Monday Memo, May 23, 2016. Vol. 14, No. 19

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas

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Please note: The Diocese of Tucson offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.


Memorial Day
On Monday, May 30, I will be celebrating a Mass at All Faiths Cemetery for Memorial Day. The Mass begins at 8:30 a.m. and all are invited to come and to reflect on the sacrifice of those men and women who served their country and who died in that service.



The Mass also is an opportunity to pray for families of those service men and women that their sacrifice too is remembered and that we pray that God will grant them the peace of knowing their loved ones now reside in the peace and love of our Lord. We also remember those currently in the armed services, that God will keep them safe from harm so that they may return to their families and friends.


This Mass is part of our Year of Mercy events, and is being held in connection with “comfort those who mourn” one of the Corporal Works of Mercy that we are following during this year.


In the quiet sanctuaries of our own hearts,

let each of us name and call on the One whose power over us

is great and gentle, firm and forgiving, holy and healing …


You who created us,

who sustain us,

who call us to live in peace,

hear our prayer this day.


Hear our prayer for all who have died,

whose hearts and hopes are known to you alone …


Hear our prayer for those who put the welfare of others

ahead of their own

and give us hearts as generous as theirs …


Hear our prayer for those who gave their lives

in the service of others,

and accept the gift of their sacrifice …


Help us to shape and make a world

where we will lay down the arms of war

and turn our swords into ploughshares

for a harvest of justice and peace …


Comfort those who grieve the loss of their loved ones

and let your healing be the hope in our hearts…


Hear our prayer this day

and in your mercy answer us

in the name of all that is holy.




Father Miguel Mariano, pastor of St. Odilia Parish in Tucson, will celebrate Memorial Day Mass at Holy Hope Cemetery on the same day. That Mass also will begin at 8:30 a.m.


Hispanic  ministry


Ministry Certification Level I
On Saturday 88 people who have been preparing for Hispanic Ministry Certification Level I gathered to celebrate the completion of 52 hours of scripture, theological foundation, liturgy and sacraments, Christian morality, methodology, and spiritual formation training by receiving their ministry certification. The certificate recipients work at 18 parishes in Tucson and Sierra Vista.  Msgr. Raul Trevizo, Vicar General, who also is Episcopal Vicar for Hispanic Affairs, presided at the Mass and certification ceremony held at St. Augustine Cathedral Parish.


In addition, students preparing for Hispanic Ministry Certification Level I from five parishes within our Yuma-La Paz Vicariate will gather in Yuma on Sunday, May 29, to celebrate their completion of training for Hispanic Ministry Certification Level I. It will be my delight to preside at that Mass and certification ceremony.


These students all are dedicated individuals that serve in a variety of ministries within their parishes or in other ministries of the Diocese such as the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, the Cursillos Movement and the Christian Family Movement. They have built strong friendships with one another, learning about each other’s diverse cultures, and have learned about our identity as Catholics. Congratulations and thank you to all.


New Diocesan Pastoral Council Officers
It’s my pleasure to announce  the newly elected DPC officers for 2016-2017:
Chair: Bob Rivera, St. Rose of Lima
Vice Chair: Willie Jordan-Curtis, Ss. Peter & Paul
Deacon –at large:  Deacon Ken Moreland
Secretary: Wanda Leikem, St.Patrick


Presbyteral Council Meeting
We will hold our monthly Presbyteral Council Meeting this morning at the Pastoral Center. Agenda items include: setting the council meeting dates for 2016-2017; an update on the Annual Catholic Appeal; a discussion of the June 7 City Council meeting where we hope for a positive vote on our request of “no reasonable economic use” for the St. Augustine Cathedral Parish Hall is made by the Council, thus allowing us to move forward with our Cathedral Square plans; a discussion on the Newman Connection; discussion on the diocesan budget and parish Assessment Payments; an update on the Deacon and Lay Ecclesial Ministry formation class of 2021; evaluations for the recently completed Priest Convocation; consideration of building a Habitat for Humanity home in honor of Pope Francis, a discussion of Human Resources and the upcoming change in payroll; a discussion of parishes and public elections; a discussion Corporate Board Budgets; and the regular replacement of Presbyteral Council members.


It will be my joy to confer the sacrament of Confirmation at the following parishes this week: for adults at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Tucson; for the parishes of Holy Angels Parish in Globe, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Miami and San Carlos Parish in San Carlos at Blessed Sacrament Parish; at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Somerton; at St. John Neumann Parish in Yuma; and at St. Joseph Parish in Wellton.


