We hope you are having a great weekend! Please stay warm and safe!
Mass will be celebrated at Saint Andrew at 9:00am on Sunday morning. Parishioners are required to make a reservation if they wish to attend. Mass is also available on our website as a live stream.
This weekend, we encourage you to support the Annual Catholic Appeal. You can give online by going to https://annualcatholicappeal.com. Thank you for your generosity!
Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care, that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace, they may be defended always by your protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN
Reading I Jb 7:1-4, 6-7
Job spoke, saying: Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days those of hirelings? He is a slave who longs for the shade, a hireling who waits for his wages. So I have been assigned months of misery, and troubled nights have been allotted to me. If in bed I say, “When shall I arise?” then the night drags on; I am filled with restlessness until the dawn. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope. Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again.
Reading II 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23
Brothers and sisters: If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my recompense? That, when I preach, I offer the gospel free of charge so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.
Gospel Mk 1:29-39
On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them. When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him. Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.
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The Prayers of the Faithful
For the Church, that we may carry on the mission of Jesus Christ, caring for the sick and wounded, the burdened and broken, bringing the strength and comfort of the Lord to them and their loved ones.
We pray to the Lord.
That our leaders may respond with compassion and assistance to the needs of those who suffer. We pray to the Lord.
For those who suffer alone, those without close family and friends for companionship and support, that they may know the warm and loving embrace of God.
We pray to the Lord.
For those who find it challenging to provide for themselves or their families due to unemployment or underemployment, or the need to work multiple jobs because of low wages. We pray to the Lord.
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.
For the departed, who remain with us in our prayers and our memories, and for the promise of a joyful reunion, and especially for: +Ann Burke We pray to the Lord
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”
O God, who have willed that we be partakers in this sacred prayer, grant us, we pray, so to live that, made one in Christ, we may joyfully bear fruit for the salvation of the world. Through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
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