Monday Memo Aug. 1, 2016. Vol. 14, No. 23

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas

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Another innocent victim
“The world is at war because it has lost peace,” Pope Francis said in a story by CNN last week following the murder of Father Jacques Hamel, slain in an attack on Tuesday, July 26 in France. “There is a war of interest, there is a war for money, a war for natural resources, a war to dominate people… “Some might think it is war of religion. It is not. All religions want peace. Others want war.”


We pray for the soul of the 86-year-old priest slain, and we pray for all those who are being killed by people overtaken with anger, discrimination and hatred. These have been tragic days when so many innocent people have been slaughtered.


Almost every day we hear of heinous acts taking human life. It is so hard to understand how anyone could so blatantly disregard life even their own.


Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, speaks of a God who loves His people, cares for them, and Who desires what is good for them. The acts of violence supposedly done in God’s name contradict the teachings of our great faiths. For this reason, it is important that we, as people of faith, speak up against violence and pray for peace.


Yesterday, we celebrated a Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral and prayed for all those who have been victimized by such violence in our own country and worldwide.


St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is planning a prayer service for this evening (Aug. 1) for all those who have been martyred for Christ, including Father Jacques Hamel, and Haile Gebremichael, killed on a beach in Libya (April 19, 2015). St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is located at 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road. The service begins at 5:30 p.m.



CNS/Paul Haring — Pilgrims cheer after the Way of the Cross during World Youth Day in Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland.

World Youth Day
It makes me proud to know that our diocese is so well represented at this year’s World Youth Day taking place in Krakow, Poland. I understand that among the groups that went were: Father Alan Valencia, parochial vicar at St. Anthony’s Parish and Ann Morales (now her eighth World Youth Day participation) traveling with a group of young people from Sts. Peter and Paul parish; Deacon Ed Sheffer coordinated a group from St. Thomas the Apostle; Father Emilio Chapa went with a group of young adults from St. Francis Assisi Parish and Father Adolfo Martinez took a group from St. James the Apostle Parish in Coolidge. One of our seminarians, Paul Grandi, also attended.


These groups will return home this week; it will be interesting to hear about their adventures and their experiences of meeting other youth and of seeing the Pope.


Recap: July 19 – July 25:
– Enthronement of Bishop John Pazak, CSsR, Eparch of the Eparchy of Phoenix: I attended the Mass at St. Helen in Glendale. As reported earlier this year in the Memo, Bishop Pazak was named by Pope Francis as the new bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Protection of Mary in Phoenix, Ariz., and became head of the eparchy with the enthronement on July 20. A member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists), he succeeds retiring Bishop Gerald N. Dino, who had led the Eparchy of Phoenix since his 2008.



By Denise Holmes — Bishop Kicanas at the new altar at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Bishop Pazak now also joins us at the Arizona Catholic Conference. Bishop Thomas Olmsted and I participated with a number of Eastern Rite Bishops along with our new Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The installation was done by Archeparch William Skurla of the Archeparchy of Pittsburg. He was pastor of St. Melanie Byzantine Church here in Tucson when I first arrived in the Diocese of Tucson. St. Melanie’s present pastor Father Robert Rankin was also in attendance.


-Blessing the new altar at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Miami. It was my honor to bless the new altar at the parish on July 21. It was a beautiful Mass and you could feel how proud Father Jay Luczak, and parishioners are of their church. A number of parishioners expressed sadness over the transfer of their long-time Father Jay to Sacred Heart Parish in Nogales. He will be missed, but I am confident they will welcome their new pastor Father Madhu George, who begins as pastor in Miami on Aug. 1.


Photo by Victor Calderon — A view of the inside of St. Michael’s.

-Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Sierra Vista on July 23. It was truly a joyful Mass with eight priests concelebrating, including Father Michael Bucciarelli, V.F, the parish pastor. There also were several deacons present for the celebration. The evening ended with a banquet in the packed parish hall.


–I celebrated a Mass of blessing for the completed Parish Center for St. Michael the Archangel Parish in the San Tan Valley on July 24. It has been longer than five years now since plans began in earnest to bring a church into the area south of Phoenix. Father Dale Branson and his parishioners have worshipped in a large home and a school cafeteria over these years, but finally have a dignified place of prayer to call home. This new building is expected to serve the parish for a number of years, until a permanent church can be built. Congratulations!



As you know, I spent much of July traveling with Catholic Relief Services. This year, that work took me to Vietnam, Cambodia, and then later to Serbia, Greece and Lebanon to observe the many projects and services being conducted to help refugees and others in those countries. To read more about my trip, please pick up a copy of the New Vision Newspaper later this month. The newspaper can be found at all parishes.


After a nice break, I returned to our diocese on July 19.


Highlights of this last week included a visit and dinner with Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, John Barwa, S.V.D., on July 28. Archbishop came to visit one of his priests from India, Father Kishore Singh, parochial vicar at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Father Kishore and other priests – mostly from India — joined me in hosting a dinner for the Archbishop. I met Archbishop Bawra in a visit to Bhubaneswar with Catholic Relief Services several years ago. He was a gracious host and promised to send us a priest to help serve our people. Fahter Kishore has been such a gift. Archbishop Barwa celebrated Mass this past weekend at St. Elizabeth and St. Mark’s parishes.



