Pastor’s Message

Carnival, Year of the Bible, and Church Roof

Dear Parishioners of Saint Andrew:

It’s Carnival Weekend!  Be sure to stop by the Carnival to enjoy some delicious foods and beverages, fun rides, entertaining musicians, and simply to share a good time with your family, friends, and fellow parishioners.  I take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Carnival Committee for their dedicated work, professionalism and self-sacrifice. I commend our school students, parents, and ministries of the parish for the sale of raffle tickets.  I thank all of you who have purchased raffle tickets, chosen to be a Carnival sponsor or vendor, donated items from the “wish list”, or in any other way have supported this annual largest fundraising effort to benefit Saint Andrew Parish and School.

The Year of the Bible is off to a very good start.  This week, I visited some parishioners to bless their home.  I was pleased to see that they had enthroned the Bible in their home, thereby making the Year of the Bible part of their personal daily lives.  In recent days, Mrs. Cecilia Sousa, Director of Faith Formation, and I met with the leaders of the various parish ministries and organizations as well as a general meeting with parishioners to summarize the results of the Synod sessions held in late 2021 and to discuss how the Year of the Bible is a response to those discussions.  As I have previously mentioned, the Synod sessions identified a significant interest in opportunities for continuing education and formation in our Catholic faith, including among our youth, and a desire to reach out to inactive Catholics.  The Year of the Bible is an opportunity to do just that.  Our Catholic teachings and practices are all rooted in the Bible, especially the Gospels, and an informed Catholic is well prepared to invite others to be active in the faith and to participate in our parish community.  Please consult our parish website for information and helpful resources on the Year of the Bible; it will be updated regularly.

The Parish Finance Council met on January 26.  They reviewed the three bids received for the new church roof.  I am happy to report that they were unanimous in their recommendations to me on the company to be awarded the work and the method of financing the cost.  I am now in the process of getting the necessary approvals from Archbishop Wenski.  At that point, I will be able to offer further details, including the cost, the method of financing, and (hopefully) an initial timeline of the work.  I wish to congratulate all who organized and worked on the first monthly parish lunch to raise funds for the church replacement.  Because of their hard work and your generosity, the lunch raised $10,000, after expenses.  What a great start; let’s keep it going!

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

Monsignor Michael A. Souckar