800 Taylor Drive, Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635-1050
Phone: (520) 458-2925 | Fax: (520) 452-0235 | Email Us
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 

 

Our Campus
Pastor's Welcome
 

Dear Friends of St. Andrew's,

 

From the founding of our Parish in 1958, we have grown and developed with Sierra Vista - as partners in building up this great community we call home. 

 

Over the decades, we sought to be active participants in every aspect of community life. We believe that serving the common good and making this city a place where people come first, where the least and most easily-overlooked are served and cared for, and where the quality of life is enhanced for all our fellow citizens, is an essential witness to our faith.

 

We hope our parish church is a place where all experience the Presence of God and the welcome of God's People. We pray that its beauty will speak a wordless invitation to those who are seeking, those who are wearied by life's burdens and those who are drawn to lift their hearts in prayer.

 

We thank God for giving us this opportunity to extend His blessings and to share our church and campus facilities with the Sierra Vista community.

 

The pulse of St. Andrew's is reflected through our ministries and individual parishoner efforts.  I hope to highlight these achievements and bring focus to upcoming events in the article following this message.

 

Yours because His,


Fr. Greg Adolf
Pastor

 

8 am Sunday Mass

 

Your Time and Your Talent Are Needed!

Our Sound Technician, Fernando, has been donating his Time and Talent for the 8am Liturtgy and is moving on.

We need someone to help us each Sunday morning with setting up microphones for the choir and operating the audio console during Mass.

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No technical knowledge is required.

Please call the office or send an email here:

 

Joan Martin Update

Joan Martin

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With open hearts we welcome all who have come to the house of the Lord.

 

If you are new to the parish, please stop by the office and register.

 

You can download the form HERE.

 

Once registered, this implies that you will participate with our faith community at Sunday Liturgy and return to the Lord by sharing your time, talent and treasure with His Church.

 

 

Mass Schedule

 

 

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am † 12:05 pm


Saturday: 9:00 am † 5:00 pm

Good Shepherd Mission  6:30 pm



Sunday: 8:00 am † 10:00 am

Noon ( Español / Spanish)

5:00 pm (Life Teen)


 

for the Monthly Mass Schedule

 

Weekly Publications
 
 

 
Greetings from Nepal!
 
 
Read Fr Silas Bogati's
Latest letter from Nepal

 

 

Deuteronomy 16:17

 

 

Army Chaplain History

 

Remembering Fr Kapaun

 

Chaplain Lloyd in the Port of Tacoma

 

Chaplain Lloyd's News Letter

 

 

Did You Know...?

 

...that Father Greg will be in California this weekend, directing the annual Retreat for the Deacons and Wives of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles? Did you know that Father Marco maintains a very heavy schedule of ministry beyond our Parish as the Diocesan Director for the Charismatic Movement (Spanish)?

Why do Fathers Marco and Greg spend so much of their time giving retreats, days of recollection, and conferences outside of our Parish?

Because they are part of the “mission commitment” of our Parish to the Church and the wider community! Our priests have talents and ministry skills which become part of the mission outreach of our Parish, and are used to “build up the Body of Christ” in other places!


Both of our priests would tell you that their “missionary experiences” bless and enrich their ministry within our Parish.


Our priests use their vacation time and “days off” to be ‘home missionaries’ and to answer the Lord’s call to “go out into all the world”, while still fulfilling their pastoral duties here at St. Andrew’s/Good Shepherd Mission!


As Pope Emeritus Benedict taught: “the Church doesn’t ‘have a mission’; the Church is mission, or it’s not the Church!”


What about you? Do you have an outreach mission of your own? Are you willing to go outside of the normal living pattern or place, to share the Good News with others, to strengthen the ministry of others? Whenever you share your talents and ministry skills with others, whether it is here within the Parish, or beyond the Parish community, we become “the Church as mission”!


Prayerfully consider where the Lord may be calling you to move “outside the boundaries” – whatever those “boundaries” are in your life --  and become a missionary!

 

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This past week, we received $1369.00 in donations to our Building Fund! Because of your generosity to the Building Fund, we have been able to make necessary repairs to walkways and other areas around the church, and eliminate “trip hazards”! We are grateful for your generosity – and “thanks!” to the five parishioners, who have recently “adopted” islands and areas of the Parish campuses to assist with landscaping!!!

 

 

Charitable Tax Credit
 

 

Give the gift of hope and reduce what you pay in state income tax
The Arizona Charitable Tax Credit makes it possible for you to donate to Catholic Community Services and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit that will reduce your Arizona state income tax.

