St. Andrew's Blog

Brief Updates on Important Events and Developments in our Parish

01-29-2021Weekly LetterFr. Robert S. Aliunzi, AJ

Dear St. Andrew,

We are almost coming to the end of the first month of the year. Whereas we have already received many blessings, so far, nothing much seemed to have changed as far as the obnoxious COVID-19 and its ravages are concerned. Despite this however, as a parish, great things continue to be unfolding among us- keeping our hope ever alive. On a positive note, during this entire time, we have been able to keep our parish open for all the essential liturgical and sacramental services even though some parishes around us have been closing. Moreover, our numbers of in-person attendance at the four weekend Masses we offer continue to grow, albeit slowly. We thank God for all these.

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Our Adult Faith Formation and Spirituality Department Offers Us Yet Another Journey… for Lent

01-22-2021Weekly LetterFr. Robert and Barb Lishko

Dear St. Andrew,

It seems just yesterday that we went through the very exciting Advent and Christmas seasons. In preparation for the birth of our Lord during this season, we were invited to embark on our Journey Toward Holiness Campaign. This journey involved an invitation to a series of weekly simple inspirational messages to spur us on to holiness. These weekly reminders were intended to encourage us to do our ordinary, simple and daily activities extraordinarily. Before we knew it, the season was gone!

Now it is time, once again, to gear up for a continued Journey Toward Holiness. This time it is a journey inviting us to walk with Jesus to the Cross and Resurrection. During this journey, we invite you, our parishioners and anyone who wishes to join us this coming Lent, as we walk towards the Cross with our Lord Jesus Christ so as to rise with him from the tomb.

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Comparative Financial Summary for December 2019/2020

01-15-2021Weekly LetterFr. Robert S. Aliunzi, AJ

Dear St. Andrew,

Throughout this past year 2020, I tried my best to give you regular updates on how our parish was navigating through the challenges posed by the pandemic. In all those communications, it was clear that 2020 was a very difficult year for all of us in very many ways. As we enter deeper into this new year, I would like to give you as usual, a very brief high level comparative summary of our financials for the December 2019/2020, which saw our Christmas plate income drop by over 60%.

However, before I do so, I would like to begin by thanking those of you who kept us going through your regular financial support to our parish during this most difficult time. Some of you went over and above your normal duty to even give to your parish your entire stimulus check in order to ensure that we met our minimum budgetary requirements. It is my hope that you will continue with your generosity so that this year may be better for us financially. May the Good Lord bless you with much more.

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The New Year 2021: More “Curse” or More Blessings?

01-08-2021Weekly LetterFr. Robert S. Aliunzi, AJ

Dear St. Andrew,

As we came closer to ushering in this new year, the tempo of our excitement and expectations accelerated in equal measure. This is because, no doubt, this past year has been horrible, complete with the devastations visited upon us by the coronavirus leading to thousands of deaths, loss of jobs, economic downturn, serious mental health issues etc. Then we had a chaotic election, disruption, of our spiritual and social lives, and the McCarrick saga in our Church. It seemed the “curse” would never end and so we eagerly looked forward to 2021 with greater anticipation to get out of this mess into better days. 

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As This Year Comes To An End, What Comes To My Mind? Gratitude

01-01-2021Weekly LetterFr. Robert S. Aliunzi, AJ

Dear St. Andrew,

Yes, while acknowledging over and over again, that this has been a horrible year for everyone, I still find infinitely more reasons to be grateful to God for all He has done for us than to be mad at Him. Yes, there is no doubt that the corona virus did not only devastate our health and sanity, our economy and our spiritual lives and much more, but it has also impacted our lives in ways that will remain with us for most of our lives. During this time, some of us have lost our dear ones, others their jobs, others their relationships and some others their faith. To you all, my heart goes out in prayer and compassion.

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