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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Centered in God, Focused on Others


The Reverend Patricia Handloss, Interim Rector

Linda Gelinas, Sr. Warden

Sean Glennon, Music Director

Joanne Bibeau, Administrative Assistant

Courtney Hill, Sunday School Director

Jesse Avellino, Sexton

From The Rector's Desk

Dear Friends,


Gifts come in many forms. Music is always a gift. Magificat Boston is one such gift and they are going to be with us on Sunday, March 17, St Patrick’s Day, to sing Evensong with us.


I grew up in the Episcopal Church and one of the memories of beautiful worship that I have was of sung Evensong.


Evensong is one of the Prayer offices in our book of Common Prayer. It is the vespers of oner of the monastic traditions. Evensong is unique to the Catholic, Anglican/Episcopal and Lutheran Churches inin Western Christianity. Most religious traditions in the western world did not adopt this form of prayer. fortunatly we did.


As with so many of our liturgical traditions the office of the hours can be traced to the hours ancient people of Israel who gathered in the Temple for prayer. There are many references to this in the New Testament. 


The Divine Office as the services came to be known had many iterations finally taking form in the 9th century as:

already well-established by the 9th century in the West, these canonical hours consisted of daily prayer liturgies:


The three major hours were Matins, Lauds and Vespers; the minor hours were Terce, Sext, Nones and Compline.


In our tradition we gave up the Latin names for the hours when one stopped what they were doing and prayed. Our service of Morning Prayer, Midday prayer ,Evensong and Compline are how we have used the Divine Office.

All this to say we will sing Evensong at 5 pm on March 17. I encourage you to come as the service is beautiful, the music will be Irish in flavor and English/American in fact. 


Blessings and Love,


Absolom Jones

February 13 is the Feast Day of the Rev. Absalom Jones, who in 1802 became the first Black person ordained a priest in The Episcopal Church. His witness to the way of Jesus included efforts to abolish slavery and to lift up all those cast down. 

Jones’ feast day also comes during Black History Month, and the Archives of The Episcopal Church has an online exhibit about his life and contributions, as well as those of other Black Episcopalians, entitled “The Church Awakens: African Americans and the Struggle for Justice.”

Collect for the Feast of Absalom Jones:

Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.


We are in the process of forming an Evangelism Committee to generate and pursue ideas on how to grow our parish community by attracting like-minded individuals seeking a church community that aligns with our values and beliefs in sharing the love of God with others. This group will then be able to work closely with the new Priest in Charge upon that person’s arrival. If you are interested please contact Linda Gelinas,, 781-490-3987.

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The students will meet with Rev. Pattie after the 9:30 services on Sundays. Sunday, February 11 students need to bring the music assignment as discussed on Sunday, January 28. The class will not meet February 18 and 25 (school vacation week).


2024 STEWARDSHIP LETTER & PLEDGE CARDS went out in the mail 4 weeks ago. If you did not receive one, please call or email Joanne in the office.

Please return your 2024 Pledge Cards ASAP in the addressed return envelope by:

"snail mailing" it, bringing it with you on Sunday, or dropping it off at the office ASAP. (NOTE TO ONLINE GIVERS: There is place on the Pledge Card to indicate you will be making your donations online so please submit your Pledge Card even if you change your pledge amount online.) THANK YOU!

LINK TO printable Way of Love in Lent Calendar

Life Transformed– The Way of Love in Lent

February 14, 2024 – Lent 1 (B) - Ash Wednesday

Pray Take 20 minutes in contemplative prayer today. Matt. 4:18-22

Thursday, February 15

Turn Today, intentionally listen devoutly to another person. Mk. 4:23

Friday, February 16

Go Where can you go and intentionally provide kindness" Matt. 5:4

Saturday, February 17

Worship How does community help or hinder your growing in Christ? Jn. 1:12-13

February 18, 2024 – Lent 1 (B)


The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. Throughout Lent, come along with us as we explore Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent, produced by Hillary Raining and Jenifer Gamber. You can find resources mentioned below at


Week 1

Sunday, February 18

Today’s Practice: Watch the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining’s video at for Week 1. The topic is based on the practice “Turn” and is titled, “Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ”. Read: Romans 6:3-11


Monday, February 19

Today’s Prompt: Bless: Who has taught you to live a Jesus-filled life? Who have you taught?

Read: “So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16

Tuesday, February 20

Today’s Prompt: Rest: How do you incorporate rest into your life?

Read: “Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, “We will not walk in it.”” – Jeremiah 6:16

Wednesday, February 21

Today’s Prompt: Pray: Go for a walk today and pray with your feet, each step with intention.

Read: “Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’” – Isaiah 2:3a


 Thursday, February 22

Today’s Prompt: Rule of Life: How do others experience the love of Christ you bring?

Read: “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” – Galatians 5:22-23


Friday, February 23

Today’s Prompt: Go: Where are you being encouraged to “show up”?

Read: “Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’” – Matthew 25:44-45

Saturday, February 24

Today’s Prompt: Worship: What is most meaningful to you in worship?

Read: Book of Common Prayer, p. 281


Reflections from “Living the Way of Love” by Mary Bea Sullivan (Church Publishing, 2019). Used with permission. Quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


For the month of February, the office will be OPEN

  • every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;
  • every Thursday noon to 6:00 p.m. and
  • alternating Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as follows:
  • Tuesday, FEBRUARY 13 and 27
  • Friday, FEBRUARY 9 and 23


St. Andrew’s collects items for the Hanover Food Pantry. Please drop off in the narthex. Our current needs are: Pudding cups; canned peaches; canned pineapple; applesauce; kidney beans; ketchup; diced tomatoes; tomato sauce; mayonnaise; pickles

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Hybrid Worship Service

Sundays 9:30 A.M.


Please note the following updated worship guidelines:

  • Masks optional.

  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to the church, and for use before and after Holy Communion.

For those participating in the service from home, please join us on our Facebook link:

We want to thank you for your patience during this time. As always, the safety and health of our members is paramount.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with a member of the Vestry.