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.
Welcome Fr. Amal
Fr. Amal Sebastiar has arrived from India to minister in the parishes of the area. He will be celebrating masses with us from now on, so please welcome him to our community.
Fr. Mike will be on retreat from Sunday evening, October 13 until Friday, October 18. Please pray for him and the other priests on retreat. During this period there will be NO weekday masses here, ASCS will be on fall break, the floors to the church will be cleaned and waxed and the bell tower will be getting a new coat of stucco.
November 1 is the Feast of All the Saints. It is a holy day of obligation this year. We will celebrate mass with our school at 8:00 a.m. Children are invited to come dressed as their favorite saint. We will also celebrate mass at 5:30 p.m.
November 2 is All Souls Day. Although not a day of obligation, it is a special day on the Church’s calendar to pray for the dead. At 9:00 a.m. we will be celebrating mass at the entrance to the Mother Teresa Columbarium and also blessing the newly installed niches.
Also on November 2 is the Men’s Conference in Tucson. For more information about this special event, see here: Diocese of Tucson Men’s Conference.
We continue with Ordinary Time in the Church calendar until the feast of Christ the King in November. Ordinary time, symbolized by green vestments, is a time of spiritual growth.
Fr. Stan Szczapa and soon Fr. Amal Sebastiar will be assisting our parish with weekend masses.
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 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.
We have made 103% 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.
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