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Sunday, January 22, 2017
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 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 de quien 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 por medio de 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 porque de Él,
Padre Greg Adolf
Congratulations to our own AMANDA WHITE, who has been named the "Teacher of the Year" for the Palominas School District! She has also been nominated for that Honor at the State level!!
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Dear Fr. Greg and St. Andrew parish,
After Hurricane Matthew hit the western part of the diocese of Port-de-Paix in Haiti in Oct. 2016, we were all wondering where to begin the recovery and rebuilding efforts--emergency food, roof repairs, medical needs--and how to fund such efforts. And then I received your email to say that St. Andrew had made a special collection for Haiti, and the funds were on the way.
Because of your quick response, I was able to disperse several thousand dollars to 4 parishes within 5 days of the hurricane. You have no idea what a gift that was to the priests, sisters, and people in the devastated areas.
I want to thank you for your extraordinary generosity during these difficult weeks for the Haitien people, for your prayers, and for your show of solidarity with the Universal Church in this time of need.
Since it is still January, I want to wish you a peaceful and healthy New Year 2017.
Bondie beni nou byen beni---May God bless you with a good blessing!
...that that St. Andrew’s continues to be an important partner in the Carmichael Neighborhood Association?
This volunteer citizens’ group has been working for the past two years to transform the neighborhood around the Parish church, with growing successes!
The Carmichael Neighborhood Associationmeets monthly – the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 PM in the Carmichael School Cafeteria – and provides a ‘forum’ to discuss issues and set priorities with representatives of the City of Sierra Vista and Cochise County.
Some of the early goals advocated by the Carmichael Neighborhood Association are now being accomplished: four new (solar-powered) streetlights are going to be installed along Theatre Drive, between 7th Street and Len Roberts Park; some new sidewalks (with handicap ‘cut-outs’) are going to be installed on Taylor Drive; the City is installing four new trash receptacles along North Avenue; a number of dangerously dilapidated mobile homes have been demolished and the lots cleared for new development!
All of this is coming about because of community advocacy and collaboration with the City, to enhance the safety and ‘live-ability’ of the area around the Parish church.
The most important ‘component’ in this neighborhood transformation is creating a “sense of neighborhood” – of people caring for one another, and working together to improve the neighborhood in which they live.
Some of the “key leaders” in this effort are our Parishioners: Ramon and Fredda Lopez – neighbors and advocates; Ed Gravelineand, Lydia Corral – calling on the 100 neighboring homes closest to the church, to determine needs and invite comments, interest; Bryant Sayers and the Knights of Columbus – the ‘Carmichael Neighborhood Response Team’, which meets monthly to clean-up different areas in the Carmichael Neighborhood, as well as assisting elderly or handicapped neighbors with personal property clean-ups; Michael Morales, Ben Horner, and Michael Prostka, our own outstanding Maintenance Team – who regularly ‘patrol’ and clean-up garbage in the area around the church; Michael Hemesath – who keeps the Fry Pioneer Cemetery on 7th Street, mowed and weeded; LeAnn Sampson, President of our St. Vincent de Paul Society -- who advocates for school children and food needs of the needy; Connie Sayers, our Parish Nurse – working to create a ‘home health visitors network; and, Parishioners from all over Sierra Vista – who turn out to encourage and assist in the transformation of the neighborhood around the Parish church!
Much has been accomplished and much needs to be done – as we demonstrate “neighborhood transformation” by churches working together! Please join us in this wonderful project!
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This past week, we received ------------ in donations to the “Building Our Church Fund” – which allows us to meet unbudgeted needs and up-grades to our two-Campus Parish, and to reach out to assist the mission of the Church in our own country and around the world!
Thank you SO much for your generosity in this, as in all that encourages the Church to be all that God intends us to be!!!
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