Saturday, December 31, 2011

Notes From the Parish Office

St. Michael and All Angels Church and Parish Day School
wish each and every one
A Very Blessed and Peaceful New Year!

New Year’s Eve
Mass 5pm ~ Festive gathering in Parish Center following Mass.

Feast of The Most Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ ~ New Year’s Day
7:45 am Mass
9:00 am Family Mass
9:45am Sunday School and Child Care
10:15 am High Mass
12:30 pm Misa en Espanol

  • Parish Offices will be closed, Monday, January 2, 2012
  • Friday, January 6 ~ Feast of the Epiphany ~ Mass at 6:00 pm followed by the Epiphany Dinner in the Parish Center. The meal will include tabbouleh and other choice offerings, including the traditional “Epiphany Cake”. The cake will be baked by whoever found the “ring” in their piece of Epiphany Cake last year!
  • Begin the New Year with Meditation – Taize Meditation prayer service this Tuesday, January 3 at 6:45 PM in Church. All are welcome.
  • Epiphany gifts for Primavera – help to fill the treasure chest in the back of church with new socks and underwear and new or gently used gloves, hats or caps, sweatshirts, jackets and sweaters for distribution to Tucson’s homeless population by Primivera’s shelter and other programs.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas and New Year's Schedule

Saturday, December 24th - Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
8:15 AM Morning Prayer
5:00 PM Family Service with Setting Up of the Creche
10:00 PM Lessons and Carols for Choir, Soloists and Organ
10:45 PM Solemn Procession and High Mass

Sunday, December 25th - The Navitity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
7:45 AM High Mass
10:15 AM High Mass and Procession with Mision San Miguel

Saturday, December 31st - New Year’s Eve
5:00 PM Holy Eucharist, Hors d’Oeuvre Potluck, and Jump into New Year” in the Parish Center

Sunday, January 1st - New Year’s Day
7:45 AM Mass
9:00 AM Family Eucharist
10:15 AM Solemn Eucharist

There is no 5 PM Mass Christmas Day and no 5 PM Mass on New Year’s Day.
The Parish Offices are closed Monday, December 26, 2011 and Monday, January 2, 2011.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Announcements for Week Ending December 18th


Here we are at the third Sunday of Advent ~ “Gaudete Sunday”. Having passed the midpoint of advent, the mood is lightened a little, hence the rose advent candle. The change in color provides us with the encouragement to continue our spiritual preparation and prayer...for CHRISTMAS!

The December issue of The Messenger is here! Click to download your copy.

Knitters and Quilters will meet this Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Parish Center. Bring a sack lunch.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will take place in church at 7:45 AM on Saturday, December 10th. Rosaries will be available. Everyone is welcome and urged to attend.

The Rev. Joel T. Ireland will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of his ordination on December 11, 2011. Congratulations! Thanks to all who contributed a monetary gift in thanksgiving of his ordination to the priesthood.

CASA MARIA WILL MEET ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16TH AT 5:30 PM IN PARISH CENTER. Your help is needed to prepare sack lunches for the homeless and disadvantaged of Tucson. Volunteers can always use a few “eggstra” hands and as always “shelled” hard boiled eggs. Join them for fellowship and to help with this good work. We still need your continued help in bringing boxes to help transport the lunches!

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS - the special beauty of St. Michael’s Christmas worship is the work of many people. Not all can be directly involved, but all can contribute to the Christmas Flowers and Decorations. Please use the Christmas Flowers envelope for floral donations.

ECW Luncheon - On Wednesday, December 14th, ECW women will have their Christmas Pot-Luck Luncheon. All women are invited to attend this delicious pot luck luncheon which follows the meeting at 10:30am. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of church. Please join us and bring a friend.

The Middle School’s Christmas Program, Luminaria Christmas, will be held on this Wednesday, December 14 at 7PM. It is a wonderful evening rich with music from the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes, the band and choir. The grounds are lit by beautiful luminarias, the music is presented in different venues, and there are usually hot chocolate and goodies available. Don’t miss this wonderful Christmas program. Admission is free.

Pathway to Joy ~ 2012 It is not too late to return your pledge cards for 2012. If you have misplaced your card or maybe did not receive one, don’t hesitate. There are extra cards In the back of church.

Shopping @ St. Michael's

BAZAAR "SPILLOVER SALE," Parish groups, Dec. 18 – Did you miss that special gift at the Bazaar? There’s a second chance to purchase from some of the Parish groups Dec. 18, after morning Masses.

Don’t forget your “Angel Food” for last minute Christmas gifts in an attractive gift-ready box. This is an affordable means of sharing the fund raising effort by your parishioner volunteers. Just stop by the church office for your Angel Food. Share the goodness and sweetness of St. Michael and All Angels Church.

A GREAT Holiday Gift Idea ~ The Book of Pipes. THE BOOK OF PIPES is a historical listing of those living and deceased, who have made a difference in our lives, community, and the world. Each name memorialized will correspond to one of the 2,900 pipes in our American Classic Æolian-Skinner Pipe Organ (considered the finest organ in southern Arizona). Each pipe will play forever to the Glory of Almighty God in memory of or in honor of the person to which it is assigned. The funds raised go toward ensuring that beautiful music is heard and taught within the adobe walls of St. Michael’s church. This is a wonderful way to memorialize, to honor, and to give thanks to someone in your life and remember them during this holiday season. Forms for the Book Of Pipes are located in the back of church.

Opportunities for Giving

Ben's Bells Kindness Coins. Happy Holidays! As you may have seen by now, Saint Michael's Angels (SMA) have placed 4 Christmas trees on our beautiful campus; two as you enter the church and two in front of our school. We are pleased to have decorated each of these trees with Ben's Bells Kindness Coins. These kindness coins are part of Ben's Bells' Kind Kids Program, an outreach program that educates and inspires children to recognize the importance of kindness and empowers them to create a culture of kindness in their school and beyond. Our hope this holiday season is for all students, teachers, church members, parents and members of our community to recognize acts of kindness that they have personally experienced by taking a kindness coin from one of the trees and presenting it to the individual who performed the act of kindness. Our holiday wish is to give everyone a way to show gratitude for kindness they see in others.

Angel Tree tags are available for pick-up from the Christmas tree at the back of church. There are only 5 tags left, please take one today! Be sure to sign the sheet on the usher’s table so that we will know what children’s names have been taken. This year we have approximately 35 children. You have been so generous with your gifts for the children. It is a real blessing for me to be involved. As usual, each child will receive a clothing gift and a toy … book ….game…etc. This year I need your gift, unwrapped, and returned to the office or brought to church no later than Wednesday, December 14. Please remember to include the tags for return if any of the items are the wrong size or color. Most stores will give these when the gift is purchased. For any of you who would like to participate but are unable to shop, let me know and I will be glad to take care of it for you. May God Bless all of you during this wonderful time of the year. Please call me if you have any questions or have any problems with your gifts. Thanking you in advance for your generosity!

Thank you and have a blessed holiday!

“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.”
- Harold Kushner

Peace, slow down, enjoy the season and especially reflect on the Real Reason for the Season! Amen.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

First Night at the Bazaar

Don't worry - there's still Sunday to get in on the exotic gifts, socially responsible shopping, food and fun!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Come to the Advent Bazaar!

Gifts * Food * Music
Purchase from Tucson’s favorite fair trade and
socially-committed non-profit groups.
Featured – TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES selections from 30 countries
– and a bargain table.

