Monday, May 30, 2005


Regional Confirmation

Regional Confirmation at St. Michael's, May 14th, 2005

The Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith, Presiding

After the 10:00 AM Mass at St. Michael's,
May 29th, 2005

Father John Smith and Parishioner

Announcements for Week Ending June 5th, 2005

Parish Office closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

Anglican Communion Sunday - let us pray and give thanks for the Diocese of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), for the Secretary General, and the Anglican Communion Office staff.

Friday Mass for Church Unity - several people have suggested that a noon Mass would be easier to attend. Should we change to noon? Please sign the notice at the back of the church if you would be interested in praying for Church Unity at noon on Fridays. Please note: because of St. Michael's Parish Day School's 8th grade graduation this Friday at 5:00 PM, the Mass for Church Unity will not take place at 5:30 PM.

A support group formed for anyone who has experienced a loss at sometime meets monthly. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 13th, at noon, at the City Grill restaurant located at 6464 E. Tanque Verde Road. Please call Peggy Speese for details, for a ride or to make reservations, at least three days prior to the meeting.

Bishop's Adult Summer School At Chapel Rock in cool Prescott June 19th through June 25th. Classes offerings are Where Did the Bible Come From? or Religion and Its Penchant for Violence: Holy War or Holy Community? These enlightening classes will be held in the morning and early evening leaving the afternoon for participants to enjoy the camp and surrounding area. Total cost for the workshop including 6 night accommodations and daily meal is $393 per person/single occupancy or $273 per person/double occupancy. Brochures are available in the church office or contact the Diocese by calling Margery Mathewson at 602-993-7912 or

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Web Update

The music page has just been updated, with new pictures and a mention of Sunday's organ rededication and concert. I should have at two new pieces for the Arts blog this week (a tour of the organ loft and a new poem by Kevin Harrington), so be sure to stop back for those. And Father Smith promises to have pictures from his pilgrimage available for uploading soon. I'm really looking forward to seeing them - and I suspect you are, too!

I think there's something else coming, too. Now, what was it?


Monday, May 23, 2005

Pictures of the Week

Organist Todd Wilson before Sunday's organ rededication concert.
acclaimed organist Todd Wilson

The antiphonal section of the organ.
antiphonal pipes of the Aeolian-Skinner organ

St. Michael's own centenarian, Eva, makes a new friend as she enjoys her gingerbread.

Eva enjoys her gingerbread

Announcements for Week Ending May 29th, 2005

Social Concerns special collection of May 22 is designated for St. Michael's Guatemala Project to continue this project's work. Our own Jay Croswell and Ila Abernathy, joined by nurse Sarah Roberts and bilingual graduate student Miluska Martinez, leave for Guatamala in mid-June. Details to follow.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) meeting this Wednesday, May 25, starting at 10:00 AM, in the Parish Center. All women are invited to attend.

Rosary will be recited next Saturday at 7:45 AM in the Church, in honor of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All ae invited to participate.

Family Mass Next Sunday at 9:00 AM in the Parish Hall. A picnic brunch will be held in the park following the Mass to plan next year's Sunday School activities. Please bring something to share; beverages will be provided. All are welcome.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Photos of the Week

Received through the Sacrament of Baptism
on Pentecost Sunday, 5/22/05:

Toni Sue Brooks

Tony Sue Brooks


Catherine Diane Johnson
Kyra Elizabeth Johnson


Welcome Home, Father Smith!

Welcome home, Father Smith!

Turning 100 years old this week:

Eva Osburn
Eva Osburn

Happy Birthday, Eva!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Announcements for Week Ending 5/22/05

Social Concerns meeting postponed until May 22, following the 10:00 AM Mass in the Parish Center. The special collection on May 22 is designated for St. Michael's Guatemala Project to continue this project's work.

Vestry Meeting this Tuesday starting at 7:00 PM, in the Parish Center. All parishioners are invited to attend this important parish function.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) meeting will not meet this Wednesday but will meet Wednesday, May 25, starting at 10:00 AM, in the Parish Center. All women are invited to attend.

Primavera team needs volunteers. If you can / like to cook, please consider helping St. Michael's Primavera team. A few additional cooks are needed at this time. Contact Joel Williams at 886 1804 to volunteer or for more information.

Pipe Organ
Rededication Performance


Todd Wilson
Concert Organist

Todd Wilson
Photo by Zena Photography

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
600 N Wilmot
Tucson, Arizona

Sunday May 22nd, 2005

2:30 P.M.

Tickets $10 per person

All are invited to attend the rededication of St. Michael's Æolian Skinner Organ. This important parish event will feature the newly expanded organ plus antiphonal division and will present an exquisite music presentation by the nationally acclaimed concert organist Todd Wilson.

Todd Wilson’s reviews are outstanding:


LOS ANGELES: "Todd Wilson was the versatile guest artist in the [LA] Philharmonic's opening subscription program, moving with ease between main and mobile consoles in music that showed his considerable skills as virtuoso, concerto soloist and orchestral accompanist." - The Wall Street Journal

CLEVELAND : ". . . a fabulous virtuoso with fleet feet, a prodigious memory and technique to burn." - The Plain Dealer

TOLEDO: "This is the kind of programming and playing that can win as yet untouched audiences to the king of instruments." - The Blade

BIRMINGHAM: "Wilson ... is a master tonal colorist . . ." - The Birmingham News


Music for Cello and Organ (JAV)
". . . an exquisite mix of pieces. This is a must have." - The American Organist

