From Our Pastor


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



Did You Know...?

that our teachers – public, parochial, home school, catechism – need your help?

As difficult as the past two years have been on all of us, in terms of trying to maintain normalcy and stability in our lives, trying to keep folks safe AND connected, perhaps our teachers – in all school settings – have faced some of the greatest challenges.

“Distant learning” (livestream), “hybrid” (in person and distant teaching), and social distancing requirements to keep children and staff safe during the pandemic, was a new experience for all educators, and nothing in their academic training or previous classroom experience would have prepared them for the challenges that they were called upon to deal with every day.

Sadly, for many, it proved to be too much of a challenge and often with too little support from the community, the parents, and administrators, all dealing with their own challenges imposed by the new ‘norms’!

What can we do? First and foremost, recognize that teaching is a sacred vocation – a special calling from God!

The only ‘title’ which was given to our Lord in His public ministry was “Teacher” – (Rabbi) and He declared that He was sent to teach (Mark 1:38), and ‘having compassion on the crowds of people, like sheep without a shepherd’, “He began to teach them many things.” (Mark 6:34) And so, teaching is understood as a Corporal Work of Mercy,a participation in our Lord’s own mission of salvation!

The second thing that we can do, is to pray for our teachers – in all school settings!

St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the teaching Order ‘the Christian Brothers’, wrote a beautiful prayer for teachers: “You, O Lord, are my strength, my patience, my light, and my counsel. It is You who touch the hearts of the children entrusted to my care. Abandon me not to myself for one moment. For my own guidance and that of my students, grant me the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety, the spirit of holy reverence for You and an ardent zeal to procure Your glory. I unite my efforts to those of JESUS Christ, and I beg the most Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, and the Guardian angels of my students, to protect me this day in the performance of my duties. Amen.” 

Perhaps you could use this prayer to ‘shape’ your prayer for our teachers, and perhaps you could share this prayer with a favorite teacher!

The third thing that we can do for our teachers, as they fulfill their sacred vocation, is to volunteer to assist them in whatever way is appropriate for their classroom setting: tutoring, aiding, reading to students, sending notes of encouragement, and, if you are the parent of a student, to recognize that your child’s teachers are among your closest and most important collaborators in helping your child to discover and use their gifts, and to come to mature, happy, and focused adulthood!

Again,  St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle wrote: “To touch the hearts of your students is the greatest miracle you can perform.”

Thank a teacher today, and remember in prayer the teachers who have touched your heart!

Food For Thought...


“’Eat My Flesh,’ JESUS says, ‘and drink My Blood!’ The Lord Himself supplies us with these intimate nutrients, He Himself gives us His Flesh and pours out His Blood, so that nothing is lacking for the growth of His children.”            




                                                                  - St. Clement of Alexandria (150-211)

This Week's Catholic Quiz



This Week’s Question: “Who was the Saint Louis, for whom the city in Missouri was named?”

The answer to last week’s Question: “What is the ‘Holy Falling Asleep of the Virgin’?” 

It refers to the ‘falling asleep in death’ of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which preceded her assumption. The Church of the Dormition of the Virgin, on Mount Zion, and the Tomb of the Virgin near the Basilica of Gethsemane, (both in Jerusalem), are two beloved Marian shrines. The Church of the Dormition dominates the skyline of SW Jerusalem. The Scriptures record that our Lord gave the care of His widowed Mother to St. John, and tradition holds that she accompanied him to Ephesus. At the time of her death, in Jerusalem, where she had returned, the Apostles helped John to prepare her tomb – a ‘temporary’ place for all of us, but more so for her, as things happened. She was assumed body and soul into heaven. A band of Crusader script, in the ancient Tomb of the Virgin at the foot of the Mount of Olives, reads: “This is the Vale of Jehosaphat, where begins the roadway to the stars. Mary, favored by God, was buried here, and incorruptible was raised to the skies. Hope of captives, their light, their path, their Mother.”

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Question: Are there “statutes of limitations” regarding confession? For instance, if I stole a candy bar as a child, never confessed it but still remember it as an adult, should I confess it?
What about more serious sins that I’ve never confessed?

