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
Estimados amigos de San Andrés,
Desde la fundación de nuestra Parroquia en 1958, hemos crecido y nos hemos desarrollado junto con Sierra Vista construyendo esta gran comunidad la cual llamamos nuestra casa.
A través de las décadas hemos tratado de participar activamente en todos los aspectos, dentro de nuestra comunidad. Creemos que un testigo esencial de nuestra fe es el servir al bien común y el hacer de esta ciudad un lugar para quienes lo más importante es su gente, donde los más necesitados y los más olvidados son servidos y cuidados, y donde la calidad de vida es mejorada para todos nuestros ciudadanos.
Deseamos que nuestra parroquia sea un lugar donde todos puedan sentir la Presencia de Dios y se sientan bienvenidos como hijos de Él. Rogamos que su belleza les haga una invitación silenciosa a aquellos quienes están en busca de Dios, a aquellos quienes se encuentran abrumados por los problemas de la vida, y a aquellos quienes han sido llamados a levantar sus almas en oración.
Agradecemos a Dios por darnos esta oportunidad de extender sus bendiciones y de compartir nuestra iglesia y nuestras facilidades con la comunidad de Sierra Vista.
El servicio de San Andrés está reflejado en nuestros ministerios y los esfuerzos individuales de nuestros parroquianos. Espero que podamos realzar estos logros y llevar enfoque a futuros eventos los cuales mencionamos en el artículo debajo de este mensaje.
Suyo en Cristo,
Padre Greg Adolf
Bishop Weisenburger asked our Father Samuel if it would be possible for him to provide assistance to Fr. John Gibbons, the Pastor of the San Solano Missions on the large Tohono O’odham Reservation, west of Tucson. At the present time, Fr. John and Brother Bradley Tuel are the only Franciscans ministering to fourteen villages! (A few Franciscans are also serving at the San Xavier District of the Reservation.) Our Father Samuel, who is, of course, a member of a Missionary Community – the Via Christi Fathers, is actually a Missionary Priest serving in our Diocese. Now he has been asked to ‘extend’ his mission field beyond St. Andrew’s/Good Shepherd to the San Solano Missions, as well! In his great generosity, Father Samuel has been driving out to Sells the third weekend of each month and celebrating Mass in three different villages! Father Samuel will also be celebrating Masses on the Reservation on Easter Sunday! A true Missionary! Father Samuel hand-carried your Ash Wednesday Offering for San Solano Missions ($6500!) to Fr. John, who wrote: “Dear St. Andrew’s Parishioners – thank you for your most generous donation to San Solano Missions! This is a tremendous help to sustaining our mission, which relies for the most part on outside donations. . .we do not take such generosity for granted. God bless you and a blessed Lent to all!” Some serve the Missions of the Church by going, others serve by sending and sustaining! As Pope Benedict of blessed memory reminded us: “The Church does ‘have’ a mission; the Church is Mission, or it’s not the Church of JESUS Christ!”
As you know, we are in the midst of the Annual Catholic Appeal for the needs our Diocese: social services, seminarian support, school support, ministries to the hospitalized, incarcerated, shut-in, Youth ministries, etc. This is also part of the MISSION, as we are reaching out beyond our own Parish to support the larger mission of the Diocese of Tucson! If you have made your gift/pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal already, our heartfelt thanks! IF you have not yet made your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal, we urge you to do so soon! Every gift of ANY amount is needed and appreciated!
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A wonderful Handel's Messiah Sunday December 17th!
"This is where we're led....this is where we're fed."
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OK, so, what happens when the offertory plate is passed to me at Mass and I don't place anything in it?
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“Those who receive the Word of God in the Eucharist with heartfelt gratitude, will gradually acquire a ‘grateful memory’. . .that is, they will treasure the memory of all that God has done for us!”
/ / / Fr. Bernard Haring, C.S.s.R. (1912-1998)
This week’s Question: “Can Baptisms take place in Lent?”
The Answer to Last Week’s Question: “Why the Lenten fast from meat on Fridays?” In the Gospel of Mark (2:18-20), we read: “. . .Some people came to JESUS and asked Him, “Why is it that the disciples of John the Baptist and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?” JESUS answered, “Do you expect the guests at a wedding to fast while the Bridegroom is with them? But the day will come when the Bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.” Because JESUS, the Bridegroom, was ‘taken away’ on Good Friday, that day became for the earliest Christians, a day of Fasting and abstaining from meat/blood. By extension, over time, the Good Friday Fast was observed on all Fridays, as a solemn remembrance of the Bridegroom’s self-offering for the life of the Bride: the Church. In the liturgical reforms of the Church, following the Second Vatican Council, the Church asked the Faithful to choose our own particular form of fasting and abstinence on Fridays, (trusting far too much in the spiritual maturity of the Faithful!), and kept the mandatory fast/abstinence from meat for the Fridays in Lent. (Please note, that Friday Fast – for all Fridays – was never ‘abolished’ by the Church. That is a popular and totally mistaken notion by those who decided that the voluntary abstinence from meat meant no fast need be observed on Fridays! That is incorrect! In prayerful remembrance of Good Friday, the ‘day when the Bridegroom was taken from us,’ every adult Catholic should find an appropriate form of fasting, meaningful to them!)
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