Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew the Apostle,

We're in the last days of July. August starts on Monday. As a school student, this was a reminder that classes would be starting soon, so a dark cloud would overshadow the weeks leading up to school beginning again. I have to fight against my pessimism. So let me thank God that there's another month before the activities at the parish (e.g., our parish school, religious education classes, RCIA) begin again in earnest. For those who are able, I hope that you can find rest and relaxation in this last unofficial month of summer (officially, the first day of fall isn't until September 22). And for all inclined towards looking at the negative, start to recognize the many blessings in your life and thank God for them.

We will have Eucharistic Adoration in the church next Saturday, August 6, beginning at 8:00 AM and leading up to the 9:00 AM Mass. Our summer seminarian, Christian, will lead the Rosary and offer a reflection while Fr. Smith and I hear Confessions. Please join us for this special time of Eucharistic Adoration, Penance, and Mass.

This weekend there will be a second collection for the Diocese of Arlington's missions in Banica and Pedro Santana in the Dominican Republic. Fr. Smith and I will speak briefly about this missionary work in our Dominican parishes where there is great poverty and few native-born priests. Since 1991 the Diocese of Arlington has been providing priests and aid to the Bishop of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic has existed for 31 years. Currently, Fr. Steven McGraw and Fr. Jeb Donelan are the priests from our Diocese serving as missionaries in Banica and Pedro Santana. Several youth groups and young adult groups from our Diocese have also been to the missions to help the parishioners there. Our priests have been able to accomplish a lot in their time there thanks to their generosity and the generosity of Catholics in northern Virginia supporting their work in charity. I encourage you to be generous. To learn more about the Banica mission and its needs, visit this website.

A reminder that tonight (July 30), Lynda Rozelle will speak after the 5:30 PM vigil Mass in Hannan Hall. She has written a memoir called Journeys with a Tin Can Pilgrim about what led her to leave her life as a corporate lawyer and begin traveling the country in an Airstream seeking efforts to speak about Christ and his Church. Lynda writes a blog of her travels and has written a book of poems which is also available at our office and at her talk. Please join us as she shares the story of her radical conversion and unique call to evangelization! Pizza and refreshments are provided. I hope to see you there.

As we enter the month of August, it's time to finalize our plans for the coming school year. St. Andrew's parish school is open for enrollment for students entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Please visit the school's website here. Our religious education classes this school year will be held on two days: Monday 5:30-7:00 PM and Tuesday 5:00-6:30 PM. You can find the registration information here. We are looking for volunteers to teach religious education classes, especially on Tuesday evenings. If you feel that God is calling you to this important ministry, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Patty Laing. Know of my gratitude for those teachers who help parents to educate our children in the Catholic faith, and for the sacrifices that parents make to make sure their children receive the vital formation in faith necessary in their homes and through the Church.

Yesterday, Bishop Michael Burbidge published the new policy for the Diocese of Arlington concerning the implementation of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), also called the Extraordinary Form Mass or the Mass from the 1962 Missal. Our new policy goes into effect September 8, 2022, and is in response to the instructions that accompanied Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter Traditionis Custodes. The new policy reduces the availability of the TLM in the Diocese, which was the intention of Tradionis Custodes. That being said, it will be available at eight locations throughout the Diocese, which is more than the recent policies of other dioceses in the United States. This is due to Bishop Burbidge's desire to accommodate the number of parishioners in the Diocese who prefer the TLM Mass over the Novus Ordo Mass, which is the ordinary form of the Mass we are familiar with that was developed after the Second Vatican Council.

Much prayer, effort, and consultation have taken place in the past year by Bishop Burbidge and his advisors to reach this policy, for it will affect the thousands of parishioners in our Diocese - approximately 2.5% of all who attend Mass - who prefer the TLM. Let us pray that this transition will be peaceful and respectful, and may we do what we can to provide charity and compassion to those who are negatively affected.

As for our St. Andrew's, this new policy will not affect our 10:30 AM Latin Novus Ordo Mass.

Know of my prayers for you. Please pray for me as well!

´╗┐In Christ,
Fr. Wagner