Monday Memo, Oct. 10, 2016. Vol. 14, No. 31

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas


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Ready, set, move!
The Diocese of Tucson Pastoral Center offices are moving during the days of Oct. 12 – Oct. 17.


Should there be any doubt, just take a look at the photo above.  Just about every office in our Pastoral Center is in a state of being boxed for our move this week.



Carol Pina, accounting clerk, and John Shaheen, director of property and insurance, work on filling boxes in preparation for the Pastoral Center offices move to 64 E. Broadway this week.

Reminder: Our current offices will close for all business at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11.  The new offices will open for business at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18.  Our P.O. Box address, telephone numbers and fax numbers will remain the same. For information on parking and directions from St. Augustine Cathedral to the new offices, please see the diocesan website at


The new pastoral center offices are located at 64 E. Broadway (the southwestern corner of East Broadway and Scott Ave.) Parking is still available at the St. Augustine Cathedral parking lot and it is an easy walk from there) Stop by for a visit.


Out of the Diocese
I will be out of the office for several meetings, beginning with New York for the Maryknoll Conference on China that I reported on last week and have put on Facebook; then to Orlando for the National Cemetery Conference where I will present the Keynote Speech; then on to Houston where I will present a Major Address for the Canon Law Society.  Our Judicial Vicar and President of the American Canon Law Society, Father Manuel Viera, O.F.M, J.C.L., also will be at this meeting.  I will return to Tucson on Thursday, just in time to join the priests of our diocese that had been retreat this week for dinner. This week’s priest retreat is being preached by Bishop John Stowe, OFM, recently appointed as bishop of Lexington, Kentucky.


Catholic Foundation Retreat
Members of our Catholic Foundation Board of Directors will be having their annual retreat on Friday in Tucson.  Those Board members are:


Patricia  Kambourian, chair,
Ann Dickson, past Chair,
Robert Sullivan, treasurer
Alex Miramontez, secretary
Steven Borden, Donal Drayne, Mary Anne Fay, Annette Jones, Marilou Lopez, Rick Moisio, Les Orchekowsky, Lee M. Oser, Luis Fernando Parra, Edward Steinhoff, Decaon Anthony Underwood, and Father Villi Valderrama.


Also present will be Sal Polizzotto, the executive director of the Foundation.


This is an extremely dedicated and hardworking Board of Directors that prides itself on the success of the Annual Catholic Appeal and the Annual Cornerstone Gala.  I am thankful and grateful for their work on our diocese’s behalf.


Single Parent Families – A gathering for you
2 p.m., concluding with 5 p.m. Mass with Bishop Gerald Kicanas
Our Lady of Fatima Parish Center
1950 W. Irvington Pl., Tucson


I will be participating with this event on Saturday for single parents who have been invited to gather as families, parents and children, for an afternoon of food, prayer, community building and conversation.  Adults will have the opportunity to share your blessings and concerns as single parents.  A pizza and salad lunch will be served.  This invitation includes single grandparents who are raising children.  We will conclude the day with Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Parish.


Sr. Jose Women’s Center Annual Dinner
St. Augustine Catholic High School Gymnasium
Oct. 15
5 p.m.
Tickets required: please visit
It will be my joy to attend this reception and fundraising dinner with silent auction in support of the Sr. Jose Women’s Center.   As you may know, the center for homeless women began in  in a very small home through the help of Buck O’Reilly and his wife.


Today, the Center assists so many more women in need.  A new shelter south of Downtown Tucson at the corner of 18th St. and Russell, just west of the intersection of 18th Street and 6th Ave. finally affords the Center the room it needs to function both with more living space for the women and to provide additional programs and services for women.


This amazing project began as a ministry of Our Mother of Sorrows under the direction of Jean Fedigan, executive director.  Msgr. Tom Cahalane, pastor at OMOS, is president of the Board of Directors.


There is a great deal of information about the Center on its website, and I encourage you to visit.  Here is a brief description of some of the Center’s ministry: “Our low-barrier day center provides unaccompanied homeless women with a stable and safe environment to recuperate from the daily struggle of homelessness and extreme poverty. The Winter Night Program provides overnight stays for women who would otherwise be sleeping outside; we provided 1562 overnight (stays)  last winter.”


