From Our Pastor

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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

 

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Did You Know...?

 

that next Sunday, 23 June, is one of the really BIG events in our Parish?

The Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated with special joy and solemnity at St. Andrew’s, and especially since our new church was dedicated on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2006!

Each year since, the Corpus Christi Procession has grown – and the highlight is the Procession around the block – from the main entrance of the church along North Avenue and then into the Divine Mercy Chapel for Benediction and Adoration!

Since this Procession enacts our Lord’s command, “to go out into all the world and proclaim the Good News” (Matthew 28:19), we invite all of the ministries, apostolates and Prayer Groups in our Parish to take part in the Corpus Christi Procession!

We also invite our parishioners who were born in or raised in other cultures, to proudly wear national dress or costume and walk in the Procession, to represent “all nations” walking in the light of Christ!

All of our new First Communicants are invited to walk in the Procession, wearing their First Communion finery! (If you have roses blooming now, please bring petals for the children to shower before Him!)

All of those who were Baptized and Confirmed at the Easter Vigil are also invited to walk in the Procession as a statement of their Faith in the Gift of the Eucharist!

Those who were Confirmed last month are invited to walk in the Procession, as a sign of the ‘missionary’ Spirit they have received!

The Procession and Benediction is our way of celebrating the Gift of the Eucharist and proclaiming the Presence of the Lord in our world!

Because of the lateness of Corpus Christi this year, and the heat, we will be moving the Procession back to an earlier time – at 9:00 AM

No matter what Mass you will attend this weekend, please plan on taking part in the Procession at 9:00 NEXT Sunday morning – (immediately following the 8:00 AM Mass) – the whole celebration is about a half-hour, a very small amount of time to thank our Lord for the gift of Himself!

What a great way to celebrate our call to be “Missionary-Disciples” – to walk in the Procession as the Family of God gathered here from all over the world!

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This past week, we received $74 in gifts/donations to the “Building Our Church Fund”, which allows us to respond to wonderful Mission opportunities, as well as taking care of unbudgeted needs/repairs/upgrades on our own two-campus Parish!

 

 

 

SOUL FOOD – 16 June 2019

“Proper receptivity and gratitude lie at the root of ‘purity of heart’, they are the real beatitudes. Matthew 5:8 could just as easily be rendered: ‘Blessed are those who are grateful, who see and appreciate everything as gift, for they shall see God.’ The greatest compliment that one can give to the giver of a gift is to thoroughly delight in the gift. We owe it to our Creator to delight, in gratitude, in the gift of life and creation.”

Fr. Ronald Rolheiser,

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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Good Shepherd Mission  6:30 pm


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