We hope you are doing well this week! A big congratulations to our 8th grade graduates. They have the unique history of graduating during a pandemic and the unique challenge of using their enthusiasm to recreate the world with greater justice and equality. We wish them well and will keep them in our prayers.
While more business are opening up, Saint Andrew church will only have limited openings for Private Prayer/Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the weeks ahead. These services are currently scheduled for both this Sunday, June 14 and 21. To participate, individuals must have a reservation which can be made at www.standrew.org/reopening The pace of our reopening is directly dependent on the number of volunteers in the reopening team. To learn more about the team and to volunteer, visit http://www.standrew.org/post/volunteer-for-church-reopening/
In the mean time, the best way to connect with the parish community is through our Sunday morning Your Sunday Connection… Live Zoom call which is held at 11:00am on Sunday mornings. We have this call on June 14 and June 21 and then will begin a summer break from Your Sunday Connection Live the following week (No calls after Sunday June 28 until further notice)
To join the call, simply click here on Sunday at 11:00am.
The remainder of this note is the “Your Sunday Connection” webpage. As you scroll through, read and pray along. A homily message from Fr. Sergio is included.
Oh God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.
Reading 1 DT 8:2-3, 14B-16A
Moses said to the people:
“Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God, has directed all your journeying in the desert, so as to test you by affliction and find out whether or not it was your intention to keep his commandments. He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your fathers, in order to show you that not by bread alone does one live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.
“Do not forget the LORD, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery; who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock and fed you in the desert with manna, a food unknown to your fathers.”
Reading 2 1 COR 10:16-17
Brothers and sisters:
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
Gospel JN 6:51-58
Jesus said to the Jewish crowds: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
Please click on the video link below to watch the homily for this week.
The Prayers of the Faithful
For the Church, the body of Christ, that the loaf of bread and cup of blessing we share may nourish and strengthen Christians around the world as we proclaim the Good News. We pray to the Lord. LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
That world leaders have the will to ensure that all their people, especially the very young and the very old, have enough to eat and drink so that no one suffers from chronic hunger or thirst. We pray to the Lord. LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
For those who grow our food—for farmers, farmworkers, migrant workers—and for all those who package and deliver it, enabling us to serve it on our tables. We pray to the Lord. LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
For an end to the sin of racism and that we will learn to revere the Body of Christ in each person as we revere the Body of Christ in the Eucharist. We pray to the Lord. LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
For those who are affected by COVID-19 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 Nick Masterson. We pray to the Lord. LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
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, O Lord, we pray, that we may delight for all eternity in that share of your divine life which is foreshadowed in the present age by our reception of your precious Body and Blood. Who live and reign for ever and ever. AMEN
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