The Center relies heavily on devoted volunteers and community donations.  There is a materials wish list on the website, if you find that you can donate items to assist this important work, and monetary donations can also be made through the website.  This is a vital ministry and the vast majority of contributions go directly to women in need.


If you would like to attend the dinner this weekend, please call.(520) 909-3905 or email


Deacon Candidates Mass
Permanent Deacon Candidates Instituted in Ministry of Acolyte


This Sunday, men in the Permanent Diaconate program for the Diocese will be instituted into  the ministry of Acolyte. The Ministry of Acolyte is another step in preparation of becoming a Permanent Deacon and takes place in the  second year of Candidacy. This rite allows the men to assist at the altar during liturgies and  to handle and purify sacred vessels.


This Mass takes place at St. Augustine Cathedral at 10 a.m.


New Vision Managing Editor
Basic skills needed for this very important position include, a solid background in journalism, with at least 10 years reporting experience and at least five years of editing.  Being bilingual in spoken Spanish is preferred by not required, and the successful candidate will be able to produce clear, interesting stories that include facts, historical and trend perspectives to give readers a complete understanding of the events and topics affecting our diocese.


If you have questions about the soon-to-be posted position, please call our Communications Director, Steff Koeneman, at 520-838-2561 for more information.


Because we are searching for an editor and because we are in the process of moving the Pastoral Center offices, we will suspend publication of The New Vision for November and December. The next edition of the newspaper will be published in January. In the meantime, information about the happenings in the Diocese can be accessed by looking at the Monday Memo which is published every Monday online and by viewing the news posted on our webpage at


Marriage Mass
St. Augustine Cathedral
Oct. 16
Reservations required


Another of my favorite annual events is the Marriage Mass in which couples celebrating key anniversaries come to St. Augustine Cathedral to recommit themselves to their marriages.  I will tell you all about our longest married and newlywed (1 year) following the Mass.


Please remember the soul of Marion Moreland, brother of Deacon Ken Moreland, who passed away last week.


Please also remember Yolanda, mother of  Abundio Colazo-Lopez, one of diocesan seminarians attends Mount Angel Seminary.  Yolanda was killed in a car accident. The family is in need of assistance for the funeral services. If you would like to contribute send the contribution to Thomas Arnold, Chief Finance Officer at Box 31, Tucson, Ariz. 85702.


For the hundreds of victims of Hurricane Matthew.  Please pray for the souls of those who have died, and pray that our Lord will give those affected by all the manifestations of the Hurricane will have the strength and faith to get through this very difficult time.



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Mass on the Border
Oct. 23
Nogales along the international border fence
3:00 p.m.


The final border Mass will take east of the Morley Pedestrian Walk at East International Street and South Nelson Avenue.The new Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will be joining us for this Mass. Archbishop Pierre was the Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico before being named by Pope Francis to work in the United States.


Catherdral Concert Series
Presents guitarist Ivar-Nichoas Fojas

Thursday, Oct. 27
Our Lady’s Chapel
On the Cathedral campus at 192 S. Stone Ave.
7 p.m.


Suggested Donation: $15


The opening of the concert season will take place at the recently restored Our Lady’s Chapel, The beauty of the space and its acoustics makes the Chapel a perfect place for chamber music. Guitarist Ivar-Nicholas Fojas, a doctoral candidate at the UA Bolton Guitar Studies Program and a Fulbright Scholar from the Philippines, will be performing works by Sor, Scarlatti, Albéniz, Moreno Torroba, Llobet and others. For more information or to buy tickets call the Cathedral at 623-6351.



All Souls Day Mass
Will be celebrated at both Holy Hope Cemetery and Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.


Refreshments will be served following the Mass.


Following All Souls Day Mass at Holy Hope Cemetery, The Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D., Bishop of Tucson will dedicate the newly constructed Good Shepherd Mausoleum. All the faithful are invited to attend  the dedication and blessing of the building.