Saturday December 3rd, 5 – 8 p.m. 
Sale opens, reception and music.
Mzekala Choral Ensemble – Balkan Traditional Songs, 6 p.m.

Sunday December 4th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Sale continues.

Fry bread, Indian tacos, other treats.
Holiday tamales to go. From 11:30 a.m.

Meet Fancy and Prince
Miniature horses from H.E.A.R.T. (horse rescue) of Tucson, 
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Piñata on the patio 
10 a.m. and noon.

Music while you shop: 
Celtic accordion, bagpipes, after noon;
Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc,
 indigenous dance of Mexico, drums (1:30 p.m.);
Ted Warmbrand, banjo, folk, social protest (2:15 p.m.)

 Danza Mexica performs

Ted Warmbrand - banjo

St. Michael and All Angels
602 N. Wilmot (at 5th Street) 
in the Parish Center and Labyrinth Patio
Holiday shopping with a conscience!
Infomation: 886-7292 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Announcements for Week Ending November 28th


Bishop Smith’s Visitation
Today (Sunday November 20th) is The Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of Pentecost and the last Sunday of the Church year. Services will be held at 7:45 AM, 9:30 AM, and 5 PM. Family Mass, Solemn High Service. The Rt. Rev Kirk S. Smith will celebrate this Mass and Confirm and Receive new members in the Episcopal Church. A “Sunday Brunch” will follow Mass in the Parish Center.

Social Action Committee holds its regular meeting today, November 20, at 11:30 AM in the Womble Library, after you have had a chance to meet and greet the Bishop and the newly confirmed. All
welcome as we talk about the use of YOUR special collection donations. Agenda items - Peggy Van Norman.

Our Annual Thanksgiving Mass and Communal Dinner will take place Thursday, November 24 beginning with Mass at 10:30 AM followed by Thanksgiving dinner in the Parish Center. Turkey & dressing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole will be provided, just bring a dish to share. Sign-up sheets are located in the back of church. Join us for good food, warm friendship and fellowship.

Advent International Bazaar needs YOU – December 3 (evening) and 4th. Sign up to help with refreshments, sit a table, help with set-up and more. Parish Artists, still time to sign up for a table. ALL, if you know or work with a worthy, socially-committed non-profit that would like to come and sell its stuff, please call or e-mail Ila now.*

“JUST COFFEE” volunteers are needed to sell JUST COFFEE after each of the services, with a particular need for after the 7:45 AM service. Coffee sales benefit two struggling communities in Mexico, delivering greater profits to them than even fair trade coffee does. It is a very easy job requiring only a small amount of your time. To volunteer, please call or email Suzanne Petersen.*

The Rev. Joel T. Ireland will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of his ordination on December 11, 2011. If anyone would like to contribute a monetary gift in thanksgiving of his ordination to the priesthood, please place in an envelope indicating anniversary gift for Fr. Ireland and simply drop in the collection, mail to the Parish Office or drop off at the office. All the Best and Congratulations to Fr. Ireland!

We are in the process of updating our church member photo directory, which will be linked to our Web site, accessible online, and password protected. Members will be able to log in, view, and even print the directory. In order to complete this project, your help is needed. Photo shoots began on Sunday, November 6th and continues. Have your picture taken TODAY!!

St. Michael’s School Food Drive comes to a close on Monday, November 21st. At that time we need help in stocking the Food Pantry. Stocking takes place Monday at 9 AM and usually takes one – two hours. Please join us! Men are especially welcome and needed.

*Contact details are in the church bulletin and can be obtained from the Church office.

Opportunities for Giving

Remember to return your Christmas gifts for TIHAN to the Parish Office. Gift suggestions are located on the bulletin board outside the church doors.

On the First Sunday of Advent, November 27th, Angel Tree tags will be available for pick-up from the Christmas tree at the back of church. Please be sure to sign the sheet on the usher’s table so that we will know what children’s names have been taken. More info in next Sunday’s Service bulletin.

The 14th Annual Fr. Smith’s Pantano Rotary Shoebox Project is underway bringing joy to children in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. These children live in makeshift houses on hillsides around Nogales. Many of these household have no one employed. This is a THREE-NATION effort. 600-800 or more filled shoeboxes – infants through 12 years and 500 blankets. Warm mittens, caps, toys, etc can fill the wrapped shoe box with top lid NOT attached to the bottom, border inspection. Blankets may be new or used and if used must be dry cleaned (leave cleaning tag attached). Shoeboxes need to be returned to the Parish Office no later than Tuesday, December 6. Blankets need to rolled like a bedroll and tied with twine or ribbon. More information in back of church.

Stewardship by the numbers!

The mission of St. Michael and All Angels is simple, but takes a resolve that requires every baptized person in our church to accomplish. St. Michael’s mission is to bring the Gospel to the poor and marginalized, by people strengthened in that effort by worship, preaching, and inspiring music, and provide through our parish school a place where children are invited to explore a life in the Spirit.

Each individual’s stewardship enables this mission to be carried out day by day. This is enabled and flows from our relationship with God deepened by a personal prayer-life, Word, and Sacrament. This relationship with God, growing in the heart of each baptized person among us, is the “Pearl of great price” that a person gives everything they have to acquire!

The mission of St. Michaels needs everyone’s gifts and talents. Where to begin? We begin with biblical teaching. The Bible speaks of setting aside a tithe, or ten percent, to offer in thanksgiving to God for the gift of life and sustenance we receive. Since the mission extends beyond the walls of the church to many good works in the world, a suggested formula might help: Determine how much we live on every month, take ten percent of that amount and give half of it to the church’s mission and the other half to those other good causes or needs that present themselves to us. Keeping this proportion in mind as a starting point will ensure that we will always have enough to live on and, most importantly, increase the Joy and Peace that flows from a life lived for God.

Please remember to bring to Mass or mail your estimate of giving for the coming year to strengthen the mission of our parish. Stewardship is the Pathway to Joy!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Casa Maria this week!

boiled eggFriday NOV. 18th: Casa Maria sandwich making at St. Michael's, 5th and Wilmot. Kitchen opens at 5 pm, come anytime after that!

We'll be joined by a group from GADABOUT SALONS! Please welcome them!

Egg buying tip: Costco has cooked and peeled eggs, 2 dozen for $3.99 …in the deli area coolers. Please bring 1 OR 2 dozen peeled eggs.

We need medium sized boxes for transporting the lunches. Fruit boxes from Costco or banana boxes are ideal.

MAURICE will deliver the sandwiches** (Thanks to STEVE for October!)

COME join us!


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Movie Night at St. Michael's

Movie Night at St Mike’s ~ THIS Friday; It’s called The Best Years of Our Lives and is considered a movie classic, appropriate for Veterans Day because it’s about the return of 3 servicemen after WW2 and their readjustment to civilian life.

The movie is this Friday, 6:30 in the Parish Center! It’s $5 for the show, pizza and a soda, or you can bring your own adult beverage.


Monday, November 07, 2011

Quick Reminders

What a cool, blustery and rainy Monday morning. Nice for a change. Busy week ahead:

  • Don’t forget to take an "ornament" from the TIHAN Christmas tree. The tree leaves this week on Friday. Return gifts unwrapped to the Parish Office (include the ornament)
  • 2012 “Stewardship ~ Pathway to Joy” pledge cards to be returned
  • “Angel Food” Candy making continues in the Parish Center ~ not too late to volunteer to help, or to return your candy orders.
  • Veteran’s Day Chapel at 8:10 AM in the Student Center on Friday.
  • “Fearsome Foursome” ~ Fr. Ed, Reed Karim, Al DeAugustine and Jay Vogler playing in the Veteran’s Day Interfaith Community Services’ “We Care Golf Classic” also on Friday.


