bet my own Mom would have said that this is the reason why “hand-me-downs” are not so bad. My 2nd grade school picture: blue blazer (from Tim my bro), brown pants (from Mike my bro), yellow shirt (from neighbor that was 2 sizes too big), green tie (my choice, from dad’s closet) … that outfit never worked.

Blessings for the day:

  1. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Notice the Consecration and how the Eucharist is lifted up … focus on Christ under the form of bread and wine. Link <HERE>.
  2. Confessions:  Parking lot. You know the drill tonight. 5–7 p.m.
  3. Hearts That Are Burning walk for hunger: Thank you so much for helping us help the poor. Go to animachristiretreats.org website and support with prayer petitions and/or a pledge to help the poor.

Today we are invited by the Lord to have one heart and one mind. First, have a united mind and heart. Notice when they are not as one. It creates a lack of inner peace. Don’t be sad or discouraged because that divides your mind and heart. But, JOY unites mind and heart. Pray about it.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

P.S. Please plan on coming to the parish this Saturday night for 24 hours overnight Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. More information will be in tomorrow’s message. DATE NIGHT WITH JESUS? (Plus it costs nothing!)

 



 

20 April 2020

Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

These messages are about today and the days ahead, but before I go there, what a day yesterday (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY)! The parking lot was full for ADORATION and CONFESSION. In the parking lot closest to the school, almost 200 cars. In the parking lot (the one near the little dumpster) was where people were leaving their sins. OH the humor of God. Garbage and sin drop here!

I am taking some time today to pray for the upcoming days. I plan to listen to the Holy Spirit today.

Here are some graces for today:

  1. Holy Mass for Holy people <HERE>. Be present to HIS PRESENCE.
  2. Confessions for the week will be posted tomorrow.
  3. Hearts That Are Burning walk for hunger. Go to animachristiretreats.org website and support with prayer petitions and/or pledge to help the poor.
  4. 24X7 Prayer: If you have not committed to an hour of prayer, please go to the link <HERE> and commit to an hour to lift up the world.

I have been thinking that there is a question that you should ask. When we get through these CRAZY DAYS, what will people remember about you during this time? Were you a help or hindrance? Will people in your home remember this time as painful or grace-filled? Do God a favor – don’t make the virus all about you. If you ain’t sick, stop looking like you’re sick. There is too much work to do. Pray, call someone, pray, walk, run, pray, etc. CAPEESH?

Everyone deserves a clean slate each day. Don’t carry over negative feelings or emotions about a person from day-to-day. Remember, when you go to confession, the priest does not drudge up your old baggage. Are you holding onto something negative about yourself or another person that is preventing you from being free? ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT.

In His Graces,

Fr. Dan

 



 

 

19 April 2020

Sunday of Divine Mercy

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love (MERCY) is everlasting.” 

Psalm 118

My most profound encounter with Mercy in my life occurred during a confession with Fr. Benedict Groeschel. He was a Franciscan Friar, RIP, who seemed to look into hearts.

As I closed my litany of sins, he paused, grabbed his goatee (I guess that is what all holy dudes do) and said to me, “And what, my dear friend, will you ask the Lord on the day of your judgement?” Pause, Pause, the clock was ticking…I did not have a goatee to grab. After the 20 seconds that seemed like one of my Sunday homilies, he bailed me out and said in a holy voice, “MERCY … MERCY … MERCY.” Ask God today for Mercy … really! But mercy not only for you, but those who aggravate you, those that you don’t like or don’t love or don’t whatever. MERCY all around.

What can you expect from the MERCIFUL HEART OF JESUS today?

  1. Holy Mass: Pray and be present. Stand, sit, kneel if you can … I can’t see you but Jesus can. Link <HERE>,
  2. Confession: If these times don’t work for you, you are just too busy or you are hiding from Jesus:
    *  8:30 am–12:30 pm, Fr. Dan and Msgr. Hart
    *  1:00–4:00 pm, Msgr. Hart and Fr. Sam Plummer
  3. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 1:00–4:00 pm, Live Stream will be at the top of this page.
    *  Send in your petitions and I will read them aloud:  petitions@standrewapostle.org
    *  Kids choir pre-recorded a decade of DM Chaplet. We will play it at 3:00 pm. Pray with us.
  4. Hearts That Are Burning: Fr. Mario, Fr. Foggo, and I will be doing a 54 mile walk for hunger to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Emmitsburg. Watch the announcement after the Mass today. LOS TRES PADRES. (The THREE STOOGES.) Check out www.animachristiretreats.org. More information to come.

Yesterday, I baptized three kiddos. Quite profound … sin washed away. Children adopted into God. God dwells in three more little ones. ANOTHER VICTORY FOR JESUS (three victories) over the virus!

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 



 

18 April 2020

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Now, if there were ever a Gospel line that does not apply during this virus, it would have to be “Go into the whole world (but you can’t travel) and proclaim (with a mask on) the Gospel to every creature (keeping social distance).” (LOL!)

But, that does not mean that you can’t reach out in prayer to the whole world. God’s Divine Mercy will heal the souls in need … so ask the Lord to show Mercy to all the souls in need.

Today’s gifts for you:

  1. The Holy Mass: Stay focused during the Mass. I know it is not the same, but God sees into your heart as you unite with the Mass. Link <HERE>.
  2. Divine Mercy Novena:  Last day, so finish with love. Link <HERE>.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
April 19, 2020

  1. Confessions: Tons of chances for tons of sinners. A double header of graces. 8:30 am–Noon and 1:00–3:30 pm.
  2. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 1:00-4:00 pm. Live stream at the top of this page. Send in your prayer petitions to petitions@standrewapostle.org. These names will be prayed before the Blessed Sacrament.

Classic photo emailed to me … right before bed I guess. A picture of a little boy with a bottle hanging from the side of his mouth with tears coming down his face, in his “onesie” jammies, pointing at me on the TV as I offer the Mass. Mom writes, “Fr. Dan, you made my boy cry”. I write, “Nice try Mama Bear. You made him cry. He just misses me”. (BAMMM!)

GET GOING TODAY. DON’T LOSE THE GRACES OF SMILING TODAY.

Fr. Dan

 



 

17 April 2020

Friday in the Octave of Easter

“…it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in His name this man stands before you healed.”

Dear People of God,

More or less a month ago we received word of the “BIG Q” (quarantine). I want to share some reminders to keep you focused:

  1. God is in charge so live knowing that this virus will be conquered by the VICTORY of Jesus. Every time you say the word virus, I challenge you to say “Victory of Jesus” soon thereafter.
  2. You are not alone … single, married, divorced, young or old…INVITE the Lord into your heart and home… “Come Lord Jesus and be with me.”
  3. Stay focused on moments of love and grace in your life. There are so many. Don’t just count the struggles.
  4. Exercise: your mind (read a good book); your heart (tell Jesus you love Him); your body (take a walk); your mouth (say grace filled comments and eat a few Easter goodies).
  5. Participate in the Mass as if this were YOUR FIRST MASS, LAST MASS and ONLY MASS.

Friday Mercies:

  1. Holy Mass: Link <HERE>
  2. Confessions: 10 am–Noon; 5 pm–6:45 pm
  3. Adoration tonight: 7–9 pm. Church parking lot. Live Stream (at the top of this page).
  4. Novena of Divine Mercy: Link <HERE>

“… it was in the Name of Jesus Christ …” That is your mantra for the day – in His name: I rise, I smile, I serve, I help, I am patient, etc. … Imagine what you can do in His Name. Now, go and do it.

AMEN. ALLELUIA. In His Name,

Fr. Dan

 

24X7 Perpetual Prayer continues <HERE>.

 

 

APRIL 10 – APRIL 16, 2020

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16 April 2020Thursday in the Octave of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Tell me if you can see yourself or anyone in your home asking this question that Jesus asked today: “Have you anything here to eat?” Seriously, how many times have you thought or been asked that question? But, don’t forget the first comment that Christ offers to the disciples – Peace be with you.”

Please see the blessings for today’s peace train:

  1. Holy Mass: <HERE>
  2. Divine Mercy Chaplet/Novena: <HERE>
  3. Confessions:
    • Today 10:00 am-Noon and 5:00-7:00 pm, Fr. Dan and Msgr. Hart
    • Friday 10:00 am-Noon and 5:00-6:45 pm, Fr. Dan and Msgr. Hart
  1. Friday Night Grace:  We will host Adoration tomorrow night from 7:00-9:00 pm in the parking lot with live streaming on our website. Theme: Trust in His Presence.

