The Parish Office is closed until further notice.

The church will remain open from 8:00am to 8:00pm

If you would like to share our parish updates, please direct your friends and family to this webpage for daily messages and video recordings.  Please do not forward the messages that you receive through Flocknotes to ensure your account is not altered.


 

 

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 – 26, 2020

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26 March 2020

Thursday 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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