Diocesan Finance Council
This important council, which discusses and advises on certain financial matters for our diocese will be meeting on Tuesday at the Diocesan Archives. Discussion items will include the diocesan budget and matters related to Cathedral Square.


Bridges Out of Poverty
I will be joining Sister Leonette Kochan, O.S.F., director of our Office of Human Life and Dignity, members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and faith leaders for another planning meeting on Tuesday for the launch of an initiative to assist people with moving out of poverty to become contributing members in our community and to be able to raise their families with dignity. We are hopeful about the success this program may have in mentoring people in their struggle to better their lives, and hope that other faith congregations also will become involved.


The group is planning an event in October to which various religious congregations will be invited to consider hosting a Getting Ahead: Bridges Out of Poverty group in their congregation or among congregations.


During the meeting we also will consider how religious leaders might help in addressing the heroin crisis that exists in our country and our state. Dr. Lenn Ditmanson, medical director for COPE Community Services, will make a brief presentation.


To Joe Perdreauville, assistant director of Pastoral Services, who will be traveling to Cuba on May 26 with The Pontifical Mission Societies in one of the first such trips to Cuba to engage directly with those living there.


As the letter from the Societies wrote about the trip:


“We are planning a solidarity visit in sports diplomacy to bring us together . . . Fr. Andrew (Fr. Andrew Small, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies) traveled to Cuba in January to make the preliminary connections for this trip and we are now ready to make it a reality. Your name (Joe) was discerned because you meet the qualifications for this first delegation: your role as part of the executive committee of NFCYM and (as) strong advocate for the faith and human rights.


“The primarily objectives will be encounter, and identification. This will enable us to discern appropriate accompaniment which leads to solidarity and effective (practices ).”


I am very happy that our diocese has personnel whose skills are recognized beyond our own area, and I am sure Joe will be a great asset to the group.


Annual Catholic Appeal
The Annual Catholic Appeal is within $325,000 of reaching its goal in pledged contributions.
I am hopeful that we will reach the goal in both pledges and the fulfillment of pledges made. Your gift to the appeal benefits so many. Consider the following:


Regular readers of the Monday Memo probably are aware that the Annual Catholic Appeal supports service, ministerial and educational programs that address spiritual and social needs, nourish the spirit with the Word of God, speak with and for the oppressed, support vocations and seminarian education and help hand on the gift of faith to future generations. I think everyone may agree that these are crucial works in today’s world and within our diocese. Thank you for your participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal.


Secure online gifts can be made through the Catholic Foundation website at or to set-up a multi-month pledge, contact the Annual Catholic Appeal office at 520.838.2504.



Brief visit to Yuma
I will be in Yuma Friday for the Yuma Catholic High School Shamrocks’ Baccalaureate Mass and then on to the graduation ceremonies at the football field early the same evening. I will remain that weekend in Yuma for several confirmations.


Fr. Kino Cup
The rematch of the year, where the Men in Black, our seminarians, and our priests, also known as the Padres, hold their second annual soccer match. Last year, the seminarians were victorious, but the priests are set for a win this year.


Come cheer on your pastor or parish priest or the seminarians Friday at Golf Links Sports Complex Field A, 2400 S. Craycroft Road at 6 p.m. It should be a perfect night to watch the contest, meet with other parish members and have a great time.


Please pray for
The soul of Deacon Marcello Arbizo, who passed away yesterday. Deacon, who was retired, had ministered to the parish community of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Safford. Please also pray for his family during this time.


Katie, 20 years old, niece of Lisa Nanez, payroll administrator for the Diocese, who is suffering from Osteosarcoma Cancer which is in the advanced stages. “We are asking for prayers for healing, patients and understanding of why this is affecting her.” Pray also for the welfare of her two young children and other family members during this difficult time.


The healing touch of God on Father Liam Leahy who will be undergoing extensive surgery in the very near future.


The continued healing for Father Alfonso Garcia Ramos, one of the priests that arrived to serve here in February who has been working at Sacred Heart Parish in Nogales Father Alfonso is a priest of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara. It is not known how long he will be in the hospital but it is anticipated that he will need several weeks for recovery and rehabilitation. Please pray for his well-being and rapid healing.


Several family members of Alex Neeley, secretary in our Human Resources Department, who were injured in a serious automobile accident late last week.



Ordination to priesthood
Dcn. Edson Elizarraras
St. John Neumann Parish in Yuma
Saturday, June 4.