Saturday, November 05, 2011

November Messenger and Other Announcements

The November issue of The Messenger is finally available! Click here for your copy. And don't forget candy making and house meetings this weekend. See below for details!


All Souls Novena began on Wednesday, November 2 and concludes on Thursday November 10. There are cards in the pews for listing your deceased loved ones who you would like remembered. Simply complete the cards and drop them in the collection basket or at the parish office.

Friday, November 11 ~ Pizza at 6 PM and movie at 6:45 PM. In honor of Veteran’s Day – the movie will be “The Best Years of Our Lives”, starring Frederick March and Myrna Loy. Filmed in 1946, this is a story about three WWII Vets returning to their small town home. Cost: $5.00, soft drinks will be provided, feel welcome to bring an adult beverage. Movie and Pizza at PARISH HALL! Sign-up sheets in back of church.

It is time again for St. Michael’s Angel Food ! Remember an angel you love this coming Christmas holiday with the best Coconut Macadamia Toffee you have ever tasted.Candy production began on Thursday, November 3rd and will continue through Saturday, November 12th. Many hands are needed to make this year a success. A sign-up sheet for volunteers is located in the back of church, or if your prefer, give the church office (885-7292) a call to sign up. Order forms and envelopes are located in the service bulletin and in the back of church. Simply complete, attach your check and drop in the collection basket or return to the Parish Office.

It is time for the TIHAN Travelling Christmas Tree to come our way. The tree will be at St. Michael’s only this week to take an ornament. The family TIHAN Christmas will take place December 6th. People have been unbelievably generous in the past and for this we thank you! Paulette O’Malley will be our TIHAN Christmas gift coordinator this year. Suggestions for gifts posted on bulletin board in front of church. Return unwrapped gifts to the Parish Office.

We are in the process of updating our church member photo directory, which will be linked to our Web site, accessible online, and password protected. Members will be able to log in, view, and even print the directory. In order to complete this project, your help is needed. Photo shoots will begin THIS Sunday, November 6. The photos will be taken before and after each Mass, both indoors and outdoors.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

This Weekend: Candy Making and House Meetings!

From: John Smith

Subject: M & Ms and Candy Making
This weekend is a very special one for St. Michaels!

A reminder for all who have signed up for making "Angel Food" candy. The effort starts in earnest tomorrow morning (Friday) around 9am. Set-up and preparation for production next week will be taking place. Come and join in!

The Mission and Ministry group (the M & Ms) will meet at 7pm Friday night in the Womble library to get ready for the "House-meetings" conference on Saturday morning.

Many received personal invitations to the Saturday Conference with the Rev. Margaret Babcock from 9:30am to 12:30pm. A simple lunch will be provided. All parishioners are invited to take part in the discussions on Family and Hospitality for All.

John +

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Announcements for Week Ending November 6th

Friday, November 11 ~ Pizza at 6 PM and movie at 6:45 PM. In honor of Veteran’s Day – the movie will be “The Best Years of Our Lives”, starring Frederick March and Myrna Loy. Filmed in 1946, this is a story about three WWII Vets returning to their small town home. Cost: $5.00, soft drinks will be provided, feel welcome to bring an adult beverage. Movie and Pizza at PARISH HALL! Sign-up sheets in back of church.

It is time for the TIHAN Travelling Christmas Tree to come our way. People have been unbelievably generous in the past and for this we Thank You! This year we also have need of a volunteer to help in collecting the gifts during the month of November. It is easy, satisfying and greatly needed. Can you help? Please call Tish Newell.

We are in the process of updating our church member photo directory, which will be linked to our Web site, accessible online, and password protected. Members will be able to log in, view, and even print the directory. In order to complete this project, your help is needed. Photo shoots will begin on Sunday, November 6. Stay tuned for more information.

“Business of God Luncheon” ~ Monday, November 7th at Grace St. Paul’s Church. Doors open at 11:30 ~ Lunch: Noon. The price is $15 each. Speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Susanna Singer presenting “NEW FORMS OF LEADERSHIP FOR A CHANGING CHURCH”. Please RSVP to St. Michael’s Office no later than Monday, October 31. If anyone would like a ride, Fr. Smith will be leaving church at 11 AM.

Pilgrimage to San Xavier this Saturday, October 29th

Dear Samaritans and St. Michael's folk,

Just a reminder that both Samaritans-Tucson and St. Michael's/Mision San Miguel are add-on co-sponsors for the Derechos Humanos eleventh annual pilgrimage from St. John's Church (12th Ave and Ajo) to San Xavier Mission, remembering especially those who have died crossing the desert near Tucson. We need 182 people, to carry one cross each for remains found in FY2011.

Here are some reminders:

BOTH GROUPS -- Sign up as identified following general info. This can be a medidative experience if that's your call, and it is always nourishing.

Assemble at St. John's Church beginning at 8:30 p.m. Start will be a bit later.

Rest stops and followup vehicle (can pick up those who don't want to walk all the way). Major rest point at Pima College's Sierra Vista campus, waterand orange slices provided, if you want to meet us there.

Very brief ceremony outside San Xavier usually begins between 1 and 1:30 p.m. If you don't walk, meet us there and help us car pool back to our vehicles at St. John's -- or join us for the last quarter mile o the walk, as ew approach the mission from the west.

SAMARITANS -- Sign up with Michael Hyatt or just arrive. Wear your SAMs tee shirt or cap, if possible.

ST MICHAEL'S / SAN MIGUEL -- E-mail me if you can. If there are enough people, we will carry the banner. Otherwise, the processional cross. If you are on the east side and want to car pool, please let me know, and we will try to connect you. If you are on the east side and can bring the proecssional cross, that would save me an extra trip to pick it up.

Ila (in NC until 10-28)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Special Announcements

· An “ALTAR OF REMEMBRANCE” is set up in the back of church under the crucifix. Feel free to bring items for remembrance of loved ones who have died. Cards are located there on which to write the names of the loved ones to be remembered at the Mass on “Feast of All Saints Sunday”, which is November 6th. Place the card in the basket provided.

· It’s that time again….for the production of our delicious “St. Michael’s Angel Food”. We need your help. Whether it is an hour, a day, or some time, every day of the week. Working together, we can make this happen. We have our first order of 125 boxes of “St. Michael’s Angel Food”. Extra order blanks are available in the back of church or from the parish office. Hand them out to friends, family, your doctor’s office, your dentist’s office……anyone who may be interested in that special unique “Red Box of St. Michael’s Angel Food” for a hostess gift, Thanksgiving gift, Christmas gift or simply to enjoy the flavor of toffee dipped in chocolate then rolled in luscious macadamia nuts and toasted coconut. WHO WOULDN’T!

· Tim Musty recently received a lifetime achievement award for his social work. The award was presented in Phoenix. Way to go, Tim! - News courtesy of Bob Bennett.

Peace and stay happy! ~ Nancy

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Announcements for Week Ending October 23rd

* Social Action Committee meets in the Womble Library following the 10:15 a.m. Mass this Sunday, October 16th. We will begin 5 minutes after the postlude ends.

