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Military Outreach

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

Are you an active duty servicemember?

Do you have a relative that is an active duty servicemember?

Are you a veteran of the armed services?

We would like to introduce you to other members of our military community at Saint Andrew’s and offer support through cards, prayers, and other gestures of appreciation and encouragement.

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Get Involved!

If you are a military family, we ask that you register and get involved in our parish right away. Registration information is <HERE>. Even if your stay is brief, we welcome you into our community. This is a very vibrant and active parish, with much to offer you during your time with us. Check out the rest of our website for more information on the many ministries and activities that are available to you.

Outreach Activities

Serving at Walter Reed’s Fisher House

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Saint Andrew’s prepares and serves dinner periodically for about fifty patients and family members staying at the five Fisher Houses at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  The Fisher Houses at Walter Reed and other military and VA medical centers provide lodging for military and veterans’ families where they can stay while they receive medical treatment. This is a nonprofit organization outside of the Department of Defense that depends on donations and volunteer support.

Our quarterly dinners at Fisher House are currently suspended due to COVID-19 concerns. We remain in contact with many of the residents we have served in the past and offer our prayers during this time. Sign up for our Military Outreach Flocknotes <HERE> for updates on our initiatives to support these men and women and their families.

Fisher House requires that volunteers be 16 or older to serve, and we are limited to only 10 servers per event.  Contact Lisa Longacre at lisalongacre@yahoo.com for more information.

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

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

Veterans Day

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”   -President Woodrow Wilson, November 11, 1919

With these words, November 11, 1919 became the first commemoration of Armistice Day, one year after the armistice that ended World War I had gone into effect. It eventually became a legal holiday and, after World War II, the law was amended to change the name to Veterans Day. November 11 became a day to honor veterans of all American wars and honor the cause of world peace.

We continue efforts to recognize all of our parishioners who have ever served in the United States Armed Services on Veterans Day.

Armed Forces Memorial Mass

Military memorial mass

Each year in May, the Archdiocese of Military Services honors living and deceased members of the United States Armed Forces with a Memorial Mass held in the Great Upper Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Father Dan Leary often concelebrates the Mass and we arrange to have a reserved section for Saint Andrew’s parishioners.

Due to COVID-19 concerns and closure of the Basilica to the public in March, the Archdiocese of Military Service’s 26th Annual Memorial Mass is now scheduled to be celebrated on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica when restrictions on large gatherings are expected to be lifted. Reservations for reserved seating with our parish will be taken in summer. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

Directions to the Basilica

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

Please pray for our troops.

 

Saint Michael the Archangel defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the divine power of God,
cast into hell, Satan, and all the evil spirits
who roam around the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.

Please pray for our deployed troops and their loved ones.

Almighty and eternal God,

those who take refuge in you will be glad

and forever will shout for joy.

Protect these soldiers as they discharge their duties.

Protect them with the shield of your strength

and keep them safe from all evil and harm.

May the power of your love enable them to return home

in safety, that with all who love them,

they may ever praise you for your loving care.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

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

 

Resources

Catholic Women of the Chapel: Fort Belvoir

Catholic Women of the Chapel: Fort Meade

Military Council of Catholic Women

Archdiocese of Washington Department of Special Needs Ministry: Veterans

Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

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

Veterans’ Voices

Joining Forces

Dog Tag Bakery

Catholic News Service: For God and Country


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



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


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


"The veterans and their families are so touched to have a home cooked meal, but for us, it has become a rewarding experience to listen to their stories, develop ongoing relationships, and continue to pray for their specific prayer requests."
-Dawn Zierdt

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