Pastor’s Message

Serving our Youth

Dear Parishioners of Saint Andrew:

As I have discussed previously, one of the pastoral priorities identified in the Synod listening sessions of last year was the promotion of the spiritual good and religious formation of the youth of the parish.  Over the summer, high school members of our youth group attended the “Fearless” Conference held at Ave Maria University and Camp Veritas in central Florida. The Conference lasted three days and Camp Veritas lasted a week. Activities included daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, music, talks on faith, games, etc.  The young people really enjoyed both events.

Seeking to further our service to the youth of the parish, I extend a special invitation to all middle-school and high school students to be part of our parish’s youth ministry, known as YOUth4Christ.  In particular, you are invited to a Family Picnic next Saturday, September 10 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.  The day will include food, music, fellowship and a presentation of the plans for the youth ministry for the year.  I hope many of our younger parishioners and their families will participate in this “kick off” event which will begin an exciting year of youth ministry at Saint Andrew Parish.  For details, please contact Mrs. Donna Gonzalez (“Mrs. G”) at 954.752.3950.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Another way of serving our young people is by providing for their continuing education and formation in the Catholic faith.  We are blessed to have Saint Andrew Catholic School, which educates children from Pre-K 2 through Grade 8.  Established in 1976, Saint Andrew Catholic School holds a dual accreditation by the Florida Catholic Conference and Cognia, Inc.  For those students not attending a Catholic school, we offer Religious Education classes from kindergarten to twelfth grade.  These classes include – but are not limited to – preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession), First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.

It is sometimes said that the youth are the future of the Catholic Church.  I disagree; they are an essential part of the Church today, as well as tomorrow.  Please join me in promoting the various opportunities offered to serve the youth of Saint Andrew Parish.

May the Lord continue to bless you and your families with His love!

Monsignor Michael A. Souckar