* ECW (Episcopal Church Women) will meet Wednesday, October 19th at 10:30 am in the Parish Center. We will have a guest speaker from OASIS. All ladies are considered members of ECW and are urged to attend.

* Barnabas Friendship Luncheons will resume on Monday, October 24 at 11:30 AM in the parish center. Delicious food, catered by Enjoy Cooking, good friends and fellowship will be enjoyed by all. Bring a friend and join us. Only $10 per person. Reservation sheets are in back of the church.

*Friday, November 11 ~ Pizza at 6 PM and movie at 6:45 PM. In honor of Veteran’s Day – the movie will be The Best Years of Our Lives, starring Frederick March and Myrna Loy. Filmed in 1946, this is a story about three WWII Vets returning to their small town home. Cost: $5.00, soft drinks will be provided, feel welcome to bring an adult beverage. Movie and Pizza at PARISH HALL!

*Sunday, October 16th. is the Tucson AIDSWALK. We thank the team that is walking for St. Michael’s and the contributors who helped us meet our goal of $250. We have parishioners who volunteer for the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation as a way of living out their baptism.

St. Michael’s Chamber Players
Are pleased to perform a program
“Inspired by Brahms”
Trio in C minor for piano, violin and
cello, Op. 101
String quartet no. 3 in b flat major, Op. 67
Short pieces by Tchaikovsky and
Rachmaninov for piano solo
Saturday, October 22 at 3PM
Free will offering. Suggested $15
Reception will follow ~ Parish Center

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Miriam Stasiak once again is participating in the “Making Strides” Cancer Walk on October 30th. She would like our help in raising money for cancer research. Last year the donations were $450. Checks can be made out to the American Cancer Society and in the memo write “Making Strides” Miriam Stasiak ~ simply drop your check in the collection basket or give to Mim. We thank you for your generosity both now and in the past.

CASA MARIA VOLUNTEERS WILL MEET FRIDAY, October 21at at 6:00 PM, in the Parish Center to prepare sack lunches. Your help is needed - the volunteers can always use a few extra hands and two dozen SHELLED hard-boiled eggs. Join us for fellowship and to help with this good work.

It is time for the TIHAN Travelling Christmas Tree to come our way. People have been unbelievably generous in the past and for this we Thank You! This year we also have need of a volunteer to help in collecting the gifts during the month of November. It is easy, satisfying and greatly needed. Can you help? Please call Tish Newell at 514-818.

Don’t Miss It! ECW – Casserole and Bake Sale! SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 (after all morning Masses). We will be selling delicious homemade items in the Parish Center. ECW members, please bring your contributions to the office or the kitchen. Some of the Best Cooks are at St. Michael’s!

It's time for Grandparent’s Day
at St. Michael’s Parish Day School!
Friday, October 28th.
Begins at 8 AM, and is usually over at 11AM.
We are looking for parishioners who
would like to act as a “surrogate
grandparent” for students whose
grandparents cannot attend the event.
Sign-up sheets are in back of Church.
For more info ~ call the Parish Office.

* Our second class on the Writing and Theology of Madeleine L'Engle is this Sunday, October 19th at 9 AM in the Womble Library. This week we will be discussing L'Engle's fiction. Come and join us!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Angel Food and The Messenger

The October issue of The Messenger is finally available! Click here for your PDF copy - in color!

It’s almost time for the annual production of St. Michael’s “Angel Food.” Production begins Thursday, November 3 and continues until Saturday, November 12th. Sign-up sheets will appear in the back of church on Wednesday, October 12th as well as Angel Food Order Forms ~ You are invited to help with the production of our famous candy. As always, we appreciate your kindness and generosity in helping with this project.

Printed order forms are available. You might know someone who will be looking for a “Special” Christmas gift; what could be better than a bright red box filled with “Angel Food?”

P.S. ~ Remember ~ October is “Breast Cancer” awareness month.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Announcements for Week Ending October 16th

You’re invited to a “Octoberfest Dinner” of Beer, Brats and German Potato Salad THIS Sunday evening, October 9 at 6:00 PM. in the Parish Center. Featuring


All are welcome and reservations must be made. Join us for a fun evening!

The St. Michael's School of Theology continues starting THIS SUNDAY, October 9th, with an introduction to the writing and theology of Madeleine L'Engle. This award-winning writer has inspired generations of children and adults with her fiction (including the classic A Wrinkle in Time), poetry and other explorations of what it means to be a Christian. Come join us, 9 AM to 10 AM Sundays in the Womble Library, and you may be inspired as well! No books are required to attend this class.

Barnabas Friendship Luncheons will resume on Monday, October 24 at 11:30 AM in the parish center. Delicious food, catered by Enjoy Cooking, good friends and fellowship will be enjoyed by all. Bring a friend and join us. Only $10 per person. Reservation sheets in back of church.

You are cordially invited to attend a Chamber Music Concert ~ “Inspired BY Brahms” ~ Saturday, October 22, 3PM ~ st. Michael and All Angels Church. Free will offering. Suggested donation $15. Reception will follow in the Parish Center. All are Welcome! (More information in the back of church.)

Play Golf, Win prizes and help neighbors in need. Interfaith Community Services “WE CARE” GOLF CLASSIC. The golf tournament will be held at the beautiful Omni Tucson National Resort on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. St. Michael’s is sponsoring “Fearsome Foursome” ready to play in the tournament. We would appreciate any monetary help with the sponsorship St. Michael’s is a member of Interfaith Community Services. The Fabulous Fearsome Four are: The Rev. Ed Harnsberger, Mr. Al DeAugustine, Mr. Reed Karim and Mr. Jake Vogler! Stay tuned for more info!

Friday, November 11 ~ Pizza at 6 PM and movie at 6:45 PM. In honor of Veteran’s Day – the movie will be “The Best Years of Our Lives”, starring Frederick March and Myrna Loy. Filmed in 1946, this is a story about three WWII Vets returning to their small town home. Cost: $5.00, soft drinks will be provided, feel welcome to bring an adult beverage. Movie and Pizza at PARISH HALL!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Busy Week!

Lots happening at St. Michael’s this week! In case you missed the service bulletin here is a re-cap:

  • Blessing of the Animals # 2 on Feast of St. Francis of Assisi ~ Tuesday from 3:30 – 4:15 pm in the Foundations Courtyard. Mother Clare has the honors! (Blessing of the “Stuffed Animal Friends” at the Lower School Mass at 8:10 AM)
  •  Taize Prayer Service in Church -  Tuesday at 6:45 PM
  • Healing Mass ~ Wednesday ~12:10 PM
  • Coffee, Tea and More…information about the upcoming Women’s Bible Study beginning in January ~ Wednesday 6:30 pm in the Parish Center ~.
  • Sunday Lectionary Bible Study ~Twice on Wednesday,  at 10 am and 6:30 pm in the Womble library
  • Parish Life Bowling at Camino Seco Lanes ~ Friday at 6:30 pm
  • Meditation at the House of Meditation just north of the church ~ Saturday, 9:15 am
  • Knitters and Quilters meeting in the Parish Center ~ Saturday at 11:15 am
  • Ultrea Gathering ~ Parish Center ~ Saturday at 4:30 pm
  • EPISCOPAL SCHOOL SUNDAY ~ Pancake Breakfast after all morning Masses presented by the Boy Scouts under the supervision and direction of Byron Brandon and John Madsen – only $3 per person! All are welcome.
  • Ocktober Fest Dinner – Beer, Brats and German Potato Salad ~ Sunday at 6pm following at 5pm Mass - $10 per person! All are welcome!

