Friday, June 27, 2003

I haven't blogged about the Supreme Court's decision to overthrow the Texas sodomy laws. I guess it is not surprising, once Roe v. Wade made up a "right to privacy" then it follows that pretty much anything goes. The irony is that it means that Sen. Rick Santorum will be shown to be a prophet. This decision will have pretty far reaching effects, including an inability to outlaw prostitution, pornography, and eventually the invalidation of statutory rape laws (if a 16 year old can get an abortion without her parents' knowledge and consent, why can't she be a porn actress or have sex with an adult?).

Mark Shea has some good thoughts on this.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

What do you think? Can the diocese of Phoenix get this man as its next bishop? I'm praying so!
My e-buddy ElfGirl the former Catholic blogs about the Church. I wish every priest would read this and give it some thought. Of course, the ones most likely to read this are almost always the ones who least need to...
Things I like about my new job, in no particular order ....

  • There's so much that needs doing, no matter what I feel like doing it undoubtedly needs to be done! (A target-rich environment, as we used to say)
  • The office is nice and cool
  • I have my own office, with a nice comfy chair, a 2.4 GHz P4 with 1 GB memory and an 80 GB hard disk, and a 4' x 6' white board
  • I get to set my own hours
  • The people I work with are fun
  • I get to work with some cool technology (Java, Tomcat, Struts, JMeter, etc)
  • The parking lot is not crowded and I can usually park pretty close to the building
  • We're on the sixth floor, so if I want a little more exercise I can take the stairs and have it be worthwhile

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

My friend Colin has taken some neat pictures of the Aspen Fire. The fire continues to grow, it's mostly moving north down the other side of the Catalinas, and also west. The eastern route is mostly blocked by the burned-out area from last year's Bullock Fire.

Monday, June 23, 2003

Okay, it's a small thing, but I actually took the time tonight to get my printer working. YAY! It's a Compaq IJ600. I tried a while back to get it working on the USB port and it just would not. Finally tonight I dug out the parallel cable for it and hooked it up and everything seemed fine -- except of course that I needed to buy a new ink cartridge for it. The problem with inkjets, of course, is that the cartridges are insanely expensive. In my case, I paid $20 for this printer at a yard sale, and now I just spent $30 at Office Max for a black cartridge for it. Oh well, it's nice to have a printer again anyway.
The Aspen fire on Mt. Lemmon continues its path of destruction. The smoke is plainly visible from Tucson, still, although the majority of the fire is now on the north side of the Catalinas, away from Tucson. Some residents of Oracle are already evacuating even though the Forest Service claims that Oracle should be safe.

Friday, June 20, 2003

Mt. Lemmon continues to burn. This morning there was smoke but it wasn't too out of hand; but while I was at the dentist around lunchtime I saw large plumes of smoke developing. I'm assuming the wind up there kicked up again. Meanwhile the "Helen II" fire in the Rincons continues to burn -- fortunately there are no structures up there.

The Arizona Daily Star has pretty extensive coverage:


The Star is reporting that among the casualties is the post office and the beloved Alpine Lodge. It's really sad. The Star wrote a nice article on the history of Mt. Lemmon. There are a number of structures that are still in danger, including radio antennas and UA's Mt. Lemmon Observatory. A Richard Ducote column and the Star's editorial board both editorialize on the loss.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Mt. Lemmon Inferno


The news is devastating -- the Aspen fire has mushroomed in size and most of the village of Summerhaven has been destroyed in the space of an hour. Apparently the fire grew from about 400 acres to over 4000 in the space of just a few hours this afternoon, pushed by high winds and fueled by the bone-dry condition of the forest due to the continuing drought.

I was coming back from Phoenix this afternoon and came back into Tucson around 5. The smoke from the fire was visible for 50+ miles, and the columns of smoke had risen to 20,000 feet or more. It reminded me of a smaller version of the pictures of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in the Phillippines. The only good news out of this is that there have been no casualties (Deo gratias!) due to the evacuation that was ordered yesterday. The high winds that pushed this fire up the mountain were apparently gusty in the 50 mph range. The winds were from the southwest, which has kept the smoke from entering the Tucson valley but, of course, pushed the fire right up the mountain and over Marshall Gulch into Summerhaven.

