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Your Sunday Connection for July 5, 2020

Dear Friends,

Happy Fourth of July! During this day we celebrate the American understanding of “freedom from.” This notion is usually applied to freedom from oppression, from tyranny, or from slavery.  We also remember at this time that freedom is something that empowers us to have “freedom for.” In freedom we find the freedom for serving God, for following Jesus, and for loving others.

 

Saint Andrew church will be open open tomorrow for Private Prayer / Adoration and for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Participants need a reservation to be a part of these services which can be made at www.standrew.org/reopening.

 

Additionally, the church will begin holding weekly public Masses on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 9:00am. Reservations to attend Mass are required. We will begin accepting reservations for Mass at 2:00pm on Monday, July 6, 2020.

 

The remainder of this webpage is the “Your Sunday Connection” webpage. As you scroll through, read and pray along. A homily message from Fr. Sergio is included.

Opening Prayer

Oh God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. 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 1                     ZEC 9:9-10

Thus says the LORD: Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; the warrior’s bow shall be banished, and he shall proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

 

Reading 2                       ROM 8:9, 11-13

Brothers and sisters: You are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you. Consequently, brothers and sisters,
we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

 

Gospel                                 MT 11:25-30

At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

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 may have the confidence to proclaim the Good News from the housetops. We pray to the Lord,            LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

That all of us across this planet, our common home, may take the steps necessary to making the Earth a livable, bountiful, and beautiful home for generations to come. We pray to the Lord,            LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For all who depend on the fruitfulness of the earth for their livelihood, that they may be blessed with good weather and a successful growing season this summer. We pray to the Lord,            LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For those who are affected by COVID19 that God will help them through this terrible time and for the entire world as we face this pandemic.  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 Matthew Drumm, Jack Harned, Robert Ledvina, Charlie Sullivan, Cecelia Vinzons and Patrick Walsh.

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

Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, having been replenished by such great gives, we may gain the prize of salvation and never cease to praise you. Through Christ Our Lord. AMEN

Announcements

Know Someone Interested in Catholicism?

Saint Andrew is starting the process for adults who wish to join the Catholic church. If you know someone who is curious about Catholicism, would like to join the church from another Christian denomination, or would like to inquire about Baptism as an adult, let them know about the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults and share with them this webpage
to find out more.

Volunteer for Church Reopening

The team that is assisting with the reopening of Saint Andrew parish for public worship is in need of additional volunteers to help with clean up, set up, and greeting. To find out more about the team’s needs and to sign up, please read more…

Please click on the button below to see a copy of the Sunday Bulletin.

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