Uganda Lent 2018

Our Multi-faceted Support for Uganda

During the season of Lent, we are focussing on our parish theme of “PrayFast-Give; Healing the Wounds of Injustice.” Each week during Lent we have a different focus that relates to ministries we do in the parish to help heal the wounds of injustice in our community and in the world. If you have been part of Saint Andrew parish, for long, you know that we have a relationship with several direct ministries in Uganda. This effort has been part of our parish culture for more than a decade. Most recently, our efforts have focused on Fr. Matthias’ current parish, St. Charles Lwanga, its primary school and its recently built secondary school – our namesake, St. Andrew. This has been facilitated by a non-profit organization named Uganda Essomero which helps to build and support schools in Uganda. To find out more visit www.ugandaessomero.org. Multiple times a year our parish and school collect funds for our Parish-to-Parish support. These funds are
distributed by Fr. Matthias and utilized to maintain and support his parish, schools and 22 out-stations.

 

Parish-to-Parish funds are raised at:

• Fall Second Collection for Uganda • 5K Running of the Bulldogs • St. Andrew School Penny Challenge

In addition to the parish-to-parish support, our community has been the bedrock for One Heart Uganda and its scholarship program that currently serves more than 100 students. Parish and school individuals and families have directly sponsored students through this nonprofit organization. While the school and CCD program, as a whole, have each sponsored a student annually. Find out
more at www.oneheartuganda.com Although One Heart Uganda supporters are now found across the U.S. and in Europe, the majority of its support resides right here in our community with more than 60% of its scholarship recipients receiving consistent, quality education thanks to your generous support. This weekend we celebrate our special bond with our sister parish and Fr. Matthias in Uganda and we hope the following articles give you deeper insight in the tremendous work that Saint Andrew parish does as we engage in this relationship.
As you fast during Lent, remember that the purpose of fasting is so that we may more readily give to the needs of the world. We intend to collect the harvest from our fasting on Holy Thursday so we can support our ministries to Uganda (and other ministries). If you are looking to support any of these ministries, the collection on Holy Thursday is the designated place to make a donation during lent.

And please recall that “healing the wounds of injustice” is not just a financial obligation, but a personal one as well. We especially are called to correct the injustice within ourselves and interpersonally by experiencing the grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As a community, we will join Saint Benedict Parish on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30pm for our joint-parish Reconciliation service. We hope that you will join us.

-David Heimann, Pastoral Associate


Teacher’s Trip Brings Mission to Life

This July, a group of One Heart Uganda supporters, sponsors and board members will visit Central Uganda to experience local culture and gather progress updates from more than 100 scholarship students. Among those traveling, will be St. Andrew teachers, Kelly Shea (Preschool) and Paula Thivierge (Junior Kindergarten). The teachers will have an opportunity to visit several primary and secondary schools and partner with local teachers and students. In addition to developing curriculum to bring back to St. Andrew School, the opportunities for inspiring and sharing their teaching passion with educators across the world is exceptional.

“I’m looking forward to creating more awareness around Fr. Matthias’ mission and how he’s helping students,” says Thivierge. “I’m also really excited to meet, Eliosi, the little girl we sponsor. I can’t wait to bring back stories and experiences about what it’s like there for my girls and the children I teach.”

“Making the connection and bringing back the realness that connects our schools and students will be great. It really reinforces the Spirit, Study and Service that St. Andrew stands for,” said Shea. “We’re making a difference and I want to help get that word out.”

Our teachers welcome your support in helping them fund their upcoming trip. We encourage you to visit their
websites to assist their efforts:
https://www.gofundme.com/paulathivierge
https://www.gofundme.com/mission-trip-to-uganda-july-2018

 


Support “Get Well”


Worldwide, one out of every five deaths of children under the age of five is due to a water-related disease. Of the 783 million people without access to safe and clean water, more than 40% live in Sub-Saharan African countries like Uganda. These statistics are alarming and just a few. Water is a luxury that every one of God’s creatures should have access to. For this reason, Stephanie Lippian is leading the “Get Well” initiative. Through “Get Well,” it is our goal to raise $9,000 to build a well that supports the new St. Andrew secondary and St. Charles Lwanga primary schools at Fr. Matthias’ parish in Central Uganda.

Currently, the campus has two water tanks. Unfortunately, though, these tanks do not provide enough clean water through the seven-month drought season. The schools are very blessed because over half of the developing world’s primary schools don’t have the luxury of access to water and sanitation facilities. Due to the generosity of the St. Andrew parishioners, scholarships have been awarded and there are more students than ever on campus. It is our shared goal to see these children earn an education, but they need and deserve life’s basic necessity to do so.

Here are few more facts to consider:
• Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the family member responsible for fetching
water. Without toilets, girls often drop out of school at puberty.
• The average container for water collection in Africa, the jerry can, weighs over 40 pounds when full.

For these reasons and so many more, I ask for your help. 100% of the money raised will go directly toward
the new solar-powered well. If you would like to help fundraise or make a donation to the campaign
please contact me at salippian@yahoo.com or at 323-533-7082.

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