Divine Mercy Sunday

  1. Confessions: 8:30 am-12:30 pm and  1:00-3:30 pm.
  2. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 1:00-3:45 pm. LIVE STREAMED ABOVE.
  3. Chaplet Sung: (pre-recorded) at 3:00 pm.

St. Andrew’s has offered a Mass with Healing Prayers on Divine Mercy Sunday the last few years. Since the Mass will be offered privately this year, I want to pray for your intentions by actually naming your loved ones (living and deceased) in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Please email your private petitions to: petitions@standrewapostle.org. I will speak only the names of the people you wish me to pray for, the current sick and recently deceased into the microphone. I hope to help the sick feel less alone, and say the names of the souls for Jesus’ Mercy.

Please receive the permission of the people you wish me to pray for. You can email names to me until Sunday at noon (at petitions@standrewapostle.org ONLY). Please be aware that I cannot say what they are in need of, but let us trust that God knows. If you wish only their first name and not their last name, that is fine. But, the point is, I wish to present the sick and needy before Jesus just like I would when praying over them at a Healing Mass.

Finally, I know that many wish to fulfill the obligations of DM Sunday. In light of our current situation, you can adjust by making a confession this week or next. (If you are unable to do that, make a sincere Act of Contrition). Secondly, since receiving the Eucharist is not possible, make a Spiritual Communion. As Jesus told St. Faustina, “On DM Sunday, the very depths of My tender mercy are open …”

Remember we are living at a time that is absolutely so unique. But then, so are the graces.

Onward and upward future saints,

Fr. Dan

 

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15 April 2020

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way …” 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

A pastor’s dream. Hearts burning for Christ. A parish full of hearts burning for Jesus. This takes commitment to make this happen, but it is possible. Some are like the two disciples on the road in today’s Gospel: looking sad, confused, discouraged. But, (not that you asked) I am totally convinced that Jesus is walking along with us. His appearance is just not that clear (YET) because he looks like a stranger. But, He is the one that opens up new insights and graces in our hearts.

Here is what I see “the only visitor” (Lk 24:18) doing in many hearts:

  1. He is increasing people’s love for HIS PRESENCE through the ABSENCE of receiving Holy Communion.
  2. Many Spiritual Communions are being offered every day.
  3. Many are participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – (even in pj’s). Great image I was sent: Young Mom with baby watching Mass. Baby snoozing away … with comment: “Your homily had a huge impact on my child.” (LOL)
  4. Confessions are being offered to relieve the hearts on fire with sin, anger, lust etc.

Mother Teresa said it once so well to her tired sisters as they walked the rough streets of Calcutta: “Can you take one more step for Jesus?”  Can you offer one more day of prayer? One more smile in your home? One more act of kindness? Can I eat one more row of Oreos? WE CAN!

Recipe for hearts con fuego:

  1. Holy Mass:  <HERE>
  2. Divine Mercy Chaplet/Novena: <HERE>
  3. Confessions:
    Today, Thursday, and Friday, 10:00 am – Noon and 5:00-7:00 pm, Fr. Dan and Msgr. Hart
    Sunday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Fr. Dan and Msgr. Hart
  4. 24X7 Perpetual Prayer: If you did not sign up before, we have been offering up the burning incense of prayer non stop. Are you praying with us? If not, will you commit to one hour per week? We need you. <HERE>

One more step for Jesus … ALLELUIA!

Fr.  Dan

 



 

14 April 2020

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

HE IS (STILL) RISEN, ALLELUIA … so show others you believe it.

Jesus can really be confusing. Mary Magdalene (MM) is told “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.” Now, do you really think she understood? Do we? She had walked to the tomb in the dark. So now we must be like her. Not clinging to what we expect from Jesus but to what He tells us.

Take a few minutes today and imagine that you are MM and Jesus is giving you the HEISMAN TROPHY POSE (i.e. the get-off-me pose). What would you have done? A. Would you have continued to hold onto Him? B. Would you have stormed off like a rejected child? C. (Choose this option.) Would you have gotten up, looked your JESUS in the eye and said, “I’m outta here. I got some news to share and hope to offer?”

If we have really seen the Lord, then here is your HONEY-DO list for the day:

1. Holy Mass <HERE>: The only one who gets to weep in the Mass is MM.

2. Divine Mercy Chaplet/Novena <HERE>: Keep praying as Mercy is falling from His Heart.

3. Confessions: We will be offering many opportunities for confession. You know the deal – outside, mask, social distance, sinner, sin, mercy, healing, freedom … REPEAT in a few weeks. (LOL)

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 am-Noon and 5:00-7:00 pm, Fr. Dan and Msgr. Hart

Sunday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Fr. Dan and Msgr. Hart

4. Divine Mercy Sunday (April 19): Adoration of Jesus from 1:00-4:00 pm. If there is good weather, it will be outside in the parking lot. Inclement weather will mean the priest (me) is in the church and you are live streaming. More to come tomorrow.

So, I close … imagine … CHARIOTS OF FIRE theme song playing … and there you are as Mary Magdalene runs by you … RUN, MARY, RUN.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 



 

13 April 2020

Monday in the Octave of Easter

“And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.”
(Mt. 28:9)

Easter Monday is a day of joy. He is moving. Jesus is greeting people on the way. So, we have to keep looking for Him. It is not a game of hide and seek. He wants to be found. Start strong today … not in sadness but JOY.

Here is the deal for today:

  1. The Holy Mass <HERE> … Flowers. Gloria. ALLELUIA (2X). Got to love how Jesus starts giving orders to Mary Magdalene … “Go tell my brothers …” She just arrived at the tomb, and then she’s running a missionary errand for Jesus.
  2. Divine Mercy Chaplet/Novena <HERE> … stay strong. MERCY, MERCY, MERCY.

Simple thought of the day: If the tomb is empty, do you have hope?

He is Risen,

Fr. Dan

P.S. Tomorrow’s message will have the confession schedule and spiritual talks. My body is either in “post 45 starburst and 12 Oreo cookies mode” or I am just tired. Either way – Jesus is Risen and that is all that matters.

Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church Food Pantry could use your help. They were able to purchase a large quantity of food and will be distributing on Tuesdays. They have reached out to us for volunteer assistance and have added more dates to help them. The Signup is <HERE>. They need help bagging, set-up and clean-up, all of which can be done without contact with the general public.

 



 

12 April 2020

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

“O truly necessary sin of Adam … destroyed completely by the Death of Christ.”

(Easter Proclamation)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

He is Risen!

What a Lent this has been. Now that I am on my 4th coke and 19th starburst I guess it is time for me to get back to business. So my reflection is below:

I believe that we are at halftime of this pandemic battle. The Triduum was the Coach’s pep talk. But now comes LENT II. That is right all you LENT LOVERS. I feel in my heart that for the first time in my 31 years of life (LOL), I now see Lent differently. I believe that the evil one is going to mock Christians more than ever after today. WHY? Here is what I hear in my prayer: “If your Christ is so great and can come out of a tomb, how come you still have to wear a mask?”

I believe that now you and I have to make the decision to live this Lent differently. Before it was an obligation, but now is it LOVE. In the first Lent, I chose my sacrifices and mortifications. In Lent II, Christ is choosing. In Lent 1, it was 40 days and I wore purple. In Lent II, it will be 50 days (to Pentecost) and I will wear white. Lent I – no Gloria at Mass and very subdued. Lent II must be lived in the joy of the GLORIA and great hope. I hope I am clear. More than ever, the choice to love Christ and His Church is no longer just an obligation but a choice. And in my heart, I hear – to be a saint, you must choose Christ, love, joy and hope.

Today’s graces:

  1. Easter Sunday Mass: <HERE>
  2. Divine Mercy Chaplet/Novena, Day 3: <HERE>
  3. The church is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. No more than 10 in the church and proper social distancing please.

I will pray to discern what God is asking from me for you in the coming days, but I feel called to let you know that I will continue the following until Pentecost:

  1. Daily Mass: I will offer the Holy Sacrifice each day and post it on our website and send the link in our Flocknote.
  2. Confessions: They will be offered just as these past 10 days. Outside. Masked. Social Distance. Cold. Hot. YOU GOT SINS? JESUS HAS MERCY. I will post days starting this week. I hope you keep me busy.
  3. Meditations:  I’ll offer talks and meditations for men, women and couples. I have to ask the HS what He wants me to do.
  4. Divine Mercy Sunday:  I will be offering Adoration from 1-4 pm next Sunday. Live Stream.
    If the weather is nice, there will be Adoration in the parking lot. If it is inclement weather, I will be in the Church (just me and Jesus – still jealous?) More information to come this week.
  5. Stations of the Cross:  If you were unable to walk with Jesus during Lent, still come anytime. Outside, by the side of the rectory, or online <HERE>.

