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Gospel reading Luke 24:46-53

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord : May 8, 2016

Jesus said to his disciples:“Thus it is written that the Christ would sufferand rise from the dead on the third dayand that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you;but stay in the cityuntil you are clothed with power from on high.”Then he led them out as far as Bethany,raised his hands, and blessed them.As he blessed them he parted from themand was taken up to heaven.They did him homageand then returned to Jerusalem with great joy,and they were continually in the temple praising God.

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Msgr. Michael Souckar

St. Andrew Church

Sixth Sunday of Easter : May 1, 2016

Maintaining a Safe Environment

Dear Parishioners of St. Andrew:

All of us have a serious moral duty to keep children safe from anyone who would harm them. The Catholic Church is committed to protecting minors and vulnerable adults placed in Her care. As I hope you know by now, all clergy, seminarians, employees of the parish, school (elementary and pre-school) and religious education program, as well as parish/school volunteers who are in contact with minors, are obliged to meet the safe environment requirements of the Archdiocese of Miami.

These include the following:

  • Successfully completing a national criminal background check (renewed every 5 years).
  • Signing and abiding by a “Code of Conduct”.
  • Attending a Virtus training seminar and keeping current with monthly updates on how to identify the signs of child sexual abuse.

St. Andrew School and religious education program also use “Teaching Touching Safety,” an age-appropriate program that speaks to children at various grade levels in an effort to keep them safe from abuse. I recently attended one of these sessions with some of the students in our religious education program. The instruction helps students to keep safe, understand proper boundaries with adults, and what is and is not an appropriate secret to keep.

Let us be clear, sexual abuse is a mortal sin, a grave offense in canon law and a felony in criminal law. It is a problem in many sectors of our society; we cannot deny it. It is never the “fault” of the one abused. All of us in the Church – from the Pope to parents – have a serious duty to do all that we can to educate ourselves about sexual abuse and to keep children and vulnerable adults safe. As pastor of St. Andrew Parish, I reiterate my commitment to abide by the Safe Environment Policies of the Archdiocese of Miami and to promote a loving, safe and joyful environment here for all, especially for our children. To learn more about the safe environment policies of the Archdiocese of Miami, please visit www.miamiarch.org and look for the “Protecting God’s Children” link or call Jan Rayburn, Safe Environment Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Miami, at 305-762-1250.

Very often those who experience sexual abuse – as a child or as an adult – face serious emotional and spiritual struggles to overcome the trauma. Should you wish to speak confidentially to one of the priests, please call the parish office for an appointment (there is no need to tell the receptionist the purpose of your meeting). The priest will provide you with spiritual assistance and, if helpful, suggest a professional counselor who abides by Catholic teachings.

To report child sexual abuse, notify the Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline at: 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). To communicate concerns of incidents of sexual misconduct involving a cleric, employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church, contact Deacon Richard Turcotte, Ph.D., Victim Assistance Coordinator, at 1-866-80-ABUSE (1-866-802-2873).

Keeping children safe is a year-round commitment in fidelity to the Lord who said “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family with His love!

Msgr. Michael A. Souckar

Marine life

May 8, 2016

Oceans not only contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, but also most of the immense variety of living creatures, many of them still unknown to us and threatened for various reasons. What is more, marine life in rivers, lakes, seas and oceans, which feeds a great part of the world’s population, is affected by uncontrolled fishing, leading to a drastic depletion of certain species. Selective forms of fishing which discard much of what they collect continue unabated. Particularly threatened are marine organisms which we tend to overlook, like some forms of plankton; they represent a significant element in the ocean food chain, and species used for our food ultimately depend on them.

Source: Laudato Si’

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