Monday, April 02, 2007

Announcemnts for Week ending April 8, 2007

HOLY WEEK BEGINS WITH PALM SUNDAY - the calendar on the reverse side of this sheet lists the complete schedule of services. You are urged to make every effort to attend these most solemn services of the Christian year. These services have a wonderful cathartic effect and will truly make your Easter very joyful and special.

LAST CALL FOR EASTER FLOWER DONATIONS - please include your donation in the envelope from your pledge card box or make certain your donation is clearly marked for “flowers ~ also everyone is invited to bring flowers to the Altar of Repose anytime during the Watch Before the Altar which in turn will be used to decorate the Church during Easter.

THIS MAUNDY THURSDAY’S SERVICE begins in the Parish Center with a Seder Meal representing the Lord’s Supper, Washing of the Feet, then to the Church for the remainder of the High Mass with the procession to the Altar of Repose and the Stripping of the Altars. Please sign up on the dinner sign-up sheet located on the ushers’ cabinet.

ALTAR OF REPOSE - the schedule for a Watch before the Altar of Repose still has blank spaces. Be sure to sign up to spend some time with Our Lord in prayer and meditation between Holy Thursday and the Good Friday liturgy.

EASTER CONFESSIONS - your preparation for Easter communion should include an examination of conscience and making your confession. This is a traditional and good way to get yourself ready to greet the Resurrection. An introduction and help sheet is available in the rear of the church, and the times of confession are listed within Holy Week Calendar. Please prayerfully consider this excellent spiritual exercise for your life.

BRING AND RING YOUR BELLS - participate in ringing your very own bells throughout the Gloria (along with a great organ fanfare and singing) at the Easter Vigil service.

EASTER VIGIL BREAK-FAST - everyone is invited to the Parish Center to break the fast and welcome the newly baptized after the Easter Vigil service. Special dishes of eggs, fruit, and hot cross buns will be served. Sign-up sheet located on the ushers’ cabinet.

RISE AND SHINE!!! Please note that due to the Easter Vigil service, we will not have Sunday School, Maturing in Faith, or the 5:00 PM Mass on the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day.


Good Friday and Easter Monday

MIF SERIES - ADULT FORUM - CONTINUES IN THE SCHOOL MUSIC ROOM from 9:00 to 9:45 AM. (There will be NO MIF Series - Adult Forum on Easter Sunday.)

MASS FOR CHURCH UNITY CONTINUES EVERY FRIDAY AT 12:10 PM with celebrant the Rev. Carey Womble.


COLLECTION FOR EASTER FLOWERS - please include your donation in the envelope in your pledge card box or make certain your donation is clearly marked for “flowers” and place in the offering basket.

St. Michaels is participating in Food for the Poor’s Project Starfish. We ask that you make a small daily sacrifice and donate that money - perhaps 50⊄ a day. There is a basket at the back of the church to receive your donations. Our goal is to raise enough money in this way - about $2,000 to build a house in Haiti.

Mayan visitors from Guatemala arrive April 17, to continue the 14-year relationship. Reception / meal at St. Michael’s Sunday 4-22, following the 10 am Mass. Many other activities in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Denver, April 18 - May 3. Please let Coordinator Ila Abernathy know if you can provide housing for one to three persons for a few days (Spanish needed), help plan events, translate, gather health supplies - or visit reciprocally in Guatemala this summer. 623-3063.

The Diocese requires that all clergy, staff, vestry members and volunteers who work with children attend a three-hour workshop SAFEGUARDING GOD’S CHILDREN. The workshop will be presented Saturday, April 14 at Grace St. Paul’s, 10 AM to 2PM. For those who cannot attend this workshop, another workshop will be held here at St. Michael’s on Saturday, April 21st from 9AM until 1 PM.

THE BISHOP HAS DESIGNATED APRIL 22 TO BE ALLELUIA FUND SUNDAY, as we celebrate the work of the new church plants and new growth initiatives in existing churches, all funded through the Arizona Alleluia Fund. Next week - Easter week - everyone on the diocesan mailing list will receive in the mail a brochure describing the Fund. With the brochure is an offering envelope to bring to church on April 22 or to mail directly to the Bishop’s office. Thanks to your vision and generosity, more churches (maybe yours!) will be able to receive a new growth initiative grant and new churches can be planted.

We are preparing and serving lunch at POZ Cafevon on April 19. This is TIHAN’s (Tucson Interfaith HV/AIDS Network) monthly lunch for people living with HIV. After lunch there is time to socialize and play bingo. If you would like to volunteer to help, there is a sign up sheet at the ushers’ table in the back of church.

We also will be collecting personal care items for the HIV clients. Suggested items are: skin lotion, bar and bath soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shaving cream and Ensure.

After Lent, the Parish Life commission has social events planned each month. At 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 26, we will meet for dinner at Viros on 22nd Street. In May we will go to a Sidewinders (Tucson’s minor league baseball team) game. In June we are organizing a movie night complete with popcorn. In addition, a men’s group is being formed. Look for dates and more details soon.


Run for the Roses
April 21, 2007 at 6PM.
Our Kentucky Derby party will have horse racing,
auctions, and great food.

We are asking for a donation of goods or services to be auctioned or, if you prefer, be an event sponsor with a cash donation.

Donation forms are available at the school office. All donation forms are due by April 11th. Any questions, please call Lila Duffy, Director of Development at 722-8478.

Thank you for helping. This important fund raiser will benefit every child at St. Michael's Parish Day School and support a foundation for life-long academic successes.