Set Sail with the Holy Trinity!

Join us for our 2015 Vacation Bible School on June 8th - 12th

Daily Schedule: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Performance: 12:15 on Friday

Early Registration runs March 1 - May 10. Cost of early registration is $45. Beginning May 11, cost is $50.

REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 24, 2015!

Registration is available ONLINE, or in the RE and Main Offices.

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Day at the beach
Evening tour and Mass at the newly renovated Christ Cathedral
Dinner at Anaheim Garden Walk
Overnight at the Springhill Suites
FULL day at Disneyland/California Adventure!



Dear People of St. Andrew the Apostle:

THE CHURCH HEMORRHAGING ITS ADULTS

It really is no secret that the Church is losing six times as many adults as it is gaining through the RCIA process. We are at a crisis point that we can choose to ignore and maintain the status quo, or we can choose to address even if the solutions may be painful. In a recent survey of young adults 27% indicated that they were still practicing their faith in their 20's and 30's, but 67% said they had given up their childhood faith. Only a few of those – about 35% of the 67% who have left the Church - report that they have joined another Christian denomination or another faith.

Interestingly, of those who have left the Church, 97% consider themselves "spiritual" but not "religious." Obviously we have done some things right – the majority see themselves as spiritual beings. And just as obviously, we may have done some things that actually drove people away.

There is no doubt that the culture undermines our efforts to pass on our faith from generation to generation. Many grandparents grieve that their grandchildren are not baptized or are not being raised in the faith they cherish and want so much for their grandchildren to experience. Another indicator of lack of the faith of their childhood is that only about 33% of Catholics are being married in the Church, and only about half of the parents that present their children for sacramental preparation are themselves engaged in the life of their parish.

One survey suggests that there are four main factors affecting religious attitudes and practices of adults, which either drive people to faith, or drive them away from faith.

  1. Many adults have not experienced God directly as real and an intimate part of their life. They do not feel that they have been touched by God in a way that has affected their lives.
  2. Many adults judge the Church, either collectively or as individual members, to be hypocritical and judgmental.
  3. Many adults see the Church as overly rigid in its moral teachings, and how they are applied to exclude people. They do not see the Church as an inclusive community.
  4. Many adults (certainly not all) grew up in rule-driven households where the rules were emphasized over the quality of relationship. Not having had the example of a vibrant faith growing from a personal relationship with Jesus, they either doubt such a relationship is possible, or don't know how to form one with the Lord.

Each of these factors presents a challenge to how we evangelize and grow in our relationship with the Lord. We will be reflecting more on this as we seek to become a parish of evangelizing, missionary Christians who fulfill their baptism by going forth to make new disciples.

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Calendar
Mass Intentions
Sunday, April 26
7:30 am
† Janice Buddensick
9:00 am
† Josefina Acosta
11:00 am
† Joy Haines
5:30 pm
St. Andrew Parishioners
Monday, April 27
8:30 am
† Patricia & Steve Brown
Tuesday, April 28
8:30 am
† Maryann Winter
Wednesday, April 29
8:30 am
Benilda & Leocadio L.
7:00 pm
† Josephine Vecchio
Thursday, April 30
8:30 am
† Mr. Jocelyn Santiague
Friday, May 1
8:30 am
† All the Vietnamese Soldiers
Saturday, May 2
5:00 pm
† Richard Bivens
Announcements

Divorce and Separated Support

Twice monthly - Wednesday 7:30-9:00pm

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Fr. Robert Barron's Catholicism Series

Sundays at 7:00pm OR Mondays at 9:00am

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Divorced? Looking for personal healing?

8 week workshop, Mondays 7:00pm

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April is Eye Health Awareness Month

Adult Confirmation Classes

Five week course on Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm

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Seasons of Hope Adult Bereavement Support Group

Mondays 6:30-8:30pm starting Mon, Apr 20
Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am starting Wed, Apr 22

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Help Wanted: Prayer Shawl Knitters

Purse Drive for the Shoebox Ministry

Events
MAY 1

Newlywed Ministry Gathering

Game Night

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MAY 2

16th Annual St. Andrew Scramble...Msgr. Tom Memorial

Enjoy some golf and help St. Andrew's Teens too!
Tickets on sale Mar 21/22 and Apr 11/12

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MAY 4

Yesterday’s Kids Potluck and Meeting

MAY 6

Youth - LifeTeen

A Bible study: David
Wednesdays in May

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MAY 9

Mother's Lifeline Cradle Sunday

JUN 8

Vacation Bible School 2015

Set Sail with the Holy Trinity!

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JUN 14

Newlywed Ministry Gathering

Sunday Brunch

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JUN 27

Summer Turnaround to California!

Registration ends Sat, May 9.

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SEP 22

Pilgrimage to Philadelphia and Pope Francis