This is sad on many fronts. Of course it's sad for the homeowners and businessmen that have lost homes and livelihoods. It's also sad for those with breathing problems as they are going to have a rough couple of weeks. It's sad for everyone in Tucson because Mt. Lemmon will never be the same; it's always been our refuge, our retreat from the heat, a place where we could get away and enjoy cool pine trees and fresh air and a beauty that is rare. Unfortunately with the devastation, all that beauty will be just a memory for a long time to come.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

There is a forest fire near Mt. Lemmon, in the Catalina Mountains just north of Tucson. The smoke is plainly visible from Tucson. It's pretty scary -- the village of Summerhaven has already been evacuated. The ongoing drought has made the forest pretty dry, and there were gusty winds last night that are making things difficult. Tucsonans are still thinking about last summer's disastrous Bullock fire on Mt. Lemmon, which charred over 30,000 acres of forest.

As if that weren't bad enough, there is also a small fire in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson. It too is clearly visible from Tucson. Scary stuff!
As I had hoped, Phoenix Bishop O'Brien has resigned. Let's hope the new bishop up there is someone who will be more open, forthright, and committed to leadership that is both orthodox and respectful of all the people of the diocese.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

My buddy ElfGirl blogged about postmodernism and faith the other day. It's been bothering me since but I've not really had time to respond.

I agree with her critique of modernism and rationalism, but I don't think postmodernism is such a great thing for the relationship between faith and reason either. Of course the ultimate (in my view) statement of the relationship between faith and reason is John Paul II's 1998 encylical, Fides et Ratio. One quote:

102. Insisting on the importance and true range of philosophical thought, the Church promotes both the defence of human dignity and the proclamation of the Gospel message. There is today no more urgent preparation for the performance of these tasks than this: to lead people to discover both their capacity to know the truth and their yearning for the ultimate and definitive meaning of life

Postmodernism strikes at the heart of the faith, but in a different way than rationalism. Rationalism said that only those things that could be known by reason (and eventually, only by the scientific method) were true. Postmodernism, at its heart, says that truth is unknowable. If truth is unknowable, then ultimately God (who is Truth) is unknowable. If you look around at society today, you find many people yearning for truth in a society that denies that they can know the truth. But Jesus says "you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32). So postmodernism is ultimately contrary to the Gospel. I don't see how anyone who claims to be a Christian, who accepts the Bible as inspired, can fail to see the danger of postmodernism.

John Paul II writes:

"Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves" (Fides et Ratio)

Besides being a beautiful statement in and of itself, it points out that if we cannot know the truth (or, cannot know we know the truth), then we ultimately cannot know God -- and, furthermore, if we cannot know God, we cannot know ourselves, children of God made in His image.
Now this is interesting -- Norma McCorvey ("Roe") has filed a motion to overturn Roe v. Wade. She is, I believe, the only person who could file this kind of appeal since as the original plaintiff she has standing. I'll be fascinated to watch the reaction of NOW, NARAL, etc.
It's been a very hazy day in Tucson. Smoke from a fire near Picacho Peak has obscured the valley most of the day, making it look more like Pasadena -- you can barely see the mountains! Check out the UA Webcam to see for yourself.

Monday, June 16, 2003

Today was my first day on my new job. It went pretty well, except that my computer is not yet ready. In these days it's pretty much impossible to accomplish much useful work without a computer on your desk. It should be ready sometime tomorrow I expect. So I mostly spent time doing paperwork (insurance etc.) and other miscellaneous tasks, plus reading up on the Struts framework for building web applications. Getting to work with cool stuff like this is one of the reasons I'm so psyched about this job.
Most of the folks at St. Blog's have been very disturbed by the news out of the Archdiocese of Phoenix, so the news that Bishop O'Brien was arrested after a fatal hit-and-run is just more agony. If this is really true, he should resign.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

More disturbing news on diabetes -- CDC projection points to tripling of U.S. diabetics. As I've blogged about before, diabetes (especially Type II) is set to become the scourge of the 21st century, causing a lot more problems than HIV, believe it or not. The disturbing part is that it is, for the most part, a lifestyle disease -- or at least, one triggered by lifestyle. The numbers are staggering.