So, to answer the question that many have asked … Now what? For me – I am not stopping. I hope you won’t either. The evil one is very patient. He wants us to give up our mortifications and spiritual programs. Don’t. It is only halftime. I’m choosing to continue. Now it’s up to you. What will you choose?

Thanks Jesus – what a great Lent. Thank you Jesus for finding a WAY for your Mercy to be shown, TRUTH communicated, and LIFE poured out.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”
Coach Vince Lombardi often said at halftime to his team.

 



 

 

11 April 2020

Holy Saturday

“Christ became obedient for us, even unto death, death on a Cross.”  Phil 2:8

These words speak to the truth of today.  Imagine – the love of Christ – to go into hell (in obedience) – to bring back to life those who have died.

Here we go with the graces:

  1. The Church abstains from Holy Mass today waiting to celebrate the Resurrection. I have not prepared an Easter Vigil Mass…you need to wait until 6:30 am on Easter Sunday.
  2. Confessions: If Msgr., Fr. Mario and I – freezing outside yesterday – is not enough to get some of you big sinners back to the Sacrament, maybe JESUS’ MERCY is….look at these options:
    • 8:30 – 11:00 am    Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart (as needed)
    • 2:00 – 5:00 pm      Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart (as needed) DON’T COME at 4:55 pm or you’ll make me sin!
  1. Mercy Meditations: Day two of my daily meditations along with the DIVINE MERCY NOVENA (sung), available each day until Divine Mercy Sunday. Link <HERE>.
  2. The church will be open for private prayer from 8 am to 8 pm.

Well, it wasn’t the Lent I had planned. I had given up outdoor Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and DRIVE THRU CONFESSIONS (LOL) … but God in His Love for me decided that I would not need to give them up this Lent. He is so good to you and me.

Finally, get ready for the Resurrection tomorrow. Sing (if you can) a song, take a walk, and laugh at the devil. TODAY, in the middle of the boxing ring, the right arm of Jesus is held up and the announcement is made for all to hear: “THE WINNER!”

In silence we wait for the stone to move…listen in your prayer….it will happen today.

Fr. Dan

 



 

 

10 April 2020

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”

Luke 23:46

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We have called this day Good for many reasons, but maybe most because we honor Love today. So, though they chanted CRUCIFY HIM that day on Calvary, we can silence that mockery with LET US LOVE HIM.

Graces available today:

  1. Confessions: Do not be afraid. Mercy is flowing. Masks, social distancing, sinners, FORGIVENESS. Why wait?
    8:30 – 11:00 am    Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart (as needed)
    2:00 – 5:00 pm      Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart (as needed)
    7:00 – 9:00 pm      Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart (as needed)
  2. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be posted <HERE> at 6:00 pm.
  3. Mercy Meditations: A daily meditation along with the DIVINE MERCY NOVENA (sung) will be available each day until Divine Mercy Sunday <HERE>.

Speaking of Divine Mercy Sunday, since there will be no public Mass offered, know that there are plans for Adoration that day. Plans are still being discerned from the Holy Spirit. He is always speaking. Sometimes, I am a wee bit slow!

Today, we fast and pray. But, I invite you to do something different – remain joyful and at peace. The greatest mockery of the devil is to think that Good Friday is only about death and loss. It is primarily about love and victory.

Behold, thy Mother (Mary)…Behold thy son (that is you).

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

Stations of the Cross Reflections with Father Larry Swink and Father Dan Leary on the Sacred Heart Parish website are <HERE>.

Born for This, a dramatic interpretation of the Stations of the Cross, would normally be performed by the children of Saint Andrew’s today. Please enjoy an encore of last year’s performance:

 

 

APRIL 3 – APRIL 9, 2020

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9 April 2020

Holy Thursday

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Knowing that his hour had come…” Holy Thursday begins this hour.

I have read that some have locked the Church. Some have said it to me referring to their parish (not here!). But, they are not right. The Church is not locked. It can never be locked. Today, priests are still offering the Holy Sacrifice. Tabernacle lamps are still lit. People are still serving….THE CHURCH IS NOT LOCKED.

Today is a day of mercy:

  1. Confessions: (outdoors – drive through). 8:30-11:00 am, 2:00-5:00 pm, 8:30-11:50 pm. Priests will be located in the parking lot in front of the Rectory. Follow the directions of our volunteers. Don’t cut in line or your penance will be double.
  2. Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be posted on our website homepage <HERE> at 6:00 pm. Participate as if you were at the side of Jesus…or kneeling in front of our altar.
  3. Outdoor Altar of Repose with the Blessed Sacrament will be from 8:00-11:50 pm. Adoration from your car (drive-in/stay in your car). Volunteers will direct you. Come and pray with the Lord. Keep watch with him. Fr. Mario has invited our parishioners from the mission….one big family. Adoration will also be live streamed at the top of this webpage.

Msgr. Hart and I will offer the Mass for the seminarians at 5:30 pm in the chapel of the rectory. We will be praying for you. Join in prayer – no matter where you are. Keep praying for your priests.

Jesus asks, “Do you realize what I have done for you?” Yes, Lord, we do. You became sin so that we could become the children of God. AMEN.

As I said, Christ and His Church can never be locked.

Happy Holy Thursday,

Fr. Dan, Msgr. Hart and Fr. Mario

 

Stations of the Cross Reflections with Father Larry Swink and Father Dan Leary on the Sacred Heart Parish website are <HERE>.

 



 

8 April 2020

Wednesday of Holy Week

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God bless you.

This is important…ready? “It ain’t over yet.” Yes, today is the last day I wear purple. But, now we have to get on our walking shoes and follow Him…into the Upper Room; into the Garden; up to Calvary. Keep up with Him. If you follow the leader, you will truly encounter His Love. Can’t you just hear these words said by those following – “Yes, I do know the man”.

Gifts from God today:

  1. Mass(link <HERE>)
  2. ConfessionsIt is gonna be a nice day. No excuses. Confessing your sins today or this week allows His Mercy to quench the thirst of the Body of Christ. Today:
    • 8:30-11:00 am
    • 2:00-5:00 pm
    • 7:00-9:00 pm

Holy Thursday:

  1. Confessions will be outdoors near the rectory. Look for volunteers to direct you.
    • 8:30-11:00 am
    • 2:00-5:00 pm
    • 8:30 pm-12 am
  1. Holy Thursday Mass will air starting at 6:00 pm. From 8:00 pm-12:00 am, you can come to adore the Lord in the garden. The Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the tabernacle (not the Monstrance) outside as we have had drive-in Adoration.

So, back to the “it ain’t over” part. The Lord and the Church need you in the journey still. Videos and talks will continue after Lent/Easter. Spread the word. Until we are gathered in the parish, Adoration and confessions will continue like we’ve been doing during Lent. And, sorry folks, so will these messages.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

Stations of the Cross Reflections with Father Larry Swink and Father Dan Leary on the Sacred Heart Parish website are <HERE>.

 



 

7 April 2020

Tuesday of Holy Week

Dear Brothers and Sisters –

Based on the weather report, I may have to cancel one or more of the confession sessions scheduled (below). If we have to cancel, I will call it 30 minutes prior to the session and we will post it here on our website.

  1. Mass: (link <HERE>)
  2. Confessions: Follow signs and cones. Remain in your car until directed to a priest. Park near the priest.
    • 8:30-11:00 am    Fr. Dan and Msgr. Hart (as needed)
    • 2:00-5:00 pm      Fr. Dan, Fr. Mario, and Msgr. Hart (as needed): Suspended at 3:15 due to rain
    • 7:00-9:00 pm      Fr. Dan, Fr. Mario, and Fr. Ivan Suspended at 8:15 due to rain
  1. Stations of the Cross outside: Stations have been moved to along the left side of the Rectory. Bring your own booklet or find a link to use on your phone. I’ve included one <HERE>.
  2. The church remains open for private prayer from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (social distancing please and no more than 10 in the church at one time).

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

Stations of the Cross Reflections with Father Larry Swink and Father Dan Leary on the Sacred Heart Parish website are <HERE>.

 



 

6 April 2020

Monday of Holy Week

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God bless you.

