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 Ordinary Time in the Church calendar following the great feast of Pentecost. Ordinary time begins with two Sunday Feasts: Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi. Trinity Sunday is a celebration of God’s work of redemption, having finished the seasons of Christmas and Easter, we see the Holy Trinity, God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit working in the Church and in our lives. On the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, we celebrate once again the gift of the Holy Eucharist, Our Lord’s gift of Spiritual Food and Presence among his people.
Ordinary time is also Potluck Season! On Saturday, June 22, we celebrate my 44th anniversary of priesthood. On the following Saturday, June 29, we say farewell to Fr. Rudy as he prepares to move to St. Mark parish in Oro Valley. Fr. Rudy also celebrates he 20th year of priesthood in July. Both potluck dinners will be following the 5:00 p.m. Saturday mass.
The Good Shepherd
The Fourth Sunday of Easter was “Good Shepherd Sunday” where the gospel readings always remind us of Christ who is Our Good Shepherd. This is also a special time to pray for Vocations and so Bishop Weisenburger has asked the parishes of the Diocese to specifically pray the rosary for Vocations to the Priesthood & Religious Life. 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 hand 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.
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.
Currently we are at 96% of the way to our goal. Please make your gift or pledge soon!
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 made mine to the maximum amount I can give. This is a win-win situations as we get our money back as state tax credits and the 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.
School ends Thursday, May 23. The new School Year will begin on August 1, 2019.
Registrations are open for the 2019-20 School year. Now is the time to 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