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Our Saturday Music Ministry will be giving a free concert on Saturday, August 22 right after the 5PM to showcase some of the music that will be on their very first CD! There will be a free-will donation for Haiti during the concert. Cold bottled water will be available for sale right before the concert.



Dear People of St. Andrew the Apostle:

Jesus is the Bread of Life and whoever eats this bread will never be hungry again; whoever eats this bread will never die; whoever does not eat this bread will have no life within them. Yet there is hunger all around us, and our loved ones die. People that we know who do not participate in the Eucharist seem to live as well as we do. What does Jesus mean for us to understand about this Bread of Life that He offers us in the Eucharist?

Jesus gives birth to the Eucharist for the first time as He celebrates the Passover with His disciples. Perhaps it will be in how we understand the Passover meal that will give us some appreciation of how "we will have life within us", "never die," and "never be hungry" again.

When the people of Jesus' day prepared the Passover, they sought out an unblemished young lamb. They would take the lamb and slaughter it, drain out the blood, roast it, and eat it as part of this annual religious observance. The lamb itself was a symbol of their hoped for Messiah. Slaughtering it meant for them that the lamb "passed over" from the created order into the realm of God. Draining out its blood was important because they were not to eat of the "life essence", or "life blood" of the lamb. Roasting it prepared it for eating. The lamb was the ultimate symbol of sacrifice…the lamb giving up its life and going over into the realm of God so that the Israelites could in some way enter into the realm of God in a physical way – by eating the meat of the lamb.

It was a foreshadowing of what communion with God would be once Jesus had offered His own life as the "Lamb of God." What is different for us is that in communion, Jesus offers us His BODY and His BLOOD. Not only are we invited to enter into the realm of God by taking within us His BODY, we are invited to eat of the "life essence" or "life blood" of God Himself. We are invited into an intimate communion with our Lord so that we might have His very life, both human and divine, flowing within us. We are not simply adoring God; we are not simply worshipping God; we are becoming ONE with God.

Knowing that Jesus is within us and becomes ONE with us means that we have His divine energy flowing through us. St. Paul often said "if Christ is for us, who can be against?" It does not mean we will not suffer physical hunger, pain, or death; but knowing that we have the very life of God within us helps us to conquer our fears, face our future with courage, and know that what God has in store for us is bigger and better than anything we have experienced before.

Jesus forms us into a EUCHARISTIC people:
-who give THANKS for our blessings,
-who worship our God out of gratitude for His blessings
-who are ready and willing to serve the needs of others
-who forgive others.

We are the Family of God. May the blessings of God be yours in abundance.

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Calendar
Mass Intentions
Tuesday, August 4
8:30 am
† Maria & William Cafiero
Wednesday, August 5
8:30 am
† Rory Fees
7:00 pm
† Kristi Cunningham
Thursday, August 6
8:30 am
† Jim Russell
Friday, August 7
8:30 am
† Alvera Bockhold
Saturday, August 8
5:00 pm
Elisa Suayan
Sunday, August 9
7:30 am
† Maria Lieu Thi Tran
9:00 am
† Phyllis Baum
11:00 am
St. Andrew Parishioners
5:30 pm
† Leandro Marasigan
Monday, August 10
8:30 am
 
Announcements

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration will be suspended from Jun 3 through Aug 12.
Our Holy Hour for Vocations will be suspended from Jun 3 through Aug 12.
Confessions at 5:30pm and Mass at 7:00pm on Wednesdays will continue through the summer months.

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The Gift Shop will be closed Jul 13-Aug 8.

Shoes for Souls: An Eagle Scout Project Giving Shoes to Children in Orphanages

Collection boxes for the shoes will be in the Church until Mon, Aug 17.

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Religious Education Registration is going on Now!

Registration is underway for all youth and young adult faith formation classes.

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Events
AUG 11

Divine Mercy Cenacle

AUG 14

1st Annual Father-Son Camp Out

at St. Joseph’s Youth Camp, Mormon Lake, AZ
Sponsored by St. Andrew’s Knights of Columbus & Men in Mission Men’s Ministry

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AUG 15

Walking Club: Chandler Fashion Center

AUG 20

Eucharistic Ministers of Care Training Session #1

Three required sessions, Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm beginning Thu, Aug 20

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AUG 20

Angel Connection Soulful Crafts

3rd Thursday of each month

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AUG 21

Bingo for Haiti

AUG 22

Free Concert

Our Saturday Music Ministry will perform to showcase some of the music that will be on their very first CD!

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AUG 24

Wisdom & Works of Mercy Retreat

Monday evenings, Aug 24-Nov 2 -- 7:00-9:00pm
Tuesday mornings, Aug 25-Nov 3 -- 9:30-11:30am
Register by Fri, Aug 14

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AUG 25

"Called to Protect" Safe Environment Foundation Class

AUG 27

Eucharistic Ministers of Care Training Session #2

Three required sessions, Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm beginning Thu, Aug 20

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AUG 28

Diamonbacks Faith & Family Night

Come and enjoy a Diamondback's game and free Christian concert with other families from St. Andrew!

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SEP 3

Eucharistic Ministers of Care Training Session #3

Three required sessions, Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm beginning Thu, Aug 20

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SEP 12

"Called to Protect" Safe Environment Foundation Class

SEP 12

Celebrate Marriage event with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral

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SEP 12

"Called to Protect" Safe Environment Foundation Class

SEP 22

Pilgrimage to Philadelphia and Pope Francis

Special Important Note: limited *Airspace and Hotel still available. However these can only be held until Mon, Jun 1. After that time, it will be on space available bases and whatever the new airline rate is. Register before the deadline date.

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OCT 10

Vendors Needed for the 2015 Health & Wellness Expo

Vendor applications are due no later than by Wed, Sep 9.

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JAN 9

"Called to Protect" Safe Environment Foundation Class