It worked…drive in/through confessions. (LOL)

Calling all sinners. Time for CPR: C (confess), P (penance), R (reconciliation). Here are the times:

Tuesday and Wednesday

  1. Confessions. Once you enter the church circle driveway, follow signs and cones to the next in line.
    • 8:30 – 11:00 am Fr. Dan and Msgr. Hart (as needed)
    • 2:00 – 5:00 pm  Fr. Dan, Fr. Mario, and Msgr Hart (as needed)
    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm  Fr. Dan, Fr. Mario, and Fr. Ivan
  2. Stations of the Cross outside. The seminarians moved the stations from behind the ELC to the side of the rectory. Come pray the stations. Keep social distance. Bring your own booklet or find link to use on your phone. I’ve included one <HERE>.
  3. Mass. The Mass will be posted tomorrow as usual. You are blessed with two messages today…you are most welcome.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

Drive In/Through Stations

Follow the signs and cones to the next in line (veer to the left at the school).

The line forms at the end of the cones. Volunteers will direct you to confession.

 

Stations of the Cross

Now located behind the Rectory and up the hill thanks to the work of Fr. Mario (not!) and the seminarians. There is plenty of room to social distance between the stations or pray in front of Our Blessed Mother at the top of the hill.

 

“…the house was filled with the fragrance of oil.”

Those words from today’s Gospel are words of intense mercy and compassion. The “house” could also be a symbol of this woman’s soul. Christ was forgiving her in public. This week, the priests will be offering many opportunties for the Mercy of Christ. Christ awaits to fill your heart with the fragrance of mercy.

  1. Mass (<HERE>)
  2. Confessions – After a full day of confessions Sunday, there will be a change of procedures today. Remain in your car until directed to a priest. Park near the priest. Once absolved, drive off and do penance away from the “confessional.” (If more than one person is in your car, then crank up some music so those in the car can’t hear you say their name or read your lips). This is a week of great graces…honestly, I personally feel that Christ is calling many back to Him. I hope they TRUST.
    • 8:30 – 11:00 am  Fr. Dan (Msgr if needed)
    • 2:00 – 5:00 pm   Fr. Dan and Fr. Mario (if needed)
    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm   Fr. Dan and Fr. Mario

All of the priests of the Archdiocese would normally be with the Archbishop today, Monday of Holy Week, to renew our promises. Pray for your priests to be saints. Holy. Sacrificial. Free. Joyful.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

Stations of the Cross Reflections with Father Larry Swink and Father Dan Leary on the Sacred Heart Parish website are <HERE>.

Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church Food Pantry could use your help. They were able to purchase a large quantity of food and will be distributing on Tuesdays starting this week. They have reached out to us for volunteer assistance. They need help bagging, set-up and clean-up, all of which can be done without contact with the general public. The first date is Tuesday, April 7 from 4:00-6:00 pm. The Signup is <HERE>. Other dates and times will be added.

 



 

5 April 2020

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

“Like the crowds who acclaimed Jesus in Jerusalem,

let us go forth in peace.”

These are the words (normally) proclaimed today at the back of each Church. Though not proclaimed today, they can be lived by each of you … go forth in peace!

Spend time today with your family – either in person, on the phone or Skype. And then, get ready, sing them a song…yup, one of the most classic songs ever written. Yesterday, Bill Withers died…”Lean on me”. Everyone knows it. If you don’t, I give you permission to look it up. Sing it to someone…really. I have heard that song countless times, I heard it just now, thinking of how Christ says to me (and I hope you) “lean on me when you’re not strong” and “I’ll help you carry on”.

PALM SUNDAY BLESSINGS:

  1. Mass (link <HERE>).
  2. Confessions: 8:30 am-12:30 pm; parking lot; Msgr. and I. It will work like the drop off line for school. If you don’t know what that means, just follow the cones and the little green plastic guys that are spaced in between the cones. Volunteers will point you where to go. Stay in your car until motioned forward. It works. I heard them today. (I will also hear confessions this week…just need to plan my naps first!)
  3. Food Drive – all day today (information below).

Don’t forget, put a branch or piece of fern on your outside doors. Tape it. Nail it. Bless it with holy water.

Jesus still comes into homes and hearts today!  Move over virus, the carpenter’s Son is on the move.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

LEAN ON ME….(sorry it is in my head)

Lenten Food Drive All Day Sunday
We continue to collect food for the hungry families in our local community through our Lenten Food Drive. Give if you are able. Drop donations in the Suburban parked near the grass by the Rectory or in tubs outside any time today or tonight.

Stations of the Cross Reflections with Father Larry Swink and Father Dan Leary on the Sacred Heart Parish website are <HERE>.

 



 

4 April 2020

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Dear People of God,

Peace of Christ.

Do you know what N.F.W. means? (I didn’t think so, because I made it up). NEWS FREE WEEKEND. Are you up for it? Starting right now…until Sunday night at midnight. Approved: phone calls and texts to love ones and work. Rejected: scrolling, Facebook, snap-something etc. I dare you (said in an intimidating voice). I double dare you (said in your mom’s voice when you got on her last nerve!).

Saturday’s Spiritual Workout:

  1. Mass (link <HERE>)
  2. Confessions
    • Saturday: 11 am–1 pm. Parking lot. You will see me…I will be the guy with the purple stole on!
    • Sunday: 8:30 am–12:30 pm. Parking lot. Msgr. and I will be “parked” on the field. Again, look for the guys with the purple stoles on!
  3. Drive-In Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 7–9 pm. Live Streamed (Check out the top of this page). Just before Benediction, I will process the Eucharist in rows near cars to bless you. Fill the parking lot. Make me work hard. (I am not carrying the 6 footer…I would not make it!)

Palm Sunday Mass tomorrow has music. (Not me. Sorry!)

There is nothing more contagious in the world at this time than joy and love. (It is not that other thing that people keep talking about!) Hope you agree.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

Lenten Food Drive Saturday 9 a.m. – Sunday Night
We will again be collecting food for the hungry families in our local community through our Lenten Food Drive. Give if you are able. Drop donations in the suburban parked near the grass by the Rectory or in tubs outside any time these two days.

 



 

3 April 2020

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Dear TGIF people of God,

Yes, it is Friday.  Come on – get your sackcloth and locusts (no honey, sorry) ready for a day of grace.

Here is the most asked question of the Silver Spring area: What are you doing from 7–9 p.m. tonight – being Friday and all? (Pick one.)

  1. Respond to emails and texts that never seem to end?
  2. Watch ESPN discuss whether the Skins should trade their #2 choice for the 234234234th time?
  3. Come and pray (FROM YOUR CAR) in front of Jesus in the Eucharist and receive many graces?

If you picked #3, then I will see you sometime from 7-9 pm tonight. Or LIVE STREAM it (not in jammies – it is only 7 pm) and pray with us. BTW, ADORATION as we are offering it, is allowed. Private prayer in the church will close at 7:00 pm

GRACES OF THE DAY

  1. Mass (Link above.)
  2. Reflections (Posted at 7 pm on the Anima Christi Retreats and The Holy Ruckus websites.)
  3. Adoration (Drive-In AND Live stream; 7-9 p.m.; you may view this at the top of this page.)

What keeps you from smiling and laughing and loving? As far as I have read, this virus does not affect JOY. Pray about it.

Fr. Dan

 

MARCH 27 – APRIL 2, 2020

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2 April 2020
Thursday of the Fifth Week of LentDear Brothers and Sisters,You have homework today – read the first reading of the Mass (Genesis 17:3-9) then submit a 10-page meditation. PSYCH – it is April Fools as I write this. Notice that three times the Lord God says the word covenant which is a big word from God to mean “I GOT YOU!”  Question of the day: IF GOD GOT YOU … YOU GOT GOD?Graces available for you today include:

  1. Daily Mass
  2. Reflections men and women (7:00 pm; Anima Christi Retreats & The Holy Ruckus):
    • Women’s Reflections – FACING JERUSALEM
      • Wednesday: John 12:12-19
      • Thursday: Luke 18:35-19:10
      • Friday: Mark 11:1-7
    • Men’s Reflections – Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia (From the Beginning of Our Priesthood) Encyclical <HERE>.
      • Wednesday: The Priest and His Mission
      • Thursday: The Priest and the Eucharist
      • Friday: The Priest and Zeal
  1. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. LIVE STREAM. 7:00 pm. I will offer points of meditation. See parish website. Please join Jesus as we ask the Father for Mercy and Grace. We must remain with Him. Reminder: Just me and Jesus. Church closes at 6 pm. for private prayer.

