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

 

Sunday -- May 26th -- After 8 am and 10 am Masses

 

 

  • St Andrews Front
  • Church - South Aerial View
  • St Andrew's Entry
  • Front Facade
  • Church - East Aerial View
  • Holy Family
  • Divine Mercy Side
  • Kino Hall
  • Church - West Aerial View
  • St Andrew South Side
  • Church - North Aerial View
  • Statue of Mary
  • Mexican Martyrs
  • Lady Who Unties Knots
  • Rearward Look
  • St. Michael Chapel
  • Facing Rear
  • Baptismal Font
  • Divine Mercy Chapel
  • Main Altar
Did You Know...?

 

...that the new “sound board” has been installed in the church?

 

A big “Thank You” to Rick Young, Dan Pierce, Tony Schaffer, and Paul Zapperoli, for doing the installation this week!


We are still looking for a “few good volunteers” for this ministry – providing “sound support” for our weekend Masses! Training is available and schedules flexible!

 

A big “Thank You” to Rita Thompson and her R.C.I.A Team, for preparing our wonderful new members for the Easter Sacraments and for walking with them in the year-long process!

 

A big “Thank You” to Bill Polakowski and his Catechetical Team, for preparing our young people for the Sacrament of Confirmation and for continuing ministry in the Church!

 

A big “Thank You” to Sister Joellen and her Catechetical Team, for preparing our children for their First Holy Communion, AND, for preparing the children, who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Easter Sunday!

 

Please notice how important the word “team” is in all of these “Thank You’s”. Without our wonderful volunteers, none of these ministries could begin to take place!

 

Please prayerfully consider how YOU might be being ‘called’ to share your gifts in ministry by being part of one of these “teams”!

 

Please check this bulletin or the Parish website for a complete listing of all of the opportunities to serve our Lord in one of the many ministries and apostolates of our Parish.

 

The sheer variety of ministries guarantees that there is a group which will ‘fit’ your particular gifts and will enable you to grow in your skills in using your gifts!

 

Congratulations to all of our Graduates and Promotees! We will celebrate our Baccalaureate Mass for our Graduates this Sunday evening at the 5:00 PM Life Teen Mass! Please bring cap and gown to process with us, and allow us to celebrate your accomplishments!

 

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This past week, we received $40.00 in gifts/donations to the “Building Our Church Fund” – which allows us to make the unbudgeted repairs and upgrades to our two-campus Parish!

There are two BIG projects scheduled for June: the re-paving and re-striping of our parking lots, beginning 13 June, and new floor covering for our Office, starting the first week of June!

Your generosity is GREATLY appreciated!

 

 

“It is typical in the Church to celebrate a saint’s death day instead of the saint’s birth day; for the Church has always argued that it was premature to celebrate a birth day, because the rest of the life of the person born on that day was subject to such ambiguity.  The birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8 September) is an exquisite exception, since her soul was the space from which God was able to gain access into humanity!”

Pope Benedict XV

 

 

 

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 or anyone else connected with the parish, 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 been active in our area recently.  

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A SPECIAL “THANK YOU” to our great Pro-Life Leaders!

Lori and Roger Wysong raised almost $7,000 in pledges for our local “CareNet Crisis Pregnancy Center” at the “Mother’s Day March for Life, on the 11th of May!

Thank you, Lori and Roger – and ALL of our other “Walkers for Life”!!

Thank you, too, to our Ladies of St. Andrew’s for the “Baby Shower" for CareNet, held on the 13th of May! They received at least $2000 in baby clothes, diapers etc.to give to CareNet!

It is so important to remember that being “Pro-Life” means giving practical assistance and real support to those young women who “choose Life”!!!

 

 

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.

 

 

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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Vacation Bible School 2019

 

Join us for a week full of adventure and discovery as we recognize God is with us wherever we go! Vacation Bible School goes from June 3rd - 7th (Monday through Friday), 8:30 AM to Noon each day.

Please call the office for more information.

 

Joan Martin Update

 

 

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us with our cistern project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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