Thank you for your prayers and participation in our Silver & Gold Anniversary Year. This coming year of 2015 offers us the opportunity to build on the enthusiasm and dedication of our Parish and School.
One of the first steps is to establish a new Parish Pastoral Council. The purpose of this elected body is to prayerfully plan with the Pastor and Parishioners three year goals. The current Parish Council (Ministry Council) is working on coordinating all the events and ministry groups – the calendar and facilities. The months ahead will provide explanation and will invite your full participation in the process for this new Parish Pastoral Council.
Also, I want to ask for your help with our Catholic Faith Appeal. Please join me and make all your December checks and your Christmas donation payable to “Catholic Faith Appeal” and write St. Andrew Parish at the bottom. You can mail your check, send electronically, or use the special CFA envelopes that are available in the Church pews.
After the example of St. Nicholas, whose feast we celebrate today, I write to you to join me in dedicating all your CHRISTMAS donations to our Catholic Faith Appeal. My own personal contribution this Christmas is a donation of $500.00 to Saint Andrew Catholic Faith Appeal.
You have by your generous sacrifice helped to fund our Parish and School’s $4.3 million dollar budget. All our bills, from air-conditioning at Sunday Masses and for our Parish School, to salaries and insurance for teachers and staff, all our bills have been paid – with the exception of one. The bill that needs help includes contributing to the expensive broadcast of the T.V. Mass every Sunday. The Holy Mass on T.V. reaches those who can no longer get to Church: the Homebound; the sick in Nursing facilities, and the hospital.
Let us together gift our December and Christmas Donations to those who are not able to come to Sunday Mass. Let’s generously contribute to the CFA so the Grandmoms, Grandpops, Moms and Dads, and those who are sick and elderly will see and hear the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Christmas and through this New Year.
Sincerely in the Lord,
Father Richard York, your Pastor
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