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



Each Friday Through Lent -- 4:30-7pm


Our Campus
  • 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 Lent has three great ‘disciplines’ or formation plans, which are each critically important and inter-related? 


They are, of course, Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving!


These are not, of course, simply “seasonal activities,” but are integral to the growth and the maturation of every disciple of the Lord. But we do bring a special emphasis to these actions during Lent!


It is our Lord Himself who commends this to us, when He says: When you pray. . .When you fast. . .When you give alms. . .(Matthew 6). There is no “IF” about it! 


Our Lord simply tells us that when we do these things, we should “do them from the heart” and not simply to ‘check boxes’ or to impress the neighbors!


There are so many extra prayer opportunities – the Stations of the Cross on Fridays (or anytime that you want to come and pray the Way), the 40-Hours’ Adoration every Thursday and Friday in the Divine Mercy Chapel, the Men’s Rosary on Tuesday evenings, the Men’s Adoration on Thursday mornings – check the bulletin and make one of these your special prayer-time in Lent!


Disciplining our appetites – not simply ‘dieting’ or ‘giving something up’ – but looking at how much our cravings and our distractions control our lives, is a painful, but life-giving exercise. As Saint Pope Paul VI said, “Learning to live simply, so that others may simply live!” Our fasting must always have a direct ‘overflow’ in almsgiving – sharing with others.


Consider making the Annual Catholic Appeal your expression of almsgiving this Lent – blessing others across our Diocese through the 26 ministries that the Appeal supports!

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We have made a tremendous start to our Parish participation in the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal! We are now at 68% of our Parish Goal, with 49% participation of our Parishioners and Families! Please consider your gift – for any amount, as we are really hoping to have 100% Participation in the Appeal!   Thank you so much for your wonderful response so far!


Food For Thought...


“I shall not leave this Church, founded on so frail a rock as Peter, because I should be founding another church on an even frailer rock: myself.”

                                                                                                      -Carlo Carretto  (1910-1988)






Tuesday mornings starting at 9:45 to 11am

Wednesday evenings begining at 7pm to 8:15 pm



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.


Ash Wednesday Schedule


Lent begins

Wednesday the 26th

Mass Times: 730am / 9am / 1205pm / 7pm

7pm @ Good Shepherd Mission - Whetstone




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




Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are OBLIGATORY days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence – no meat.
The norms on fasting are obligatory for Catholics from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon Catholics from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast”.

From – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops




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A nice phone call this last week from Father John Kastigar, who wanted to be remembered to all of our parishioners! Fr. John, you will remember, served as an Air Force Chaplain for 20 years, and then, as the Contract Chaplain (“back-up Chaplain to the regular Catholic Post Chaplain) at Fort Huachuca for another 30 years! Fr. John was very supportive of our Parish and often assisted here as well. In 2013, after we celebrated his 60th Anniversary of Ordination, Fr. John retired back to his native Chicago, to the Bishop Timothy Lyne Residence. He would enjoy hearing from you at the Residence: 12230 S. Will-Cook Road, Palos Park, Illinois 60464, but cautions that his 93+ years make it difficult for him to write! Please pray for this good and holy Priest, and, if so moved, drop him a note!






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