Monday Memo, Sept. 21, 2015 . Vol. 13, No. 30

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas









Welcome Holy Father!
There is such a thrill in the air in Washington D.C.!


Pope Francis will arrive here in the nation’s capital on Tuesday fresh from a visit to Cuba, just 90 miles away.


After his arrival, he plans to meet with the Bishops of the United States for midday prayer at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and then the bishops will concelebrate the canonization Mass for Father Junipero Serra, O.F.M., that will take place at the Catholic University of America.


As you know, the Holy Father also plans to meet with President Barack Obama and will address Congress.


Everyone wants to know what Pope Francis will bring up in his talks. We don’t know for sure yet, but many believe he will be discussing the refugee crisis in Europe and the need for other countries to come to the aid of refugees; that he will talk about the need for immigration reform in this country and the possibility of him continuing to discuss the matters he brought forward in his encyclical, Laudato Si.


Most of the time, Pope Francis will be speaking in his native Spanish, but will of course address Congress in English.


The USCCB will have livestreaming of significant events of the visit. If you are a fan of social media, there also will be intense coverage using the hashtag #PopeinUS. The major television networks will be heavily covering the Pope and in at least one of the cities, huge television screens are being put up to help as many people as possible see the Holy Father. Even Channel 13 in Tucson is sending a crew to cover the visit. I also encourage you to check our diocesan webpage at and my Facebook page as well as The New Vision on Facebook and on Twitter @newvisiononline .


I will be attending only the Mid-day prayer with all the bishops of the United States and concelebrating for the Mass at Catholic University as the Pope canonizes Father Junipero Serra.


It is hoped that Speaker John Boehner will bring the Pope to see the statue of Junipero Serra which is in Statuary Hall at the Congress. It is hoped he might also show him the statues of two other Founding Fathers including Father Eusebio Kino, S.J., whose statue is in the Capitol Visitor Center and Pere Marquette whose statue is in the corridor of the House. It would be great if Pope Francis saw the statues of his fellow Jesuits.


Here is the Papal Visit schedule. All times are Eastern (subtract three hours for Mountain Time).

Wednesday, Sept. 23 Washington, D.C.

  • 9:15  a.m.  Welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama at the White House
  • 11:00 a.m.  Papal Parade along the Ellipse and the National Mall (time approximate)
  • 11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew’s Cathedral
  • 4:15  p.m.  Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Thursday, Sept. 24 Washington, D.C.; New York CIty

  • 9:20  a.m.  Address to Joint Meeting of the United States Congress
  • 11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
  • 5:00 p.m.   Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • 6:45 p.m.   Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Friday, Sept. 25, New York City

  • 8:30  a.m. Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
  • 11:30 a.m. Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
  • 4 p.m.  Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
  • 5  p.m.   Procession through Central Park (time approximate)
  • 6  p.m.  Mass at Madison Square Garden

Saturday, Sept. 26 Philadelphia

  • 9:30  a.m.  Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia
  • 10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
  • 4:45  p.m.  Visit to Independence Mall
  • 7:30  p.m.  Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Sunday, Sept. 27, Philadelphia

  • 9:15   a.m.  Meeting with bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
  • 11:00  a.m. Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
  • 4:00  p.m.   Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • 7:00   p.m.  Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation
  • 8:00   p.m.  Departure for Rome



image004Welcome to New Priests
This past week we welcomed four new priests who will serve among us as missionaries. They are:


-Father Rolando Monteza Calderon from the Diocese of Chiclayo in Peru. His Bishop, Most Rev. Robert Provost, an Augustinian, is a good friend of mine and I am grateful for his willingness to send us a Spanish-speaking priest. Father Monteza was ordained in 2002 and has a degree in Philosophy and taught theology to the laity.




-Father Thomas Mathuthoor, M.S.F.X. is a member of the community of Father Madhu George who is serving at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Tucson. Father Thomas was ordained in 1998 and has taught math and worked in a number of schools.




-Father Showri Raju Narra is a priest of the Diocese of Gunter in India. He was ordained in 2010. He was the secretary to the Bishop Gali Bali and served in parishes. He has begun to learn some Spanish.



image010-Father Balaswamy Kommathoti is also a priest of the Diocese of Gunter. He was ordained in 1998 and has worked in a number of parishes. He has been learning Spanish and he also had an elementary course before coming here as a missionary.



Bishop Bali is a good friend of a priest friend of mine in Chicago. Again I am grateful for his sending these two fine priests to serve with us.


For the next two weeks they will be participating in an enculturation course to learn about our culture and our diocese and then will receive their first assignment.


Priest Convocation
Through the generosity of Catholic Extension Society that helps us in so many ways, this year’s priest convocation will be a program on Financial Management for priests including personal finances and parish finances. Topics include a senior pastor’s perspective, administration and priestly ministry, introduction to bookkeeping 101, reading financial statements and oversight of financial parish operations.