Answer: When one confesses their sins, they are forgiven from all the sins they have committed since their last confession. Since it is not possible to remember or state every single venial sin (or small sin), it is sufficient to mention non-mortal sins in a general way, such as, “I am guilty of anger, gossip, or inattentiveness at prayer,” and so forth. However, one is only required to state serious sins in kind and number, such as, “I committed the sin of looking at pornography on two occasions.”  Given our often poor memory, things will be forgotten. For this reason many penitents conclude their confession by saying: “For these and any other sins I cannot recall, I ask pardon and absolution.”  As for those times one forgets to mention a mortal sin, as long as one does not intentionally fail to mention the sin, the confession is valid. When one recalls that they forgot to mention it, they should mention it in the next confession.

This is also true of more serious sins from the distant past that we remember and have not brought to confession. Since it may have been true that you did not know you had to confess such matters, or simply forgot to confess them in the sacrament, your confessions since then have been valid. However, it is proper to bring these to confession now, or as you remember.  In cases, however, where a person commits mortal sin(s) and intentionally fails or refuses to mention it to the priest in confession, the confession is invalid and absolution is not granted.

This would also affect all subsequent confessions until the problem is resolved by the penitent confessing what they did in kind and number.

Stealing the candy bar as a young child was not likely mortal due to age and was included in your intention to seek absolution in a general way for all of your sins. But since you still remember it, it may help to bring it to the Lord in confession.

To be clear, then, it is only when one refuses to confess a serious sin they know they have committed that a confession is invalid. Honest forgetfulness happens, and in cases of recovered memory, it is proper to bring the matter, if more serious, to confession in the future.

                                                                                   -Msgr. Charles Pope in Our Sunday Visitor

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Dear SMRC Friends,

The Southwestern Mission Research Center (SMRC) is excited to announce the long-awaited “Missions of the River” tour! Many of you have asked when SMRC will be scheduling this tour again. The wait is over!

On November 3-6, 2022, guests will tour the “Missions of the River” in the El Paso area. They will visit and learn about the missions of Ysleta, Socorro, and the presidio chapel of San Elizario. These sites were established by the Spanish settlers and Pueblo Indians who fled New Mexico during the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. This tour will also include visits to the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, El Paso Museum of Archaeology, El Paso Museum of History, and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Cultural Center. Guests will enjoy tasty New Mexican food and yummy Texas BBQ!

Proceeds from SMRC tours enable us to sponsor important scholarship on a broader level, assist with publications, and promote education, as well as engage in cooperative restoration projects with mission communities. Proceeds also help to support the publication of the SMRC Revista that features articles, news, and reviews relating to the Southwest Borderlands.

Attached you will find a flyer, registration form, and waiver for this tour. If you’ve never been on an SMRC tour, then you are in for a treat! For those of you who have been on an SMRC tour, we’d love to have you join us again and/or share this information with your family and friends. Note: If SMRC is holding a deposit from you for a future Kino Missions Tour to Sonora, if you wish, you may apply that deposit towards the “Missions of the River” tour instead.

We hope to hear from you soon! 

For reservations contact Monica Young at (520) 621-6278 or

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Cursillo Grouping in English-language will be available Wednesdays at 6:00pm, Fridays at 10:00am in Room 4 of Madonna Hall and on Saturdays at 1:00pm by calling Zina (520 227-3081).  Spanish-language grouping by phone will be available on Fridays at 10:00am and on Saturdays at 1:00pm by calling Tony (520 249-8781).  We look forward to grouping with you.  Para español, leerlo abajo.


Reunión en inglés está disponible en los miércoles a las seis de la tarde (6:00pm), los viernes a las diez de la mañana (10:00am) en Cuarto 4 en Madonna Hall y o por teléfono los sábados a la una de la tarde (1:00pm).   Para participar en reunión en inglés por teléfono, por favor de llamar a Zina por teléfono a (520 227-3081).  Reunión en español por teléfono está disponible los viernes a las diez de la mañana (10:00am) o los sábados a la una de la tarde (1:00pm).  Para participar en reunión en español, por favor de llamar a Tony por teléfono a (520 249-8781).  Nosotros esperamos reunirnos con ustedes.  For English, read above.


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