Monday Memo, March 30, 2015. Vol. 13, No. 13







Please note: The Diocese of Tucson offices will be closed Friday, April 3 in observance of Good Friday.


Holy Week
So many emotions come along with this, the final week of our Lenten journey leading to the Triduum and Easter.


There was a sense of jubilation yesterday, Palm Sunday, as the scriptures told of Jesus’ triumphant welcome into Jerusalem. Then today, we hear of the woman who anoints Jesus with expensive fragranced oil – a bit unsettling as Jesus recognizes the event as one in preparation for his death.


On Tuesday, the scriptures will remind us of both Judas’ upcoming betrayal of Christ and of Peter’s denial of his friend Jesus.


On Wednesday we will hear and be shocked by Judas Iscariot’s agreement with the chief priests and elders to turn over Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.


Holy Thursday we celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper, where we first hear the words of Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist, His Body and Blood, which we re-enact at every Mass. I wonder if the disciples understood when their master and lord took off his cloak and washed their feet. He gave them the important lesson that life is not about you but about serving others.


Following His crucifixion, the disciples and others will lay Christ to rest in the stone tomb. Perhaps they felt as if their worst fears were realized. Then again, as suddenly as their hope faded, they heard word of the disappeared Christ – the tomb emptied. Over the next days and weeks they would come to the joyful understanding that their risen Lord walked among them, risen from the dead as He had promised.


This week, imagine the depths and highs of the feelings Jesus and His followers   experienced as the Lord moved closer and closer to resurrection.   Faith was the one constant in those tumultuous days.


Now, consider how tumultuous our own lives are sometimes. We all have ups and downs, certainty and uncertainty. As we join our Lord this Holy Week, meditate on His journey and let faith be your guide and certainty in the promises of our Lord be your strength.


Take time during the Triduum to attend the beautiful and moving liturgies of Holy Week. Your parish works very hard to prepare these liturgies and your presence will mean a lot.


Bishop’s Holy Week schedule:
Today: Chrism Mass
St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave.
2 p.m.

Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
St. Augustine Cathedral
7 p.m.

Good Friday: Passion of Christ and Communion Service
St. Augustine Cathedral

Living Stations of the Cross
Re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross
Begins at 2 pm. just west of St. Augustine Cathedral at San Cosme Chapel,
460 W. Simpson


Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass
7 p.m. St. Augustine Cathedral.


Palm Sunday
I was privileged to celebrate Palm Sunday with Father Seraphim Molina at Cristo Rey with the Pascua Yaqui community. After Mass there was the blessing of palms that includes matachines (dancers), flag wavers, fariseos with their Masks. These customs go back many generations. All is done with a prayerful reverence.


The traditions take place all during Lent reaching a climax during Holy Week leading to the joy of Easter when Christ overcomes suffering and death.

To see a video of fariseos, visit




Safford, San Carlos, Payson Visit
Last week I was delighted to visit some of our outlying parish communities. In Safford I was able to celebrate Mass at the Federal Prison there. About 60 men attended. Previously, they have had a priest chaplain but he was recently transferred. I only wish we had more priests to attend to the pastoral needs of those detained the many prisons and jails in our diocese.


I was able to visit some of the religious education classes in Safford. I marvel at the dedication of our catechists who strive to hand on the faith to the next generation. I had a chance to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Solomon, served by St. Rose of Lima Parish. Father Robert Rodriquez was rightly proud of the new paint job done inside and outside of their small but beautiful church. I met with some of those considering serving as priests or deacons in the future. The Confirmation at St. Rose involved a number of young people and adults who were excited to become full members of the Church.



Father Ignatius DeGroot, O.F.M.

On the way from Safford to Payson I stopped at San Carlos on the Apache Reservation. I visited with Father Ignatius DeGroot, O.F.M., who is doing marvelous work in the community. It is obvious people like him and appreciate his dedicated service. I visited the school children at our school there which has grades from kindergarten to sixth grade. Ina Salter is the interim principal and it was inspiring meeting the kids and seeing their enthusiasm. Many come from very troubled situations but here in our Catholic School they have hope for their future.


The road from San Carlos to Payson is marvelous passing through Roosevelt Lake. The scenes were strikingly beautiful.


Payson, which is one of our largest geographic parishes (the other is Sacred Heart Parish in Parker), has Father Ed Lucero traveling long distances to serve his people. I had a chance to visit some of the homebound including a woman 103 years of age who was born on a ranch in Peoria. She spends a lot of time crocheting scarves and blankets for people. I met with a board working hard to start a Catholic radio station in the Payson area and had a chance to meet with the Finance Council and Board of Directors. I was delighted to see so many attend the evening and morning Masses.


These visits to our outlying parishes always are encouraging to see so much good being done by our priests and their coworkers.



Presbyteral Council
We will be having a shorter Presybteral Council meeting this morning, due to the Chrism Mass at 2 p.m. Items to be discussed are: Annual Catholic Appeal update by Ernie Nedder ; Cathedral Square update by John Shaheen and Ernie Nedder; Priests Retirement Collection/Religious, and Priests Salary and Car Allowances, both to be presented by Tom Arnold ;Corporate Meetings, and Priests and Pilgrimages both topics to be presented by Msgr. Jerry McCarthy; Review of the Co-Workers Conference Review by Joe Perdreauville; Family and Marriage Listening Sessions review by Sr. Lois Paha; a summary of our Pastoral Center Department Director Planning Meeting and other council business.


