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Pray for Moses

We have a family in need of prayers. The Moses family, parishioners, and school family, have been given a cross to bear with their youngest daughter, Katherine, who starts treatments for Leukemia today.

 Love and prayers Moses Family!

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Giovanna’s Blog

Katherine’s CaringBridge Page

The Moses Family: Cevin, Giovanna, Katherine, Diana, and John.

Powerful Prayer at Your Fingertips: Daily at St. Andrew!


Did you know the rosary is being said as a group prayer at St. Andrew every weekday morning before Mass at 7:30AM and on weekends, 7:00AM and 9:00AM?

The Rosary. What do you know about it? Have you adopted it as a spiritual weapon? If not, let’s briefly visit reasons why you should:

  • It’s the Prayer of the Gospel. The prayers themselves come from the Gospels; the Mysteries to contemplate are from the Gospels.
  • Saints Swear By It. The Saints are examples of how to live our lives the best we can as imperfect humans. Read quotes from Saints and Popes regarding the significance of the Rosary. One of the most poignant statements was made by Saint Louis de Montfort, “Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”
  • Move Beyond Petition-Only Prayers. Sometimes we get in the habit of reaching out in prayer only when we are asking for something. Sometimes we don’t know how to pray better. The Rosary can help you move into Contemplative Prayer, defined by the Catholic Church as “a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 2715). It is about becoming close to God: “The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer… By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord. In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are disclosed.” – John Paul II, Apostolic Letter, On The Most Holy Rosary
  • You Can Pray it Anywhere. Don’t Have a Rosary with You? Nothing is a coincidence with God. You have 10 fingers. If you left your Rosary at home, you always have your fingers with you–or your toes. Pray it while you exercise or drive.

This is just a short commentary on the importance of the Rosary and using it as a daily spiritual weapon. There are many other places to read about the Rosary, its history, and the benefits of its prayers:

Holy Cross Family Ministries

Step-by-Step Guide to Praying the Rosary

Pray the Rosary with the World Online

Did you know the rosary is being said as a group prayer at St. Andrew every weekday morning before Mass at 7:30AM and on weekends, 7:00AM and 9:00AM? If you already pray the Rosary, please join us. If you are new to the Rosary, please join in this dynamic prayer that will open up your spiritual life in ways you’ve never anticipated.

June 24, 1945

June 24, 1945 – The First St. Andrew Bulletin

Vol.I No.1-THE PARISH BULLETIN makes its formal bow to the members of the Congregation today with earnest hope that it will be of service to all who frequent St. Andrew’s Church. In it, you will find all the usual Sunday announcements, the schedule of Daily Masses, and as many other items of information and instruction as may well be crowded into its not too ample form. It will afford the members of the Congregation and all friends of St. Andrew’s, a simple, but reliable current history of the Parish and its people. We bespeak your generous consideration for it.
Until further notice Sunday Masses will be at 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 o’clock. All Masses begin promptly at the time appointed.

Hank Bought A Bus

Read about St. Andrew Parish School Alumnus, Hank Buttita in the Delavan Enterprise.

Hank Butitta is seen inside the bus in which he will travel across the country and experience the “tiny house movement.” (Photo by Michael S. Hoey)

Dreaming & Visioning Committee Minutes: June 11, 2013

Matt 10:7-13

The apostles and disciples Jesus chose were ordinary people with the mission to spread his Good News in all the world.  Jesus knew well how egos, power, clothing, possessions, could and would influence their actions.  So Jesus ordered them to strip themselves of everything except the bare essentials.  They left behind the trappings and the security of their former lives and, in the name of Jesus, went out into the world.  Devoid of all selfishness, the work of the disciples and apostles surrounded the Cornerstone and completed the sound foundation for Christianity.

Through the New Testament and documented history, we know of the lives of men and women who also were able to obediently follow the instructions of Jesus, became saints, and established God’s earthly Kingdom.  We also know of countless men and women who were not able to deny themselves to leave their biases and trappings behind, as they pretended to live, speak and act on behalf of Jesus and religion.  The results were disastrous in the individuals’ lives, the communities,’ and the church’s.

