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Thursday, April 24, 2014



A Thought For This Weekend


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Parish Directory Information


Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew the Apostle/Good Shepherd Parish

I would like to invite you to be a part of our new Parish Picture Directory. The Parish Picture Directory:
* Helps us put “names with faces” and connect with our fellow parishioners at church and in the community
* Helps us preserve this special time in our parish life, and
* Helps us enhance Stewardship by highlighting our many parish ministries

We need YOU to make it complete!

We are partnering with Lifetouch once again for this important project. Lifetouch is providing the directory at no cost to our parish. Every family or individual who is photographed will receive a complimentary directory and a professional 8x10 portrait. You can sign up for your professional photography session in several ways: Online at our parish website, after mass over the next few weeks, or by contacting Tracy Teas in the parish office at 458-2925.

Tuesday – Saturday, March 18, 19. 20, 21, 22
Tuesday – Friday, March 25, 26, 27, 28
Tuesday – Saturday, April 29 & 30, May 1, 2, 3
Thursday – Saturday, June 12, 13, 14

For your convenience, all photography and portrait viewing will take place at the time you have your pictures taken. You will have a variety of poses taken. You can select one pose for the directory. In addition to your complimentary 8x10, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits on the day of your portrait session…. In plenty of time for holiday gift giving!

DISCOUNTS: Those sixty and over, first responders, and military families will receive either a 20% discount or a progressive discount (whichever is greater). Bring a non-perishable food item for the St. Vincent de Paul food bank and receive another $5 off your order. Lifetouch’s price lists are available at the signup table or the parish office.


This professional photograph session is a great opportunity to invite your extended family to get together for a group portrait. Each visiting family will also receive their own complimentary 8x10 and offered all discounts. Lifetouch offers many ways to capture the memories, and your portraits are sure to become valued family keepsakes.

We look forward to seeing each of you in our Parish Directory.

Fr. Greg

P.S. You can pick up your Portrait Sitting Guide at the information table after Mass. It gives great tips on how to prepare for your portrait session. We ask that you allow one hour for your session. This includes check-in, your photo session, and time to select your photos.


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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


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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


Note: No 9am or 1205pm Mass during Thursday, Friday or Saturday of Holy Week


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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Did You Know...?

...that 26 men and women, of all ages, are being received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church this weekend here at St. Andrew’s, either through Baptism, or (for those baptized in other churches) by Profession of Faith?

This is the very exciting culmination of many, many months of preparation by those who are being received, by their Sponsors and their Catechists! So many have been involved in this spiritual journey, but we want to acknowledge especially, Deacon John Klein and his team of Catechists, Rita Thompson and her team of Catechists, Deacon Lauro and Lupita Teran, and, Denise Buensalido and those who have assisted her in preparing the children for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation! A special word of thanks for those who were Sponsors for the newly Initiated – your example of faithfulness and discipleship are the most important part of the instruction and preparation! Thank you for walking with these new brothers and sisters!

Thank you to ALL of you!

Across the Diocese of Tucson this weekend, over 200 women and men were baptized at the Easter Vigil, and almost 600 received into full Communion in the Catholic Church! Which means, that if we gathered into one locale all those who receive the Sacraments of Initiation, we could form a brand-new parish community!

Across the United States, between 150,000 and 200,000 were received into the Catholic Church! This incredible outpouring of the Holy Spirit is one of the most under-reported facts of life!

Rejoice with the newly Baptized and those who have been received into full Communion, and continue to pray for them – they will continue to need your prayers and the example of your joyous, steadfast faith, as they begin to experience their “new life” in the Lord and with His People!!


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This past week, we received $247.00 in donations to the Building Fund, by which we are able to meet unbudgeted repairs and up-grades! Thank you for your generosity – always!!!




A Martyr In Our Midst


Fr. Frans van der Lugt, SJ

Fr Anthony Corcoran, SJ, who recently visited us here at St Andrew's prior to returning to Russia, has brought to light this article about a recently martyred priest in Syria. The article begins here:


by Tony Homsy, SJ

When I woke up Monday morning, I went directly to check my emails, all the media were talking about the assassination of Father Frans van der Lugt, S.J. On the morning of 7 April 2014, he was “abducted by masked gunmen from [his] residence at Homs, in Syria, where he used to live, and was executed by gun shots…Despite the dangers, he had voluntarily decided to remain in the city of Homs in solidarity with the people who could not leave the city.


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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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 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: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

Tuesday evening: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday evening 6 - 7 p.m.


For other times, please contact the office.


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Connie M. Sayers, RN


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contains useful health information, tips and recipes.

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