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    Dear Parishioners of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, 

    Let us all welcome our new Parochial Vicar, 

     FR. AROKIARAJ  "ARO" VARNABAS, S.T.

    Fr. Aro was born 14 March in Deviyananthal, Tamilnadu, India, in the Diocese of Pondicherry and was ordained 16 April 2016. His most recent assignment has been at the Shrine of St. Joseph at Stirling, New Jersey.

    Fr. Aro spent a Christmas here at St. Kateri  in 1996 when he began his formation with the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity at Riverside, CA. 

    He is expected to begin his ministry here at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish by June 26th. 

    Let us all extend to Fr. Aro a warm welcome!

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SUSPENSION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP IS EFFECTIVE AS OF TODAY, JULY 1ST, 2020

July 1, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
I wish to inform you that after a careful review of the medical situation, and hearing the recent concerns of our Governor and civic leaders on television, I have been advised by Diocesan leadership to suspend public worship. I agree with their recommendation and the suspension of public worship is effective as of today, July 1 st, 2020.  This returns us temporarily to those protocols we were following just prior to the reopening of our parishes.  You should anticipate a suspension of approximately four weeks but the matter will be reviewed daily and the suspension could be for a shorter or longer duration.  
 
Those who follow national news are aware that the State of Arizona has been referenced across the nation for our substantial spike in Covid-19 cases.  When the pandemic began I stressed that a primary factor on reopening would be the ability of our hospitals and medical personnel to respond adequately to the sick.  Members of the medical community—who daily place themselves at great risk to serve us—are now telling us that we are at a crisis point.  I believe that we owe it these noble men and women to do our part in bringing the pandemic under control. 
 
For now let us be committed to journeying in solidarity with the sick, the suffering, the unemployed, the frightened, and the healthcare workers who must daily face this pandemic without flinching.  Join with your local parish for televised or internet Masses, or log onto the Diocese of Tucson web page and join me for daily Mass. The protocols we instituted for our parishes at the time of our reopening were sensible, thorough, and implemented with care and sensitivity. When we are able to open up once again these protocols will be reinstated. But for now, where it is safe, pastors will arrange for an outdoor distribution of Holy Communion after members of the faithful have observed a Mass via technology.  Confessions will be heard only out-of-doors.  The only public Masses will be funerals and weddings, and with a limit of ten persons in the congregation.  
 
I wish to express my deep gratitude for the clergy and parish ministers who have responded so very well throughout the pandemic.  They are extraordinary men and women and their fidelity to you and intense desire to be of service is a witness to the grace of their vocation. 
 
Let us pray that this suspension is brief and that we can soon be in one another’s company.  Let us also be unified in our resolve to lead the way in battling this pandemic.  The witness and example of our lives and the intensity of our prayers will surely help to heal the world.
 
May God bless you abundantly,
 
+Edward J. Weisenburger
  Bishop of Tucson

OUR DEAR PARISHIONERS:

Lios enchim aniavu. May God continue to mightily bless you and your family.

This is one letter I am writing you with a heavy heart. Due to the sudden surge of covid19 cases in our Area that has already infected and killed a number of our parishioners and neighbors, and following the directive of Bishop Weisenburger, all weekend public Masses are again suspended July 1-31, 2020 in all our churches and chapels, until further notice: St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Cristo Rey, El Senor, Santa Rosa, San Martin and San Ignacio.

This suspension also includes all First Communion and Confirmation celebrations. The Rite of Baptism and Graveside services will continue but with limited attendance of 10 people. Confessions will continue at St. Kateri Tekakwitha on Saturdays, 5-7pm.

All weekday and Sunday Masses will continue to be streamed live on the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Facebook. We want to assure you that First Communion and Confirmation will be celebrated as soon as we again re-open.

I want to thank you all for your generous cooperation and support during these challenging times. St. Kateri Tekakwitha, our patron Saint, who was herself a victim of an epidemic will put everything in order for us.

Fr. Abram, Fr. Aro and myself assure you of our daily prayers and blessings for all of you! We humbly ask also for your prayers and support. In the Most Holy Trinity,

 

Fr. Seraphim Molina, ST

Contact Information  
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Roman Catholic Missions Parish
507 W 29th Street
Tucson, Arizona 85713
Phone (520)622-5363
Fax (520)792-0230
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Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

At this time our nation is experiencing a significant increase in unemployment. Understandably, most families will be pulling together to help members in financial trouble. However, for those of you who are able, please do not fail to support your Church in this challenging time. Your parish Church, along with the Diocese of Tucson, are employers and our only goal at present is to maintain, to the best of our ability, the employment of staff members who serve us all generously and are critical for our ministries.  Along with our priests, I am tremendously grateful for your generosity and commitment. 

May God bless you.
+ Edward J. Weisenburger, Bishop of Tucson

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