Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew the Apostle,

For information about all of the news and events at the parish, please read the bulletin or our parish website. Here are some upcoming events at St. Andrew's:

  • The Knights of Columbus will host their monthly pancake breakfast after the 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, and 10:30 AM Mass this Sunday.
  • Our Father's Day Novena of Masses begins next Sunday, June 16. To enroll the intention of your father, grandfather, or other fathers in your life, please use the Father’s Day remembrance envelope found in your monthly packet of envelopes or those placed at the Church entrances along with Father’s Day Novena cards. The remembrance envelopes (and list of names if you use Faith Direct) may be placed in the regular Sunday collection or dropped off at the Parish Office. No stipend is required; any donation is appreciated. You may also use Faith Direct to enroll intentions and offer a stipend. 
  • Next Saturday, June 15, we will host a document shredding fundraiser in our parking lot from 10 AM until noon to support Marian Homes and St. Andrew's Music Ministry. Bring your paper to be shredded, make a donation, and support two great programs! More information here.
  • On Monday, June 17, we will begin repaving our campus parking. Weather permitting, it will only take two weeks to complete. During that time, one of the entrances may be closed and portions of the parking lot will be inaccessible. Please be observant of changes and closures and arrive a few more minutes early for Mass and events to accommodate any changes. Thank you in advance for your patience.
  • At 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 22, Bishop Burbidge will be the principal celebrant and homilist for a special Mass for our deanery at St. Mark's in Vienna. This is the Feast Day of St. Thomas More, the patron saint of the Diocese of Arlington, and it's part of the celebration of the Diocese's 50th Anniversary. More information can be found here.

Our Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession was such a glorious event! The weather was perfect, the altars of repose were beautiful, and so many of us gathered to pray, sing, and give glory to our Lord. Thank you to all the parishioners who made the Procession and reception happen. It was a blessing to all who participated!

On Monday, June 3, seminarian Luke Helbling arrived at the parish for his summer assignment. You will see him serving at Mass, leading our men's scripture study on Wednesday mornings after the 6:30 AM Mass, and offering spiritual reflections on First Saturdays. I have also asked him to lead a group study of the book From Christendom to Apostolic Mission on Saturday mornings that will begin in a few weeks. Look for more information in next week's newsletter and in the bulletin. Those who are participating are encouraged to purchase the book at this link, or your favorite source for books.

Yesterday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and we traditionally dedicate the whole month of June to the devotion of Christ's Sacred Heart. St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, a French Visitation sister in the 17th Century, received a vision of Christ in which He offered twelve promises to those who consecrate themselves to His Most Sacred Heart. Her spiritual director was St. Claude La Colombière of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and his order played a major role in spreading the devotion to the Sacred Heart throughout the Church. French missionary St. John Eudes also helped to spread the devotion.

There are many particular devotions surrounding the Sacred Heart. The First Friday devotion is the last of the twelve promises made to St. Margaret Mary: “I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment." I can tell you that at St. Andrew's, our First Friday Masses are more crowded than any other Friday, and I am sure that this devotion the reason behind it.

Another popular devotion to the Sacred Heart is the Litany of the Sacred Heart, the Sacred Heart Novena, and an Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart. Fr. Michael Gaitley also has prepared a self-guided retreat to the Sacred Heart called Consoling the Heart of Jesus that is highly recommended. If you currently do not have a devotion to the Sacred Heart, this is a good month to start. This would be a great month to practice one or more of these devotions that can be carried into the months to come and for the rest of our lives. Here is a page that includes even more information about the devotion and its history to help.

... There is no spiritual lesson in my baseball portion of the newsletter. It's just a short video of Atlanta Braves outfielder Adam Duvall throwing a baseball and casually knocking over a beer can pyramid constructed by fans at a game. I found it entertaining. There is one lesson: please drink responsibly, which I hope was the case for all teh fans involved in making that rather large pyramid.

Know of my prayers for you. Please pray for me as well!

In Christ,

Fr. Wagner

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