December 27, 2015
Our Masses for the Holy Day of Mary the Mother of God are Thursday, Dec. 31st at 5:00 PM and Friday January 1st at 11:00 AM. We have tried to make the schedule as convenient as possible for those to celebrating the New Year.
The parish office will be open this week until Thursday at 12:00 noon.
Our charitable ministry in Andover and the surrounding communities has grown over the past 3 or 4 years. We now have a St. Vincent de Paul Society that helps people in our parish boundaries that need everything from utilities to prescriptions. We participate in Hands to Serve that helps with home repairs in Andover and the surrounding communities. This year we got involved in Andover Caring and Sharing that helps families in Andover schools that are struggling. We also have increased our support to the Andover Community Food Bank located at the Methodist Church and we will probably host the summer food program this year. Finally we now are helping the Sunshine Children’s Home here in Andover.
This outreach to our local communities is important for 2 reasons. First, there is a need in Andover and we as the largest church have an important role to play for these efforts to be successful. Secondly, there are fewer services in Butler County so churches and community organizations need to pick up the slack. I want to thank the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the many volunteers in the different ministries and Michele Carlini here in the office for all their good work reaching out to those in need in our local community. This local involvement is fulfilling the second part of our mission statement, “to build God’s kingdom.”
Consider making a special year-end gift to St. Vincent de Paul Church. The need for your gifts is real. Your year-end gifts carry us through the whole year. Our ministries to the youth, faith formation, and outreach to those in need in our community are all going strong. Help support the great work happening here at St. Vincent’s. Finally, thank you to all who have already responded with generous gifts.