Monday Memo Oct. 6, 2014. Vol. 15, No. 10October 6, 2014
Lots of anniversaries
The heading above may sound like another report on the marriage anniversary Mass, but this week I am reporting to you about several parish anniversaries, all taking place during October.
St. Christopher Parish in Marana is celebrating its 60th Anniversary on Oct. 8. A very old typed story from the Arizona Register, the name of the Catholic Newspaper for our Diocese in an earlier time, reported in Sept. 1963, that this parish began as a mission in 1930 with the help of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers from Holy Family Parish in Tucson.
The first Mass, the paper reported, was said in the auditorium of a public school. By April 1946, a local family, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney MacNeil of Marana, donated land to the Diocese to build a chapel and a priests’ residence. The MacNeils, along with other residents donated “labor, materials and money to the build” what would become St. Christopher’s,” that humble church was built in 1949. Officially, the parish is listed as having been established in 1954.
It is always amazing to remember what people have done in sharing their resources to help the diocese through its parishes to come alive in this region. The MacNeils are a great example of true stewardship.
Unfortunately, that church had to be moved because of the proposed Casa Grande Highway.
The current St. Christopher Parish, at 12101 Moore Road, was constructed in 1963 and dedicated on June 30 of that year by Bishop Francis Green.
There will be a jubilee celebration ….
Our Lady of LaVang in Tucson is celebrating its 15th Anniversary on Oct. 19. The parish, which serves our Vietnamese Catholic community, has about 600 registered parishioners.
Pastor Father Dominic Phuc Trong Pham, C.Ss.R., says Mass in the Vietnamese language at the church at 800 S. Tucson Blvd.
Our Lady of La Vang also is home to the annual Vietnamese New Year celebration, rich in culture, color and delicious food.
I am very proud of our Vietnamese community which, though small, is amazing in its vibrancy and the living of the faith.
St. Odilia Church
Beginning this month and continuing for the next 13 months, the community of St. Odilia’s will be celebrating their parish’s 60th jubilee.
The original St. Odilia’s, built in 1965, was replaced in October 1969 when construction of a new structure combining “Spanish-Colonial architecture with modern development,: and a dome with a height of 44 feet in the center of the church.
Eugenia Scullin Bagnall, another wonderful steward, donated the 10 acres of land at Paseo del Norte and Chapella Road for the church, and since she was devoted to St. Odilia, patroness of the blind and the afflicted, that saint’s name was chosen for the new church.
It’s safe to say that 60 years ago, there was not all that much located north of Ina Road. But once the 1980s came along, home and commercial building took off in the area – increasing both the populations of Tucson and of nearby Marana.
Thousands of homes and businesses now make up the landscape in the shadows of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Today, the modern styling of St. Odilia’s still stands out well against those mountains.
I encourage you to join Father Miguel Mariano, pastor, and Father Frank Cady, parochial vicar and all of the St. Odilia parish family and me during the Mass to launch this celebratory year for t
he parish. That Mass begins at
9 a.m. on Oct. 12.
Santa Cruz Vicariate Meeting
Tomorrow I will be in Tubac for a Santa Cruz Vicariate meeting led by its vicar, Father Alex Mills. Topics for discussion include items of concern to the pastors, a report on the recent Presbyteral Council meeting and a discussion of the state of the diocese.
We are expecting over 1,ooo people for this year’s Rosary Celebration that will be held this Saturday, October 11 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Many Marian groups will participate as well as hundreds of altar servers from around the diocese.
This year for the first time Yuma/La Paz Vicariate will hold a simultaneous Rosary Celebration for their community. On October 12 the Diocese of Phoenix will host their celebration with the same speaker who will be in Tucson.
This year’s guest speaker will be Rev. Juan Diego Brunetta, O.P. He is the Prior of St. Catherine of Siena Priory and Judge of the Marriage Tribunal at Archdiocese of New York.
Many people each year work to make this day of prayer a success. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 12:15 p.m.
I am especially grateful to the Knights of Columbus, to Father Joseph Lombardo, pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish; Karen McEwen, parish business administrator, and the entire community at St. Elizabeth’s ; to Sister Lois Paha O.P , D. Min. , and Ofelia James, both of our diocesan Pastoral Services Department, for the many hours they put into planning this beautiful tribute to Mary our Blessed Mother ,during October, the month of the Rosary.
Each year the Rosary Celebration is dedicated to one of Mary’s titles. This year the dedication is to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception .
Each October our diocesan priests gather over two weeks for their annual retreat at the Redemptorist Renewal Center. This week, the first part of the retreat focuses on the theme, Living and Ministering in the Name of the Lord, led by Father Martin Lott, O.P., a Dominican friar of the Southern Province who lives at Holy Rosary Priory in Houston, TX. The retreat he offers will offer some reflections on powerlessness, prayer and seeing others with the ‘eyes of Christ as the foundation for ministry in Christ’s name.
The second week focuses on the topic Preacher & Presbyter, led by Father Michael Weldon, O.F.M. D. Min., Father’s present and past ministries include: Director of Spiritual and Human Formation and associate professor of pastoral studies, Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Director of vocations for St. Barbara Province, St. Elizabeth Church, Oakland. Weekend Mass help at St. Jerome, El Cerrito. and instructor, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley.
This time away from the pressing demands of ministry is a wonderful opportunity for our priests to grow in their relationship with the Lord and to focus on the groundwork for their ministry.
I will visit the first retreat on Wednesday for lunch and a brief opportunity to discuss the state of our diocese with those attending. Next week I will join those on retreat on the evening of Oct. 16 for dinner followed by discussion.
