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Friday News Roundup: Seminarian Aaron Alford will be Ordained to the Diaconate in April

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Suzanne Hammons
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Suzanne Hammons is the editor of the Voice of the Southwest and the media coordinator for the Diocese of Gallup. A graduate of Benedictine College in Kansas, she joined the Diocesan staff in 2012.

You’re Invited to Attend Aaron Alford’s Diaconate Ordination

Mr. Aaron Alford will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 5:30 pm on Friday, April 5th. All are invited; priests and deacons are encouraged to attend.
Solemn Vespers will take place at the Cathedral the evening before, at 6pm on April 4th, which will include Mr. Alford’s Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity. All are invited.

Chrism Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral

“The Chrism Mass, which [the Bishop] concelebrates with Priests from various regions of the diocese and during which he consecrates the sacred Chrism and blesses the other oils, is among the principal manifestations of the fullness of the Bishop’s Priesthood and is considered to be a sign of the close bond of the Priests with him. For it is with the sacred Chrism consecrated by the Bishop that the newly baptized are anointed and those to be confirmed are signed. It is with the Oil of Catechumens that catechumens are prepared and disposed for Baptism. Finally it is with the Oil of the Sick that those who are ill are comforted in their infirmity.”

The Order of Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism (OBO), no. 1

When and Where: Thursday, March 21 at 4:00 pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral

Arizona Bishops’ Statement on Veto of SB 1231

“As Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference, we share the frustration of many about the situation at the border. The lack of a federal solution to the challenges faced by both vulnerable people and American communities is sorely needed and long overdue.

“It is not right that inaction by the federal government has resulted in heavy burdens on states and communities along the US-Mexico border. This failure has resulted in not only an overwhelmingly large number of migrants wanting to cross the border, but also an unacceptable number of migrant deaths.

“We do not intend to question the good intentions of lawmakers who seek to address these challenges. Nonetheless, we contend that SB 1231 is not the appropriate response and will have painful unanticipated consequences.

“We are particularly concerned with upholding the rights and dignity of every person, especially families looking to remain safely together. Furthermore, actions by local law enforcement officers to enforce immigration laws, as proposed by SB 1231, threaten to undermine community trust of the police and will result in more dangerous neighborhoods.

“The federal government needs to do a better job of managing our national border and providing comprehensive immigration reform. Proposals such as SB 1231, however, are unlikely to survive legal challenges and are not the right solution. Consequently, we appreciate Governor Hobbs’ veto of this measure.”

Most Rev. John P. Dolan
Bishop of Phoenix

Most Rev. Edward J. Weisenburger
Bishop of Tucson

Most Rev. James S. Wall
Bishop of Gallup

Most Rev. Eduardo Nevares
Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix

Synod Listening Session

All are invited to join Bishop James Wall and Fr. Peter Short for a listening session in preparation for the October 2024 Synod of Bishops.
When: Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Mary, Mother of Mankind Parish, 24 Mission Road, St. Michaels AZ, 86511
The event is free – a light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to: [email protected]

Applications are open for the 2024 Kateri Shrine Internship!

“For the fifth Summer in a row, college-aged men can apply to join a unique, paid ($5,000) Summer experience building a shrine by hand in the desert southwest honoring the first Native American saint…Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. The internship runs from May 27 to August 4, 2024 in Gallup, New Mexico.

“The Southwest Indian Foundation is accepting applications until March 15, 2024 to fill a limited number of positions in the “Catholic Pueblo Revival Paid Internship Program” in Gallup, New Mexico.”

Learn more or apply here


The Friday news roundup presents a quick overview of Catholic stories and events from around the Diocese of Gallup, United States, and world. Have a news tip or event to promote? Email [email protected], call 505-863-4406 or mail us at PO Box 1338, Gallup NM 87305.

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