For more info, call the Parish Office.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

New Bible Study Group

Interested in attending a Bible Study just for women? Join us on Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30 PM in the Parish Center for “Coffee, Tea and More!” and information about a Women’s Bible Study Group that will begin in January. All ladies are invited and urged to attend this informative meeting!

For more information, or if you would need transportation Please call the Parish Office ~ 886-7292

A Pastoral Teaching from the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church

Episcopal Church House of Bishops issues A Pastoral Teaching
September 20, 2011

The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, meeting in Province IX, in Quito, Ecuador, issued the following Pastoral Teaching:

A Pastoral Teaching from the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church

Quito, Ecuador
September 2011

We, your bishops, believe these words of Jeremiah describe these times and call us to repentance as we face the unfolding environmental crisis of the earth:
How long will the land mourn, and the grass of every field wither? For the wickedness of those who live in it the animals and the birds are swept away, and because people said, "He is blind to our ways." (Jeremiah 12:4)

The mounting urgency of our environmental crisis challenges us at this time to confess "our self-indulgent appetites and ways," "our waste and pollution of God's creation," and "our lack of concern for those who come after us" (Ash Wednesday Liturgy, Book of Common Prayer, p. 268). It also challenges us to amend our lives and to work for environmental justice and for more environmentally sustainable practices.

Christians cannot be indifferent to global warming, pollution, natural resource depletion, species extinctions, and habitat destruction, all of which threaten life on our planet. Because so many of these threats are driven by greed, we must also actively seek to create more compassionate and sustainable economies that support the well-being of all God's creation.

We are especially called to pay heed to the suffering of the earth. The Anglican Communion Environmental Network calls to mind the dire consequences our environment faces: "We know that . . . we are now demanding more than [the earth] is able to provide. Science confirms what we already know: our human footprint is changing the face of the earth and because we come from the earth, it is changing us too. We are engaged in the process of destroying our very being. If we cannot live in harmony with the earth, we will not live in harmony with one another." (i)

This is the appointed time for all God's children to work for the common goal of renewing the earth as a hospitable abode for the flourishing of all life. We are called to speak and act on behalf of God's good creation.

Looking back to the creation accounts in Genesis, we see God's creation was "very good," providing all that humans would need for abundant, peaceful life. In creating the world God's loving concern extended to the whole of it, not just to humans. And the scope of God's redemptive love in Christ is equally broad: the Word became incarnate in Christ not just for our sake, but for the salvation of the whole world. In the Book of Revelation we read that God will restore the goodness and completeness of creation in the "new Jerusalem." Within this new city, God renews and redeems the natural world rather than obliterating it. We now live in that time between God's creation of this good world and its final redemption: "The whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for . . . the redemption of our bodies" (Romans 8:22-3).

Affirming the biblical witness to God's abiding and all-encompassing love for creation, we recognize that we cannot separate ourselves as humans from the rest of the created order. The creation story itself presents the interdependence of all God's creatures in their wonderful diversity and fragility, and in their need of protection from dangers of many kinds. This is why the Church prays regularly for the peace of the whole world, for seasonable weather and an abundance of the fruits of the earth, for a just sharing of resources, and for the safety of all who suffer. This includes our partner creatures: animals, birds, and fish who are being killed or made sick by the long-term effects of deforestation, oil spills, and a host of other ways in which we intentionally and unintentionally destroy or poison their habitat.

One of the most dangerous and daunting challenges we face is global climate change. This is, at least in part, a direct result of our burning of fossil fuels. Such human activities could raise worldwide average temperatures by three to eleven degrees Fahrenheit in this century. Rising average temperatures are already wreaking environmental havoc, and, if unchecked, portend devastating consequences for every aspect of life on earth.

The Church has always had as one of its priorities a concern for the poor and the suffering. Therefore, we need not agree on the fundamental causes of human devastation of the environment, or on what standard of living will allow sustainable development, or on the roots of poverty in any particular culture, in order to work to minimize the impact of climate change. It is the poor and the disadvantaged who suffer most from callous environmental irresponsibility. Poverty is both a local and a global reality. A healthy economy depends absolutely on a healthy environment.

The wealthier nations whose industries have exploited the environment, and who are now calling for developing nations to reduce their impact on the environment, seem to have forgotten that those who consume most of the world's resources also have contributed the most pollution to the world's rivers and oceans, have stripped the world's forests of healing trees, have destroyed both numerous species and their habitats, and have added the most poison to the earth's atmosphere. We cannot avoid the conclusion that our irresponsible industrial production and consumption-driven economy lie at the heart of the current environmental crisis.

Privileged Christians in our present global context need to move from a culture of consumerism to a culture of conservation and sharing. The challenge is to examine one's own participation in ecologically destructive habits. Our churches must become places where we have honest debates about, and are encouraged to live into, more sustainable ways of living. God calls us to die to old ways of thinking and living and be raised to new life with renewed hearts and minds.

Although many issues divide us as people of faith, unprecedented ecumenical and interfaith cooperation is engaging the concern to protect our planet. And yet, efforts to stop environmental degradation must not be simply imposed from above. Those most affected must have a hand in shaping decisions. For example, we welcome efforts in the United States to involve Native American tribal leaders and to empower local community organizations to address environmental issues. Similar strategies need to be employed in myriad communities in various locales.

Our current environmental challenges call us to ongoing forms of repentance: we must turn ourselves around, and come to think, feel, and act in new ways. Ancient wisdom and spiritual disciplines from our faith offer deep resources to help address this environmental crisis. Time-honored practices of fasting, Sabbath-keeping, and Christ-centered mindfulness bear particular promise for our time.

Fasting disciplines and heals our wayward desires and appetites, calling us to balance our individual needs with God's will for the whole world. In fasting we recognize that human hungers require more than filling the belly. In God alone are our desires finally fulfilled. Commended in the Book of Common Prayer, fasting is grounded in the practices of Israel, taught by Jesus, and sustained in Christian tradition. The ecological crisis extends and deepens the significance of such fasting as a form of self-denial: those who consume more than their fair share must learn to exercise self-restraint so that the whole community of creation might be sustained.

Sabbath-keeping is rooted in the Book of Genesis, where the seventh day is the day in which God, humans, and the rest of creation are in right relationship. In our broken world, keeping the Sabbath is a way of remembering and anticipating that world for which God created us. Sabbath requires rest, that we might remember our rightful place as God's creatures in relationship with every other creature of God. Such rest implicitly requires humans to live lightly on the face of the earth, neither to expend energy nor to consume it, not to work for gain alone, but to savor the grace and givenness of creation.

The practice of Christ-centered mindfulness, that is, the habitual recollection of Christ, calls believers to a deepened awareness of the presence of God in their own lives, in other people, and in every aspect of the world around us. Such spiritual perception should make faithful people alert to the harmful effects of our lifestyles, attentive to our carbon footprint (ii) and to the dangers of overconsumption. It should make us profoundly aware of the gift of life and less prone to be ecologically irresponsible in our consumption and acquisition. In assuming with new vigor our teaching office, we, your bishops, commit ourselves to a renewal of these spiritual practices in our own lives, and invite you to join us in this commitment for the good of our souls and the life of the world. Moreover, in order to honor the goodness and sacredness of God's creation, we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, commit ourselves and urge every Episcopalian:

  • To acknowledge the urgency of the planetary crisis in which we find ourselves, and to repent of any and all acts of greed, overconsumption, and waste that have contributed to it;
  • To lift up prayers in personal and public worship for environmental justice, for sustainable development, and for help in restoring right relations both among humankind and between humankind and the rest of creation;
  • To take steps in our individual lives, and in community, public policy, business, and other forms of corporate decision-making, to practice environmental stewardship and justice, including (1) a commitment to energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable sources of energy; and (2) efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and whenever possible to buy products made from recycled materials;
  • To seek to understand and uproot the political, social, and economic causes of environmental destruction and abuse; (iii)
  • To advocate for a "fair, ambitious, and binding" climate treaty, and to work toward climate justice through reducing our own carbon footprint and advocating for those most negatively affected by climate change.

