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Your Sunday Connection for December 27, 2020

Dear Friends,
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas! However you celebrated, no matter how different it was from previous years, there is one thing that was the same, God’s offer of himself in the presence of Jesus. May that presence bring you comfort, joy, and peace as we enter into the New Year.

Please remember to be as generous as you can to our annual Christmas Appeal. This appeal is a foundational component of our annual budget. We depend on it to keep our ministries viable and vibrant. Whether Saint Andrew Parish has touched your life through our liturgies, education, outreach, or any numerous other ways, the Christmas appeal ensures the parish’s vitality. To make your donation, click here.

The Christmas season continues for us, as well as our weekly celebration of Mass. During the pandemic, reservations are still required to attend Mass.
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

O God, who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, fore ever and ever. AMEN.

The Readings

Reading 1                           SIR 3:2-6, 12-14

God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons. Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and preserves himself from them. When he prays, he is heard; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children, and, when he prays, is heard. Whoever reveres his father will live a long life; he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother. My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him; revile him not all the days of his life; kindness to a father will not be forgotten, firmly planted against the debt of your sins —a house raised in justice to you.

 

Reading 2                           COL 3:12-21 

Brothers and sisters: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another,  if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,  giving thanks to God the Father through him. Wives, be subordinate to your husbands,
as is proper in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and avoid any bitterness toward them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children,
so they may not become discouraged.

 

Gospel                                 LK 2:22-40

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, They took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, He took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted  —and you yourself a sword will pierce—  so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

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 treat our sisters and brothers with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience as we strive to build God’s kingdom throughout the entire human family. We pray to the Lord.           LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

For leaders of nations, that they may respect the bond of indi­vidual families as well as foster the unity of the human family across nations and culture. We pray to the Lord.           LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

That members of this community may reach out to those with­out immediate family and offer their love and time and give witness to the bond we share in Christ. 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: +The Deceased of the Vinzons Family and +Kathleen Schwitalla. We pray to the Lord

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

Bring those you refresh with this time of prayer, most merciful Father, to imitate constantly the example of the Holy Family, so that, after the trials of this world, we may share their company for ever. Through Christ our Lord. 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.

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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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