I am grateful to Father Jim Hobert, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Tucson, and to Sister Lois Paha and Ofelia James for all they do to facilitate these spiritual opportunities for our priests.
The Red Mass
Tomorrow evening our diocese will recognize the accomplishments of Attorney Anne Terry Morales, Esq. and Supervisory Dep. Marshal Richard Tracy, Jr.
The Mass provides attorneys, law enforcement officials, elected leaders, law students, politicians, judges and their family and friends to gather and contemplate the ideals of service to the community in the public arena reflected in the life of St. Thomas More.
Morales serves on the Parish Council at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Tucson and on the Diocese of Tucson Vocations Committee. She has served as a volunteer youth minister for almost 20 years. She also helps coordinate the weekly youth meeting and Confirmation class and has taken teens to Life Teen events in California, retreats throughout southern Arizona, to the family vacation home in the White Mountains. She has chaperoned youth group trips to World Youth Days in Rome, Toronto, Cologne, Sydney, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.
Tracy is active at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Tucson where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus and where he serves as , Eucharistic Minister, usher and as a member of the parish finance committee. In 2000, he served on the committee that established the school at the parish. He also assisted in a parish capital campaign, and ultimately served as founding president of the school board. Tracy now serves as the board’s vice president.
Tracy has served as the master of ceremonies for the annual Arizona Rosary Celebration since its inception in the Diocese of Tucson.
He works as supervisor of the Judicial Security Unit, which oversees all aspects of the judicial security mission in Arizona, since 2010. He has worked in the U.S. Marshals Service since 1990, including as Supervisory Dep. U.S. Marshal and Judicial Security Inspector with responsibility for the physical security of court facilities and personal security of judges and other USMS protectees in Tucson and Yuma.
Dioceses without Borders . . .
Will be meeting at our Pastoral Center on Wednesday. Sister Gladys Echenique, O.P. our Hispanic Ministry coordinator, leads this group along with Father Cayetano Cabrera, from the Archdiocese of Hermosillo, and Ignacio Rodriguez, from the Diocese of Phoenix.
This group plans the annual Bi-national Border Posada events at the Nogales and Douglas, Ariz. points of entry.
Sponsored by Dioceses without Borders and The Kino Border Initiative, this posada features stories of the struggles of today’s migrant families. Posada participants walk the streets of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico alongside Joseph and Mary, who travels on a burro. A festive meal at the comedor of the Kino Border Initiative concludes this posada pilgrimage.”
The organization’s website describes the group this way: “The Catholic Dioceses of Hermosillo, Tucson and Phoenix, in unity with Catholic Relief Services, established a partnership relationship which transcends the physical border between our countries. Although we manifest our own cultural traits and national identities, the same faith and person in the word of Jesus Christ our Savior unites us. We are united in a special way by the fervent devotion of our border communities to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Our long-term reciprocal relationship is based upon our call to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity.”
Mass at the Florence Federal Detention Center
On Friday I will celebrate two Masses in Florence. The first will be at the Federal Detention Center where many undocumented migrants are detained. The second Mass will be for the inmates at the Eyman Unit of the state prison in Florence. Michael Gutierrez, diocesan director of prison ministry works hard to secure priests to celebrate Mass in our many county, state, federal and private prisons. I appreciate the opportunity of celebrating these Masses for those in detention.
I want the prisoners to know that God is with them, and that with prayer they can overcome some of the struggles that may have led them to prison. I always find those in prison to be very spiritual and receptive.
My thanks to Deacon Ernie Trujillo, who is an associate deputy director of the Arizona State Prison system, who will be joining me for Mass at the Eyman facility, and to Sister Lynn Allvin, O.P., Chaplain at the Florence Detention Center for arranging this Mass with migrant detainees.
To Sister Lois Paha, O.P., Pastoral Services Department Director ,who was elected as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) at their October 2014 meeting held in Lombard, Illinois. Sister is the representative on the Board for the 10 diocesan of Region XIII in the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The FDLC is a national organization composed primarily of members of diocesan liturgical commissions, worship offices and/or the equivalent diocesan liturgical structures who have responsibility for the promotion of the liturgical life of their dioceses. The FDLC serves as an official collaborating agent with the USCCB Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship (BCDW).
Equestrian Order Meeting
Last week the Order gathered in “paradise”. Hawaii is a fabulously beautiful place and the Diocese of Honolulu welcomed us with a great big “Aloha”.
Two couples, one priest and two individuals from our diocese joined the Order as new members at this joint gathering of the Western and Northwestern Lieutenancy. The new members are:
Deacon Thomas L. Adams and Nancy K. Adams
Father Alonzo M. Garcia, pastor of St. Helen of the Cross Parish in Eloy
Alejandro and Victoria Sanguineti
Brenda Malarchik of Huachuca City
Members who met specific requirements were promoted during the meeting. For our diocese, those receiving promotions were:
Sir Dan and Lady Linda Cutler
Lady Carlotta Rendon
Sir Henry and Lady Maria Sarnoff
Sir Jack and Lady Joyce Parris
I am very proud of the Order in our Diocese for all they do to support the work of the Church in the Holy Land.
Saturday, Nov. 22
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Tucson
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MEN OF FAITH: LEARN. LIVE. LEAD.
Tucson Catholic Men’s Conference
A day for Catholic Men to be inspired and renewed in their Catholic Faith featuring presentations by Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez, Diocese of Las Cruces, and Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries. There also will be challenging testimonials from local men, opportunities to receive the sacrament of confession, and our closing Mass celebrated by Bishop Gerald Kicanas. For more information contact Mike Berger at 520-838-2541.