Saturday, June 14, 2003

Music for Mass
Diaconate Ordination
Diocesan Chorale
St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson, Arizona

Entrance Song: Here I Am, Lord (Schutte)
Penitential Rite: Kyrie (Chant)
Gloria: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16: The Path of Life (Soper)
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia (Walker)
Litany of the Saints: (Becker)
Laying on of Hands: Veni Sancte Spiritus (Taizé)
Preparation of the Gifts: Servant Song (McGargill)
Holy,Holy: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Memorial Acclamation: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Great Amen: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Our Father: (English Chant)
Lamb of God: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Communion: One Lord (Soper)
Pan de Vida (Hurd)
Into Your Hands (Haynes)
Recessional: Lord You Give the Great Commission (ABBOT'S LEIGH)

There were a total of 30 (!) deacons ordained. It was a really great occasion, but it made for a really long Mass (2.5 hours!). We were all pretty exhausted when it was over, especially since we wound up singing the preparation song (Servant Song) over and over again as the new deacons all insisted on (seemingly) giving the Kiss of Peace to absolutely everyone. Still you can't really blame them! I could have done without "Here I Am, Lord" -- it's another on the list of songs I liked the first 500 times I sang it. Oh well!

After the Mass I bumped into Fr. Jason Thuerauf. Fr. Jason is transferring to the Archdiocese of Denver, where he will be an associate at St. John the Evangelist in Loveland, CO. Please pray for Fr. Jason -- he's one of the best and holiest priests I know.

Friday, June 13, 2003

Today was my last day at TCI Solutions. It was pretty nice. I brought 2 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts in for the QA gang; they were much appreciated :-). I handed off some stuff to one of the guys who is going to be taking it over, had my exit interview, cleaned out my desk, hung out a bit, and then went to lunch with my boss and the guys from my immediate group. After lunch I went home and then went skating. All in all a nice day, and a nice way to leave the job. Monday I'm starting my new job.

Thursday, June 12, 2003

A cool article in USA Today on the Two Towers extended edition DVD -- 'Towers' collectors' DVD runs a spell longer. It's definitely on my Christmas list.
Things are winding down at my old job. I have my exit interview tomorrow morning and a bunch of things I'm trying to wind up. I start my new job on Monday. I found out yesterday, though, that STC (new job) only pays people once a month. Eeep! I've never worked for a company that does that. I asked when my first paycheck would be and was told 6/30 or 7/1. Since presumably that will be only half a paycheck I will have a bit of an income shortfall for July. I guess that's where my payout for my vacation from TCI will go. I thought I had a nice little windfall but instead I'll just squeak by, possibly pulling some $ out of savings. Darn.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

I drove by SSPP School this morning to drop off a couple of computers I'm donating to them. They are tearing out the landscaping on Campbell. I asked a woman who was standing there what was up and she said they are tearing out the grass and palm trees and putting in a berm and desert landscaping. It's kind of sad to see but I guess it's probably for the best to reduce the school's water use, especially in an area the students don't really use.

Monday, June 09, 2003

Woohoo! FreeBSD 5.1 is out! I've been tracking -current for several months now and 5.1 should be a good improvement over 5.0 -- more stable, better drivers. From the release announcement:

It is my great privilege and pleasure to announce the availability of FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE. This release continues FreeBSD on the path of advanced multiprocessor and application thread support and includes many improved and widely-sought features:

  • Experimental 1:1 and M:N thread libraries provide kernel support for efficient application multithreading.
  • Support for Physical Address Extensions enables Pentium Pro and higher CPUs to access up to 64GB of RAM.
  • Experimental Name Service Switch infrastructure allows enterprises to seamlessly integrate with LDAP and Active Directory services.
  • Enhanced "jail" management, allowing one server to provide many different "virtual machines" with reduced administrator workload.
  • New device drivers include support for IBM/Adaptec ServeRAID controllers, expanded support for USB 2.0 and USB Ethernet adapters, and Promise Serial ATA controllers.
  • Experimental support for the amd64 platform allows FreeBSD to run on single processor AMD Opteron systems.

