Monday Memo, Nov. 23, 2015. Vol. 13, No. 37

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Please note: The Bishop Manuel D. Moreno Pastoral Center will be closed on Thursday,
Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Happy Thanksgiving!
I always have enjoyed the idea of a day celebrating God’s blessings and calling us to be thankful. I know the holiday’s history is in remembrance of the pilgrims and their survival in a new world, but isn’t it wonderful that one of our earliest national holidays is of giving thanks to God.


As Catholics, we are very much aware of the need to remember God in our everyday lives. We call upon God for guidance, for strength, for wisdom and for comfort, and we also pray to God in thanks giving for mercies and gifts large and small. Every Mass we celebrate remembers the greatest of all gifts, that of the Savior.



Strive to live as thankful people. Remembering the gifts of life, health, friends and family enables people to remember the struggle of others who do not have those gifts. Giving thanks – whether gathered around table with loved ones or by just mentally thanking the Creator for blessings – helps us become people of compassion that can see and act when others are in need.


God bless all of you and thanks be to God!


Father all-powerful, Your gifts of love are countless and Your goodness infinite. On Thanksgiving Day we come before You with gratitude for Your kindness: open our hearts to concern for our fellow men and women, so that we may share Your gifts in loving service.


We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Refugees and global events
The world is suffering through the terrible loss of life in Paris last week, and people everywhere are struggling to understand the violence of terrorists.   It is very human to fear that which is not easily understood. It also is easy to seek some way of dealing with our anxiety and to try to protect ourselves from the threat we perceive.


Last week, Congress and many people began calling for the end of or limiting the entrance of refugees from Syria and Iraq into our state and into our country. We cannot allow the fear of one group of people, the terrorists, to cause us to ignore the very dire needs of the refugees of Syria, Iraq and other countries who are trying to escape the same violence that so horribly led to the loss of innocent life last week.


Here a statement issued by the Arizona Catholic Conference that includes myself, Bishops Thomas Olmsted and Eduardo Nevares, of Phoenix; Bishop James Wall of Gallup; and Bishop Gerald Dino, of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix. A very similar statement was released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Migration Committee earlier last week.


I ask that as this statement is read, let its words rest in a heart quieted by knowledge and compassion.

November 19, 2015


Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on Syrian Refugees
In the wake of the tragic loss of innocent life taken by terrorist actions in Paris, the Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) understand the increasing hesitation on the part of our government and American citizens to receive Syrian refugees into the United States. While our country clearly needs to be concerned about terrorist activity, safeguards to prevent terrorist infiltration into our country are in place and should continue to be updated to meet changing circumstances. However, we must remember that not all refugees are terrorists and the majority of Syrian refugees are men, women and children fleeing violence and simply striving to find safety for themselves and their families in other countries. We need to remain committed to prayer and to the charitable works provided for people in great need. Accordingly, we will continue the important work done by our local Catholic Charities (called Catholic Community Services
in our Diocese) offices to resettle people fleeing violence and persecution and remain dedicated to helping refugees as the right and moral action
to take.


Recap: Men’s Conference
More than 300 men attended the second annual Men’s Conference, “Men on a Mission for God” at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish last Saturday.


Chip Beck, (wearing a tie) one of the presenters at the Men’s Conference, chats with attendees at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.

Keynote speakers Chip Beck, a professional golfer and a motivational speaker, and Dr. Ray Guarendi, a clinical psychologist, author, and EWTN host, very much entertained and captivated their audience of men from parishes across our diocese.


Men were challenged to live their faith and by the witness of their lives to invite others to come to know the Lord. During the Conference young men were invited to consider whether the Lord might be calling them to serve as priests.


This event has been created to inspire men to follow their faith and to give Catholic men a chance to meet with one another in a faith-filled event.


My thanks to Joe Perdreauville, Mike Berger and the conference planning committee, to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish for hosting the event, and to the Knights of Columbus for their support and hard work.


Scenes from the In the Mood Dance
The Big Band Express had folks moving on the dance floor during the Catholic Foundation’s “In the Mood” dinner and dance. Here are some scenes from the event, where most people dressed in 1940 attire:




Thanks to all that attended!


Presbyteral Council
Our regular meeting of the Presbyteral Council takes places today (Monday) at the Pastoral Center. Items on the agenda include: Vicariate Reports, an Annual Catholic Appeal Report ; an update on Cathedral Square; a discussion on Annulment Fees; information on Pension Benefits for International Priests; a discussion on the upcoming Year of Mercy and Advent; a Vocations Recruitment update; Transition; and information on background checks for Clearance of Clergy, speakers and others doing ministry in our Diocese.


