Monday Memo, Nov. 10, 2014. Vol. 15, No. 15

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas






Veterans Day
Tomorrow is Veterans Day. This venerable national holiday recognizes and pays homage to those Americans who served in some way in the nation’s armed services.



Our thoughts always turn to those whose service was completed in the face of war; their bravery was and is truly amazing, and for those that paid the ultimate price of dying in service of their country, there is no greater love of country or more courageous act for others than their sacrifice.


We also must remember those that fought and who now struggle with the after effects of war. We need to remember in our prayers and in our daily lives, those who now suffer from physical harm, loss of limbs, pain or changed lives because of the effects of their service, and for those who now face a new battle– that of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other incapacities that are the result of their service.


Indeed, not just the veterans are affected by these struggles, but also their spouses and other loved ones, their friends and our whole social fabric.


Pray today for all those who have served and who are impacted by others who have served, and join me in asking God to continually help us and bless our United States of America:


God of peace,
we pray for those who have served our nation
and have laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom.

We pray for those who have fought,
whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war,
whose nights are haunted by memories
too painful for the light of day.

We pray for those who serve us now,
especially for those in harms way.
Shield them from danger
and bring them home.

Turn the hearts and minds
of our leaders and our enemies
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace.

Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!

May the peace you left us,
the peace you gave us,
be the peace that sustains,
the peace that saves us.

Christ Jesus, hear us!
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!



(Authored by Concord Pastor, taken from the website Simple Catholic Living)


commentstoMMUSCCB Committee work
I will be in Baltimore some of this week for meetings of the Committee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. I will also attend the Subcommittee for Africa, the CLINIC Board meeting along with Peg Harmon, Director of Catholic Community Services as well as the Catholic Education Committee.


The USCCB meeting will be discussing the recent Synod meeting and electing our four representatives and two alternates for the Ordinary Synod next October.


In Metuchen
I will be presenting the keynote address for the 2015 Faith Formation Convocation for the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey on Saturday. The theme is Missionary Disciples in service of the poor. Bishop Paul Bootkowski, the fourth bishop of Metuchen, began a sister relationship with the Diocese of Santa Rosa in Guatemala, opened an Office of Evangelization and held a Diocesan Synod for the Diocese.


The Convocation, to be held at St. John Neumann Pastoral Center in Piscataway, “will be especially helpful to all those in parish leadership, especially catechists and Catholic School teachers, RCIA and Evangelization teams, and Youth and Young Adult Ministries.”




Register NOW
I encourage all men of faith here in our diocese to attend our first-ever Men’s Conference coming up at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, 8650 N. Shannon Road on Nov. 22.


The theme of the Men’s Conference is “Men of Faith: Learn. Live. Lead.”


Men of faith have so many paths to explore in their faith. There are fathers and grandfathers living and sharing their faith with their children; they are husbands bonded in love and faith to their wives; and they are employees or business owners working through their careers. Then there are the many roles men have in the Church: religious education, Eucharistic Ministry, parish work, musicians, ushers, members of parish boards and committees and volunteer work in groups such as the Knights of Columbus or St. Vincent de Paul.


image005This conference is designed to highlight these amazing paths, and perhaps to assist in finding ways to balance the responsibilities of work, family and faith. Key presenters include: Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez, Diocese of Las Cruces, and Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries; I will be celebrating the closing Mass. Local KOLD-13 Sportscaster Damien Alameda is the Master of Ceremonies for the event.


This event promises to be inspiring!


For more information contact Mike Berger at 520-838-2541.

Easy online registration is encouraged and is available at:


Or, you can register by filling out the form at the bottom of this Memo and mailing to the address found on the form. Forms should be received no later than Wednesday, Nov. 19.


Phone registration also is available by contacting Bill Breen at 520-329-7744.




Please pray
For the soul of Victor J. Gutierrez, who passed away Nov. 3. He was the father of Rachel Guzman, program manager for safe environment in the Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection. The funeral Mass will take place in Duncan, Arizona this morning at St. Mary’s Mission. Please pray also that his family may find comfort in faith at this difficult time.


image007For the soul of Sister Francis Anne Abler (Lavina), S.S.S.F., who served In the Diocese of Tucson as pastoral minister at St. Mary School in Duncan (1994-1996), and who served as liturgical coordinator (1996-2003) and in various ministries (2003-2004) at Holy Family Parish in Tucson. She passed away Sept. 28 at the Sacred Heart Convent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 86 years old.