 

You don’t need to itemize deductions on your state return to claim the credit.

 

The Charitable Tax Credit* is in addition to and completely separate from any school tax credit.
For more info, visit www.ccs-soaz.org or call (520) 670-0854.

 

*$400 maximum credit for married couples filing jointly; $200 for an individual filer.

 

Confession Explained

 

 

Why Do We Confess to a Priest?

 

 

 

Pope Francis on Twitter

 

Follow Pope Francis on Twitter

 

 

 

The Four Chaplains

 

 

By John Brinsfield

It was Feb. 3, 1943, and the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester was one of three ships in a convoy, moving across the Atlantic from Newfoundland to an American base in Greenland. A converted luxury liner, the Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 servicemen, merchant seamen and civilian workers.

 

It was only 150 miles from its destination when shortly after midnight, an officer aboard the German submarine U2 spotted it. After identifying and targeting the ship, he gave orders to fire. The hit was decisive, striking the ship, far below the water line. The initial blast killed scores of men and seriously wounded many more.

 

Others, stunned by the explosion were groping in the darkness. Panic and chaos quickly set in! Men were screaming, others crying or franticly trying to get lifeboats off the ship.

 

Through the pandemonium, four men spread out among the Soldiers, calming the frightened, tending the wounded and guiding the disoriented toward safety. They were four Army chaplains, Lt. George Fox, a Methodist; Lt. Alexander Goode, a Jewish Rabbi; Lt. John Washington, a Roman Catholic Priest; and Lt. Clark Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister.

 

Quickly and quietly the four chaplains worked to bring calm to the men. As soldiers began to find their way to the deck of the ship, many were still in their underwear, where they were confronted by the cold winds blowing down from the arctic.

 

Petty Officer John J. Mahoney, reeling from the cold, headed back towards his cabin. "Where are you going'" a voice of calm in the sea of distressed asked' "To get my gloves," Mahoney replied. "Here, take these," said Rabbi Goode as he handed a pair of gloves to the young officer. "I can't take those gloves," Mahoney replied. "Never mind," the Rabbi responded. "I have two pairs." It was only long after that Mahoney realized that the chaplain never intended to leave the ship.

 

Once topside, the chaplains opened a storage locker and began distributing life jackets. It was then that Engineer Grady Clark witnessed an astonishing sight. When there were no more lifejackets in the storage room, the chaplains simultaneously removed theirs and gave them to four frightened young men. When giving their life jackets, Rabbi Goode did not call out for a Jew; Father Washington did not call out for a Catholic; nor did Fox or Poling call out for a Protestant. They simply gave their life jackets to the next man in line. One survivor would later call it "It was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven."

 

As the ship went down, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains -- arms linked and braced against the slanting deck. Their voices could also be heard offering prayers and singing hymns.

 

Of the 902 men aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, only 230 survived. Before boarding the Dorchester back in January, Chaplain Poling had asked his father to pray for him, "Not for my safe return, that wouldn't be fair. Just pray that I shall do my duty...never be a coward...and have the strength, courage and understanding of men. Just pray that I shall be adequate."

 

Although the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart were later awarded posthumously Congress wished to confer the Medal of Honor but was blocked by the stringent requirements which required heroism performed under fire. So a posthumous Special Medal for Heroism, The Four Chaplains' Medal, was authorized by Congress and awarded by the President on January 18, 1961.

 

It was never given before and will never be given again.

 

 

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 Stephen Ministry

YOU can play an important role in our Stephen Ministry . . .


. . Because you may know of a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who is going through a difficult time and who could benefit from the focused care, encouragement, and support of a Stephen Minister.

If you know of someone who is hurting or if you are hurting, simply ask the St. Andrew Parish office

(520) 458-2925, to pass your contact information to a Stephen Leader or contact

Connie Sayers

Stephen Leader

directly at:

(520) 456-7351.

It's a great way for you to show how much you care!

 

  
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 Parish Library

Your Parish Library located in the Parish Center is a valuable resource for Catholic books and videos for all ages. Follow this link to read the current newsletter.


Library Hours:

Sunday: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. - noon

Beginning August 17:  9 a.m. - noon

Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. - 12 noon

 

For other times, please contact the office.

458-2925

  
 Our Parish Nurse

Connie M. Sayers, RN

 

Connie's Blog, Health in Mind, Body and Spirit

contains useful health information, tips and recipes.

Connie M. Sayers, RN

  
 
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