Finally, I received this great video from the Sisters of Mary in Honduras. The girls wrote the song. It is well worth the time to watch this (2:35). They wrote this for those who need to know…”DON’T GIVE UP, WE LOVE YOU”.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

 

 

Stations of the Cross Reflections with Father Larry Swink and Father Dan Leary on the Sacred Heart Parish website are <HERE>.

 



 

1 April 2020

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

God bless you St. Andrew Apostle! Christ is proclaimed.

God has been so good to us. He is loving us during this experience. Don’t mumble. Don’t murmur. Look for the beauty in how God got YOUR ATTENTION!

Here is the schedule for the day and the day ahead:

  1. Daily Mass – available on the homepage of the Saint Andrew’s website in Parish Chronicle <HERE>.
  2. Tonight – I am offering meditations posted at 7:00 pm on Anima Christi Retreats and The Holy Ruckus. A simple way to walk with Christ into Holy Week.

Women’s Reflections – FACING JERUSALEM

      • Wednesday: John 12:12-19
      • Thursday: Luke 18:35-19:10
      • Friday: Mark 11:1-7

Men’s Reflections – Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia (From the Beginning of Our Priesthood) The Encyclical is <HERE>.

      • Wednesday: The Priest and His Mission
      • Thursday: The Priest and the Eucharist
      • Friday: The Priest and Zeal
  1. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Thursday night from 7:00 – 9:00 pm LIVE STREAM ONLY. You can watch at the top of this page. (Sorry – just me and Jesus in the church – JEALOUS??) Theme: Will You Also Leave?

Finally, you know that you have to do what YOU CAN to help yourself and others. The poor have it worse! They still lack food, water and medications. So…don’t get in God’s way today by feeling sad or sorry or abandoned or afraid. God has this. It is just a question of whether you will trust the Lord enough to let Him be GOD.

In Christ,

Fr. Dan

 

Stations of the Cross Reflections with Father Larry Swink and Father Dan Leary on the Sacred Heart Parish website are <HERE>.

 



 

31 March 2020

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

  • 24×7 Parish Perpetual Prayer information is <HERE>.
  • The Parish homepage with daily Mass videos (Parish Chronicle) and Father Dan Leary’s weekly meditations on the Sunday readings (Pastor’s Corner) is <HERE>.
  • Stations of the Cross Reflections with Father Larry Swink and Father Dan Leary on the Sacred Heart Parish website are <HERE>.
  • Father Dan’s At-Home Retreats on The Holy Ruckus website are <HERE>.
  • Father Dan’s At-Home Retreats on the Anima Christi Retreats website are <HERE>.
  • The Faith Direct website for financial support of our parish is <HERE>

 

God bless you my brothers and sisters,

Happy Tuesday from the FRATERNITY of SIGMA ALPHA ALPHA….We are all good. We are praying.

You are so in my heart. I am praying lots…a few hours a day. And guess what? I am awake for about 10 minutes of that prayer time! MIRACLE.

  1. Daily Mass – see link above.
  2. FACING JERUSALEM – I will post a talk each night at 7:00 pm on Anima Christi Retreats and The Holy Ruckus from Wednesday to Friday night this week (April 1-3). One track for men and one for women. Short. Concise. And sure to make little sense.
  3. Confessions – on hold in the Church for now. If you are want to exercise and walk to the Church to pray, email me if you want to go to confession. We can walk in the parking lot…all the while chopping off a few calories and sins. TWO for ONE!

As my grade school basketball coach you to say…FINISH STRONG. Never knew what he meant. But, since I remembered it, pray about it.

Peace,

Fr. Dan

 



 

30 March 2020

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

  • 24×7 Parish Perpetual Prayer information is <HERE>.
  • The Parish homepage with daily Mass videos (Parish Chronicle) and Father Dan Leary’s weekly meditations on the Sunday readings (Pastor’s Corner) is <HERE>.
  • Stations of the Cross Reflections with Father Larry Swink and Father Dan Leary on the Sacred Heart Parish website are <HERE>.
  • Father Dan’s At-Home Retreats on The Holy Ruckus website are <HERE>.
  • Father Dan’s At-Home Retreats on the Anima Christi Retreats website are <HERE>.
  • The church will be open for private prayer from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

 



 

29 March 2020

Fifth Sunday of Lent

  • A video recording of the Bilingual Holy Hour with Father Dan Leary and Father Mario Majano that was held at our Spanish mission, Mision San Andres Apostol, is <HERE>.
  • 24×7 Parish Perpetual Prayer information is <HERE>.
  • The Parish homepage with daily Mass videos (Parish Chronicle) and Father’s weekly meditations on the Sunday readings (Pastor’s Corner) is <HERE>.

 

Happy Sunday Brothers and Sisters,

Here are the spiritual offerings for today:

  1. Confessions – 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
  2. The church will be open for private prayer from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  3. Drive-In Adoration. 5:00 pm/Exposition; 6:45 pm/Benediction.  This will be live-streamed at the top of this page.  Remain in your car. Those blessed to be in the front will be asked to move after a time to allow others that grace as well. Please share the wealth. Fr. Mario and our Mission community will have the opportunity to also have Adoration tomorrow immediately following ours, so please be aware and hospitable as we transition from our Adoration to theirs at 7:00 pm.
  4. Stations of the Cross Retreat. Father Swink from Sacred Heart Parish in LaPlata, MD has invited me to participate in recording meditative Stations of the Cross for the 14 days leading up to Good Friday. Father Larry and I will give daily reflections. Videos will be updated daily on Sacred Heart’s Website <HERE>.

Flocknotes (our email system) is overwhelmed. During this time, what normally takes a little bit of time to load is now taking longer. Be patient. Besides folks, it’s not like you have anywhere else to go ….

Be at peace.

God bless you,

Fr. Dan

 



 

28 March 2020

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

  • The Parish homepage with daily Mass videos is <HERE>.
  • 24×7 Parish Perpetual Prayer continues. Information is <HERE>.
  • Confessions will be offered today from 9:00am to Noon.
  • Tonight’s Drive-In Adoration is postponed due to weather. It will be rescheduled to Sunday from 5:00-7:00pm.
  • The recorded video from last night’s Adoration is <HERE>.
  • The church will be open for private prayer from 8:00am to 7:00pm.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace of Christ.

Here’s What’s Happen’g at St. Andrew’s:

TONIGHT/ SATURDAY, MARCH 28

  • ADORATION …Cancelled tonight. (RAIN RAIN GO AWAY…I am holy, but not that holy to be near electric wires in the rain). LIVE STREAM was total success last night.
  • So what’s up tonight…pray, play and thank God that this virus does not “own” us. We are Catholics…Christ overcame death. He won. This will pass. We will win!
  • Did you knowwww.animachristiretreats.org has other Lenten meditations that I’ve given … to complete your Saturday night?

TOMORROW / SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. 5:00-7:00 P.M. LIVE STREAMED. (You can even hear me whisper, that is how good the sound is.) You’ll be able to view it right at the top of this page.
  • Confessions. Tomorrow in Church from 8:30am – 12:30pm

Spiritual food for the week … sign up for our 24/7 Parish Prayer <HERE>.

God’s peace and blessings,

Fr. Dan

 

Stations of the Cross Retreat
A 14-Day online retreat focusing on Our Lord’s Passion begins today. Father Larry Swink and I will give daily reflections for the next 2 weeks leading us up to Good Friday. Videos will be updated daily on Sacred Heart’s YouTube Channel <HERE>.

 



 

27 March 2020

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

  • Drive-In Adoration will be offered TONIGHT from 7:00-9:00pm. Come to Jesus. Churches may not be full, but He is still present. Remain in your car.
  • 24×7 Parish Perpetual Prayer continues. Information is <HERE>.
  • Tonight is the last night of Father Dan’s 3-Part Reflection Series. Download and listen to tonight’s reflection beginning at 7:00pm on the Anima Christi Retreats or The Holy Ruckus websites.
  • The video recording of last night’s Holy Hour for Priests and Bishops is <HERE>.
  • UPDATE: The church will be open today from 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • The Parish homepage with daily Mass videos is <HERE>

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters –

Here are our spiritual offerings for this weekend:

Drive-In Adoration Friday and Saturday
7:00-9:00 pm Remain in your car.
UPDATE: At the request of many, we will LIVE STREAM Drive-In Adoration at the top of this message page. I will be offering small meditations during Adoration and you can choose to have the sound on or off whether you are at home or in your car (you can use your phone to pull up the link in the car). I’m told, on paper, this live stream is going to work!

