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Your Sunday Connection for December 20, 2020

Dear Friends,

 

We hope are well as we enter into the final week before Christmas.

 

All of our religious services require reservation to attend. Reservations for Christmas Eve Masses are currently full (though there is a waiting list).

 

We encourage parishioners to participate in the following ways:

 

1) Watch the live stream of the 3:00pm Christmas Eve or 9:00am Christmas Day Mass. www.standrew.org/christmas
2) If you can safely worship with us in person, consider coming to Christmas Day Mass at 9:00am or 11:00am.
3) Attend one of our “Come to the Manger” outdoor prayer services. (There is still room room to come tonight and most nights next week. We’ve even added some 7:00pm services to meet the demand) 

 

To give you a sense of what these prayer services look like, please take a moment to watch the following video.
To make a reservation for any of our Christmas services, please visit www.standrew.org/christmas

 

To make a reservation for any of our Sunday Masses, please visit www.standrew.org/mass-reservations

 

You can also watch the live stream of Mass at Saint Andrew at www.standrew.org/sundaymass. It is available in real time and as a recording.

 

The remainder of this webpage is the Your Sunday Connection prayer guide.

Opening Prayer

Pour fourth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN

The Readings

Reading 1                                         2 SM 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16
When King David was settled in his palace, and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” Nathan answered the king, “Go, do whatever you have in mind, for the LORD is with you.” But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said: “Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Should you build me a house to dwell in? It was I who took you from the pasture and from the care of the flock to be commander of my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you went, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth. I will fix a place for my people Israel; I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place without further disturbance. Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old, since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel. I will give you rest from all your enemies. The LORD also reveals to you that he will establish a house for you. And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.’”

 

Reading 2                                          ROM 16:25-27
Brothers and sisters: To him who can strengthen you, according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages but now manifested through the prophetic writings and, according to the command of the eternal God, made known to all nations to bring about the obedience of faith, to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever. Amen. Alleluia

 

Gospel                                                LK 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

The Homily

Please click on the video link below to watch the homily for this week.

The Prayers of the Faithful

For the Church, that we may continually prepare our own house, growing in holiness as we build the kingdom of God on earth. We pray to the Lord.                    LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

That all nations may reject the use of weapons of war as ways to settle disagreements or assert power. We pray to the Lord.                    LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

For those who find the holiday season difficult to endure because of loss or loneliness, that they may find comfort and hope in the Incarnation. We pray to the Lord.                    LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

For non-Christians, who may feel excluded during this season, and for tolerance and respect for those of other faiths or no faith at all.  We pray to the Lord.                    LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

That the people we touch may see the goodness and generos­ity of God in our works of charity and compassion.  We pray to the Lord.                    LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

For all who have special intentions, especially: Pannone Speranza and
Cathy Riccuioto for health and blessings, Ryan Desanti and Nicole Mills for anniversary blessings.
We pray to the Lord.                    LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

For all who have been affected by COVID19, may God’s healing presence be comfort to them and bring health and well-being.      We pray to the Lord.                    LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

For the departed, who remain with us in our prayers and our memories, and for the promise of a joyful reunion, and especially for: Laura Krismer  and Mary Lou Jones.     We pray to the Lord.                    LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Sunday Offertory

Stewardship of Saint Andrew Parish is the responsibility of us all. Consistently throughout the year, we remind parishioners about stewarding the gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure to support the mission of Saint Andrew Parish.
During this pandemic, there are many urgent needs, among those needs are caring for the financial obligations of Saint Andrew Parish. If you do not regularly contribute electronically ether weekly or monthly, please consider making a Sunday Offering online through Give Central through the link below.

Spiritual Communion

In many places in the world receiving Holy Communion is not possible. Catholics in these areas are encouraged to make “Spiritual Communion.” St.Teresa of Jesus wrote about this practice:

“When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you”

You can make Spiritual Communion by the bringing this prayer to your heart…
“My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.”

Closing Prayer

Nourished by your divine gifts, almighty God, we ask you grant our desire: that, aflame with your Spirit, we may shine like bright torches before your Christ when he comes. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. AMEN.

Announcements

Journey to Jesus

We invite you to take a journey with the Three Kings through Chicago in Saint Andrew Parish’s “Journey to Jesus” Watch them go from site to site by visiting  http://www.standrew.org/journey-to-jesus/  or follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Live Stream Mass

In addition to Your Sunday Connection provided by Saint Andrew Parish, the Sunday 9:00am Mass will be live streamed. Join the broadcast.

Please click on the button below to see a copy of the Sunday Bulletin.

Contact Us

Church and Rectory

The church is located at the corner of Paulina and Addison
3546 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60657  Office Phone: 773-525-3016
Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sun 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

DURING THE PANDEMIC, THE PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Hours may vary.

The chapel, auditorium, and social hall are located at the corner of Hermitage and Addison

Saint Andrew School

The school and gym are located at the corner of Paulina and Addison
1710 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613  Office Phone: 773-248-2500

Mass Times

NOTICE: DUE TO COVID-19, ATTENDING A  PUBLIC MASS REQUIRE A RESERVATION. VISIT  standrew.org/mass-reservations TO MAKE A RESERVATION

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