Welcome Home! - A Note from Our Pastor
Hello, Hola, Pagbati everyone. I am Fr. Mike Bucciarelli newly
appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. It seems like
I have come full circle since I was ordained a priest in 1975 in the
Post Chapel at Ft. Huachuca. I grew up in a military family and
entered Regina Cleri Seminary (high school) in Tucson in 1963.
(Regina Cleri is now St. Augustine High School.) After ordination I
have served in parishes in Tucson, Mammoth, San Manuel, and for the
last 10 years have been pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in
Benson. I have also served as co-Vocation Director; advocate, judge
and defender of the bond on the Marriage Tribunal; Board of
Consultors, television station; Diocesan Pastoral Council; RCIA
board; and I am currently Vicar of Cochise Vicariate.
I am delighted to be back in Sierra Vista as I feel like I have come
home again. I am looking forward to serving the community here at
Our Lady of the Mountains as I follow in the footsteps of my
friends, Fr. Bob Bryerton, Fr. Bob Brazaskas and Fr. Ariel Lustan.
Since they have done so much to serve and build this beautiful
community, I know that I have big shoes to fill and that humbles me.
On the other hand, I am excited to be working with All Saints
School. After 39 years of priesthood, this will be my first
experience working with a school and I hope and pray for your
support, help and prayers as I begin my ministry at Our Lady of the
Mountains and All Saints School.
HELP BUILD OUR
My dear friends,
As you can see from the photos, the
construction of the new rectory is well underway thanks to your most
generous gifts. Most of the funding for the building is in place,
but we hope to be able to add a block wall around the back yard and
install a solar panel array to help defray the future expenses of
this all-electric house. There is still time and opportunity to
contribute. If you would like to make a donation, please drop by or
call the parish office (520-378-2720) or take one of the envelopes
at the door of the church.