Mark Andreas passed away after a short bout with Cancer on Friday, June 8th. He was a strong man of God and will be greatly missed. Mark was a dear friend of "VOCAL" for almost a decade, and sent cheers this way when Church error was exposed. His dear wife Ruth and children were his greatest joy in life besides the Lord. God bless you Mark, thanks for your dear friendship and faith in Christ to emulate. Rest in Peace.
Here is a message he sent through Facebook. I know he wouldn't mind if I posted this. It gives a flavor of this wonderful man.
from Mark & Ruth Andreas in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It doesn't
seem like we have been here for 6 years, but time flies. We have often
thought of all the wonderful families we have known at Holy Rosary and
the dear priests who have served there and at the Rosary Center. My own
fondest memories will always be attending the 11:00 Mass and hearing
the Men's Schola sing so beautifully.
I wondered into that parish
in 1989 on December 8th on Our Lady's Feast day. I remember being fed
up with my own parish priest who denied Purgatory and was confused on
other points of the Faith. An older man I worked with attended there
and recommended it to me, so I went to Noon Mass. I can still remember
being overwhelmed by the beautiful hymns and then being able to kneel to
receive Holy Communion. At the recessional hymn, Immaculate Mary, I
began to weep in tears I can only describe as those of pure joy. I felt
I was home! All I could do for a time was kneel back down after Mass
and drink it in.
Now my problem was how to leave St. Peter's in
Newberg. I went to see then auxiliary Bishop Waldschmidt to get
permission to change parishes. He was very kind and said "Yes." And
also "Those priest over there at Holy Rosary are solid in the Faith and
they won't steer you wrong." So after 5 years on the Pastoral Council
as chairman of education, I took my then 13 year old daughter Erin and
left for Holy Rosary. Fr. Anthony and Fr. Emmerich where there at the
time and shortly after, Fr. Bartholomew came. I think at the time There
were six priests there including dear Fr. Duffner at the Rosary Center.
What an Oasis Holy Rosary was for me and my Daughter Erin who now is
Mrs Erin Rapp, and with her husband Jason and their six children still
attend this dear parish. My parents weren't long to follow and last
year even though my parents weren't able to attend for the last 5 years
regularly to my Mother's failing health from Cancer, Fr. Anthony was
there for them. My mother died and the funeral Mass was at St. Paul.
Fr. Anthony offered to come and co-celebrate Mass with Fr. Moys there.
What can I say to such friendship and love given to my family, but Thank
you Fr. Anthony from our hearts. It meant so very much to my Father
and the rest of my family to have him there and be with us.
thank God for Holy Rosary, and vital role it has played in my life of my
Wife Ruth who was a former Lutheran Pastor and a convert there, as well
as my children and grandchildren. May her priests always remain
attuned to the special "Charisma" that sets that parish apart in the
faithfulness and fidelity of the parishioners there and may God always
bless her now and in the troubled times that face our Church and