Although stability is greatly improved and many bugs have been fixed, FreeBSD 5.1 might not be suitable for all users. More conservative users may prefer to continue using FreeBSD 4.X. Information on the various trade-offs involved, as well as some notes on future plans for both FreeBSD 4.X and 5.X, can be found in the Early Adopter's Guide, available here:

http://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/5.1R/early-adopter.html

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the release notes and errata list, available here:

http://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/5.1R/relnotes.html
http://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/5.1R/errata.html

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities, please see:

http://www.FreeBSD.org/releng/

This release is dedicated to the memory of Alan Eldridge. Alan was a talented and dedicated member of the KDE On FreeBSD team and the FreeBSD community, and his passing is mourned by all of us. For more information, please see http://freebsd.kde.org/memoriam/alane.php


Availability
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FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE supports the i386, pc98, alpha, sparc64, and ia64 architectures and can be installed directly over the net using the boot floppies or copied to a local NFS/FTP server. Distributions for all architectures are available now.
From MSN, a good article on biochemistry of diabetes. Pretty much everyone should read this article -- really! -- especially if you or someone you know is overweight. Since 60% or more of Americans are obese or overweight, almost everyone in America either is at risk for Type II diabetes or knows someone who is. It's good to get more understanding of the nature of the disease and why it's likely to reach epidemic proportions in the next few years.

For myself, what I got out of this was that I need to keep doing the things I am doing, plus get more exercise and lose more weight to keep my free fatty acid levels down.

Sunday, June 08, 2003

Hmm. Richard Chonak, a friend and one of the authors of Catholic Light, is offering to host other blogs on the new stblogs.org domain. I'm considering taking up the offer.

Pro: stblogs.org uses Movable Type, which is very cool blogging software that seems offhand to be MUCH nicer than Blogger. The server might be more responsive, and I wouldn't be dependent on the tender mercies of BlogSpot. No ads, either.

Cons: Mostly effort of moving stuff, and the risk I'd lose both my readers :-) in the transition. Also, my blog seems to be a bit more "personal" and "eclectic" than many of the other St. Blogs members, so perhaps it's not a good fit.

Please comment and let me know what you think!
I noticed in our parish bulletin that our parish school graduated 59 kids from 8th grade May 23rd. The impressive part is that 40 of them (67%) had attended SSPP School all the way through from Kindergarten! Wow!

Saturday, June 07, 2003

Music for Mass
Priestly Ordination
Diocesan Chorale
St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson, Arizona

Gathering Song: Cristo Rey (arr. Thomas)
Entrance Song: O Love of God/Amor de Dios (Hurd)
Penitential Rite: Kyrie (Chant)
Gloria: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89: Forever I Will Sing (Schoenbachler)
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia (Walker)
Litany of the Saints: (Becker)
Laying on of Hands: Veni Sancte Spiritus (Taizé)
Preparation of the Gifts: Into Your Hands (Haynes)
Holy,Holy: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Memorial Acclamation: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Great Amen: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Our Father: (English Chant)
Lamb of God: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Communion: One Lord (Soper)
Pan de Vida (Hurd)
Post Communion: Salve Regina (chant, priests of the Diocese of Tucson)
Recessional: Lord You Give the Great Commission (ABBOT'S LEIGH)

If you've never been to an ordination, you should go sometime. It's a very moving ceremony. This ordination (there's a nice article in the Arizona Daily Star about it) is the largest we've had in many years -- 4 men, all born in Mexico. There is also another man being ordained in Nogales, Sonora on Thursday for our Diocese, making a class of 5. Given the circumstances, much of the Mass was in Spanish. A particularly moving custom among the Hispanic culture is the mother giving her son a blessing before his ordination.