She was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis June 13, 1949; made her first profession of vows June 21, 1951; and final (perpetual) vows June 21, 1957.


Sister Anne is survived by her brothers, Leo Abler (Joan) of Bakersfield, California, and Francis Abler (Mary) of Malone, Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and the School Sisters of St. Francis Community, with whom she shared her life for 65 years.


Beginning in 1953, Sister Anne ministered in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Illinois for more than six decades. A wake and Funeral Liturgy were held Oct. 7 at St. Joseph Convent, Milwaukee. Interment was at Sisters Cemetery in Campbellsport, Wisconsin.



For the soul of Msgr. John J. McMahon, who served in the Diocese of Tucson when it still included the Phoenix area. Monsignor passed away on Nov. 6 at the age of 93.


image009He was born on Sept. 3, 1921.  Father McMahon was ordained to the priesthood in Ireland on June 13, 1948 for the Diocese of Tucson.  Upon his arrival to the Diocese of Phoenix he was appointed as pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Chandler with responsibilities at Seton High School.  In 1968, Father McMahon was assigned to St. Theresa Parish where he served as pastor for 23 years.  He was assigned as coordinator of the Papal visit during which the Holy Father honored him with the title of Monsignor. Msgr. McMahon served as Director of Mt. Claret Center and the Cursillo Movement, Chaplain of the Order of Malta and Knights of Columbus, as well as spiritual director to the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Christ Child Society of Phoenix.  He was also on the Board of Directors of the Huger-Mercy Foundation.  He was also the Vicar for Diocesan Buildings and Properties for over 25 years.  He was most recently instrumental in the building of the beautiful new St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ak-Chin for our Native American people.


The visitation and vigil will take place on Thursday, Nov.13 at St. Theresa Parish, 5045 E Thomas Road, Phoenix, from 6-8 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa Parish. Burial will take place in Ireland.


For the soul of Father William Waldron, who served in at least nine parishes for the Diocese of Tucson, including many in the greater Phoenix area when it was part of the Diocese of Tucson. He passed away Nov. 5, 2014 at the age of 88.


image011Father Waldron was born Jan. 16, 1926 in Claremorris, Co., Mayo, Ireland and was ordained to the priesthood on June 18, 1950 in All Hollows College, Dublin Ireland, for the Diocese of Tucson. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Phoenix in September of 1970. He served in many parishes in the Dioceses of Tucson and Phoenix including St. James Parish in Coolidge, St. Anthony Parish in Casa Grande, St. Mary’s in Chandler, Christ the King in Mesa, St. Matthew’s in Phoenix, St. Louis the King in Glendale, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale, St. Joachim & St. Anne-St. Clement of Rome-St. Elizabeth Seton Parishes in Sun City. He retired from St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Sun City, July 2000. He continued to attend priest events throughout his retirement years and faithfully served the people of God by offering the Sacraments and visiting the sick even up to the week of his death.


Father Waldron’s visitation and vigil will be held at St. Joachim & St. Anne Parish, 11625 N. 111th Ave., Sun City, on Friday Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., Rosary at 6:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be Saturday Nov.15 at 11 a.m. at the parish.


image013Cathedral Concert Series
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m.

St. Augustine Cathedral
192 S. Stone Ave in Tucson
Donation is $25 / student donation is $10


The Cathedral is planning a series of exceptional musical opportunities to the Tucson community. The first of the series will present Pianist William Wolfram, an internationally recognized pianist and a medal winner of Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. William Wolfram has appeared with premiere orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. Don’t miss this marvelous opportunity to hear works by Mozart, Chopin and Liszt being performed by William Wolfram on the new Cathedral piano. Additional information at


Men’s Conference Registration form
Please complete the form below and mail to the Knights of Columbus Tucson Chapter (the address is on the registration form). Please allow enough time for the form to arrive by Wednesday, Nov. 19.