With Friday’s announcement of our Renew My Church grouping, undoubtedly many parishioners are feeling relieved that Saint Andrew will remain an independent parish. At the same time, it is important to note the intentional use of the word “covenantal ” when considering our deepening relationship with Saint Benedict parish.
The idea of a covenantal relationship came up in discussion between the parish Grouping teams, consisting of parishioners, school parents, and parish leadership. It is a familiar idea to us… it appears 26 times in the bible, from Genesis to Revelations, and the Catholic church teaches that marriage is a covenant, solemnly and joyfully entered into – a full giving and receiving of one another. We now move into the work of exploring what a covenantal relationship will look like between these unique parish communities.
We keep the communities of Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Mary of the Lake in our prayers. May God bless them as they combine to form a new parish.
We will hold Mass tomorrow, Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 9:00am. A reservation is required to attend. Please make a reservation by visiting www.standrew.org/mass-reservations
Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. 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 Jon 3:1-5, 10
The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD’S bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed, “ when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.
Reading II 1 Cor 7:29-31
I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning, those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its present form is passing away.
Gospel Mk 1:14-20
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.” As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.
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The Prayers of the Faithful
For the Church, trusting in Jesus’ constant presence, that we may act to bring the reign of God to realization in the world, loving God and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. We pray to the Lord.
For our nation, that we may repent for the wrongs we have done, whose repercussions continue to be felt, and the wrongs that we continue to do, and turn to the source of life and goodness. We pray to the Lord.
For all those who suffer from want, from lack of shelter, heat, adequate nutrition, or health care, that they may find sustenance and hope in the generosity of those with plenty. We pray to the Lord.
For our parish community, that we may always be willing to look into our own hearts and repent and return to the Lord when we have strayed. 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, +Mary Lou Jones and +John and Virginia Kaufman, 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”
Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, receiving the grace by which you bring us to new life, we may always glory in your gift. Through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
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