Mass Resources for February 21
Online Mass
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Mass
First Sunday of Lent
God Of The Covenants
We place ourselves before the Lord, beginning with an act of contrition: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
Reading 1 Gn 9:8-15
A Reading from the Book of Genesis
God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark. I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.” God added: “This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings, so that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings.”
The word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep you covenant.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
   teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
   for you are God my savior. R

Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
   and your love are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
   because of your goodness, O LORD. R

Good and upright is the LORD,
   thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
   and he teaches the humble his way. R
Reading 2 1 Pt 3:18-22
A Reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter
Beloved: Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the Spirit. In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient while God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now. It is not a removal of dirt from the body but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.
The word of the Lord.
Gospel Acclamation
Praise and honor to you, Lord Jesus Christ
One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
Praise and honor to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Gospel Mk 1:12-15
A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.
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.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Intercessions
Joined together in baptism, which saves us, we bring our prayers before our compassionate and loving God.

·       For Pope Francis, Bishop McGovern, Msgr. David, and all bishops and pastors, that through their words and actions they may proclaim the gospel and lead us in repentance during this holy season of Lent……Let us pray to the Lord.
 
·       That God’s life-affirming covenant with humanity, all living creatures, and this whole earth might inspire a renewed respect for life in all its forms…… Let us pray to the Lord.
 
·       For victims of floods and other natural disasters, that leaders may treat them with care and compassion as they mitigate and repair the devastation around them……Let us pray to the Lord.
 
·       For those preparing for baptism this Easter, especially Narelle Watson, that they might find support and encouragement from her baptized family, friends, and neighbors as she makes her journey to the Lord…...Let us pray to the Lord.
 
·       For all of us, that these forty days we spend in the Lenten desert might strengthen us as we proclaim the gospel and build the kingdom of God.…..Let us pray to the Lord.
 
·       For those whose thoughtless words and actions hurt others, that they be open to the grace of repentance and amend their lives……Let us pray to the Lord.
 
·       For all who have died, that they rejoice in the heavenly banquet..…Let us pray to the Lord.
 
·       For all the prayers we hold in the silence of our hearts; for all our intentions spoken and unspoken…..Let us pray to the Lord.
 
Faithful God, you have chosen to make your covenant with us and called us to be one with you. Listen to our prayers and help us to be faithful to you, through your Son and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Least Of These
We remind parishioners that their financial support remains an integral part of parish life and the continued operation of our parishes and their mission of Christian service. We encourage the Faithful to continue giving of their time, talent, and treasure at this difficult time. Encourage you to use online giving, mail, or drop-off your Sunday Offertory at the rectory or Parish Office. Please remember that St. Luke's mailing address has changed to 1201 Lebanon Ave.  
With The Lord There Is Mercy
An Act of Spiritual Communion
It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion means uniting ourselves in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshipping Him in the consecrated bread and wine which are His Body and Blood. Always remember that the consecrated bread is the Body and Blood of Christ and the consecrated wine is the Body and Blood of Christ, even if you receive the Eucharist only under one species.
The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. An act of Spiritual Communion increases our desire to receive sacramental Communion and helps us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.
 
A Prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You in my body, my soul, and my whole being. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, Come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if you were already there And unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. 
Be Still And Know That I Am God
Beyond The Days
Please Note
The Adoration Chapel is CLOSED.
We offer Adoration on Tuesdays in St. Teresa Church from 9:30 am until after Evening Prayer which begins at 6:30 pm.
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