Congratulations again!
Way back in late January, the Monday Memo reported about two in our diocese who had been named award winners by the National Catholic Education Association. I will be joining our awardees in Orlando for the award event on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Here’s a recap of the winners:


Msgr. Tom Cahalane, pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, and to Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, our diocesan Moderator of the Curia, who have been named award winners by the National Catholic Educational Association or NCEA.


Was named one of only 12 winners of the Distinguished Pastor Award. This award recognizes pastors who have given outstanding support to Catholic elementary education.


Msgr. Cahalane was ordained June 8, 1963 at Carlow, Ireland by the Most Rev. Thomas Keogh, D.D.


He moved to Arizona to join the Diocese of Tucson, which then included what is now the Diocese of Phoenix. He has served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Scottsdale; St. Bartholomew Parish, San Manuel; and at St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson, as Associate Pastor. He went on to serve as diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, and later as the Vicar for Ministries of Christian Education from 1975-1983. He became pastor at OMOS in 1981 where he is beloved.


Monsignor Tom takes pride in his school and knows the value of Catholic school education. He has mentored many priests and although beyond retirement age continues to pastor his school and parish with a shepherd’s care.


Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy
Was named to receive the NCEA Seminary Department’s 2015 Pope John Paul II Award for Distinguished Seminary Leadership.


Monsignor was ordained for our diocese on June 4, 1972. He specializes in Religion and Society/Systematic Theology/Moral Theology.


His educational background includes: a Doctoral Degree from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley in 1985; Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley in 1982; and a Master’s Degree in Religion from St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA, in 1972.


Over his priesthood he has written two books and 28 articles, not counting other scholarly works.


He has been active in his work with the Association of Theological Schools in assessing and encouraging excellence in an amazing number of Catholic and other schools of theology across the nation.


The list of his involvements as a priest is very long, but here are just a few of the positions he has held:


-Executive Director, Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association, Arlington, VA, September 2010-May 2014.
-Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation, The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, Pittsburgh, PA, January 2002 to July 2009.


-Rector/President, St. John’s Seminary, May 1994 – July 2001.


-Graduate Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 1979-1983.


-Secretary to National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, October 1977-September 1979.


-He has taught Moral Theology as a Professor at the seminary in Menlo Park, California.


-Auxiliary Chaplain, Davis-Monthan, AFB, Tucson, June 1977-August 1979.


On top of all that he has served as a parish priest and pastor, and as a teacher.


He is well-known and regarded by all in the seminary community and truly deserves this recognition. I am delighted he is back home serving as our Moderator of the Curia.


As I reported some weeks back I am proud of both Monsignors, whom I have known for many years. Each truly has brought their gifts of intellect, passion and service to their roles in education, and those gifts have brought many improvements and advances to both K-8 education and to seminary work.



More congratulations
To Catholic school principals Charlene Roll of Sts. Peter & Paul School, Sam Granillo of St. Joseph School in Tucson and Armando Valenzuela of Yuma Catholic High School.



The three have been selected to attend the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education of Boston College Emmaus Series: A Leadership Advantage Program for Catholic School Leaders.


The Emmaus Series is a rigorous and rewarding opportunity designed to strengthen the leadership capacity of Catholic school principals and heads of schools. Enclosed is an overview of the program, detailing the structure and outcomes.



Our teachers were chosen as part of a 30-teacher group. The program features two overnight retreats and seven daylong workshops, both of which all cohort members are expected to attend.



Please pray . . .
For the soul of Odile Capdeville, 54, sister of Father Henri Capdeville, O.S.B., who passed March 23 away after being diagnosed with Leukemia two months ago? She is preceded in death by her father and two siblings.


Father Henri asks that you please keep his sister, his mother and his whole family in your Masses and prayers. Please pray for him too.


Condolences may be sent to:
Rev. Henri Capdeville, O.S.B.
Holy Trinity Monastery
PO Box 298
St. David, AZ 85630-0298







Save the Date!
Alive in Christ
A day of retreat with Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Nevares, Diocese of Phoenix
Saturday, June 20
Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church
1800 S. Kolb Road
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Join Bishop Nevares as he leads a day of inspirational prayer, teaching and worship.

Before joining the Diocese of Phoenix in 2010, Bishop Nevares served as the Vice Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus , Ohio.  Before that, he had as a priest in Texas.
March of Remembrance
Sunday, April 19
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

I encourage all of us to participate in this March of Remembrance. Congregation Beth Sir Shalom is sponsoring a March of Remembrance Holocaust Memorial service, walk and concert.  On their website, there is up-to-date information about the March.



Materials will also be available for the Diocesan Vicars at the March 30 Presbyteral Council meeting here at the Pastoral Center.



All Catholics are welcome to participate in this event to enhance friendship between the Jewish and Christian communities and to honor the memory of those who died in the Holocaust.



Monday Memo will take a break and begin again on April 13, 2015

See the upcoming section for a retreat opportunity on June 20 with Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Nevares, Diocese of Phoenix