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            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.
Fr. Mike



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.




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