May God give us the grace to heed the warnings of Jeremiah and to accept the gracious invitation of the incarnate Word to live, in, with, and through him, a life of grace for the whole world, that thereby all the earth may be restored and humanity filled with hope. Rejoicing in your works, O Lord, send us forth with your Spirit to renew the face of the earth, that the world may once again be filled with your good things: the trees watered abundantly, springs rushing between the hills in verdant valleys, all the earth made fruitful, your manifold creatures, birds, beasts, and humans, all quenching their thirst and receiving their nourishment from you once again in due season (Psalm 104).
(i) From "The Hope We Share: A Vision for Copenhagen," a statement from the Anglican Communion Environmental Network in preparation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), December 2009.
(ii) Carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating, transportation, etc.
(iii) We are indebted to the Episcopal Bishops of New England for their earlier 2003 Pastoral Letter, "To Serve Christ in All Creation." Several of these "commitments" and other phrases herein are quotations or adaptations of their work.

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Bless the Beasts with St. Francis This Sunday

Feast of St. Francis

The Blessing of the Animals will take place this Sunday, October 2nd, during all Masses, and is open to furry, feathery, and scaly pets in all shapes and sizes. Animals are to be on leashes or in carriers. The Blessing of the Animals is celebrated each year in conjunction with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. All are invited to bring either their pet, or a stuffed animal representing their pet, for a special blessing.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Thank you from Rev. Angela Emerson (Vermont relief)

From: Angela Emerson []
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:58 AM
Subject: Irene flood relief

I just wanted to write and say thank you so much for all the generosity coming from St. Michael’s. I received the check from the Church, a check form social concerns, and gifts cards from ECW and from individuals. People here are just in awe of the outpouring of support! Please give my love to all and a hearty prayer of thanksgiving for all you are doing for us.


The Rev. E. Angela Emerson
Minister of Stewardship Development
Episcopal Diocese of Vermont
747 Hartford Ave. Suite 1
White River Junction, VT 05001

Hi Ila,

thanks for the note. I did send Fr Smith an email acknowleding all that we have received from the church, individuals, and Social Concerns. Thank you so much.

Fortunately, the local community is so generous with food donations that we are not having to spend so much money on food although we have spent some. Our primary ministry has been to deliver brown bag lunches to each door for everyone on the household. Beginning next week, we are deliveirng hot food three times a week.

People have been desperate for clothes especially for underwear - again the communitiy has been very generous but the need is great - so some money has gone in that direction as well.

As winter approaches - we have another three weeks before cold weather settles in - we are beginning a drive for small electric heaters, wool blankets and electric blankets. A significant amount of the money will be spent on these kind of warminig items. Many people have chosen to convert barns or garages that were on higher ground into living space but obviously there is no furnace. Others are making their second floors into living quarters but again no furnace. So our intermediate goal is to do what ever we need to do to keep people warm.

Rebuilding immediately is not really an option. The rain just won't stop so the houses cannot dry out sufficinelty even with the many box fans and electrical cords that we have supplied.

There have been a few people that we have helped with medications as well.

Episcopal Relief and Development will be in town next week to meet and talk wiith us about how to organize for the transition from "crisis" response to long term recovery efforts. We are looking to them for advice on how to priority our use of the funds that have come to us from you and from others around the country. We could use it to help a few people in a big way but we are so far using to help lots of people in small but critically necessary ways.

The range of needs that pepole have is endless and varies much from family to family and from small business to small business. Our drivers meet people daily and try to respond to gifts of flashlights and batteries, to sleepwear, baby formula, and a hot cup of coffee.

This is probably more information than you wanted but I hope it gives you some idea of how your generosity is helping people in need.

Today I was approached by a woman who wants to go to every church who has helped out and personally say thank you. We are going to invite her to our convention in November and videotape her presentation and put it on our website for all to enjoy.

Ila, I can't thank all of you enough. Please share this with everyone you can.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Two Reminders





The deadline for "on line" donations to the Tucson Aidswalk is Sept 30. To support the St. Michael's team walking on Sunday Oct 16, make donations this week at As of last week we have two walkers and $100 toward our goal of $250.

If you would prefer, simply drop a donation in the collection, with “Aidswalk” in the memo area.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Margaret J. Modine

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Margaret J. Modine who was a founding member of St. Michael’s Parish, the first Religion teacher at St. Michael’s Parish Day School, and an extremely generous benefactress to both the Parish and School.
May her soul, and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen †

There will be a Memorial Mass in celebration of Margaret’s life at 3 P.M. this Saturday, September 24, here at St. Michael’s with a reception immediately following in the Parish Center.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Casa Maria, AIDS Walk and Other Announcements

Friday SEPT. 23rd Casa Maria sandwich making. FAMILY FUN with a purpose!!!
Kitchen opens at 5pm, come anytime after that! Please bring 1 OR 2 dozen peeled eggs.

Egg buying tip!! Costco now has cooked and peeled eggs, 2 dozen for $3.99…
…in the deli area coolers, an east facing end cap.

We need medium sized boxes for transporting the lunches. Fruit boxes from Costco or banana boxes are ideal. BYRON will deliver the sandwiches** (Thanks to MAURICE for August!)

COME join us! MEET eighth grade students!



AIDS Walk 2011 - a Reminder
The St. Michael's team has raised $100. Can you help our walkers reach the goal of $250??

The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is to create and sustain a healthier community through a compassionate, comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS.

My participation in AIDSWALK means I will be joining thousands of friends, families, and community members to walk in support of those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS or in memory of loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS. AIDSWALK benefits the programs and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF). Many thanks for your support and please forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate!
---Jon Rinnander, Walking with St Michael and All Angels


Chapel Rock to Host 
“Christmas in the Pines”
Chapel Rock, the Episcopal Camp and Conference Center in Prescott, invites everyone to “Christmas in the Pines,” an Advent retreat for individuals and families scheduled for December 2-4, 2011.

Both adults and children will enjoy learning new ways to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth among the pines and boulders of Chapel Rock. There will also be time devoted to relaxation and fellowship. On Saturday night, we will trek to downtown Prescott to take part in the Courthouse Lighting festivities. From local school children singing carols on the Courthouse steps to the retelling of the Christmas story, it is a scene right out of a Frank Capra movie. The grand finale takes place when all of the lights come on at once, heralding the beginning of the holiday season in “Arizona’s Christmas City!”

Both hotel style and bunk house lodgings are available, and special rates are in effect so that as many folks can come as possible. Registration materials, including descriptions of the lodging options and fees are available on the Chapel Rock website, All lodging will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Please join us to make this a new holiday tradition in your family! You can call Chapel Rock toll free at 877-445-3499 for more information.

