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Your Sunday Connection for February 21, 2021

Dear Friend,

The season has finally changed! No… not winter. The cold is still with us for several more weeks.

But the Church has begun the holy season of Lent, a time for us to work on the disciplines of being a Christian so we might more fully enjoy the joy of Easter.

We invite you participate with our community during Lent in one of three following ways.

1) Join us for Stations of the Cross via our live stream every Friday night in Lent at 6:30pm. Access the live stream at www.standrew.org/stations
2) Make a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:00pm with our tour guide, Sr. Sallie Latkovich, CSJ. Find out more about joining the video call at www.standrew.org/pilgrimage
3) Join our six-week online discussion group – REBOOT: UPDATE YOUR SPIRITUALITY which will begin on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:00pm. Registration is required. Sign up at www.standrew.org/reboot

And of course every Sunday, you are invited to pray at home with those closest to you by using this prayer resource or by joining us for Mass in person or via live stream.

Make a reservation (required) to come to Mass by clicking visiting 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 also as a recording.
The remainder of this webpage is the Your Sunday Connection prayer guide.

Opening Prayer

Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observance of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. AMEN

The Readings

Reading I Gn 9:8-15
God said to Noah and to his sons with him: See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark. I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.” God added: “This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings, so that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings.”

Reading II 1 Pt 3:18-22
Beloved: Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the Spirit. In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient while God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now. It is not a removal of dirt from the body but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.

Gospel Mk 1:12-15
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

The Homily

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

The Prayers of the Faithful

For Pope Francis, bishops, and pastors, that through their words and actions they may proclaim the gospel and lead us in repen­tance during this holy season of Lent. We pray to the Lord.
LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER

That God’s life-affirming covenant with humanity, all living creatures, and this whole earth might inspire a renewed respect for life in all its forms.
We pray to the Lord. LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER

For victims of floods and other natural disasters, that all leaders may treat them with care and compassion as they mitigate and repair the devastation around them.
We pray to the Lord. LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER

For all of us, that these forty days we spend in the Lenten desert might strengthen us as we proclaim the gospel and build the kingdom of God.
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:
Our departed Parishioners 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

Renewed with this time or prayer, by which faith is nourished, hope increased, and charity strengthened, we pray, O Lord, that we may learn to hunger for Christ, the true and living Bread, and strive to live by every word which proceeds from your mouth. Through Christ our Lord.. AMEN.

Announcements

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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