  • INCLEMENT WEATHER: Saturday’s Drive-In Adoration is subject to weather. Please check back here on the message page of our website by 5:00 pm tomorrow to see if it is on or off. IF it is OFF tomorrow due to rain, it will be rescheduled to Sunday from 5:00-7:00 pm ONLY if we reschedule from Saturday.

Confessions

  • Saturday, 9:00 am to Noon
  • Sunday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

The church will be open for private prayer Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Stations of the Cross Retreat
A 14-Day online retreat focusing on Our Lord’s Passion begins today. Father Larry Swink and I will give daily reflections for the next 2 weeks leading us up to Good Friday. Videos will be updated daily on Sacred Heart’s YouTube Channel <HERE>.

Be at peace. Emmanuel. God is with us.

God bless,

Fr. Dan

 

Text-to-Give
Faith Direct now offers a safe and secure way to donate to our parish in this time of uncertainty. There is no cost to you, and the program provides a great benefit to our parish. Sign up today by visiting Faith Direct <HERE> or text “Enroll” to 301-349-6441.

You will be asked to complete a one-time registration page with your billing and contact information. After this registration, you can give any time by texting a dollar amount to this phone number.

 

MARCH 20 – MARCH 26, 2020

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26 March 2020Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

  • Drive-In Adoration will be offered on Friday and Saturday from 7:00-9:00pm. Come to Jesus. Churches may not be full, but He is still present. Remain in your car.
  • 24×7 Parish Perpetual Prayer continues. Information is <HERE>.
  • UPDATE: The church will be open today from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • The Parish homepage with daily Mass videos is <HERE>
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Blessings and joy…Here is how we will grow in holiness today:
  1. Confessions in Church balcony 10:00 am to Noon TODAY. Plenty of space. MERCY MUST GO ON!
  2. Daily Mass video recording is <HERE>.
  3. Live stream Holy Hour for Priests and Bishops, tonight, 7:30-8:30 pm on our website <HERE>. I’m including the Litany of Prayers for Priests if you’d like to pray this with me during this time.
  4. Stay at home retreat. Download and listen to tonight’s reflection beginning at 7:00 pm on the Anima Christi Retreats or The Holy Ruckus websites.
God bless you. Let us pray through the fear and worry.
Fr. Dan

 



 

25 March 2020

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

The Parish homepage with daily Mass videos in the Parish Chronicle is <HERE>

  • The church is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm for private prayer.
  • 24 x7 Perpetual Parish Prayer: Thanks to those who have signed up to pray. If you haven’t, now is your chance. Information is <HERE>.
  • The Parish homepage with daily Mass videos is <HERE>

My Brothers and Sisters,

God bless you.

  1. SAA FRATERNITY is ROCKIN’ at 11600 Kemp Mill Road. 6 of us in the rectory. So far, so good!
  2. DAILY MASS – Thank you for tuning in and praying with me. (I wore the right vestment – white – thank you!) Pass the Mass along to those who need the blessing of Christ coming into their heart today. Today is a great day to say “FIAT” with Mary. We had a bit of serious technical difficulty with the Mass today, so we will be posting it on our website <HERE> as soon as we can. We apologize for not being able to get it to you right away this morning.
  3. CONFESSIONS – I will have times posted tomorrow for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Be patient, and don’t sin by being impatient, or you will need to cough that sin up in the Sacrament!
  4. TONIGHT – Join me for 3-Part Reflection Series of short 6-9 minute videos tonight through Friday for women and men once again. Talks will be available at 7:00pm each night through the Anima Christi Retreats and The Holy Ruckus websites. Themes:
    Women Reflections “Mercy: From Generation to Generation” (Luke 1:50) Meditations on Our Lady.
    Men Reflections – St. John Paul’s Encyclical: Dives in Misericordia

I will be doing a HOLY HOUR FOR PRIESTS and BISHOPS on Thursday from 7:30-8:30 pm. It will be live-streamed on our website <HERE>. I will use the Litany of Prayers for Priests and will send that with tomorrow’s Flocknote so you can pray along with me.

God is good…all the time. God is good.

Blessings to you,

Fr.Dan

 



 

24 March 2020

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

  • Thank you for your response to our Flocknotes. This is an in-parish tool to communicate with you. If you’d like people outside of our parish to receive our Daily Mass links and other things of interest, please direct them to our website instead of sending them the Flocknote link.
  • Parish Offices are currently closed to the public, but office staff will be working during the week, albeit on a limited basis and at times remotely. For non-emergencies, please send an email to saabulletins@yahoo.com. For true sacramental emergencies (not communion calls), call 301-455-1749.
  • UPDATE: The church will remain open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Parish Updates
Visit our website for updates as well as Mass links and other information as we navigate this situation due to the coronavirus.

Financial Impact
I understand that with all that is going on that this may be a financially difficult time for some. I, too, am concerned with the impact that this time is having on our parish. While Masses are not being publicly celebrated, we do have financial obligations. This is a perfect time to consider enrolling in FaithDirect. A video containing information and a button to sign up may be found <HERE>. If you are able to donate, your sacrifice is a blessing. Please visit the Faith Direct website <HERE>.

24/7 Perpetual Parish Prayer
An opportunity for parishioners to feel connected to one another through private prayer in your home.

By committing to one hour each week and filling all available slots, our parish members will be in perpetual prayer for our parish, our community, our country, and our world. Prayer suggestions are on our website and might be different each week, so please check regularly. Information is <HERE>.

 



 

23 March 2020

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Peace of Christ –

To comply with Governor Hogan’s executive order closing all non-essential businesses by 5:00 pm today, the Parish Office will close immediately and until further notice. During this closure, please take note of the following:

Parish staff may be reached by emailing saabulletins@yahoo.com.
In light of a true sacramental emergency (not Communion call requests), please call (301) 455-1749.

God bless you,
Fr. Dan

  • A Catholic Standard article on Adoration held in our parking lot is <HERE> with additional photos <HERE>.
  • The Parish homepage with daily Mass videos is <HERE>

24×7 Perpetual Parish Prayer

Ongoing now and continuing at least until Easter

Saint Andrew is offering its parishioners an opportunity to feel connected to one other through private prayer in your home. By committing to one hour each week and filling all available slots, our parish members will be in perpetual prayer for our parish, our community, our country, and our world. I will post prayer suggestions on our website and they might be different each week. We welcome and encourage others outside of our parish to join us in prayer, but we ask that the commitment hours on the sign-up are for our parishioners at this time.

Information is <HERE>.

 



 

22 March 2020

Fourth Sunday of Lent

  • The church is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm for private prayer.
  • Confessions will be offered today from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
  • The Parish homepage with daily Mass videos is <HERE>

24×7 Perpetual Parish Prayer

Beginning TONIGHT Sunday, March 22 and continuing at least until Easter

Saint Andrew is offering its parishioners an opportunity to feel connected to one other through private prayer in your home. By committing to one hour each week and filling all available slots, our parish members will be in perpetual prayer for our parish, our community, our country, and our world. I will post prayer suggestions on our website and they might be different each week. We welcome and encourage others outside of our parish to join us in prayer, but we ask that the commitment hours on the sign-up are for our parishioners at this time.

Information is <HERE>.

 



 

21 March 2020

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

  • The church is open today from 8:00am to 8:00pm for private prayer.
  • The Parish Website with updated information and messages is <HERE>.

Dear Parishioners –

A few thoughts for you today ….

Confessions – in large sacristy (plenty of space) in the Church. Today 4:00-6:00 p.m. Tomorrow 8:30 a.m.-12:30 pm.

Adoration Tonight (7:00-9:00) – Please come and pray with me. I consecrate the parish and your families and I kneel for the two hours. I have never done anything that long.

Reach Out and (Don’t) Touch – Will you call 3 people this weekend? (not text or email or send smoke signals) JUST DO IT (sorry NIKE!) Laugh with them and just be present to them.

My prayer time – If you want me to pray for you, then email me your intentions (fatherdanleary@gmail.com). If you have a loved one that needs a note from me, send me their mailing address and I will write that I prayed for them. I don’t care if there are hundreds of notes that I write. I am trying to spend 2-4 hours every day in my chapel (picture below was taken this morning; took me 5 shots to get it).

SAA Fraternity – SIGMA ALPHA ALPHA fraternity is open – the ADW asked us to house two seminarians: Jerry Andrews and Peter Mlynarczyk. Jerry arrives today; Peter on Monday. Msgr. Hart returns (we pray) on Tuesday. It is like a FRATERNITY! I am self appointed PRESIDENT. 6 dudes in one house. PAR-TAY TIME!

