of Catholic presence
St. Andrew Parish continued celebrating its centennial year with a Homecoming Weekend May 23 and 24.
The parish began its year-long celebration on November 30, the feast of St. Andrew. The homecoming weekend coincided with Memorial Day Weekend.
A banquet and dance were held at the parish center on May 23. The 484 people in attendance swelled the community. The parish lists 125 families and 382 parishioners on its 2008 annual report.
The Sunday liturgy for the Ascension of the Lord was concelebrated by Father Bob Schremmer, pastor, and Father John Maes, a former pastor. It was also the 42nd anniversary of Father Maes’ ordination to the priesthood.
Father Schremmer shared these remarks during his homily: “There is a saying that ‘Home is where your heart is.’ And there is another saying ‘your heart is where your treasure is.’ We are humbled by so many people who have come from so many places.
“What treasure we have here and what expressions of gratitude I’ve heard from those families who treasure their deep Catholic roots here in this place.
“There is here a sense of being connected; a sense of being bonded. All of you are signs of the treasure of St. Andrew Parish.”
The parish produced both a centennial history book and a cookbook. The cost of the history book is $35; the cost of the cookbook is $15. Supplies of each are limited. Call for availability: Ruth Morton, 620-225-2487; Janet Kliesen, 620-227-6668.