Monday Memo, Oct. 31, 2016. Vol. 14, No. 35 

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas

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Reminder: The Diocese of Tucson offices will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 1, for the Feast of All Saints. The offices will re-open Wednesday at 8 a.m.



Photos by Sister Gladys, Echenique, O.P. — Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S, of the workshop keynote speakers with Bishop Kicanas following Mass. Bishop Elizondo is Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle.


Diocesan Conference for Hispanic Leaders
Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and Misael Mayorga, director of Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland spent Saturday with many leaders of our diocese’s Hispanic ministries.


As I reported in last week’s Memo, our Office of Hispanic Ministry hosted a one-day workshop at St. Joseph Parish in Tucson.  Bishop Elizondo, chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, made a presentation focusing on “Immigration: an opportunity to live our missionary calling.”


The second speaker, Misael Mayorga took participants through the practical aspects of Bishop Elizondo’s presentation.



A group of parish Hispanic ministers participating during the Leadership workshop at St. Joseph Parish.

The workshop included an updating of our diocese’s Hispanic Pastoral Plan (2013-2016) to include the implementation of the process of the V (Fifth) Encuentro. This four-year Encuentro process of ecclesial reflection and action invites all Catholics in the United States to intense missionary activity, consultation, leadership development, and identification of best ministerial practices in the spirit of the New Evangelization.  It is a priority activity of the USCCB’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The V Encuentro process starts at the grass-roots level and calls for the development of resources and initiatives to better serve the fast-growing Hispanic population in dioceses, parishes, ecclesial movements, and other Catholic organizations and institutions in light of its theme: Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love.  Our Office of Hispanic Ministry has begun to incorporate these goals into its activities in order to bring this greater awareness to all of our parish communities.



Photo by Mike Penney — Bishop Eusebio Elizondo

Bishop Elizondo also celebrated the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral and the 2 p.m. Mass at St. John the Evangelist parish on Sunday.


This morning he is meeting with the Spanish-speaking priests and deacons of our diocese at Our Lady of Fatima Parish.


Some may remember that Bishop Elizondo was among seven bishops and Cardinal Sean O’Malley who joined us for an amazing Mass at the Nogales International Border back in 2014. That event include a tour of the Kino Border Institute’s Comedor and woman’s’ shelter and also     included a trek through a desert area known to be used by migrants.


Join us for an evening of dinner and dance!
I invite you to join the Catholic Foundation for its second “In the Mood” dinner and dance event.  This is a lively evening that recalls the Big Band Era with a live band. Come dressed
up in attire from the 1930s and 1940s and show off your style. The event takes place at the Savoy Opera House, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. Reservations need to be made by Wednesday, Nov. 2.


Tickets are $60 dollars per individual and $100 per couple.  Contact Clara Moreno at, or call her at 520-838-2507.


Here’s short video that may put you In the Mood:  Scroll down to the bottom of the home page and click on the arrow.


Come and see the Bishop dancing!! A never-before seen attraction.


School visit
I will be visiting with the kindergarten through eighth grade students at Immaculate Heart School, in Oro Valley on Tuesday.


The school was founded in 1930 by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Since then, generations of young Catholics have attended. The school has a staff of 38 teachers and others led by Sister Veronica Y. Loya, I.H.M.


There is another Immaculate Heart campus down the road for high school students.  They are temporarily studying at the school campus at St. Odilia Parish until their school’s roof and classrooms, damaged Aug. 16 by a microburst, is repaired.  We expect the school to be ready for the Spring semester.


Mass of All Souls
I will celebrate Mass for All Souls Day at Holy Hope Cemetery on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Immediately following Mass, I will be blessing the newly-constructed Good Shepherd Mausoleum.


Holy Hope Cemetery is located at 3555 N. Oracle Road.  If you live on Tucson’s eastside, you could attend the All Souls Mass at Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery at 2151 S.  Avenida Los Reyes.  The Mass there also begins at 8:30 a.m.


I am grateful to Thomas Hanlon, our director of Catholic Cemeteries, and his staff for all they do to assist families who have lost a loved one. I am also thankful to our Cemetery Board that advises me and the director on matters pertaining to burying the dead, one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.


It will be my delight to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the young people at Blessed Virgin Mary of the Assumption Parish in Florence this week. Father Jose Maria Corvera is the pastor and I am sure he is proud of those who will be fully initiated into the Church through the Sacrament of Confirmation.