How do we know today how closely we are following the instructions of Jesus?  There is only one metric – it is our heart.  Through our intellect we know that the use of our time, talent, and treasure provides an outwardly, observable behavior pattern.  Through our heart we know the genuineness of our Love for God and our neighbors.  So let us be grateful to God for setting our hearts on the higher gift.  Let us thank God for our dying to the self and for our new life in Jesus Christ, his Son and our Lord, who came to serve and who asks the same of us.

Notes for the June 11, 2013 Dreaming/Visioning session

In Attendance:

Pastor and/or Associate Pastor: Jim

Parish Counselors: Theresa, Tom

Parish School:

Christian Formation: Deacon Phil, Al

Parish Life: Cevin

At Large: Brook

The meeting began with Mass in church and prayer in the upper room.  Scripture was from the Gospel of the day.  The dialogue question dealt with how the trappings of our lives interfere with our mission.

The topical discussion began with Father Jim sharing with us the names of the new principal and the Pastoral musician (John and Brian).  Leslie will be the Administrator of the Hispanic program with the volunteers running the Sunday am sessions.  The Trustee and PC positions are also filled.

Cevin has begun to work on getting people to join the Parish Life committee.  Getting new members for D/V will be a secondary priority.

With the new principal on board, perhaps we can reconsider our preliminary decision on not having the prayer tree this year.

Letter writing to people in prison; Deacon Phil reported his findings.  The prison’s policy allows unsealed letters to be received by the inmates.  The letters would be matched to the inmates by a pastoral person.  Care must be used to keep the source of the letters untraceable.  The suggestion was made that we would consider writing a few times each year, particularly around the holidays.

Pallium Lecture will kick off the DWTD series.  Recommendation was made to have periodic reminders in the bulleting for people to get it on their calendars.  Al to ask Patty to make that happen.

Thank you to Mass servers – the graduates, who were Mass servers, got a certificate of recognition with their graduating diploma.  The suggestion was made to perhaps have a tri-parish picnic for all of the servers once a year to honor them and to thank them.

Birthday call to parishioners – no progress.  Father Jim shared that he gets a call from the Archbishop on his birthday.

With a new principal on board, Patty can pursue the idea of presenting one (or more) of Chris Stephanic’s videos to the school parent association.

Ditto for the food pantry – grocery bag idea

Theresa has a supposedly viable list of newcomers.  She will update the ministry booklet and have it produced for the parish.  The parish will send a welcoming newcomer’s packet to the people on her list.  Invitations to the parish festival and the Harvest dinner will be included.  Theresa was to check with Patty and come up with a date for the later.

Tom handed out information about a diet based on Scriptural principles.  If there is enough interest and people to help Tom, he would be interested in presenting this 14 week series.

The July 16 PC meeting will be with St Pats with the opportunity to start collaborating with that parish.

Wayne and Judy Rolfs have offered to present a program to St Andrew.  D/V OK’d their request.  Al to relay that message to Wayne.

Late in the meeting we talked about a farewell for Father and a welcoming for Father Angel on the last Sunday in June.  Coffee and doughnuts in the cafeteria after the 9:30 Mass.

Next Meeting August 13, 2013

Meeting closed with the prayer for parish Life, a song and a blessing.

May our love for our triune God be a never ending source of energy and desire to bring the Good News to our community.

Upcoming Dates & New School Times

The school year is quickly approaching and below are some important dates to put on your calendar.


Also, please note that the new school day hours are 8:15-3:35. That is an additional 30 minutes per school day.


Wednesday, August 28, 8:00AM-Noon – Registration & Form Drop Off

→ Registration forms can be filled out in the pdf forms, then printed out and brought in on registration day. Or you can print them out blank and fill them out by hand.

Tuesday, September 3, 8:15AM – First Day of School


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