What It Means to Be in Music Ministry – Chloe Elleman

In the third grade, I joined the St. Andrew Youth Choir. At that time, I had no idea how involved I would become in music ministry. Now I’m a part of the choir, serve as a cantor, and play the flute at Mass.

Throughout the past 11 years, I have met so many wonderful people, learned lots of fun music, and most importantly, I have grown closer to God and the Catholic faith. Music is a special way to pray, and it is a humbling experience to be able to guide others in worship during the Mass through music ministry.

If you have musical talent and are looking for a fun way to become more involved in church, consider joining the music ministry program. We would love to have you!

Chloe Elleman is the talented musician playing the flute at various Masses

The Light Shines in the Darkness

When I was driving to work at this time of the year, I would leave my house in the morning in the darkness and return home in the evening in the darkness. During the day, my workspace was not located near a window so I only saw light on the weekends. If it wasn’t for the Christmas season, I would have been in a funk for months. One of the things I appreciate most about retirement is the sunlight during this Advent Season, a gift from God for those of us who are aging.

Oddly though, when I think of Advent I still think of darkness. Even as bothersome as the constant darkness was for me during the week, it is difficult for me to imagine a world without light, without Jesus. There are certainly people who live in the darkness of despair. Who lack hope and fail to see an end to their suffering.

But during Advent, the season before the birth of Christ, although it is dark it is not without hope. In our darkness we anticipate the birth of our Savior who will bring a renewed life to each of us. This tiny baby is the reason we rejoice and are glad. He is the light of the world.

All things came to be through Him,                                single candle

       And without Him nothing came to be.

What came to be through Him was life,

       And this life was the light of the human race,

The light shines in the darkness,

       And the darkness has not overcome it. JN 1: 3-5

Jesus, be with us during our season of darkness. Lift our spirits in anticipation of your birth. Light our lives, fill us with hope and prepare us to follow You always.

 

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Today is a Great Feast: All Souls Day

On the 2nd day of  November each year, the Catholic Church commemorates All Souls Day.  We remember all those who have died, not just the spiritual superstars.

Here is parishioner, Mandy Geyman discussing wbat you can do today to celebrate All Souls

From the earliest days the church has prayed for the deceased. Their judgment is in the hands of God, and we trust in God’s mercy. But we also believe the God cares about us and our concerns, so prayers for our deceased loved ones are appropriate.

The feast day itself is rooted in the second century. In the 10th century, St. Odilo of Cliny established a memorial of all the faithful departed. Rome added the feast to the church’s calendar in the 13th century. In many parts of the world the celebration of this feast day is marked with particular energy, such as el Dia del los Muertos in Mexico.

It’s appropriate to commemorate All Souls Day by praying for those who have gone before us in faith. The feast of All Souls reminds us of our mortality. We are all finite, mortal creatures. We are all loved by God, who has endowed us with an immortal soul. Our ultimate destiny lies in God’s hands, and even death does not separate us from his love. Source:  USCCB

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The Giving Tree

Because of the commandment, help the poor, and in their need, do not send them away empty-handed. Ben Sira 29:9

Each year during Advent the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Andrew collects Christmas gifts for needy persons in our community. Parishioners take a tag from the Christmas Tree at the beginning of Advent which contains a name and a wish for a specific person. Parishioners purchase that gift and return it to church and place it under the tree.

But what happens after this point????

Members of St. Vincent de Paul sort the gifts after the last Mass on Collection Sunday. Each tag is color coded and then sorted based upon this color coding.  Lists are checked and double checked, packages are loaded for delivery to 4 different agencies for distribution to those who had previously requested these gifts.  The Vincentians also have a great time working on this project as you can see below!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank all the St. Andrew Parishioners who participated in the Giving Tree Project this year. Once again you have been very generous in serving the poor in our community.

The St. Andrew Conference of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul addresses the material and spiritual needs of people primarily in the Milford/St. Andrew Parish area. They offer tangible goods, food and financial assistance to the needy. A Vincentian determines the need of the client by personal contact with the persons requesting aid through home visits or appointments. The Society serves as an outreach arm of St. Andrew Parish by accepting donations from parishioners and outside sources and distributing them to people in need.

The Ozanam House (named for the founder of St. Vincent de Paul Society), which is located across the street from the school, is owned by the Parish and operated by St. Vincent de Paul. It is a transitional home for homeless families working to find a solution to their housing problem. The house gives them a period of time to accumulate savings toward rent deposit or down payment and advance toward self-sufficiency in their housing needs. The Ozanam House is not an emergency shelter.

If you are interested in more information on becoming an active member of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Andrew you could talk to a Vincentian or call the Parish Office 513-831-3353.