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I'm back in the saddle, ready to engage and immerse in the daily parish grind. August is a time of preparation. In the next few weeks, I’ll be meeting with the catechists and pastoral council members. 


This Monday we hear from the book of Deuteronomy 10:12-22 the instructions given to the people to take care of the orphan, the widow and the alien (foreigner/migrant) for they have nowhere to turn to except rely their basic necessities on the kindness, hospitality and generosity of the locals/natives mostly through non-profit organizations, church ministries and other social services. “Circumcise your hearts. Befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves.” The immigration debate is possibly the most pressing social-political-moral issue in the land. The church, of course, sides with the lowly migrants, the refugees, and the asylum- seekers. For her, Christians have a religious obligation to take care and treat them in a humane way shown in the example of His Holiness Pope Francis. 21st century has seen mass migration across the globe. The US as the promised land of so many opportunities where only 35% is inhabited, is no exception and has always been the final destination. 

14TH Anniversary of my Diaconate Ordination

It was so special to be ordained to the Diaconate on the memorial of Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar who died in place of a family man at the concentration camp in Auschwitz. Even more special on the eve of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the most popular Marian feast back then.


My ordination to the Diaconate was presided over by Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Emeritus of Tucson at St. Francis de Sales Parish, my adopted home parish. I’m grateful for Fr. Bob Tamminga and the parish community for graciously accommodating me upon my arrival in 2003.   

Let’s pray for the eternal repose of the souls of the parishioners who recently passed away and offer condolences, sympathy and consolation to the grieving families, relatives and friends. Rest assured, they are included in the prayers of the community.


“Infant” Uriel Cuevas Herrera


Jorge Sodari Peña, Juanita Escobar Montaño, Rudy P. González, Angelina Ramírez, Blanca Nidia Valdez Zamudio, “Baby” Elisa Rios, Andrew Stuppi


Daniel Ortega, Sr., William Gooch, Juan Rojas, Tomás Rios, Guillermo Santa Maria, Sergio Hernández, “Infant” Abel Adrian Garcia, Jr.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.  

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