800 Taylor Drive, Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635-1050
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Thursday, July 31, 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


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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)


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Did You Know...?

...that we are still trying to find a contractor to demolish the old Forgach House on the NW corner of our campus?

Looking back in the computer archives, we found a “Did You Know?” from the bulletin of 23 January 2011! stating that we thought demolition would begin soon!!

Here’s a bit of the ‘history’ of the old Forgach House:  In 1995 St. Andrew’s donated the acre plot on the NW corner of our Parish campus to Catholic Community Services of Southeastern Arizona for the construction of a new Forgach House, housing women (and children) victims of domestic violence. Over the years the facility had heavy use and thanks to the Knights of Columbus, a new site was donated to CCS-SEA, for the construction of a new and much-improved facility, which was dedicated in 2009.

The old Forgach House has been used for storage, while possible renovation plans were explored to make it available either for CCS-SEA offices or for much-needed ‘transitional housing’. After much analysis it was determined that the modual construction of the old Forgach House would not lend itself to renovation and would, in fact, be cost prohibitive. The decision was made (2010) to demolish the old Forgach House completely and clear the site.

Because of the original terms of the title of transfer from St. Andrew the Apostle to Catholic Community Services, the property will revert to our Parish, once the site is cleared.

We, as a Parish, have no immediate (or even long-range) plans for that corner site. The ‘abandoned’ building is an eye-sore and a potential fire/vandalism risk for the neighborhood.

We, in collaboration with Catholic Community Services, have put together a small fund to cover the cost of demolition. The difficulty has been in finding a Contractor willing to do the job for a reasonable amount, and, to re-cycle to useful elements (steel door frames, windows, etc.) to help off-set the cost of demolition. Parish/Finance Council Members Ann Dickson and John Ratcliffe have worked so hard over the past years to get bids and arrange for asbestos abatement (accomplished), and we are no closer to getting the old Forgach House demolished and the property restored to the Parish. 

Please pray for a Contractor willing and available to do this work at a reasonable cost!


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This past week, we received $1567.50 in donations to our Building Fund! The Building Fund makes it possible for us to address repairs and unbudgeted improvements to our Parish Campuses – and the Building Fund will be used to cover our portion of the demolition of the old Forgach House when that happens! Thank you for your generosity!


Knights of Columbus


Connie and Bryant SayersReflections from Bryant Sayers

Knights of Columbus State Deputy


I recently read an article in the April/May edition of "The Word Among Us" booklet. The article that caught my eye was entitled:

Connie and Bryant Sayers               


 "Don't Bring a Dixie Cup to Niagara Falls"


for the article.

The subtitle was "Forgive me, Father, for I find Mass boring."   Well, I have had the opportunity over the last 6 years to travel Arizona and attend Mass in many different parishes.  I have never found the Mass boring.  I have heard some say they don't understand what is being said during the Homily.  Sometimes I can't either, but this is when I have found myself trying to listen even harder! 

I am a convert and I am proud of that fact.  I love attending the different Masses and observing in the different parishes the subtle differences from what we have become accustomed to in our "home" parishes.  I think the most interesting Mass I attended was in Quebec.  The parish website listed a particular Mass time as being in English.  At the time I was the State Warden, so myself and the State Advocate,Joe Rostowski, attended this Mass together.

 Well somewhere along the line the 'translation' must have gotten mixed up.

The Mass was in French!  We didn't understand a word, so we 'followed the crowd'.  We stood when they did, knelt when they did, and said the 'Our Father' (in English, as my French is non-existent!) when they did.  The funny part was when it came time to receive Communion, we just about got run over!    The parishioners where rushing up the aisles to Communion!  (I think the little old lady I noticed in the middle of our row, which was toward the back of the church, may have been the first in line!)  Never "boring"!   It is always interesting to go to different parishes and attend Mass. Sometimes it makes you appreciate what you have!   When I do spend the weekend on the road, I will rush home late on a Sunday afternoon just to get my "home parish fix" at our 5:00 PM LifeTeen Mass!  (Which means I also get to spend that time with my grandkids at Mass! That's a plus!)

Bryant  R. Sayers

Arizona State Deputy


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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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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.

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

Wednesday evening 6 - 7 p.m.


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