Friday, April 29, 2011

Episcopal Diocese of Arizona Alleluia Fund Appeal

This weekend you will be receiving a letter from the Diocese regarding the Alleluia Fund Appeal. Your generosity will enable new church plants and support new growth initiatives.

You have the option of mailing a donation or simply drop a check in the collection, noted in the memo “Alleluia Fund.”

Your generosity is appreciated.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

This Weekend at St. Michael's!

April 29th, 2011

Beginning Friday, April 29th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM – St. Michael’s School ~ SECOND ANNUAL ART EXPO AND AUCTION ~ Picasso, Van Gogh, Fresco.

Something for everyone. Free admission, live and silent auction. Showcase of student art, visiting Tucson artists Valarie Galloway and Janet Burner, live entertainment, hands-on art activities for younger children and wine, beer, hors d’oevres for adults, pizza for kids.

April 30th, 2011

*8:30 AM ~ Memorial Mass for Patrick Gibbons at the 8:30 AM Mass.

* 9:15 AM ~ Meditation at the Our Lady of the Desert House of Prayer. Following meditation, Father Ed Harnsberger will lead a discussion about Native American Spirituality from the unique perspective of his life ministry among the Lakota people.

*11:00 AM ~ Funeral Mass for The Rev. Canon John C. Fowler with a reception in the Parish Center following Mass.

May 1st, 2011 
and Beyond

* MONTHLY SUNDAY BRUNCH ~ following the morning Masses ~ All are welcome … bring a friend!

* After the 10:15 Mass ~ the Social Action Committee will meet in the Labyrinth area.

* 12:30 PM – St. Michael’s is happy to announce the offering of a Rite II Mass given in Spanish. The Rev. Jorge Sotelo will be officiating at this mass. The Mass will take place at the Mary Altar. All are invited to attend and are encouraged to invite all of our Spanish speaking friends.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

The Messenger

The April 2011 issue of The Messenger is now available on this blog's sidebar (or by clicking the link in this sentence!). This is the first issue edited by yours truly, with the generous help of former editor Alicia Basemann who has recently retired. The version here incorporates two corrections in the first article, which had typos in the copy that was emailed earlier this week. Oops!

For future issues I'm hoping to revive a feature from a number of years ago, profiling a different parishioner each month. Any volunteers? This parish is full of people who have led interesting lives and given much back to God, the parish and the community. I, for one, want to know more about you all!

Also, I'm looking for your reminiscences and tributes about Father Fowler, whom I never met. His memorial service here will be on Saturday, April 30th at 11 AM. I'd like to be able to compile the parish's memories of our founding rector as a special supplement to the next issue of The Messenger. Please email me at mavarin2 at, or to if you'd like to contribute to this effort, or to in general. Thanks!


Friday, April 01, 2011

Thought for the Day: Isaiah 58:6-7

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?