One of the men, as I blogged about before, is (now) Father Manolo Padilla. Fr. Manolo has been assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Yuma. I think it's a good assignment for him. The pastor there is a wonderful priest, Fr. Pat Crino, who is a good friend who was assigned to Ss. Peter and Paul when I got there. It will be a welcoming parish I know, and he will do well there. It's a wonderful day.

Friday, June 06, 2003

Over at Confessions of an Accidental Choir Director, a helpful comment pointed out this way-cool website on Gregorian Chant Notation. Check it out, I've been looking for this for a while.

New Job!


I have accepted a job as Quality Assurance Manager at Scientific Technologies Corporation. I will be starting there June 16th. Accordingly I have resigned my position as Senior Quality Assurance Engineer at TCI Solutions; my last day there will be June 13th.

This new position is very exciting. I'll be reporting to Andrey Yeatts, who I worked with at NewMonics. Many of the developers at STC are also former NewMonics employees. They are a great bunch, smart, talented, and fun to work with. It's going to be great. It will also be a lot of work, as I will basically be establishing the QA department as a separate entity. I'm really looking forward to it.

Thursday, June 05, 2003

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Good news! 'Partial birth' abortion ban passes House. This is very encouraging that finally we can at least start drawing a line somewhere! I've never understood how anyone who understands what PBA is can possibly support it, it's so gruesome and inhumane.

Under the bill, partial birth abortion is defined as a procedure in which the fetus is killed after the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother or, in the case of breech presentation, "any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother."

The legislation characterizes the procedure, which typically involves puncturing the fetal skull to bring about death, as "the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus."

Well, this is interesting. Saturday night I had gone to a party for one of the Opus Dei members who finished his Ph.D. and is going home to Mexico (Guadalajara). Tonight I had a call from one of the Opus Dei cooperators, who asked me if I had gotten sick Sunday or Monday. Well, of course I had. Apparently so had a lot of others who were at the party Saturday -- though not all. We're thinking maybe it was the beans. So that makes me feel a little better, I was thinking it was the bacon on my hamburger Sunday night.
A little Arizona humor...

YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN ARIZONA WHEN:

  1. You've signed so many petitions to recall governors that you can't remember the name of the incumbent.
  2. You notice your car overheating before you drive it.
  3. You can say Hohokam and people don't think you're laughing funny.
  4. You no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water or front yards with grass.
  5. You see more irrigation water on the street than there is in the Salt River.
  6. You know a swamp cooler is not a happy hour drink.
  7. You can say 115 degrees without fainting.
  8. You can be in the snow, then drive for an hour and it will be over 100 degrees.
  9. You have to go to a fake beach for some fake waves.
  10. You discover, in July, that it only takes two fingers to drive your car.
  11. You can make sun tea instantly.
  12. You run your air conditioner in the middle of winter so you can use your fireplace.
  13. You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
  14. You realize that Valley Fever isn't a disco dance.
  15. Hotter water comes from the cold water tap than the hot one.
  16. You can pronounce the words: "Saguaro", "Tempe", "Gila Bend", "San Xavier","Canyon de Chelly", "Mogollon Rim", "Cholla", and "Tlaquepaque".
  17. It's noon in July, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is moving on the streets.
  18. You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
  19. Sunscreen is sold year round, kept at the front of the checkout counter, a formula less than 30 spf is a joke, and you wear it just to go to Circle K.
  20. Some fool can market mini-misters for joggers and some other fools will actually buy them.
  21. Hot air balloons can't go up, because the air outside is hotter than the air inside.
  22. No one would dream of putting vinyl upholstery in a car.
  23. You can understand the reason for a town named "Why."

