Monday Memo, March 21, 2016. Vol. 14, No. 11

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas

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Please note: the Diocese of Tucson Offices at the Bishop Manuel D. Moreno Pastoral Center will be closed on Good Friday, March 25.


Bishop Kicanas will be celebrating the Mass of the Last Supper, the liturgy for Holy Thursday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral Parish. He also will be leading the Passion of Christ service, not Mass, on Good Friday, March 25 at St. Augustine Cathedral at noon. Easter Vigil Mass will also be celebrated Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 pm at St. Augustine.


We celebrated Palm and Passion Sunday yesterday. The scripture and Gospel readings walked us through Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and toward the Mount of Olives, then we were taken through the Passion- the Crucifixion of the Lord.


A few years ago, there was a phrase that went around for a while, it went something like “I’m not seeing the love,” or “show me the love”.


Well, if you are looking for God’s love, for Christ’s love, it was there in the scriptures.


“For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son.”


On the heels of Lent, and hopefully following some of the sacrifices we all chose to make during Lent, we felt the touch of sacrifice as we worked to become closer to God.


At this time, as we prepare for the rest of Holy Week. We have many opportunities to renew our work toward walking close with God.


As you are raising your children and teens this week, and as they may be pushing back a little, think about the idea “showing the love.” Perhaps finding a different approach to explaining the need for better worship attendance or a conversation about the need to put our loving God ahead of other activities at this time also will help guide our youth to better understanding of the need to make God part of our lives. Love, not force, may become a better approach to getting young people to Church.


As you are at work, think about ways to be more Christ-like to those around you. Listen more. Help more. Try to understand more about those around you. Perhaps they too will see the Light of Christ through your example.


As you pray this week, try not to rush. Try to absorb the peace of Christ as you open your heart to God. While God always can hear our prayer – even in a split second – most of us need time to hear God. Take time. Be with God, if only for a short time.


Loving God,

I am just beginning to realize how much you love me.

Your son, Jesus was humble and obedient.

He fulfilled your will for him by becoming human and suffering with us.

I ask you for the desire to become more humble

so that my own life might also bear witness to you.

I want to use the small sufferings I have in this world

to give you glory.


Please, Lord, guide my mind with your truth.

Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus.

Help me to be with Jesus in this week

as he demonstrates again his total love for me.

He died so that I would no longer

be separated from you.

Help me to feel how close you are

and to live in union with you.



For prayers for each day of Holy Week, please visit


Presbyteral Council
Our Presbyteral Council meets this morning. Topics for discussion include: Vicariate reports; update on the Annual Catholic Appeal; Report signing of parish books at Confirmations – Vicars’ delegation for Confirmation; health and wellness of clergy; Safe Environment curriculum; new payroll system and the Collection for Church in Africa. The Council will also begin considering parish appointments for July. It is not expected that there will be many if any pastoral openings.


image003Chrism Mass
Today (March 21): 2 p.m.
St. Augustine Cathedral


One of the most beautiful of liturgies, there are many prayerful and serene moments during this Mass. During this Mass, I bless the sacred oils:

  • The oil of catechumens (Oleum Catechumenorum” or “Oleum Sanctorum”): This oil is used in connection with the sacrament of baptism.
  • The oil of the infirm (“Oleum Infirmorum”): the oil used for  the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.
  • The holy chrism (“Sacrum Chrisma”): a mixture of olive oil and balsam, an aromatic resin. This oil is used in the  sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and holy orders,  since they impart an indelible sacramental character of  those anointed.


These oils will be taken to the parishes by our priests and used throughout the year for sacraments in our parishes.


The theme of this year’s Chrism Mass is Living the Corporal Works of Mercy in keeping with the Year of Mercy. After the priest’s renew their promises to serve God’s people faithfully and after the blessing of the oils, the community will be asked to stand and pray together the prayer for the Year of Mercy. During the Offertory, Msgr. Thomas Cahalane will invite the community to contribute to the pastoral work in the Diocese of Port au Paix where Joan Martin, a former teacher at Our Mother of Sorrows , now works. Msgr. Tom and I had the privilege of seeing her work first hand this past summer. Amazing and inspiring!


Annual Catholic Appeal
A couple of weeks ago I extended my congratulations to the first four parishes – Sacred Heart (Tombstone), Corpus Christi (Tucson), St. Andrews (Sierra Vista), and St. Thomas the Apostle (Tucson)- that have already reached their overall pledge goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal. The Catholic Foundation reports that I can now add Our Lady of Lourdes (Benson), St. Bartholomew (San Manuel), St. Michael the Archangel (San Tan Valley), and St. Patrick (Bisbee) to that list of parishes that have achieved their goal in pledges to the Appeal. Congratulations to everyone. I am most grateful for the support the Annual Catholic Appeal receives every year.


If you have not yet made your Annual Catholic Appeal gift you can do so at, or by calling 520.838.2504.


Remember your gift helps care for retired priests, helps form seminarians, helps enhance our Catholic Schools and Religious Education Programs and helps the work of Catholic Community Services as well as other charities and ministries.


Pastoral Center Department Planning
Last Friday, we held our annual Director’s Summit at Corpus Christi Parish. The Summit this year focused on internal collaboration among departments and each other. There were many moments of personal sharing, stories of how and why we have come to work at the Pastoral Center and lots of times to discover more about one another.


This week, I will again be meeting with our Pastoral Center Directors looking through the preliminary departmental goals they have written. Working together we are striving to create practical goals for the 2016-2017.


Cristo Vive!
An Easter Retreat

Pascua Juvenil
March 24-26
Sacred Heart Parish
For teens 13-17 years old.

Come participate in a youth retreat for Easter. Workshop and pray with other teens in a spirit of friendship.

Registration required.

Register online at the Vocations webpage

This is an amazing opportunity for our young to grow closer to the Lord and reflect on what God might be calling them to do with their lives.