Dear People of St. Andrew the Apostle:
The prophet Jeremiah prays in an interesting way today: "You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be
duped." Another way to put it would be: "You fooled me, O Lord, and I let myself be fooled." What
Jeremiah has discovered is that when you let God be in control, the outcome is often different than you
might expect. Jeremiah ran into a ton of opposition in his prophetic ministry. He was plotted against and
attempts were made to silence him as he struggled to remain faithful to God's will.
We often run into obstacles in our life with Christ. One might think that being faithful to the Lord and
His will would bring blessings and an easy life. But we are certainly not freed from the struggles of life. We
are called to trust the Lord in the midst of the disappointments and often chaotic events of our lives. When
we are most tempted to be unfaithful is when the Lord is asking us to persevere in our resistance to
temptation and struggle to remain faithful.
In the "new evangelization" proclaimed by our recent popes (John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis) we
are being challenged to live our faith fully, and share it with joy. During World Youth Day last year, Pope
Francis called Catholics to "minister without borders. " He called the Church to missionary outreach to the
poor in foreign lands and across the seas.
This past weekend Fr. Garry from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage in Jeremie, Haiti visited our
parish and reminded us of this call to minister without borders. He brought the love of the children from
the poorest of the poor and asked for our continued support of them. It was an exciting weekend as Fr.
Garry spoke at all of our Masses, attended our BINGO for HAITI on Friday night, was at a fundraising
dinner on Saturday night, and came to our BLITZ for HAITI on Monday night at Marcello's restaurant.
He spoke of the continued need for improvements at the orphanage and thanked us for all that our parish
has done in the past to help the orphanage grow.
This is what happens when we let God be in control. Five years ago no one had even heard of the
orphanage and today it has become part of the life of our parish. I want to thank those who have supported
this outreach so generously. Through your support the orphanage now has two generators that give
electricity when the city power goes out; there is a bakery that allows the orphanage to sell bread to the local
community; the girls are being taught the talent of sewing so that clothes can be made and sold; all 70
children have their own bed and individual storage drawer; the children are receiving a quality education;
and they know that people from across the sea love them and care for them. We have much to be proud of
in this outreach.
In the gospel today Jesus calls us to an authentic love that calls us to sacrifice on behalf of others. We are
called to be people of integrity. May the Lord continue to bless you in all you do to live your faith and use
your gifts for the benefit of others.