Anthony Sabatino

The Department of Catholic Schools kicked off a week of professional development with the first of a five-day Leadership Institute for principals and teacher leaders. This first session focused on the National Standards and Benchmarks & PLC Model, and the facilitator was Dr. Anthony Sabatino, Clinical Associate Professor from Loyola Marymount University. A new Teacher/New Principal Orientation was hosted at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. We welcomed a total of eight new principals, one of which is new to Catholic schools. The other seven were previously in other leadership roles in our schools. We also welcomed 59 new teachers to our diocese! The week concluded with new teachers attending the first two days of our new Catholic Teacher Formation program. This will be six-day training throughout the year to support new teachers.


Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention
I will be traveling to Toronto today for the Arizona Knights of Columbus 134th Supreme Convention. We have a delegation led by Arizona State Deputy Sean Halpain attending the Supreme Convention as well.



Rendering by the Frank Lloyd Wright Group

We owe our many Knights of Columbus assemblies so much for their work and their support of our parishes and diocesan works especially vocations.


Meanwhile, here is more about activities taking place this week:


-Dedication of the parish hall for Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Saturday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. at the parish, 1950 W. Irvington Place. The parish hall will provide much needed space for parish ministries previously held inside the church space. The parish hall has moveable walls that can be configured into a large open area or to create up to five classrooms or meeting spaces. The facility also has a full-service kitchen and includes 2,000 feet of space for expansion of the current parish office space. Congratulations to Father Villi Valderrama and his parish family for finally making this dream a reality.


Annual Deacon Convocation, Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6 at Most Holy Trinity Parish. A very important gathering, nearly all of our active Permanent Deacons and their wives attend to receive important updates and information concerning their ministry.


The key speaker at the Convocation will be Greg Dobie Moser, who works with Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Cleveland. He has been with the office since 1995. He has worked in ministry in Houston, Texas, Silver Spring, MD, and in Columbus. He has an undergraduate Degree in Education, a Masters in Family Systems Counseling, and a Doctorate in Ministry with a focus on leadership development. Dobie is a former member of the United States Olympic Committee and served as the Board Chair for the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry and National CYO Sports.


He received the NFCYM National Excellence in Training Award and has written many articles and resources for religious education, youth ministry, sports, and family life. He and his wife Lisa volunteer in their parish and with refugees in their community. Dobie started the Strongsville Youth Commission and is also a certified CYO coach.


My thanks to Rick Valencia, our Vicar for Deacons, and others for their planning of this gathering. I am delighted to celebrate Mass with the diaconate community on Saturday afternoon during which the deacons will renew their ordination promises.


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Please pray for:

The soul of Father Richard Fliss. Father, 78, passed away July 20. Father Fliss’ ministry began in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he served from the time of his ordination May 28, 1966 until Aug. of 1997. He then served in Miami Florida as a chaplain for a federal detention center until March of 2006, when he came to the Diocese of Tucson and where he also served as a chaplain for a federal correctional facility. He recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination at Our Lady of the Valley Parish. That community has been a great support to him in his illness.


The soul of Frank Gioco, 80. who also passed away July 20. He was the husband of Mary Gioco, former executive assistant for the Diocese’s Catholic School’s Department. A Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, Frank served in the United States Air Force for 21 years as a fighter pilot and was the recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and nine air medals. He then graduated from the University of Arizona with majors in real estate and finance before he subsequently owned and operated Auto Electric Rebuilders in Tucson for 20 years. Please pray also for Frank’s survivors: Mary, his wife of 47 years; son, Anthony; daughter, Gina Joly and five grandchildren.


For the soul of Delma Araiza, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, who passed away on July 12 at the age of 76. Delma moved to Tucson in 1965 and worked with the State of Arizona and later at the Pima County Assessor’s Office. She retired as Chief Deputy Assessor. During retirement she “dedicated herself to her family and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas,” where she served as a local Regent for Court 1227. She later became a State and National Regent. She is survived by her sister Peggy Agredano; her nieces Christina Huerta, Monique Agredano, Angela Gonzalez , and Annette Agredano; and her nephews Michael Agredano and Joseph Agredano.



Seminarian Convocation
Tuesday, Aug. 9 to Thursday Aug. 11
Redemptorist Retreat Center
A gathering of all seminarians for the Diocese of Tucson. Focus for sessions this year is “Ministries of Mercy” with emphasis on homelessness, addiction, the imprisoned and those living in poverty. The convocation will feature presentations by Dr. Lenn Ditmanson of COPE speaking about addictions, Peggy Hutchinson, Jean Fedigan, (on homelessness) Deacon Ernie Trujillo, Mike Gutierrez, Deacon Ed Sheffer (on prison ministry) and Guilio Grecchi and Bonnie Bozata (on poverty). The convocation also includes day trips to related organizations and facilities.
Solemnity of the Assumption
On this day we celebrate that Mary, the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.


According to a degree of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 17, 1992, the Solemnity of the Assumption, when it occurs on a Saturday or a Monday, causes the precept to attend Mass to be abrogated. It is not a Holy Day of Obligation on Monday, Aug. 15.


Convocation of Catechetical Leaders
Our Mother of Sorrows Parish
August 20


This year, an invitation is being extended not only to our parish directors of religious education, but also to our parish youth ministry directors/coordinators . Open to these key catechetical leaders: your director of religious education and to parish director/coordinator of youth ministry. This is a required gathering for DREs and Youth Ministers.


Twilight Evening of Prayer for Discerning Women
Thursday, Aug. 25
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bishop Moreno Pastoral Center


Light dinner and time for group and personal prayer. For further information contact Sister Jeanne Bartholomeaux, S.C., at


Pastor/President/Principal Convocation
Friday, Aug.26, 2016
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Four Points by Sheraton Tucson Airport


For more information please contact: Lupita Garay at (520) 838-2547 or email