Do Whatever He Tells You. Jn. 2 :5

At the Wedding Feast at Cana the guests were enjoying themselves when the wine ran out. As a result, the wedding couple would have been thought of as inhospitable until Jesus stepped in at the urging of his mother and performed his first miracle at this wedding feast by providing additional wine so the celebration would continue.

Years ago Terri and Bob Mackey decided it would be nice to celebrate the joy of their wedding anniversary with other parishioners.  So they secured a list of parishioners that were having milestone anniversaries and invited them to dinner at the Parish Center. They felt it was important to provide a way to remind parishioners that marriage is a vocation, a lifelong commitment and a way of life.

Mackeys

They invited couples who were celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries from their 1st, 2nd, 5th, 10th, 25th and 40 or more to come and celebrate with them. Fifteen years later, the Anniversary Dinner is something married couples look forward to at St. Andrew.

This year, 40 couples gathered on May 7, 2017 for prayer led by Pastor, Fr. Michael Cordier followed by an Italian dinner, conversation and lots of fun. See photos below.

The meal of appetizers, salad, bread, lasagna and desserts were prepared and served by St. Andrew parishioners.

It is always fun recognizing the couple who have been married the longest and this year, Jack & Ruth Rugh were the longest married couple celebrating their 71st Wedding Anniversary!  RUGHS

Everyone has a great time, so when you get your invitation in the future…

                        be sure to mark your calendar and call the Parish Office! 

 

If Not For My Presence, How Lonely, My Lord, Would You Be?

A Trip to the Adoration Chapel

January 30, 2015

I entered and knelt down,
Saw one other there,
But he soon crossed himself and left.
Hearing no other sound,
I thought, “Is this fair?”
Of companions, your house: bereft.

If not for my presence,
Had I not been here,
How lonely, My Lord, would you be?
Not bread: Divine Essence,
Knowing lonely fear;
Remembering Gethsemane?

So I stayed an hour,
And with you in prayer
Of chalices which must be sipped.
I still recall the pow’r
The love and the care,
Your arms around me as you gripped.

See maybe it’s not wrong
That no one else came
To spend time with you on that night.
You and I for that long,
All love and no shame;
One to one with my Light from Light.

 

Reprinted from Ascension Press

Please join us for an hour in Adoration at St. Andrew Church on

Wednesday, July 3, 2017 from 10 am to 5 PM.

The Words of Everlasting Life

Each Sunday in preparation for becoming Catholic, all RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) members are dismissed from Mass after the Homily. They leave for the Breaking Open the Word or to discuss the Gospel for the day and the meaning of those words.

Breaking Open the Word is as fulfilling for me as for the participants.  It’s a joy to get to spread God’s Word to them. To explain what it means to be Catholic. These discussions help to alleviate their fears of joining this faith.  Many people enter with preconceived notions concerning Catholicism. When they experience the warmth and camaraderie of RCIA, they realize how inaccurate their prior beliefs were.  They are, then, open and even eager to learn more.  Their joy is infectious and reinforces my Catholicism too. For those who have been holding back for whatever reason,  join us for just one session.  It will be enough to make you to want to come back to learn more.

Dear Lord, I pray that our daily living may transform our suffering world into a place of love, justice and peace.  May the Word guide us in our daily lives.

Kevin Rinn is lifelong Catholic, married with 2 children.  He has been a parishioner for 16Kevin Rinn years and on the RCIA Team for 5 years.  He works at the Children’s Home of Cincinnati as the Facilities and IT Director.

Come and Follow Me!

My name is McKenna Wulker and I’m 24 years old. I work as a Records Analyst at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP in downtown Cincinnati. I am just now coming into the Catholic Church and was confirmed and made my first communion on the Easter Vigil.

I was baptized at St. Andrew as an infant, but did not complete any Catholic Education or receive sacraments beyond that. It wasn’t until I graduated college, had a best friend pass away, and ended a two year relationship that I found myself at a complete crossroads in my life. I had no direction, felt hopeless and confused about where my life was going and ultimately decided to rededicate my life to God, give up my control to God’s Will and complete my Catholic Education to enter the church.

I met with Deacon Tim in June to discuss how adults entered the church, a week early for my appointment; I guess I was too eager. We discussed my options and next steps which turned out to be RCIA. I have attended RCIA, Rite of Christian Initiation in Adulthood, since September in preparation to come into the Church.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar, RCIA is the process through which candidates and catechumens enter the Church, learn about Catholic religion and the Church’s teachings, and discern if this is the right path for them. Normally, this all happens when you are a child, but for people who didn’t experience the rites in childhood or are converting to the Catholic Faith, this process is mandatory.

I have learned so much in RCIA and gained a fantastic faith community through the other candidates and the RCIA support team. I encourage anyone who is trying to get involved to become a member of the RCIA team and support the candidates entering the Church. It’s a great learning experience for even the most experienced Catholic.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

McKenna Wulker

Mc Kenna was initiated at the Easter Vigil.  We look forward to her joining our community she will certainly be an asset.  When you see her, please be sure to welcome her and encourage her to participate actively in our parish.

God Bless you McKenna and welcome to St. Andrew, the Apostle Church!

 

Father, Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit. Reflection 2

I had the honor a few weeks ago to attend the Rite of Election at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.  I have been on the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton RCIA team for the past two years.  Last year due to the weather, we did not attend this Rite, so this was my initial experience.  My first thought was it was hard to find parking!  So, I dropped off my carpool mates, found a place to park and walked in right before the procession with the Bishop. I found my group just in time and sat at the end of the pew.

The Rite itself was beautiful and since I was on the end, Patty Norris, our RCIA Director, asked me to take up the Book of the Elect with the Catechumens.  I was not sure what  was going to happen but luckily there were more that enough people to follow so I brought up the book. Once on the lower level of the sanctuary I stood while the Bishop asked questions of the Catechumens.  When they left the sanctuary, the book bearers remained.  We were asked to come up and stand by the altar.  From that vantage point, I was able to take a long view of the people in the pews and it was truly awe an inspiring sight. Then the blessing of the Book of the Elect began. The incense from the thurible was pouring out and as the Bishop moved back and forth in front of the groups. I looked up and watched the incense curl and rise past the Books all the way to heaven. I now understood the meaning of incense to our faith. This last of word of Jesus on the cross took on new meaning to me as I watched our prayers rise to heaven.

Father, into you hands I commend my spiritLk. 23:46 

These final words of Jesus in this simple and impactful prayer also billowed up from this earthly place and reached up to heaven.  I had thought of it as an ending, a complete abandonment after everything possible had been given.  But standing next to that altar of the Cathedral, as I watched the incense reach the heavens, it became apparent to me it was a prayer of new beginnings, not an ending.  A starting point for us all and thousands of years after it was originally said it has the same impact on me today as it did with the centurion standing guard to the foot of the cross, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

My prayer for all who are part of RCIA this Easter Season is to take a step back to be inspired by what you are doing.  Remember, it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s Grace to enter and do the rest.

Like the Archbishop Oscar Romero Prayer teaches us, “…it helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.”

                                                                                                 Tom Hodson  0