What an exciting time at St. Andrew Parish as we approach our 130th anniversary. It is appropriate that our anniversary is so close to stewardship weekend. Most of the time, we equate stewardship with providing financial resources for a worthy endeavor. Stewardship, however, encompasses the responsible management of what has been given to us – time, talent and treasure. It is the ability for us to pass on to future generations what we have received – the faith lived out in our community. This is exemplified by the daily celebration of the sacraments guiding us from our natural birth to birth into eternal life. It is also demonstrated by the active participation of the parishioners in the community through the 65 ministries and programs that currently exist. It would be a shame if in another 130 years, future parishioners cannot say the same.
For myself, the roots of stewardship are tied to gratitude. I marvel at the opportunities that have been presented to me in my life – starting with my parents and grandparents instilling in me a love for the faith. As I grew up and became successful in business, it seemed only natural to share with others what I had been given. If asked, I would try to find time to participate in helping out. I can tell you that Fr. Paul is persuasive when he asks! Even better though, I encourage you to volunteer before being asked. This diverse parish is our home in a turbulent world. We need to build upon what we have inherited so that our children and grandchildren will also find this parish a place of nourishment and consolation. Since this is our home, shouldn’t we make stewardship of St. Andrew our first priority?
My wife, Lannette, shares my enthusiasm for giving back. We have both grown and benefitted through our own attempts at stewardship. It is easy to assume that someone else will pitch in or that downtown (the Archdiocese) will send money. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Studies show that only a small percentage of parishioners are actively engaged. Care for this community, financially and spiritually, rests on all of us. So, as we approach the 130th anniversary, I ask that you look deep into your hearts to find ways to give more financially and of yourself so that St. Andrew will have as vibrant a future as it’s past.
Chair of Finance Council
St. Andrew Finance Council
we thank you for the many blessings
You have bestowed upon St. Andrew Parish:
our beautiful Church, our rich diversity,
our pastoral leadership, our inspiring liturgies,
our educational programs, our outreach to those in need,
and our many volunteers who make us a true faith community.
Let us commit ourselves to be wise stewards
of these gifts,
to develop them responsibly,
to share them in practice and in love with others,
and to return them with increase to You, our loving God.
Let us pledge to continue our ongoing formation as stewards
and to lead others to answer this call.
We pray that You who have begun this good work in us
will bring it to fulfillment in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
St. Andrew Master Plan Project
Thank you for attending the Town Hall meeting in which we discussed the new project we wish to accomplish soon. Do you have comments you would like to send to us regarding St. Andrew’s newest Church Project? If yes, please do so at email@example.com
Father Paul's 25th Anniversary Mass
Thank you to all who attended Father Paul's 25th Anniversary of his ordination. Please see this link to view photos from the event.
Jubilee Year of Mercy Events in the San Gabriel Pastoral Region
FAMILY PROMISE: Join St. Andrew Parish in Serving Homeless Families!
Beginning March 2016, our parish will have an opportunity to follow Jesus by serving the poor and vulnerable in a practical way. We will be partnering with the Family Promise program to provide temporary housing and other assistance to homeless families in our local region.
WHAT IS FAMILY PROMISE?
There are 178 Family Promise affiliates in 41 states across the country. Family Promise’s mission is “to help homeless children by assisting their families to stay intact and to regain stable housing and employment within a supportive, volunteer-driven community.” Family Promise holds dear the core values of hospitality, empowerment, compassion, mobilizing communities, and hope.
OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SERVE TOGETHER
This is a great opportunity for us as parishioners to serve together. It’s a wonderful way for our families to participate in ministry, instilling in our children the care and respect that God has for the poor and vulnerable. We are also asking that different parish ministries sponsor a day on which to provide meals and other materials or services for the families who will be staying with us. This is a chance to exercise any gifts or talents you might have for the benefit of neighbors who are trying to transition out of a difficult situation.
You can also contact:
- Martha Solorio: firstname.lastname@example.org; 626-817-1992
- Martin Yuson: email@example.com; 626-242-8160
- Noel Toro: firstname.lastname@example.org; (626) 817-3149
Newly Consecrated Bishop Robert Barron makes an historic visit to St. Andrew Parish!
On Sunday September 13th. Bishop Robert Barron, presided at the 9:30 am mass. It was his first public mass since being consecrated an Auxiliary Bishop by Archbishop Jose Gomez for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Tuesday September 8th. It was a great honor to have him with us!
Young Adult Ministry News
Please join the St. Andrew Young Adult Ministry every Wednesday for faith sharing and bible study at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. We discuss and reflect on the readings for this upcoming Sunday and have a potluck dinner afterwards. Please enter through the side entrance.
For more information please email Daniel Saucedo: email@example.com.