(I am putting this online a little early so everyone can see the schedule)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Christ is Risen, Alleluia! He is indeed truly risen, Alleluia!
If you are like me, then this is the strangest Easter ever. All the usual celebrations have been put on hold, the church is empty rather than filled to overflowing and the land seems unusually quiet.
On the other hand, this Easter I find a great spiritual connection with the Holy Sepulchre of Our Lord — the empty tomb. The tomb of Christ Our Savior even to this day is an empty, barren place. However, it is empty not because the Lord is dead and buried, but because he is risen, he is alive!
At the first Easter, the apostles huddled in the upper room afraid for their lives. Even with the news brought to them by the women, they mostly remained in that room or went back to their homes. It is easy to see parallels in today’s world. But, even though the doors were locked and barred, Our Lord came to the Apostles. His words resound: “Peace be with you.” The same is true for us. Even though we might be locked in at home with our movements limited, Our Lord comes to us with the same message: “Peace be with you.”
So as we celebrate this strangest of Easters, my prayer for all of us is that we hear the Lord’s message of peace and let it dispel the anxiety in our hearts so that we can open them to receive the joy of the Risen Lord. May his blessings be with each of you and your families.
Now for some, hopefully, useful information. We have been working with St. Andrew’s parish to televise (streaming video at standrewsv.org/) the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter. We will continue this as long as necessary. Here is a schedule:
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper (7:00 p.m.)
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross (12 Noon); 7 Last Words (12:30 p.m.);
Divine Mercy Chaplet (3:00 p.m.); Solemn Liturgy (7:00 p.m.)
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil (7:00 p.m.)
Easter Sunday: English Mass (10:00 a.m.); Spanish Mass (12 noon)
Easter Weekdays: (10:00 a.m.)
Sundays: (10:00 a.m. English and 12 Noon Spanish)
Finally, I would like to remind you that although our church buildings are mostly closed, our financial costs remain mostly fixed, so we are in need of your Easter donations. If you haven’t signed up for online giving, you can call the parish office for assistance. You can also mail in your envelopes or drop them in the box outside the parish office (M-F). Finally, if you receive a stimulus check, you might consider donating all or part of it to our parish.
Once again, May the blessings of Our Risen Lord be with you and all your loved ones this Easter time.
We have been emailing our Sunday Bulletin to all parishioners for whom we have an address. If you would like to be added to our list, please call the parish office or send an email to email@example.com
Parish Office Information
Due to the increasing risk of contracting Covid-19, the parish office will be closed to walk-in traffic. We will be in the office M-F from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to answer phone calls and to check emails. A box will be left by the office door for you to leave donations, mail or any other items. It will be emptied often during the day. The church will remain open during office hours. Please stay safe as we pray for one another.
Parish Lenten Retreat
The parish Lenten retreat is still available. You can watch recordings here: LENTEN MISSION with FR. AMAL.
Stations of the Cross
Here is a link to a video of the Stations of the Cross following the route Our Lord walked but in today’s Jerusalem. This is similar to the Via Crucis we pray when on pilgrimage.
Fr. Amal and I will be celebrate mass in private each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and each weekday at 8:00 a.m. Our intentions are for your health and safety, and for all our families, friends and loved ones. All are invited to pray with us from your homes at the same time. We do not have the equipment to live stream our masses, but we will be participating in the live-streamed masses from St. Andrew’s.
All of us are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, we have taken measures to avoid the spread of the virus. Above all, please stay home if you are sick. The latest update from the Diocese has asked us to suspend all public celebrations of the mass on both Sundays and Weekdays until April 6th or until further notice. Also, all gatherings, communion services, penance services, dinners, etc. are cancelled or postponed. The parish office will remain open for calls and email, but not for visitors. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The church will also be open M-F from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for individual private prayer. Confessions are by appointment. Fr. Amal and I will offer private mass each day for anyone who has a mass intention as well as for all our people and their safety during this emergency. We will also be participating in the live-streamed masses from St. Andrew’s Let us all pray for God’s protection during this troubling time.
The Diocese of Tucson website has detailed information about our response to the virus. Please click here: Diocese of Tucson
St. Andrew’s will be live streaming mass each day at 10:00 a.m. Both Fr. Amal and I will be celebrants: St. Andrew’s Mass
You can find masses each weekday on EWTN Television Network:
Dish TV channel 261; Direct TV channel 370; Cox Cable channel 113.
Sunday Mass can be found at 6:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. each Sunday on KOLD TV Channel 13.
Mt. Angel Abbey also live-streams Masses and the Liturgy of the Hours: Mt. Angel Prayers
Bishop Weisenburger is also has his daily mass on the Diocese of Tucson Web page: Diocese of Tucson
Bishop Robert Barron has mass as well as many resources on his webpage: Word on Fire Daily Mass
La Santa Misa en español desde el Diocesis de Phoenix.
Parish Online Giving
If you haven’t ever given online, now is a good time to start. With Online giving, there is no touching of checks or money which helps keep both you and our money counters safe from virus transmission. 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 left side of this page.
Public Service Announcement
Thanks to St. Andrew’s we present this Hand Washing Video by Chef Gordon Ramsey.
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.
Annual Catholic Appeal
The 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal is now underway. We are currently at 59% of our goal. If you have given before, you should have received a letter from Bishop Weisenburger asking for your pledge, otherwise there are pledge envelopes in the back of the church. We are enchttps://www.mountangelabbey.org/monastery/mass-prayer-schedule/ouraged 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. For example, Deacon Peter Pedrasa will be ordained to the priesthood this June. It is through the Annual Catholic Appeal that he was able to be educated here for the parishes in our diocese. Please prayerfully consider your donation and all the good works that donation will provide.
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: Let us pray the Rosary with our Bishop for more Vocations.
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.
Please note that ASCS is operating in a remote learning environment until the end of the school year. Thanks to all the teachers, staff and parents who work so hard for their children’s education. We are taking registrations for the 2020-2021 school year, for more information, please call the school office.
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.
Please keep the people of the Holy Land in your prayers at this challenging time.
God’s blessings to all,
Fr. Mike Bucciarelli
1425 E. Yaqui Street
Celebration of the Mass