Other Announcements

ECW (Episcopal Church Women) will begin their monthly meetings THIS Wednesday, September 21 at 10:30 AM in the Parish Center. A “Pot Luck” luncheon will follow the meeting. All ladies of the parish are considered members of ECW and are urged to attend. Join us for warm fellowship and good food. Sign-up sheets are located in the back of church. All are welcome!

Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS ~ Wednesday, September 21 from 1 to 5PM, Volunteer Orientation (held at Water of Life MCC church), cost $17. See Jon Rinnander for further details about this event or call TIHAN at 299-6647.

All women of the Diocese of Arizona are invited to come celebrate 140 years of Women’s Ministries in the USA at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix. The celebration will take place Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM. The program: Native Spirituality and Christianity in the 21st Century. Price is $12 and $15 at the door. Register by September 24th. Sign-up sheets in back of church.

The Patronal Feast of Michaelmas will be celebrated with one Mass at 9:30 AM on Sunday, September 25th. A “Festive Brunch” will follow in the Parish Center. All are welcome to join the celebration.

Thank you for remembering St. Michael’s in your will.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Please help the St. Michael's AIDSWALK team


I’m taking part in the AIDSWALK Tucson to raise money for SOUTHERN ARIZONA AIDS FOUNDATION - please make a donation by visiting my FirstGiving page:

You can donate online with a credit card. All donations are secure and sent directly to SOUTHERN ARIZONA AIDS FOUNDATION by FirstGiving, who will email you a printable record of your donation.

Please send my page on to anyone who might like to donate!

jon rinnander

Friday, September 02, 2011

Food Pantry in Need! And Other Announcements

Dear Friends,
Once again, St. Michael’s Food Pantry is in need. To date we have 3 boxes of Mac and Cheese, 4 cans of green beans, 2 cans of peas, 3 cans of corn, 3 cans of soup and no peanut butter.
The need is great, but only be as generous as your circumstances will allow.
Your generosity is overwhelming!

Taize Prayer Service – this Tuesday, September 6 at 6:45 PM in church. COME JOIN US! - Taize is offered the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. All are welcome!

Our second Sunday of the month Primavera Team needs a substitute to prepare a pot of chili occasionally. Please contact Joel Williams if you are able to help.

Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network has two events in September. THIS Sunday, September 4th, “Fiesta” a fundraising event at the Doubletree Hotel, $10 in advance ($15 at the door) and Wednesday, September 21 from 1 to 5PM, Volunteer Orientation (held at Water of Life MCC church), cost $17. See Jon Rinnander for further details about either event of call TIHAN at 299-6647.

Knitters and Quilters will meet Saturday, September 10 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Will meet in the Womble Library, bring a sack lunch and join us for lively conversation and fellowship. Will be discussing making lap quilts for injured soldiers in the veteran’s hospitals. All are welcome!

The “Academy of Theology” begins next Sunday, September 11, at 9:00 AM in the Womble Library. Participants should, if possible, purchase a copy of Miroslav Volf – “FREE OF CHARGE” (the title, not the price!) and read chapters 1 and 2 before class. All are invited.

DO YOU BUY ON AMAZON.COM? St. Michael’s is now an Amazon Affiliate! Just click on an Amazon ad on this church blog or on our website (, and St. Michael’s will get a commission on whatever books, music. videos, etc. you buy. It’s an easy way to help support the Church!

Thank you for remembering St. Michael’s in your will.

• The September issue of The Messenger is now available! In this issue: a personal take on Science and Faith from Dr. Ke Chiang (John) Hsieh, school news from headmaster Barry Bedrick, a report from Guatemala by Ila Abernathy and much more! Click here for your copy!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Get Ready to Go Back to School! (Yes, You!)

St. Michael’s Academy of Theology begins soon! Adult education for the parish will begin on Sunday
September 11. The first book discussed will be Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf of Yale Divinity School. If you plan to attend the three week class, please order your own copy in advance from Amazon or other bookseller. Jon Rinnander will host this class.

This will be followed by a four week introduction to the theology of Madeleine L'Engle, presented by Karen Funk Blocher, and a four week class on The Early Churches, presented by Peter Schmidt. Watch this space for further details!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Announcements for Week Ending August 28th

• DISCorama: this Sunday, August 21st in the Parish Center after all morning services. A sale of CDs and DVDs, mostly classical music and opera, to benefit the Rector’s DISCretionary Fund. Some rock and pop disks included in the sale. All items $5.

• Many thanks to all the cowboys and gals who so generously contributed to the MDA and posting of bail for that rascal “Big Bad John”. Be aware! “Big Bad John” is on probation and out doing random acts of kindness. Be watchful! Contributions can still be made:

boiled eggCASA MARIA volunteers will meet this Friday, August 26th at 6:00 PM, in the Parish Center to prepare sack lunches. Your help is needed - the volunteers can always use a few extra hands and two dozen SHELLED hard-boiled eggs. Join us for fellowship and to help with this good work.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Goodbye to all from Julia

Goodbye to my St. Michael’s family.

Together we have shared sorrow (my husband Bob’s death and funeral) and joy (the baptisms of my grandchildren Joanna and Robby).

Together we have served on the vestry, worked on the English Faire, made Casa Maria egg salad sandwiches and prepared cookies for Primavera.

We have participated in MLK Day marches and traveled to Guatemala. We have bowled, attended the Gaslight Theater and eaten Ethiopian food. We have meditated at the House of Prayer and worshiped at Taize, on elaborate feast days and simple weekday services and every Sunday.

Thank you for letting me be a part of all this.

I am moving to Wisconsin for a new job.

Julia Taylor

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Announcements - Sunday, August 14

• JAIL BIRD – PINNACLE PETE – Thursday, August 18
Check in collection with” MDA” written in memo part of check. OR give online:

• FEAST OF ST. MARY THE VIRGIN. Mass at 6:30 pm – potluck to follow – sign –up in back of church

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Mary Carter ~ Rest In Peace

Mary Carter passed away Saturday evening. May her soul, and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen †

The funeral will take place this Saturday at 10AM with a reception to follow! Please keep Mary’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Notes from the Parish Office

The August  issue of The Messenger is now available. Click here for your copy.

Parish Life ~ Bowling Night – this Friday, August 5th at Camino Seco Lanes All are invited for lots of fun and good friends!

Stay tuned! St. Michael’s Academy of Theology begins soon! See the September “Messenger” for more info.

You are invited to join with the Society of Mary in the recitation of the Rosary on Saturday, August 13 at 7:45 AM in church.

Monday, August 15 ~ Feast day of St. Mary the Virgin will begin with the celebration of Mass at 6:30 pm followed by a “POT LUCK” dinner in the Parish Center.

Peace and Stay Happy!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Another Call for Help (and other announcements)

Dear Friends,

Due to the unusually high demand, for food in these hot months, we are still in need for donations of canned vegetables, soup, peanut butter, pork and beans, crackers, canned fruit, evaporated milk and cereal.

We are thankful for your donations and please remember: only donate what your circumstances will allow.

For this we are grateful!



Dear Friends,

This past Saturday, Bob and Betty Malody’s son, Robert passed away. May his soul, and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen †

Please keep his family and extended family, especially son Ricky, in your thoughts and prayers.

The Funeral Service for Robert Thomas Malody will take place this Saturday, July 30th at 10:00 AM with burial here at St. Michael’s.




