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From Our Pastor

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

Bienvenido

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

Pastor

 

Did You Know...?

 

...that the word ‘vacation’ is from the Latin ‘vacare’ – to ‘open a space’ ‘make a place for’?

 

The true meaning of the word ‘vacation’ is related to ‘making a place in our lives for God to fill’! Just as ‘recreation’ means to allow ourselves to be ‘re-created’!  Again, looking to God the Creator for that new creation!

 

The ‘sanctifying’ of time – the Seventh Day (‘sabbath’ – ‘sabbatical’) is the gift of our loving Creator for this ‘re-creation’ and for opening ourselves (‘vacate’) to experience more deeply the Presence of God.

 

Two recent Papal documents spoke about the ‘vital’ importance of observing the Lord’s Day.

 

In 1998 Pope St. John Paul II wrote the Letter “Dies Domini” (‘The Lord’s Day’) and, drawing from the 4th Commandment (“Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy”), he spoke about a healthy rhythm of work and prayer, rest and exercise, quiet and activity, which is vitally important in establishing a healthy balance in a person’s life, as well as the life of the family!

 

In 2015 Pope Francis wrote the Letter “Laudatio Si” (‘Praised be’ – from St. Francis of Assisi’s ‘Canticle of Brother Sun’) and drew the connection between a healthy lifestyle in a healthy environment, which again looks to the Divine plan for balance in a person’s life. Pope Francis shares that creation and recreation are joined in a way so that God continues the work of His creation in and through each of us!

 

Both of these Papal letters are well-worth the time to read and study for the insights, drawn from Sacred Scripture, about ‘balance’ in all areas of life.

 

All of this speaks to a basic human need for ‘balance’, which can only be obtained and maintained in our relationship with God! 

 

Ed Graveline and his collaborators in the St. Paul Street Evangelization Ministry, have a wonderful study, that they have been sharing, about the clinical data showing the long-term health benefits – physical and emotional – for those who attend Mass each week, and find their ‘balance’ in the environment of worship and ‘re-creation’! (Ask them for a copy!)

 

The Methodist reformer, John Wesley, wisely remarked that “any recreation from which you have to recover, was not re-creation!”

 

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer ‘vacation’ before school begins, to be; re-created,


re-newed, re-balanced, beginning with worship and renewal every Lord’s Day. 

 

For your current and eternal health, make a place in the midst of all of the business of life, for God to fill you and draw you more and more into the ‘new Creation’!

 

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This past week, we received $------------in donations to the “Building Our Church Fund”, which is so important in funding repairs, up-grades, and improvements to our two-campus Parish! 

 

This fund also allows us to reach out globally, in support of the Mission of the Church!

 

This past week, we provided funds for our Father Silas Bogati, the Vicar General of Nepal, (and our ‘Nepalese Priest-Son’) to travel to Washington D.C. to give testimony before the State Department and Congressional Committees regarding religious freedom and the plight of the Church in Nepal! Your generosity truly has a ‘global impact’ in “Building Our Church”!

 

 

“I like to think of Mary Magdalene as the ‘apostle to the Apostles.’ But knowing how much Mary loved the Lord, it’s hard to understand why she couldn’t recognize Him right away at the Tomb! She actually thought that He was the gardener! It was the same too with the disciples who met the Risen Christ on the way to Emmaus. When you love somebody, you can recognize them by their voice or even by the way that they walk. But no, they walked and talked with Him and still they didn’t recognize Him. Until He shared the bread with them.

Oh, what a grace, Lord, it would be, to be transparent to the living Christ within us! When I say Mass and break the Bread, I always think of the Lord’s ingenuity in this!”

                        - Dom Helder Camara   (1909-1999)

 

Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger

Statement on Abortion

 

The landmark Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade unleashed a tidal wave of abortion in the United States. In the intervening years the lives of millions of unborn children have been terminated. When one considers the ramifications of so many lost lives, it is almost impossible to believe that a nation as great as ours has permitted this moral evil for so long.

 

As many who follow the politics of our day are aware, several states have recently passed very strict pro-life laws which will greatly reduce abortions.


These state laws are soon to be challenged in appellate courts and quite probably the U.S. Supreme Court.


I cannot help but believe that we are drawing nearer to reversing this moral catastrophe.


How we proceed from here is crucial and I would offer the following three points for guidance.

 

The first is that we must keep the light focused on what abortion does to the unborn child and the life it terminates. This truth, which is based upon science, medicine, and reason, is all too often kept in the dark by the pro-abortion world.