Diocese Finance Council Meeting
Will be held this Tuesday at the diocesan Archives. At this meeting the Council will be updated on the performance of the budget, progress on Cathedral Square and information on the situation with insurance agencies working with the Diocese.


It’s time for confirmations at parishes all around our diocese. This week I will confer the sacrament of Confirmation on adults from the parishes of St. Augustine Cathedral, Sacred Heart in Tucson, Most Holy Trinity, St. Anthony (Casa Grande), Our Lady of Fatima and St. Mark at the Cathedral on Monday.


I also will confirm young people and adults at St. Cyril of Alexandria Parish on Nov. 24.




Each year students from various schools participate in a poster contest as part of the annual Arizona Rosary Celebration. I usually have pizza with the poster contest winners at some date following the Rosary Celebration and this year the pizza party was held on Saturday. Here are this year’s winners:

Mariana Cruz, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Nogales
Lexy-Katrina Silvestre, St. Anthony of Padua School in Casa Grande

First Grade:
Andi Tona, St. Margaret Mary, Tucson
Kayla K. Pannone, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Tucson

Second Grade:
Maddie Carpenter, St. Anthony of Padua School
Zeke Lopez, St. Anthony of Padua School

Third Grade:
Gianncarlo Rodriguez-Gonzalez, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School
Joseph Rodriguez, St. Anthony of Padua School

Fourth Grade:
Mary Schreiber, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School
Luiz Lopez, Sacred Heart Catholic School

Fifth Grade:
Romina Perez, St. John the Evangelist School
Chiara Saturno, Sacred Heart Catholic School

Sixth Grade:
Silvana Rosas and Carlos Molina, Sacred Heart Catholic School
Frida Lopez and Yida Wang, Sacred Heart Catholic School

Seventh Grade:
Kylie Kastl, St. Anthony of Padua School
America Torres, Sacred Heart Catholic School

Eighth Grade:
Luz Hidalgo, St. Cyril School
Denise Gomez, Sacred Heart Catholic School



Saturday, Dec. 5
Mass for Farmworkers
Field of Pasquinelli Produce
32nd Street between Avenues B and C


10 a.m.


I will celebrate the traditional Mass in honor of our farmworkers, along with the priests and deacons from the Yuma-La Paz Vicariate. Usually held in a public park in San Luis near the international border with Mexico, this year’s Mass will take place on farmland. I am grateful to Deacon Gary Pasquinelli, a grower in the Yuma area, for helping to organize this celebration. After Mass I hope to visit some of the fields in the Yuma area where farmworkers are gathering crops for our tables.


The Mass is celebrated with many of the farmworkers who toil in all kinds of weather and conditions to bring food to the tables of thousands.


Learn more about Laudato Si
My next presentation on Laudato Si , Pope Francis’ Encyclical about caring for the earth, our common home, takes place Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Francis Assisi Parish in Yuma.


The encyclical provides a discussion about caring for our earth and the need to reform the negative effects of pollution and exploitation of natural resources on the world’s poorest residents.


The final session will take place Sunday, Jan. 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Casa Grande.


The Year of Mercy – Begins Tuesday, Dec. 8
To read Pope Francis’ letter about the Year of Mercy, please visit:

Bi-national posadas
Tuesday, Dec. 8, Douglas
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Douglas Port of Entry

During this, the first of three such posadas, residents of both Douglas and of Agua Prieta on the Mexican side of the international border will process toward the border. At the border, there will be prayer and exchanges of small gifts. The procession symbolizes the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Information for the next two posadas is listed below:


NOGALES – Join Bishop Gerald Kicanas and Bishop Jose Leopoldo Gonzalez Gonzales of Nogales on Sunday, Dec. 20th at 3 p.m. Meet at the DeConcini Port of Entry.


YUMA – Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish, 505 S. Ave. B., to honor the workers of the fields.


Vocations 5K logo with Priest and Nun copy5K Powered by the Spirit
Joing the race to support vocations. January 2, 2016 at the Reid Park. Visit the event website for more information and registration.


Cathedral Concert series
Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
St. Augustine Cathedral
192 S. Stone Ave.
Tickets required

Wonderful Music in a Beautiful, Sacred Space is the theme of the 2015-2015 Cathedral Concert Series set for St. Augustine Cathedral under the direction of Carlos Zapien, St. Augustine Cathedral and Diocese of Tucson Director of Music.


All of the events are scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Future Concert Series performances include:


Dec. 15: On Wings of Song featuring Carlos Zapién, Tenor and Alexandr Pashkov, piano.


Jan. 19: Piano Recital featuring Claire Huangci, on piano.

Feb. 16: The Misa Criolla with the Cathedral and Community Chorus with Jessica Pierpont, Conductor.