The presenters will be Dr. Leslie Maiman, who has more than 25 years of ecclesial service in two dioceses in addition to having served as executive director of the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference and Jennifer Cantrell, C.P.S., in private practice in Albuquerque, N.M. and who does consulting in dioceses on best practices in parish management, policies and procedures and has extensive experience in annually preparing hundreds of income tax returns for priests across the country.


Annual Catholic Appeal
The people of our Diocese are generous of heart! We recognize that everything we are and everything we have is a gift from God. He fills our minds with His truth and our hearts with His love, so that in His spirit we are bonded together into a society of faithful and caring people.


In the name and spirit of Jesus, we commit ourselves to be good stewards of the gifts entrusted to us, to make sure that these gifts benefit the community as a whole. One of the ministries of the Annual Catholic Appeal instrumental in the stewardship of our gifts is Grants to Needy Parishes and Catholic Affiliates. Each year a portion of the Annual Catholic Appeal is combined with funds from the Cornerstone Fund and other endowments to make grants that will benefit the people of our Diocese.


Every parish in the Diocese benefits from a ministry or grant funded by the Annual Catholic Appeal. This past spring the Catholic Foundation was able to grant nearly $300,000 to parishes, schools and social programs. Because of these grants, buildings and roofs were repaired, technology was upgraded, living facilities were improved and so much more. These are great things and they happened because our community of faithful and caring people came together to share God’s gifts by supporting the Annual Catholic Appeal. For more details on grants made by the Catholic Foundation, visit


We look forward to seeing what types of projects the Annual Catholic Appeal will be able to help fund next year. You can help make this possible by adding your gift to those of your friends and neighbors. Make a secure online gift today at


Pima County Bond Endorsement
As you may have seen Pima County is presenting a Bond Proposal to the citizens of Pima County. I have reviewed the Bond request and discussed it with the Presbyteral Council and I fully endorse a Yes on this Bond Proposal. Many important benefits will result from the proposal that will enhance our community and the needs of people among us.


While the church never supports individual candidates or any political party, we do affirm legislation that will benefit the community and enhance life among us. As citizens it is important to be informed and to take the time to vote. I encourage you to look at the Pima County Bond Proposal on line to become informed about your Yes or No vote.




Concert for Vocations
Plan to attend. I know it will be a delightful and entertaining opportunity.

Sat, Sep 26

St. Augustine Cathedral Placita

192 S. Stone Ave., Tucson

6 p.m.


Marriage Mass
Renewal of Marriage Vows
Sunday, Oct. 11
St. Augustine Cathedral
This annual Mass is for couples celebrating 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and longer. The liturgy is celebrated by me and includes wedding vow renewals.


Couples have to register to participate. Please contact Pat Gerardo in Pastoral Services at
520-838-2512 for registration information or email her at


Our Mother of Sorrows Parish
Panel Discussions on Laudato Si

Today! Then Sept. 28 and Oct. 5; each presentation takes place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Our Mother of Sorrows Parish is hosting a three person panel discussion on the Encyclical. The panel members all are OMOS parishioners: Katie Hirschboeck, Hank Krzysik and Deacon Francisco Zamora. The discussions began Sept. 14 and will take place on consecutive Monday evenings into early October. All three panelists are eminently qualified to facilitate the sessions.


Katie Hirschboeck, an OMOS parishioner for 24 years, is a University of Arizona climate scientist in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research with more than 30 years of experience.


Hank Krzysik, an OMOS parishioner for 32 years, is a LEED-certified architect with 22 years of experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy design.


Deacon Francisco Zamora, an OMOS parishioner for 13 years, has served as a deacon there since 2012. He also is a scientist and conservationist, with nearly 20 years of experience working on conservation and management of natural resources,


For more information about the OMOS discussions, please call the parish at 747-1321.

I also will be offering diocesan presentations in four areas of the Diocese on Laudato Si. I hope you will join me for one of these presentations to become more informed about the Pope’s thoughts on the care of creation and of the human family. The presentation schedule is:

Sunday, Oct. 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Odilia’s Parish in Tucson

Sunday, Nov. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Green Valley.

Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Francis Assisi Parish in Yuma.

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Casa Grande.


Catholic Foundation

In the Mood Dinner and Big Band danceimage006
Friday, Nov. 20

Savoy Opera House, Tucson

No host cocktails: 5 p.m.

Dinner: 5:30 p.m.
Dancing: 6:30 p.m.

Music performed live by the Big Band Express


Come remember the days when Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and singers like Dinah Shore, Lena Horne, Doris Day

and Ella Fitzgerald rocked the Savoy.


Join the Catholic Foundation during this event to benefit Cathedral Square as we rock the Savoy, the Savoy Opera House in Tucson that is.


The Foundation will bring the music, the dance floor and great food to put you “In the Mood” for a lovely evening of dinner and dancing. Those attending are encouraged to wear 1940s attire with the chance of winning the “best dressed” award.


Tickets are $125 per person

Contact Clara Moreno at 520-838-2507 or email, or you can reserve your spot at


Proceeds benefit Cathedral Square.