From: []
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2011 11:49 AM
Subject: URGENT: Convention dates error

Dear all,
We have just discovered a miscommunication with the Sheraton Crescent Hotel as regards the dates of the 2011 Diocesan Convention. This year there are 5 Saturdays but only 4 Fridays in October. The hotel scheduled us for the 3rd Saturday and I scheduled us for the 3rd Friday. They don't have space on the other weekend.

Therefore Diocesan Convention this year has to be moved to Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15.

We are sorry for the confusion and hope that this doesn't create too much difficulty for you and your delegates.

In addition, the deadlines for nominations and resolutions will change as follows: Nominations must be received by August 31; Resolutions must be received by August 31.

Again, I am so sorry for this situation. Please don't hesitate to let me know if I can be of assistance with anything.
Cathy Black


Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 11:08 AM
Subject: Diocesan Convention date change

Dear all,
Just another opportunity to remind you that the dates of Diocesan Convention has changed to October 14-15, 2011.

Attached are the following additional updated materials which are also available on the website,
· 2011 Call to Convention with workshop descriptions
· Tentative convention schedule

Again, I am so sorry for this situation. Please don't hesitate to let me know if I can be of assistance with anything.

Cathy C. Black, Canon for Administration and Assistant to the Bishop

Monday, July 25, 2011

Casa Maria - again! :)

From Sue Peyron:

For the second time in July…we need YOU!

We're a GREAT TEAM!!!

Friday July 29th!

Casa Maria sandwich making!

FAMILY FUN with a purpose!!!
Kitchen opens at 5pm, come anytime after that!

Please bring 1 OR 2 dozen peeled eggs, MORE if you can! We need medium sized boxes for transporting the lunches. Fruit boxes from Costco or banana boxes are ideal.

KARL will deliver the sandwiches** (Thanks to the Steve for JULY 1st!) COME join the fun! BRING FRIENDS!! (No 8th grade students until September)


Mark your calendars for 2011!
Casa Maria is every 4 weeks...
July 29th
Aug 26th
Sept 23rd
Oct 21st
Nov 18th
Dec 16th


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Notes From the Office!

Fr. Smith and Terri will be home for the week-end services. It will be good to have them back after a much deserved vacation.

Once again St. Michael’s Food Pantry stock is low. The pantry is in need of food in all categories. We are completely out of various canned beans, low on soup and canned spaghetti as well as dry spaghetti with canned sauce. Completely out of cereal, snacks, canned fruit, fruit juices and evaporated milk. Running low on tuna fish.

It seems that through your generosity, the pantry was well stocked just a couple of weeks ago. But due to the high demand for food, both from the regulars and many new people, the pantry is dangerously low!

Any donations that you would give would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your charitable concern.



Friday, July 08, 2011

Notes from Nancy

Just Notes!

Fr. Smith and Terri are enjoying the Midwest and Terri relatives. Fr. Smith remarked how green everything is and how clean the streets are. He has not spent much time in the Midwest and is enjoying the change. Fr. Smith and Terri will return for services on July 17th.

One more Casa Maria this month on Friday, July 29th. We always need extra shelled eggs! We need YOU!

ICS Sponsored Donations of School Supplies for the less fortunate children continues until Sunday, July 24th. The collection box is located in the back of church.

We have thoroughly enjoyed The Rev. Clare Yarborough while substituting for Fr. Smith during his vacation. Hope to see more of Clare in the future.

Fr. Breckenridge’s Karate class continues each Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM in the Parish Center.

See you in church!



Also: The July issue of The Messenger is finally available. Click here to download your copy.


Thursday, June 02, 2011

Quick Reminders from Nancy

Just another reminder!

Ascension Thursday Mass is 6:30 PM – tonight
A “Pot Luck Dinner” will follow in the Parish Center!

Also – Casa Maria this Friday – tomorrow!   6:00 PM

Looking ahead!  Vestry meeting Saturday, June 18th following the 8:30 AM Mass. 

Peace and Stay Happy!


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The Messenger - June 2011

The new issue of The Messenger is here! Featured this month: a letter from Terri Smith, a new addition to the parish clergy, a look at interfaith ministry and its roots in ecumenism, our own ambassador from the Pima Council on Aging, and an invitation to conversation. Click here for your very own copy!

ALSO: Don't forget: Casa Maria is this Friday. School's out, so we need eggstra help making sandwiches. See below for details.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Announcements for Week Ending June 5th, 2011



St. Margaret’s Altar Guild will be having a Coffee Hour and short meeting for member, members at large and anyone who might be interested in joining the Altar Guild. The Coffee Hour will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 10 AM in the Parish Center. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jon Rinnander will be sorting books in the Womble library from 10-2 PM, May 25, 27 and 31st. Empty cartons would be helpful if you could bring them while he is there. Recycled treasures from the library will be on sale in the parish center on Pentecost, Sunday, June 12 – to benefit TIHAN.

Knitters and Quilters will resume their meetings in September!

THIS Sunday, May 29, in the Parish Center, we’ll make migrant food packs for Samaritans to distribute to those in distress in the desert. Social action is buying in bulk (cheaper) for the basic pack. If you wish to add supplements (individual servings in durable containers), nutrition bars, trail mix, tuna pouches and fruit or applesauce cups are always welcome.

THANK YOU ~ to St. Michael’s ECW ~ St.Teresa’s Guild for their hard work and generous donation of $500.00 to Episcopal Relief and Development ~ Disaster Relief and a donation of $300.00 to St. Michael’s Peace Fund.

boiled eggCASA MARIA VOLUNTEERS WILL MEET THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 3RD at 6:00 PM, in the Parish Center to prepare sack lunches. Your help is needed - the volunteers can always use a few extra hands and EXTRA dozens of SHELLED hard-boiled eggs (school is out!) Join us for fellowship and to help with this good work.

√ SUPPLY DONATIONS, GUATEMALA PROJECT ~ until June 12 only. General call for adult vitamins with minerals, ibuprophen, acetamenofen (Tyenol – adult, children, infants) and small tubes of antibiotic ointment. Add them to the treasure chest at the back of church, and we will take them to Guatemala in our suitcases. Other low-tech supply or medicine donations ~ telephone Ila. We are especially looking for small tubes of ophthalmic erythromycin and a new source for bulk low-cost purchase of prenatal vitamins.

Sun. June 5 -- St. Michael's new "prophetic" sign dedication, originally scheduled for May 29, will occur at the close of the 10:15 a.m. Mass June 5.  It's still a work in progress (like life!) at this point.  See a draft of the design on the Social Action bulletin board by the Parish Center.  And stay today to fill a few migrant food packs for us to donate to Samaritans.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Monday Memo

We pray for the repose of the soul of Carol Watson. May her soul, and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Carol will be remembered at the Healing Mass this Wednesday at 12:10 PM.

The Dedication of the “Our Lady of The Desert Meditation House” will take place this Saturday. Meditation will begin at 9:15 AM with the Dedication taking place at 10:30 AM. A “Bar-B-Q” will follow.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Church Growth Initative Workshop

You are invited to attend a special workshop this week-end at St. Michael's. The Rev. Margaret Babcock, an expert in Congregational Development, will present a workshop for Church Growth. She will be assisted by Frs. Paul Buckwalter and Allen Breckenridge as facilitators.

The workshop begins on Friday evening at 6 PM with food and refreshment and the opening session. The workshop will resume on Saturday morning at 9AM (coffee and rolls provided) and continue over lunch until 4PM closure.

Everything will take place in the Parish Center. Child care with goodies and films will be provided.

You will be happy you came to this special time together for the growth of parish.