Welcome to the web page for Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. I hope that this site will be useful to all who visit it.
It has come to my attention that a text/email scam has been going around the country using parish priests’ names to ask for gift cards for persons with cancer or other situations. This is a SCAM. No priest will ever ask for gift cards for anyone. If you get one of these texts, ignore it and delete it.
We have begun the season of Advent, the time of watching and waiting for the coming of our Savior. We look both backward and forward in this holy season: Backward to the celebration of the birth of Our Lord in Bethlehem as we reflect on all the events that took place 2000 years ago. Forward in anticipation of our Lord’s coming at the end of time and seasons. Both call us to be prepared. We can use the gifts of the Church during the Advent time to help us. We celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. We also celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 9 at 8:00 a.m. (not a day of obligation) and the Vigil of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 11 at 7:00 p.m. Let us prepare, watch and wait.
New Diocesan Web Site
The Diocese of Tucson has launched a new web site accessed either at www.diocesetucson.org or by clicking the link on the right side of this page. The new website is easier to navigate and will help Catholics quickly locate information about our diocese and its programming and ministries. They are still updating sections of the site but one area that already has seen a great deal of updating is the Youth ministries section. The new home page also provides access to the Human Resources department, Vocations department, and Catholic schools office. There are news briefs and quick access links to Bishop Weisenburger’s Facebook page, the Wednesday Update, and several of the affiliated organizations such as the Catholic Foundation and the Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO).
Pray for Vocations
We need to pray for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life, so Bishop Weisenburger has asked the parishioners of the Diocese to specifically pray the rosary for Vocations. This is a critical issue for the future of our Diocese. If you would like to pray along with our Bishop, you can go to this link:
Annual Catholic Appeal
Each year, at this time, we are encouraged to consider the needs of our Church and of the Diocese as one family in Christ. The Ministries supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal are a great help to our parish as well as other parishes throughout southern Arizona.
One major way the Appeal helps is through the education of seminarians. This last year we were able to see first St. Vincent De Paul Society, OLM Conferencehand the fruits of the Appeal at the ordination to the priesthood of Fr. Tom Quirk. Our gifts to the appeal helped pay for his preparation for the priesthood. The ACA also helps with the education of Deacons and Lay Ministers who will serve in our parishes.
We have made 104% our goal so far. Thank you for your gifts. If you have not yet given, you can still make your gift.
It is easy to give to the Appeal. You can click on the Appeal Logo on the left side of this page to give online or you can text ACA to 41444 or use one of the envelopes in the church.
Parish Online Giving
If you haven’t ever given online, now is a good time to start. Online giving is helpful for both the parish, since it saves our money counter volunteers time and saves us the expense of printing and mailing envelopes, as well as for you, the donor, since it saves the time used for weekly check writing. If you would like to sign up, please click on the “Online Giving” icon on the right side of this page.
CTSO Tax Credit
Don’t forget to make your donation to CTSO so that you can receive the state tax credit. I make mine the maximum amount I can give. This is a win-win situations since we get our money back as state tax credits and our students get scholarships. Please remember to check the box for All Saints Catholic School. See the link on the side of the page to make your donation.
Our students participated in creating the Ofrenda for the day of the dead. Students brought a picture of their loved one who has passed away and then presented it to their class. At the end of class, students placed it on the Ofrenda. Many students have stopped to pray at the altar throughout the week.Thank you to Mrs. Murphy for all her hard work in creating the Ofrenda both at school and at the museum in town.
You can still register your child from pre-school through grade 8. If you have not yet registered your child, give the school office a call at 378-7012 or stop by during school hours.
Visitors are always welcome to our parish, so if you are traveling through the area, we hope to see you soon in person.
We have been updating our parish Facebook page frequently. You can take a look by clicking on the link on the left side of the page.
The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Catholic order that works for good of the Christian Community in the Holy Land by prayer, pilgrimage and financial support. From time to time it will sponsor pilgrimages to the Holy Land. I will try to make these known here.
God’s blessings to all,
Fr. Mike Bucciarelli
1425 E. Yaqui Street
Celebration of the Mass