However, even as we keep the light focused on the child in the womb, we likewise cannot fail to acknowledge and respond to the crises in which so many pregnant women find themselves.
While stopping abortion is a moral imperative, the followers of Jesus Christ will recognize His face in the face of every pregnant woman suffering from poverty, fear, abuse, or abandonment. Saving the lives of infants is critical, but we must do all we can to make it possible for women to keep and care for their children.


Legislation, political decisions, and government policies that compound and further aggravate the lives of poor and suffering women can be a powerful incentive to push them through the abortion clinic doors.
Again, even as we keep the light focused on the devastation of an unborn child’s life, we cannot afford to narrow our vision and refuse to see the suffering of their mothers and many times their older siblings.
For this reason, I am especially grateful, and strongly supportive of, those charitable organizations that serve poor and needy pregnant women as well as women struggling to care for their children.

The second is that Catholics are called to be full members of our communities and that includes the political realm. We have a right and an obligation to bring our values into our local communities as well as our individual states, our nation, and the global community.


Catholics have a crucial role to be a salt for the earth and a light for the world. We are never authentic to the Gospel when we ignore or run from the world. Informing our legislators, as well as how we vote, matter deeply. The Gospel is quite clear: Our goal is heaven but our task for today is to dig deeply into daily life and to be a part of building a land of justice and peace today. We can never abandon our citizenship or our stewardship for God’s created world.
 

The final point is prayer, and it is perhaps the most significant of our efforts.


Regrettably the word prayer is sometimes tossed around casually without reference to its very real power. The forces of evil are clearly at work in the world. In the face of so great an evil we need to unleash renewed waves of prayer — invoking the Holy Spirit upon the people of our Nation and most especially upon our judges and legislators.


Prayer is powerful and it will make the difference. Too, we don’t pray instead of taking action. Rather, the two are profoundly connected. Indeed, it is of ten times prayer that unleashes the Spirit within us so that God — working through us — can bring about His will in our world. From this vantage point prayer is not incidental, it is critical.


We must pray and pray aggressively for an end to abortion, for true justice in  our nation, and for women and children in crisis.

 

Again, there are current efforts around our nation which have the potential to end a profound moral evil. Now is a time for renewed energies on our part. I believe that we must blend together three critical tools: an intensity of prayer, renewed efforts in the political world, and generous service of suffering women and their children.


The stakes are critical, the potential immense, and our call to be a part of righting this profound evil is clear.

 

 

In response to requests from parishioners, for a “Morning Offering” prayer, (referred to in Fr. Greg’s homily), the following, from St. Alphonsus Liguori, is offered:

“O my God, I adore You. I love You with all my heart and I thank You for all Your gifts. I thank You for preserving me through the night and for bringing me to the beginning of this new day full of grace. I offer You all that I do or suffer throughout this day, in union with the actions and sufferings of JESUS. I intend to avoid everything that would offend You, but I ask that You give me the graces necessary to please You and reject sin. Give me to grace to love You more today than yesterday. Mary, Mother of my Lord, Mother of all His disciples, please take me under your care today. My guardian angel and my patron saints, come to my aid. Amen.

 

 

 

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

to be beatified

 

 

 

 

Mass Times

Sunday: 8:00 am † 10:00 am
Noon ( Español / Spanish)
5:00 pm (Life Teen)


Monday - Friday: 9:00 am † 12:05 pm


Saturday: 9:00 am † 5:00 pm (Vigil)

Good Shepherd Mission  6:30 pm


-- Reconciliation Schedule --

Saturday 3:15-5:00
Sunday 4:00-5:00
Confessions are 30 minutes before every Mass

Anytime by appointment


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A reminder that no one from St. Andrew's including the office staff nor the clergy will call, text or communicate in any manner for a solicitation of funds.

If you receive a message requesting funds on behalf of Fr. Greg using an email address like this:

referendfatherapostle@gmail.com

or anyone else connected with the parish, report it as phishing.

If someone calls requesting funds, immediately hang up.  Never give your personal information to anyone regardless of who they say they are.  Scammers prey upon parishioners asking for the purchase of gift cards and have are active in our area.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Concerned about going to Confession?

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(Hint: You're not going to the Principal's Office)

 

 

 

 

An interview with Jesuit Father Anthony Corcoran, the apostolic administrator of Kyrgyzstan.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS to our Dr. LINDA DENNO, who has been named Dean of the University of Arizona – South! A great honor for a great educator!

 

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