I am filming Masses and talks. STAY PRESENT….“All (the apostles) devoted themselves with one accord to pray, together with some women, and the Mary, the Mother of Jesus…” ACTS 1:14

Peace of Christ,

Fr. Dan

P.S. I’m doing my best to communicate with those that wish and need it. With our Flocknote system, we can see that of 2,100 people registered for our Flocknotes, only 35-50% of people are opening them. Can you help me make sure people you know are receiving and opening them?

Luke 5:35: “But the days will come, and when the Bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days”. In Scripture, the Bridegroom is Christ. Christ in the Eucharist. I know, as your pastor, that you are fasting. But, when we come together, we will feast. The days will come when the “new wine will be poured into fresh wineskins” (Luke 5:38) We wait in confidence, and hope.

Car Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, March 21, 2020, 7:00-9:00pm
Saint Andrew Apostle School / Red Door
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on a holy altar in front of the red junior high wing door. Please remain in your car.  Parking lot cones will be up to aid you in driving through. Be aware. If it is crowded, only stay for a few minutes and then exit. No bathrooms will be available at all during this time. Exposition at 7:00pm and Benediction at 8:45 pm

24×7 Perpetual Parish Prayer

Beginning Sunday, March 22 and continuing at least until Easter

Saint Andrew is offering its parishioners an opportunity to feel connected to one other through private prayer in your home. By committing to one hour each week and filling all available slots, our parish members will be in perpetual prayer for our parish, our community, our country, and our world. I will post prayer suggestions on our website and they might be different each week. We welcome others outside of our parish to join us in prayer, but we ask that the commitment hours on the sign-up are for our parishioners at this time.

Information is <HERE>.

Lenten Food Drive

This Lent, there is a way for you to give and benefit hungry families in our local community through our Lenten Food Drive. I’ve been in touch with Catholic Charities in Silver Spring and they are in need of food for their pantry. Give if you are able. Drop donations in the Catholic Charities van (which is parked on the grass near the Rectory) or in tubs outside any time.

 



 

20 March 2020

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

  • The church is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm for private prayer.
  • Confessions will be available in the back of the church TODAY, March 20, from 8:00am to 9:30am and from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Please avoid the construction area and enter through the door near Kemp Mill road. No bathrooms will be available during these times.
  • The Rectory Office Hours today are from 9:00am until noon.
  • The Parish Website with updated information and messages is <HERE>.

Church Envelopes and Contributions

Many have contacted me and are concerned with not being able to bring their weekly contributions to the church. Thank you for your care and concern for Saint Andrew’s. With the situation that continues, I too, share your concern with maintaining the church and school and appreciate the support of my parishioners. Here are 3 ways you might consider making your weekly contributions:

  • Sign up for automatic deductions through Faith Direct <HERE>. This secure program works directly with your bank, credit, or debit card in the same way as other electronic funds transfer payments you may already conduct (such as utility bills or your mortgage payment). The church code for Saint Andrew’s is MD369.
  • Mail your envelope/check contribution to: St. Andrew Apostle, 11600 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902.
  • Drop your envelope/check contribution off at the Rectory between 9:00am and Noon, Monday through Friday or leave in the black mailbox near the green door. It is checked frequently.

Please do not send cash in the mail or leave in the black mailbox. If paying cash, please give to parish staff at the Rectory between 9:00am and Noon.

Lenten Food Drive

One in eight households face hunger in Washington, DC.

This Lent, make a commitment to make a change through the 2020 Lenten Food Drive, a massive food drive occurring in schools and parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Washington. An annual tradition since the visit of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, this drive provides more than 200,000 pounds of food to local food banks and parish pantries each year.

Donations will benefit hungry families right here in our local community, stocking shelves throughout the region, especially the food pantry at Catholic Charities Silver Spring.

Give if you are able. Drop off your donations in the Catholic Charities truck in our Saint Andrew’s Parking lot starting today.

 

MARCH 13 – MARCH 19, 2020

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19 March 2020

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • The church is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm for private prayer.
  • Confessions will be offered in the back of the church.

TODAY, March 19, 8:00-9:30am
FRIDAY, March 20, 8:00-9:30am and 6:00-8:00pm

  • Please avoid the construction area and enter through the Kemp Mill church door.
  • No bathrooms will be available during these times.
  • The Rectory Office Hours this week (March 16-20) are 9:15am to Noon.
  • New parish bulletins will not be available until further notice (printed or online).
  • Saint Andrew’s Parish Webpage with updated information and messages <HERE>


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

TONIGHT Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7:00-9:00pm
Saint Andrew Apostle School / Red Door

IMPORTANT DETAILS
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be on a holy altar in front of the red junior high wing door nearest the main parking lot at 7:00pm.
Please remain in your car.
Parking lot cones will be up to aid you in driving through.
Be aware. If it is crowded, only stay for a few minutes and then exit.
No bathrooms will be available at all during this time.
Benediction will be at 8:45pm.

 



 

18 March 2020

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

  • The church is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm for private prayer.
  • Wednesday Adoration in the rectory is cancelled until further notice.
  • Confessions will be offered:
    Thursday, March 19, 8:00-9:30am
    Friday, March 20, 8:00-9:30am and 6:00-8:00pm
  • 40 Hour Adoration that was originally scheduled for Thursday-Saturday this week is cancelled.
  • So Others May Eat (SOME) is no longer accepting casseroles. A list of other needed items is <HERE>.
  • Rectory Office Hours this week (March 16-20) are 9:15am to Noon.
  • Saint Andrew’s Parish Website with updated information and messages is <HERE>

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7:00-9:00pm
Saint Andrew Apostle School / Red Door
Would you like to come and pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament without having to get out of your car? No need to stay long. Jesus will be placed on a holy altar in the doorway in front of the red outside door (Junior High wing of the school). I am greatly concerned for the protection and safety of my parishioners, school, faith formation and early learning center families (I want nothing more than to pray with my people at this time.) In light of the recent illness concerns, please remain in your car and reorient your parking to face the school and not the field. Exposition at 7:00pm and Benediction at 8:45 pm

Mini Women and Men’s Retreats

Would you find it helpful to have a mini-retreat even under these special circumstances and especially in your own home? Four priests (myself included) have organized special talks for both men and women (separate tracks) to be with you and guide you. Talks are uploaded each night at 7:00pm through the websites below. You are free to watch them at your own pace.

Anima Christi Retreats

The Holy Ruckus

 



 

17 March 2020

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

There will be no Adoration on Tuesday, March 17, but the church will remain open from 8am to 8pm.

 



 

16 March 2020

Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

God bless you.

Thank you for bearing with us during this time of caution and area mandates as we work to meet the spiritual needs of the parish.

Included in this note is the video-taped Mass and meditation for today <HERE> and our website link <HERE> to keep you informed with offerings at St. Andrew’s for your spiritual growth. I will continue to send a daily Flocknote with the video-taped Mass recording and a talk/meditation for you.

Know that you are in my prayers. If you have any prayer requests, please email me directly at fatherdanleary@gmail.com. Do not reply to this email with your prayer intentions.

The Church will be open for private prayer from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Out of concern for my staff, the Rectory Office will have limited hours this week, and we will do our best to check voice mails. We will evaluate this situation on a daily basis.

Peace of Christ,

Fr. Dan

———-

Dear Parish,

God bless you.

After prayer, I believe that we are still able to gather for Adoration. Each day I will announce the prayer times.

Schedule of Prayer – Monday 3/16.

6:30 AM Exposition

8:45 AM Benediction

9:00 AM Reposition

The Holy Hour with the Mantle will be postponed until a later date.

Fr. Dan

The audio recording of Father Dan’s talk for the Sunday Night Series, “Longing for the One You Love,” is <HERE>.

 



 

15 March 2020

Third Sunday of Lent

Father Dan Leary shared a Prayer after Communion during Eucharistic Adoration in the church this morning to bless all of us who were present or at home. You may view a video of this <HERE>.

Father Dan offered a Home Blessing for all of us as our pastor by video <HERE>. May Christ be with us in our homes and bless us with His presence, and let us make our homes a dwelling place of His love.

Father Dan’s talk tonight for the Sunday Night Series on Saint John Paul II has been changed to “Longing to Be With the One You Love.” This will begin at 7:00pm in the church. It will be livestreamed <HERE>.

Father Dan will share video recordings of private daily Masses that he celebrates in his chapel. These will be available in Parish Chronicle on our homepage.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God bless you.