For those who lose faith in the youth of today -- Cops: Teens help foil carjack with kids aboard. What great kids they are! Smart, too.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

A truly troubling situation -- Phoenix bishop signs pact on abuse. While I have no doubt that O'Brien's actions were reprehensible and outrageous, it does seem that the county attorney made a special effort (a year long investigation!) to get him. I'm glad I'm not responsible for trying to determine the truth in all this.
I am sick. My boss sent me home early yesterday and I slept from noon to six. I stayed up until midnight, got up at 8:30 and called in to work, then went back to sleep for 3 hours. I'm feeling much better but still a little woozy.

Monday, June 02, 2003

The following is the text of a reflection I gave yesterday at our Living Stones Commencement.

Living Stones Reflection

Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it says in scripture: "Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame." Therefore, its value is for you who have faith, but for those without faith: "The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone," and "A stone that will make people stumble, and a rock that will make them fall." They stumble by disobeying the word, as is their destiny. But you are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises" of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. --1 Peter 2:4-9

This passage is one on which I spent a lot of time in reflection; what it meant to me, and how it related to me as a Christian. After all, no one wants to be thought of as rejected by human beings, although being chosen and precious is appealing. I think we cannot truly embrace Christ, we cannot follow Him, until we are willing to accept in our own lives the rejection of society and the "chosenness" and value of ourselves as living stones in our parishes, in the Diocese of Tucson, and in the Church as a whole.

In turning this passage over in my mind, much as one might turn a stone over and over in one's hand, I've come to the conclusion that being a living stone is something that must be worked on over the course of a lifetime. Like a river rock, God is constantly scouring us and wearing down our rough edges, helping to fashion us to be just the shape He wants for us. It's sometimes a painful process, since we think we are just fine the way we are. In our 3 ½ years of study, discussion, and prayer, we as a group found that we were wearing down each other's rough edges. We talked and we discussed; sometimes we agreed and sometimes we did not. We were Christ to one another just as much in the times we disagreed as in the times that we were of one mind. In the process we came, I think, to see each other as "chosen and precious", gifts to each other. It's a gift that we will always carry with us.

Commencement, graduation, whatever you wish to call it - the end of the beginning is here. Is what follows the beginning of the end?

I don't think so. It's just a beginning. The God who makes all things new is creating us anew constantly, if we but let Him. The Spirit told me something I'll pass on to you - unless we are willing to try new things, to do new things, to go new places, and even to be new people, we will never get to Heaven, for it is the newest of new places and none of us has ever been there. When I get there, God willing, I think I'll see a bunch of Living Stones ready to greet me, learn with me, discuss and debate - but there will be no more rough edges.

Sunday, June 01, 2003

Music for Mass
Eucharistic Celebration and Service of Commissioning
Feast of the Ascension of the Lord
Living Stones Graduation Mass Choir
St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson, Arizona

Gathering Song: Sumus Domus Domini (Walker)
Penitential Rite: Kyrie (Chant)
Gloria: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Responsorial Psalm: (World Library Publications)
Gospel Acclamation: (OCP)
Preparation of the Gifts: Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (HOLY MANNA)
Holy,Holy: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Memorial Acclamation: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Great Amen: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Our Father: Spoken
Lamb of God: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Communion: Pan de Vida (Hurd)
One Lord (Soper)
Recessional: Go to the World (SINE NOMINE, Arr. James Chepponis (GIA))

The music for this Mass (I'll blog more about the Mass itself later) was just wonderful. The Walker piece is very moving and fit very well with the themes of lay service present in the Mass, and specifically with the Living Stones program concept. We had a choir of about 30, all volunteers from different parishes in the diocese. We used organ, two trumpets, flute and some kind of drums (not tympani but they sounded similar). They were especially effective on the recessional piece, it sent chills up my spine. We had our current bishop and also our bishop emeritus. It was a wonderful, wonderful celebration.
A nice article in the Arizona Daily Star on the upcoming ordination of 5 new priests for the Diocese of Tucson -- wishing them Bienvenido a Tucs├│n. One of the 5 has spent his internship and diaconate at my parish. He is a real blessing, with a true heart for God. Please pray for Deacon Manolo and all the soon-to-be priests!