Overflowing Easter Joy
Dear Parishioners of Saint Andrew,
This Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday because in the Gospel at Mass the Lord Jesus refers to himself as a shepherd. Today is also the National Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood. I ask you to join me in praying for an increase of vocations to the priesthood, especially from our parish and your families. I encourage the boys and young men of the parish to consider serving the Lord and the Church as a priest.
Yesterday at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Archbishop Wenski ordained three men as priests for the Archdiocese of Miami. Among them is Father Enzo Rosario who served at Saint Andrew Parish as a seminarian during his pastoral year assignment. I congratulate these new brother-priests and I ask you keep them in your prayers.
I wish to announce that Archbishop Wenski is assigning Father Pedro Freitez as parochial vicar at San Isidro Mission in Pompano. At the same time, the Archbishop is assigning Father Juan Alberto Aviles to Saint Andrew Parish (from San Isidro Mission) as a parochial vicar. These changes of assignment are effective June 6th. I take this opportunity to thank Father Pedro for his nearly seven years of priestly ministry here at Saint Andrew Parish and I wish him all the best in his new assignment. A farewell reception will be held for Father Pedro in the social hall on Sunday, June 5th following the 1:30 pm Mass. I also take this opportunity to welcome Father Aviles to our parish and I look forward to working collaboratively with him in the pastoral ministry at Saint Andrew Parish and School.
I also am pleased to announce that Archbishop Wenski is assigning Deacon Andrew Vitrano, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Miami, to our parish, effective June 1st. Deacon Andrew will be here full time through the summer months and then on weekends once the academic year begins at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary. God willing, he will be ordained to the priesthood in May of next year.
I humbly ask you to pray for me and the priests and deacons of our parish, as well as all priests, deacons and seminarians that we may every day be more like Christ the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep.
May the Lord continue to bless you and your families with His love!
Monsignor Michael A. Souckar