800 Taylor Drive, Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635-1050
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

 

 

Our Campus
Pastor's 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

 

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With open hearts we welcome all who have come to the house of the Lord.

 

If you are new to the parish, please stop by the office and register.

 

You can download the form HERE.

 

Once registered, this implies that you will participate with our faith community at Sunday Liturgy and return to the Lord by sharing your time, talent and treasure with His Church.

 

 

Mass Schedule

 

 

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am † 12:05 pm


Saturday: 9:00 am † 5:00 pm

Good Shepherd Mission  6:30 pm



Sunday: 8:00 am † 10:00 am

Noon ( Español / Spanish)

5:00 pm (Life Teen)


 

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Chaplain Lloyd's News Letter

 

 

Did You Know...?

 

...that next Sunday we will host the 7th Annual Community Hymn Festival here at St. Andrew’s – at 2:00PM?


This is a not-to-be missed event, if you like to sing, or, if you just like to hear great Christian music, sung by wonderful choirs and accompanied by brilliant musicians!


Singers from a number of local churches form a ‘master choir’ and we are invited to sing along with them, to marvelous accompaniment!


This is the best of the best of Christians musicians, under the leadership of Maestro Roger Bayes, the Music Minister at First Southern Baptist and Conductor of the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, making a “joyful noise to the Lord”!


Master Organist, Lars Andersen, who ‘inaugurated’ our then-new pipe organ, will again accompany the singers! And this year there will be a special number, sung by a choir made up of the local pastors – you may even recognize one or two!!!


There will be a free-will offering – this year for the proposed new Salvation Army facility in Sierra Vista!
The program lasts about an hour and you’ll want to come a little early and get a good seat – since this is a Community-wide event, coming early is the only way that you will get your “accustomed place” in church!
Why not invite friends and family members to join you? Again, this is a wonderful opportunity to share the Good News of God’s love and goodness – and a powerful demonstration of the unity which we share with all believers in Christ. If someone you know has been away from the Church for a while, this would be a great way to invite them to “come Home” in a very low-keyed, pleasant way.


When you experience the church filled with praise and the voices of Christians from across the denominational spectrum – it is deeply moving and utterly unforgettable!


We look forward to seeing YOU next Sunday afternoon at 2:00PM – right here at St. Andrew’s for the 7th Annual Community Hymn Festival!

 

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This past week, we received $135.00 in donations to our Building Fund! Our Building Fund makes possible many of the improvements to our parish campuses – for instance, the new staircase being put in on the SW corner of the church, leading up from the West Parking Lot! Remember that there is still an “naming” opportunity for the almost complete tree well/bench near the Memorial Prayer Garden. Contact the Office for more information!

 

 

Welcome Fr Mike!

 

Congratulations to Fr Mike Bucciarelli

on his installation as pastor of

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Why Do We Confess to a Priest?

 

 

 

Pope Francis on Twitter

 

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The Four Chaplains

 

 

By John Brinsfield

It was Feb. 3, 1943, and the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester was one of three ships in a convoy, moving across the Atlantic from Newfoundland to an American base in Greenland. A converted luxury liner, the Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 servicemen, merchant seamen and civilian workers.

 

It was only 150 miles from its destination when shortly after midnight, an officer aboard the German submarine U2 spotted it. After identifying and targeting the ship, he gave orders to fire. The hit was decisive, striking the ship, far below the water line. The initial blast killed scores of men and seriously wounded many more.

 

Others, stunned by the explosion were groping in the darkness. Panic and chaos quickly set in! Men were screaming, others crying or franticly trying to get lifeboats off the ship.

 

Through the pandemonium, four men spread out among the Soldiers, calming the frightened, tending the wounded and guiding the disoriented toward safety. They were four Army chaplains, Lt. George Fox, a Methodist; Lt. Alexander Goode, a Jewish Rabbi; Lt. John Washington, a Roman Catholic Priest; and Lt. Clark Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister.

 

Quickly and quietly the four chaplains worked to bring calm to the men. As soldiers began to find their way to the deck of the ship, many were still in their underwear, where they were confronted by the cold winds blowing down from the arctic.

 

Petty Officer John J. Mahoney, reeling from the cold, headed back towards his cabin. "Where are you going'" a voice of calm in the sea of distressed asked' "To get my gloves," Mahoney replied. "Here, take these," said Rabbi Goode as he handed a pair of gloves to the young officer. "I can't take those gloves," Mahoney replied. "Never mind," the Rabbi responded. "I have two pairs." It was only long after that Mahoney realized that the chaplain never intended to leave the ship.

 

Once topside, the chaplains opened a storage locker and began distributing life jackets. It was then that Engineer Grady Clark witnessed an astonishing sight. When there were no more lifejackets in the storage room, the chaplains simultaneously removed theirs and gave them to four frightened young men. When giving their life jackets, Rabbi Goode did not call out for a Jew; Father Washington did not call out for a Catholic; nor did Fox or Poling call out for a Protestant. They simply gave their life jackets to the next man in line. One survivor would later call it "It was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven."

 

As the ship went down, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains -- arms linked and braced against the slanting deck. Their voices could also be heard offering prayers and singing hymns.

 

Of the 902 men aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, only 230 survived. Before boarding the Dorchester back in January, Chaplain Poling had asked his father to pray for him, "Not for my safe return, that wouldn't be fair. Just pray that I shall do my duty...never be a coward...and have the strength, courage and understanding of men. Just pray that I shall be adequate."

 

Although the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart were later awarded posthumously Congress wished to confer the Medal of Honor but was blocked by the stringent requirements which required heroism performed under fire. So a posthumous Special Medal for Heroism, The Four Chaplains' Medal, was authorized by Congress and awarded by the President on January 18, 1961.

 

It was never given before and will never be given again.

 

 

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prayerline@standrewsv.org

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 Stephen Ministry

YOU can play an important role in our Stephen Ministry . . .


. . Because you may know of a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who is going through a difficult time and who could benefit from the focused care, encouragement, and support of a Stephen Minister.

If you know of someone who is hurting or if you are hurting, simply ask the St. Andrew Parish office

(520) 458-2925, to pass your contact information to a Stephen Leader or contact

Connie Sayers

Stephen Leader

directly at:

(520) 456-7351.

It's a great way for you to show how much you care!

 

  
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 Parish Library

Your Parish Library located in the Parish Center is a valuable resource for Catholic books and videos for all ages. Follow this link to read the current newsletter.


Library Hours:

Sunday: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. - noon

Beginning August 17:  9 a.m. - noon

Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. - 12 noon

 

For other times, please contact the office.

458-2925

  
 Our Parish Nurse

Connie M. Sayers, RN

 

Connie's Blog, Health in Mind, Body and Spirit

contains useful health information, tips and recipes.

Connie M. Sayers, RN

  
 
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