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Your Sunday Connection for January 17, 2021

Dear Friends,

 

We hope you are having a great weekend! Please stay warm and safe!

 
We will hold Mass tomorrow, Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 9:00am. A reservation is required to attend. Please make a reservation by 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 as a recording.

 

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

Opening Prayer

Almighty ever-living God, who govern all tings, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. 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

The Readings

Reading I                                           1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19

Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was. The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.” Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am.  You called me.” “I did not call you, “  Eli said.  “Go back to sleep.” So he went back to sleep. Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli. “Here I am, “ he said.  “You called me.” But Eli answered, “I did not call you, my son.  Go back to sleep.” At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD, because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet. The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time. Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am.  You called me.” Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth. So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.” When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the LORD came and revealed his presence, calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect.

 

Reading II                           1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20

Brothers and sisters: The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body; God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him. Avoid immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.

 

Gospel                                 Jn 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” — which translated means Teacher —, “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” — which is translated Christ —. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas” — which is translated Peter.

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 like Andrew, who stayed with the Lord and then invited his brother as well, we who have found our home in the Lord may go forth and bear witness to others.   We pray to the Lord.

 

For our leaders, who have responded to the call to serve others in public office, that they may work humbly and tirelessly to serve the common good. We pray to the Lord.

 

That all our citizens may work to hasten the day when this country truly lives out the ideals for which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought and gave his life.  We pray to the Lord.

 

That during the week of prayer for Christian unity, which be­gins tomorrow, all Christians may be inspired to find solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We pray to the Lord.

 

For the special intentions of this Mass, especially: Michael Beatty for Health and Blessings. 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:

+Mary Lou Jones,+ Horatio Ledesma, Jr. +John and Virginia Kaufman and +Patrick Walsh

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

Go before us with heavenly light, O Lord, always and everywhere, that we may perceive with clear sight and revere with true affection the mystery in which you have willed us to participate. 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.

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