Our readings this weekend focus on water – living water – and our thirst for Christ. As many of you may know, in every Missionaries of Charity Chapel all over the world are the words “I Thirst”, painted on the wall next to the hung crucifix. There is a mutual thirst – our thirst for Christ, and His thirst for us.

Over these next two weeks, we are being asked to offer a different kind of Eucharistic Sacrifice – to not receive the source and summit of our faith – the Eucharist. Some of you have expressed your sadness and pain over this “loss” in your lives. I wanted to take a few minutes as your shepherd to reassure you that I believe this loss will be a tremendous source of grace and strength for you during these next few weeks. It is no accident that we are being asked to make this Eucharistic Sacrifice during Lent. We are being asked to go into the desert, in a sense, where we will be “parched” and will long for Christ’s Body and Blood in a way that we perhaps have not felt before. How good God is to allow this time of grace.

In my prayer this morning, I was thinking of different times in my life when I have witnessed people longing for and thirsting for Christ. When I was studying abroad one summer, I met a priest who would celebrate Mass in the various communities of his parish. He would offer 13 Masses each Sunday. Can you imagine me traveling to 13 different towns in Maryland every Sunday to bring the Eucharist to people who would not otherwise receive it? One Sunday while I was with him, he shared that he would be adding another Mass to the Sunday schedule. He said “I actually will now have 14 Masses each Sunday because there is a group who usually attends one of the scheduled Masses, but because of gang activity in their community they are too afraid to come out.” So, we went into the gang area, not the safest, and celebrated the Most Holy Sacrifice for the people. It was a tremendous gift. People were so joyful Christ had come to them.

Last year on Mission Sunday, Fr. John Wandera from the Archdiocese of Tororo visited the parish. I will never forget how he said that he would go from community to community offering Mass each Sunday – but that the communities were so far away from each other, he could only get to them twice a year. In his province the people are only able to receive the Eucharist when the priest comes after he has heard hours of confessions. Those kind of experiences remind me to remind you that the Eucharist is a gift. No one is entitled to it. We must all receive Christ like Mary – FIAT.

And, as you know, I give retreats every year for the Sisters of Mary in various parts of the world – Honduras, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, etc. The Sisters minister to poor children, offering a safe haven, nutrition, an education, but above all, a spiritual foundation. Quite often, they struggle to find priests to celebrate Mass for them and to offer the Sacraments. The Sisters can often partake in a Communion service, but not always. So, for the period of time that they go without Mass or Reconciliation, they feel a “loss”- they are parched.

Why do I say all this? Over the years, I have watched our parish grow tremendously in love with the Eucharist. Our Lenten daily Masses now attract 60-70 people per Mass which is close to 200 people per day receiving the Body of Christ. Two hundred people per day carrying Christ with them into their homes and workplaces. And our Sunday Mass attendance grows steadily every year. This is a great grace and a blessing for our parish. It is a privilege for me, as your shepherd, to witness this steadfast, genuine love. I pray that when we can gather again as a community, we will offer the sacrifice with voices lifted and a deeper reverence for Christ in the Eucharist.

Now God is asking us to go without this great blessing, at least for the next two weeks. Can I somehow figure out how to offer Holy Communion to those daily or often who are not in danger of death? And I have to tell you, as your pastor, that I believe God is giving us a gift by asking us to make this sacrifice. Our Good Friday experience is beginning a month early. God has closed our schools, ceased our extracurricular activities, taken away our long commutes (for some) and asked us just to “be.” He has removed many distractions – silenced much of the busy-ness – and asked us to walk with him in the desert – to unite our “loss” with the same loss many of our brothers and sisters experience all over the world. As Christ says in the Garden, “Can you not watch but one hour?…” – I believe now he is saying “Can you not partake of this Eucharistic sacrifice but two weeks? …” (PRAY GOD – NO LONGER THAN THAT!!)

I believe at the end of this period of dryness, of emptiness, of sadness, there will be great joy; there will be great longing; there will be a people truly thirsting for the water that only Christ can provide – that living water that is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. And that is when we will all gather together in our Church, as a parish family, for that 3-hour Mass! (You know we’re going to have a lot of catching up to do. I am already planning my homily – YEAH BABY!!)

In all seriousness, I pray that your Lenten journey is greatly enriched by this unexpected, unprecedented reality, and that you truly grow in gratitude for the gift of our faith. May this time be a great blessing for you and your families.

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us.

Fr. Dan

 



 

13 March 2020

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Dear St. Andrew Apostle Parishioners,

Archbishop Gregory has indicated that all Masses open to the public, in ALL archdiocesan parishes will not be celebrated beginning this Saturday, March 14 until further notice. This includes all weekend Masses, daily Masses, and extra Masses such as Masses with Healing Prayers. Weddings and funerals may proceed, but attendance should be limited to immediate family members.

Archbishop Gregory has also issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during this time to all parishioners of the Archdiocese of Washington. This means that missing Mass during this current state of emergency does not carry the weight of sin. “Please know that this decision does not come lightly to close our schools or cancel Masses,” Archbishop Gregory said.

Here are some important points regarding St. Andrew Apostle:
  • The church will remain open for private prayer daily from 8AM to 8PM.
  • ALL Masses will be celebrated privately in accordance with the archdiocesan mandate. The Mass intentions already requested will be honored at those private Masses.
  • To aid your private prayer, Father Dan will be recording homilies and other meditations for distribution on our website.
  • The school will be deep-cleaned over the next 2 weeks and will be closed to all groups with the exception of Men’s Group THIS Saturday morning.  All small groups that meet in the school can either reschedule to a different location, or cancel their meetings.  (Group Leaders will be in touch with each group to discuss options.) Members are under no obligation to attend meetings.
  • Restrooms in the school will be unavailable while the school is closed over these next 2 weeks.
  • All small groups that meet in the Rectory can still meet at the Group Leader’s discretion. (Group Leaders will be in touch with each group to discuss options).  Members are under no obligation to attend meetings.
  • Resources for family prayer at home and a beautiful Spiritual Communion Prayer will be provided in print at the back of the church and on our website <HERE>.

Here are the upcoming opportunities for private prayer in the Church in the next 48 hours. We will provide an updated schedule beyond Sunday evening in a few days.

Private devotions (Rosaries, Divine Mercy Chaplet, etc.) are most welcome at any time that the Church is open.

Friday Evening: Stations of the Cross 7PM followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 7:30PM-Midnight.  Spiritual Talks by Father Dan, Private Prayer.  Benediction at 11:30PM. (We are cancelling the pizza party prior to Stations.)

Saturday Morning: Men’s Group (as scheduled – will meet tomorrow, March 14, in the APR – future meeting locations are TBD)

Saturday Morning: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Spiritual Talk by Father Dan from 9AM to 10AM (in lieu of Mass). All are welcome. The Women’s Day of Reflection with Rose Heimann from PeaceCYCLE is postponed to a later date (TBD).  Fees will be refunded.

Saturday Morning: Institute of Theology (as scheduled in the Rectory)

Saturday Afternoon/Evening: Confessions from 4PM to 5PM. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (in lieu of Mass) from 5PM to 6:30PM.  All are welcome.

Sunday Morning/Afternoon: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (in lieu of Masses) from 8:30AM to 12:30PM with Confessions available.  Adoration and Prayers of Healing and Covering with the Blessed Replica of Mary’s Mantle from 2PM to 3:30PM (as scheduled).

Sunday Evening: The “Sunday Night Series” will continue as scheduled beginning at 7PM.

We would like to remind everyone to please remain home if you are sick or think you may have been in contact with someone who is sick.  The reason for these adjustments is to slow the spread of the virus so that our health care system can keep up with the demand.

From Archbishop Gregory:

“We are aware of the rapidly developing district and state guidelines regarding the coronavirus.  My number one priority as your Archbishop is to ensure the safety and health of all who attend our Masses, the children in our schools, and those we welcome through our outreach and services. Please know that this decision does not come lightly to close our schools or cancel Masses,” Archbishop Gregory said. “We are profoundly saddened that we are not able to celebrate our sacraments as a community for the time being but we know Christ remains with us at all times – specifically in times of worry like this.”

I have made available pastoral and spiritual resources as well as TV Mass on our website that I encourage you to use. I also invite you to join us for Mass and prayer via livestream in our social media.” Archbishop Gregory continued. “May the peace of Christ settle any anxieties and fear we may have. Let us continue to pray for the people whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus as well as those who continue to care for them.”

Stay well,

St. Andrew Apostle Staff

on behalf of Father Dan



 

 

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