2016 Mens’ Conference
Saturday, Nov. 5
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 8650 N. Shannon Road, Tucson.
Event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration needed


I invite all men from across our diocese to attend this one day Catholic Men’s Conference to experience the theme of the day: to take up your call to Be a Man, Be a Saint, the saint that God created you to be!


The keynote presenters are Chris Muglia, an inspirational speaker, singer and songwriter from Phoenix, and Dr. John Bergsma, a full professor of theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Joe Perdreauville, one of the conference organizers and our Assistant Director for Pastoral Services, reports that men also can participate in faith witness, prayer and the Sacrament of Penance. I will close the day with Mass.


Men of all ages are encouraged to attend!


To view flyer and register online, visit:, or call 520-838-2541 for a registration form.


Interfaith Poverty Solutions
Saturday, Nov. 6
San Miguel Cristo Rey High School


We all are aware of the serious issue of poverty in our Tucson community.  There is a critical need to not only address the immediate emergency needs of the poor but also to address ways of helping people become self-sufficient.   In an effort to work collaboratively within our various faith congregations to help people develop a sustainable life style, we invite you to come together for an Interfaith Poverty Solutions gathering.


During our time together, we will reflect on the common mission within our various faith traditions, that of caring for the poor.  We will seek to gain an understanding of poverty and listen to success stories from folks who are working to break their cycle of poverty.  Additionally, we will consider one practical approach to helping people of poverty become self-sufficient through a program called Bridges Out of Poverty – Getting Ahead.  This program has been implemented in Tucson and in many communities around the country.  Together we can expand it in our local community to reach as many people as possible.
We have invited religious leaders and members of congregations interested in working with others to resolve poverty in our community.  I will do a follow-up report for the next Monday Memo.




 Year of Mercy Mass at St. Vincent de Paul
We held  Mass at the St. Vincent de Paul storefront at 620 S. Sixth Ave. at 10 a.m. last week with the  intention of increasing awareness for the needs of others, in this case, the need for clothing, as part of our ongoing series of Masses for the Year of Mercy. About 100 people attended. After Mass I had the joy of blessing the store and facilities of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. I was amazed at the number of items offered at the store and delighted to see so many people accessing these items.


Arizona Rosary Celebration Poster contest winners
Congratulations to the following young people whose posters about the Arizona Rosary Celebration were chosen as this year’s Poster Contest winners.  I always join the winners for pizza!


Heart Silmaro, fifth grader, All Saints Catholic School in Sierra Vista

Natalia Zermen, third grader, Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales

Regina Dorantes, third grader, Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales

Amanda Pacheco, second grader, Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales

Sofia Renee Duran, first grader, Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales

Emiliano  Duarte,  first grader, Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales

Camila Rivas, fourth grader, St. Helen of the Cross  Parish in Eloy

Andrea Castellanos, eighth grader at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tucson

Kai Taras, seventh grader at St. Joseph Catholic School

Celeste Polder, seventh grader at St. Joseph Catholic School

Logan Meza, sixth  grader at St. Joseph Catholic School

Adrian Prado, fourth grader, St. Joseph Catholic School

Hector Medel, second grader, St. Joseph Catholic School

Liv Greenwood, kindergarten, St. Joseph Catholic School

Lali Gonzalez, kindergarten, St. Joseph Catholic School

Camryn  Miller, fifth grader, St. Mark’s Parish

Grace Gordon, eighth grader Sts. Peter & Paul School in Tucson

Alliyah Asuncion, sixth grader, Sts. Peter & Paul School


New Vision Managing Editor
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If you have questions about the position, please call our Communications Director, Steff Koeneman, at 520-838-2561 for more information, or visit


For now, 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


Please pray for
… the soul of Joseph Hyman, who passed  last week. Joseph was the brother of Father Robert Hyman a retired priest of our diocese.


… for the soul of Mike Ivers, who was to be the President of Yuma Catholic High School this school year,  who also passed away last week.


… for the full recovery of  Icelia Tadeo, niece of Father Abran Tadeo.


Prayers for our three Pastoral Center staff Sonya Gutierrez administrative assistant to the Bishop, Michelle Buhs, coordinator of student services for our Catholic Schools Department,  and Msgr. Al Schifano vicar general emeritus,, who are seeking full recoveries.


Nov. 6:

Mass for Vocations
St Augustine Cathedral
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Rev. Jorge Ricardo Farias-Saucedo
Vocations Director


Day Retreat Exploring Religious Communities
For further information contact
Sister Jeanne Bartholomeaux, SC


Catholic Schools Principal’s Retreat
Redemptorist Renewal Center, Picture Rocks
For more information please contact:
Lupita Garay