Thursday, March 31, 2011

Retreat! - and other upcoming events

Our Lady of the Desert House of Prayer (north parking lot north of the church) will hold a Lenten Retreat this Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 9:15 AM to Noon.  A Pot Luck will follow at noon. All are invited.

St. Michael’s Parish Day School 2011 ART EXPO and AUCTION will take place Friday, April 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.  a showcase o student art, visiting Tucson artists Valerie Galloway and Janet Burner, live entertainment; hands-on art activities for young children; wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres for adults; pizza for kids. SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 29TH  ~ All are Welcome!

THIS SATURDAY – Greet the Guatemala Maya visitors. Public welcome with greetings from Arizona indigenous and Tucson’s Guatemalan community at 5PM , a meal at 6PM and program after everyone is seated. No charge but donations heartily solicited.

Don’t forget….TAIZE MEDITATION SERVICE this Tuesday at 6:30 PM!  All are welcome!



Friday, March 25, 2011

The Annunciation

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord.The Mass Saturday morning will be in honor of this feast.

Please join us for the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:45 AM, followed by Mass at 8:30 AM.

Completing your Lenten Saturday morning, please join the Meditation Group at Our Lady of the Desert Meditation House (just north of the church). Parking is available in the north parking lot.

All are welcome and urged to attend!



Thursday, March 24, 2011

2011 Holy Week Calendar

2011 Holy Week Calendar

April 18th - Monday in Holy Week
5:30 pm Low Mass (for nuclear disarmament)

April 19th - Tuesday in Holy Week
7:30 am Morning Prayer
8:10 am Mass
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

April 20th - Wednesday in Holy Week
11:45 am Confessions
12:10 pm Healing Mass with Unction and Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm Tenebrae Service - Church

April 21st- Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm Parish Center - Seder Meal ~ Liturgy of the Word ~
Institution of the Lord’s Supper with Sermon,
Procession to the Altar of Repose,
9:00 pm Beginning of the Watch

April 22nd - Good Friday ~ strict fast and abstinence
11:00 am Confessions
12:00 noon to 3:00 pm Service of Reflection
“The Seven Last Words of Christ”
7:00 pm Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
Fast until after the Vigil

April 23rd - Holy Saturday ~ special devotion and self-denial
7:00 am Walk to the Cross on top of the hill ~
St. Ann’s Convent on Sabino Canyon
8:30 am Liturgy of the day
9:00 to 10:00 am Confessions
10:00 am Choir rehearsal
7:00 pm The Great Vigil of Easter,
The Service of Light, Holy Baptism and
The First High Mass of Easter
Lenten fast ends
We will break the fast and celebrate with the
newly baptized following the Mass.
Join us in the Parish Center.

April 24th - The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
7:45 am Mass with Homily
9:00 am Family Mass
9:45 am Sunday School and child care
10:15 am High Mass with Sermon (no 5 pm Mass Easter Day)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Reverend John Clinton Fowler

As most parishioners know, the Reverend John Clinton Fowler, the founding rector of this parish, passed away on the morning of Saturday, March 19th, following a heart attack. A special service commemorating Father Fowler’s life and contributions will be announced at a future date. If you have a special memory of Father Fowler to share, please write it up and submit it to or the church office.

Meanwhile, here are several online mentions of Father Fowler, with pictures:

History of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church

The Year in Pictures: Judith Joy Ross

Tucson Time Capsule: Push for Civil Rights

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Notes from the Parish Office

Received word today that Fr. Fowler (the founding Rector of St. Michaels) suffered a heart attack last Friday and is in intensive care. He has contracted pneumonia and is in critical condition. Please keep him in your prayers.

The ECW meeting this Wednesday at 10:30 am will be held in the church due to the Book Fair in the Parish Center. We hope you will bring a friend and join us to hear the speaker from Pima Council of Aging and what services they provide.

The “Business of God Luncheon” takes place this coming Monday, March 21 at 11:30 AM in the Parish Center. The speaker will be Dr. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski. The title of his presentation is: “ Holy Women, Holy Men: Looking at the New Calendar of Saints.” The luncheon is sponsored by The Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) and is catered by Enjoy Cooking. The lunch is $15 per person ~ reservations may be made by calling the church office no later than noon this Friday. All are welcome.

“Conversations” ~ What brought you to St. Michael’s? ~ Where are you in your spiritual journey? ~ what are your hopes for the future? Join us Sunday, March 20, 27 and April 3 and 10 in the school art room at 9AM! All are welcome and urged to attend these lively Conversations. †

Monday, March 14, 2011

Events This Week and Beyond!

Remember - The Lenten Soup Supper and Discussions, led by Jon Rinnander, begin tonight at 6PM in the Parish Center. THIS MONDAY begins the Monday evening series during Lent for “Beacons in the Darkness: Spiritual leaders of the modern age.” The evening will begin with Mass at 5:30 pm followed with a simple soup supper and a study group in the Parish Center at 6-7:15 PM. The dates are: March 14, 21, 28 and April 4 and 11. All are welcome and urged to attend!

√ ECW ~ Episcopal Church Women will meet THIS Wednesday, March 16th in the Parish Center. All ladies of the parish are considered members of ECW and we would love to see you! Join us for fellowship and hear a dynamic speaker, Joan Nevin, a representative from Pima County Council on Aging and learn about the Council’s many programs that are offered to the public. Bring a friend, all are welcome! For this meeting only, we will meet in Church in front of the Mary Altar!

√ Ladies! Don’t forget our “Casserole and Bake Sale” THIS Sunday in the Parish Center, following the morning Masses. Don’t forget to bring your baked items and then purchase some delicious casseroles or baked goods to take home for Sunday dinner. This is a WIN/WIN situation, helping the ECW raise funds their projects and then taking home a delicious treat from some of the best cooks at St. Michaels!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Announcement: "Encountering Brueggermann"

Encountering Brueggemann: Journey to the Common Good, Sundays, March 20 and 27, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, East Gallery, St Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church.
Join Rev. Leah Sandwell-Weiss, Suzanne Hesh, and Genevieve Padilla for a two-part series at to discuss Prof. Walter Brueggemann’s most recent book, Journey to the Common Good (Westminster John Knox Press 2010). Dr. Brueggemann is today's preeminent Old Testament scholar. He asks, "Why is the narrative of Pharaoh, exploitation, anxiety, scarcity and fear, alive and well in today’s society?" Dr. Brueggemann states that when we live in a system of anxiety and fear - the fear of not having - it depletes us of the time and energy to see ourselves as neighbors and work toward a common good. Join us as we read, pray, critically reflect, and imagine an alternative to scarcity:  abundance, neighborhood, and a commitment to the common good.

Participants should attend both sessions, bring their Bibles, and bring lunch. Please purchase the book prior to class; it is available for online or for purchase at the St. Philip's Little Shop while supplies last. We will cover the Introduction, the Afterward, and Chapter 1 in the first session; Chapters 2 and 3 in the second session. For more information and to register, contact the Rev. Leah Sandwell-Weiss,, 661-8696.