Hey there! My name is Michael Paruank and I am so thankful to become a part of the St. Andrew family. This past year has been a time of learning and growing for me. I went from believing Catholicism was a false religion to being received into the church this week. In October of 2019, my dad went to our local library and picked up a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. [Click picture to read more.]
After being raised in a devout Catholic family, receiving the sacraments and a Catholic education, I quit. I still called myself Catholic but only practiced my faith occasionally. Over many years the Lord drew me back to His Church. But one thing I struggled with was the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.... In the fall of 2015, two years after joining St Andrew Parish, I sincerely brought this question to God during Sunday Mass. [Click the title to read the full story.]
Hi! My name is Carissa, and I am so, SO excited to be entering the Church! About a year and a half ago now, I started to feel like God wanted His Church to be unified, not only in heart but also in mind, in belief (Philippians 2:2, 1 Corinthians 1:10). But, I told Him that because we all have to read the Bible for ourselves, that was impossible, and I dared Him to show me how we were supposed to be one if that’s what He really wanted. [Click picture to read more.]
I had never sung for a funeral before. My Grandma B, whom I loved dearly, had died and her Catholic funeral was being planned. I was already singing in church choir and wanted to sing for her funeral. [Click the title to read the full story.]
The Advent Giving Tree is ready for you! Please return all gifts to the Narthex by December 13, UNWRAPPED. Please use SOCIAL DISTANCING when selecting a gift tag. There are tags strung near the St. Andrew Glass Etching. If shopping is not something you are able to do at this time, please consider a monetary contribution to our online giving page. May you & yours have a blessed & holy Advent.
A recipient of your generosity at Thanksgiving responds. "Being surprised in this awkward time of pandemic isolation by a small envelope on the floor just inside my apartment door was joyful, uplifting, and humbling. Being thought of and gifted with time, care, prayer, and a Buschs card lifts my spirit in a week when holiday of Thanksgiving will be observed alone" [Click to read her full letter]
Celebrations will still occur to remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus! In order to do so safely, a few things will be different. First, St. Andrew will offer more Masses, and second, you will need to sign up ahead of time. [Click for more information.}
During college, when I had grown lukewarm in my faith, God allowed trials in my life that continually serve as reminders to stay close to Him. One such event occurred while commuting to school in the late 70’s. On a sunny morning following a Nor’easter, I hit a patch of ice and lost control of my vehicle. The car sped up while bouncing back and forth against the snowbanks on both sides of the road. [Click to read the full story.]
Years ago, I had a nun tell me that if you don’t use your faith, you will lose it. It is a gift from God. I was given this gift as a child, and I bought the whole package. The Good Lord has saved my life more than once. When I was 10 years old, my parents had a summer cottage on Sugar Loaf Lake. One day, a friend and I rowed a boat across the lake, exploring a marshy area. [Click to read the full story]
Dr. Varsha Moudgal, of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Infectious Disease Department, speaks to Scott Graden, Superintendent of Saline Area Schools, about COVID-19 safety. She has a very surprising story near the end of her talk about a hair salon. Spoiler alert... it didn't end the way I predicted. In this video, Dr. Moudgal has a question & answer session.
In early April 2020, I learned an important lesson about the power of prayer. I was seriously injured in a freakish auto accident. I was alone in my garage, with the car in reverse, not park; I got out and the open door knocked me down to the floor. The moving car ripped the door partly off its upper hinge and trapped me with the damaged car door laying across my chest. As I lay there, I remember saying, “Please God, I don’t want to die like this.”
Looking for more ways to understand and deepen your faith? NEW online courses are now available through the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University. St. Andrew has an active subscription for our parish making it FREE for any parishioner to take classes!! Watch this short video to show you how to sign up!
Join us for an in-person Open House Information Night at St. Andrew in Saline, on Thursday, July 23rd from 7-8 pm. Event will be held in the large, well ventilated Parish Hall and social distancing and mask wearing will be practiced. Start a journey through the entire Bible, guided by expert live teachers with the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan’s new classes starting this September at St. Andrew in Saline (Thursdays, 7-9 PM), Queen of the Miraculous Medal in Jackson (Mon Evenings), and online (any day/time). Through donations, CBSM is accessible to all with a 100% of requests for financial aid granted. Not able to attend? Visit cbsmich.org/join for an Info Night recording and register for the course by September 14th. For more information, contact email@example.com or 586-438-3085.