Frank Bridge and Friends (JAV)
"The playing on this recording is excellent, which should surprise no one who has ever heard Todd Wilson." - American Record Guide

George Thalben Ball and Friends (JAV)
"Todd Wilson adopts spacious tempi and elegantly phrased lines in Thalben Ball's melodious music ... while the technical challenges of the pedal Paganini variations seem as nothing to the player." - Organists' Review

Duruflé: Organ Music (Delos)
... a ravishing organ disc." - The New York Times

Come and enjoy an afternoon full of delightful sounds in a beautiful setting. A champagne reception will follow the rededication and performance in the Parish Center. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the church office or at the church prior to the concert. There will also be a reception with Todd Wilson on Friday, May 20th, at the home of the Hege family. The Friday reception is $50 per person, and includes admission to the Sunday concert.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Announcements for Week Ending 5/15/05

St. Paul Study - Margaret Savage shares her course on St. Paul, Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM with potluck in the Parish Library. All are invited to attend.

Casa Maria Volunteers will meet this Friday at 6:30 PM, in the Parish Center to prepare sack lunches. Your help is needed – the volunteers can always use a few extra hands and SHELLED hard boiled eggs. join them for fellowship and to help with this good work.

Social Concerns meeting next Sunday following the 8:00 AM Mass in the Parish Hall. All are invited to attend.

Help needed this Monday morning at 9:00 AM to help other volunteers unpack the Mother's Day food bags and store in the Food Pantry.

Remember to mark your calendar for our upcoming Organ Rededication, featuring a performance with concert organist Todd Wilson Sunday, May 22, At 2:30 PM. All are invited to attend this important parish event featuring the newly expanded organ plus antiphonal division while experiencing an exquisite music presentation by the nationally acclaimed concert organist Todd Wilson. A champagne reception will follow the rededication and performance in the Parish Center. Tickets are $10 and are available at the church office and at church just before the concert.

Tucson Musical Arts Club

Affiliated with

Arizona Federation of Music Clubs


National Federation of Music Clubs


A concert honoring the memory of the late

Mr. James Shafer, Baritone

To raise funds for a scholarship for graduate women voice students
at the University of Arizona

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
600 N Wilmot
Tucson, Arizona

Sunday May 15, 2005

2:00 P.M.

Donations accepted

Mr. Shafer was a long time resident of Tucson and performed with many musical organizations, including the Arizona Opera Company, the Choir of St. Michael and All Angels, the Christian Science Church in Green Valley and the Southern Arizona Symphony. As an active member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, Mr. Shafer was trice President of the Tucson Musical Arts Club as well as the National Western Regional Opera Chairman. Mr Shafer was also chairman of the Marguerite Ough Scholarship at the University of Arizona.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Father Smith Update: Arrived Arzua

Thu, 05 May 2005 11:01:53 -0400

Hi everyone, arrived this afternoon in Arzua. Really excited about being 40 ks short of Santiago. Weather is great and body holding up--though tired a bit. Will arrive in Santiago and will attend special pilgrim mass at noon (3am Tucson time) on Sunday. Feet and back much better. It won´t be long and I´ll see you all again!

Love, John+

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Father Smith Update: Arrived Portmarin

Hi Alicia, Karen, and everyone!

Arrived this afternoon in Portmarin--less than 100k to go. It feels so good, though tired each day when I finish. Tomorrow Palais de Rei--27k away adjusted for climb.

New pack with fewer things is working out. I would never have made it with my old gear.

Should arrive in Santiago on Saturday afternoon--God willing!!

Peace and Love to all, John+

New Photos

Hugh Gray returns to Tucson for a visit

Father Hooker helps out while Father Smith is away

Father Ireland is a happy guy

More new photos to follow soon!


Announcements for Week Ending May 8th, 2005

This Thursday is Ascension Day - plan on attending the 9:30 AM Upper School Mass with our students. An evening Mass is not scheduled.

A sincere thank you to all the volunteers
who so cheerfully volunteered to make yesterday’s Mother’s Day Tea a success!

Please stop in the church for Morning Prayer - the church will be open.

St. Paul study - Margaret Savage shares her course on St. Paul Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM with potluck in the Parish Library. All are invited to attend.

Outreach - celebrate Mother's Day by donating a bag of groceries
in honor or in memory of your mother. Bring your groceries to church on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8. Your donation will become a special part of our offering that day.

Call for Samaritans:
help save lives in the desert this summer! Samaritans training offers an introduction to the group, history of the border, legal aspects of our work, medical preparedness, protocol, supplies and other logistics. At the end of the session, you will be trained to join us if you wish. Training will be held at Southside Presbyterian Church, 317 W 23rd St. at 10th Avenue. For reservations call 620-0725 or email

Volunteers needed for the 10:00 AM Coffee Hour.
Please call Lynette, or talk to any of the coffee hour volunteers to learn how you may get involved.

Chapel Rock Summer Camp 2005 -
camp sessions for grades 3 through 12 starts June 19th in beautiful cool Prescott. Information and registration brochures are available and are on the ushers' cabinet.

United Thank Offering (often referred to as UTO)
is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that provides a way for men, women, and children of the Episcopal Church to give daily thanks to God. The discipline starts in the homes by dropping coins into a special container known as the “Blue Box.” Many families and individuals drop a coin in the Blue Box each time prayers of thanksgiving are offered. These funds are collected then forwarded to UTO and joined together with funds from other dioceses. Every year, the total offering is used for projects at home and abroad to support grants for missions and ministry. Please consider picking up a UTO Blue Box today and bring your donation (in the form of checks or currency) to the Church Sunday, May 15th.