Thursday, April 19, 2012

Announcements for Week Ending April 28th, 2012


Sunday, April 29th, is our last Discorama sale of the season: CDs and DVDs to benefit the parish Discretionary Fund. Donated items may be left at the church office. Sale in the Parish Center follows all three morning services next week.

The Tucson Masterworks Chorale honors the late Jan Lockett at their Spring Concert at Grace St. Paul’s on Sunday, May 6. See Jo Leeming for tickets.

ECW ~ Southern Area gathering will be held in Benson at the St. Raphael-in the-Valley Church on Saturday, April 28, 2012. These gatherings are always interesting and lots of fun. The meeting ends at 2:15 pm. Sign-up sheets are in the back of church. Drivers are needed. Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you are willing to drive. A great time will be enjoyed by all.

TIHAN raises a third of its annual budget at its “live and silent auction, “Treasures for TIHAN.” THE auction will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel on the evening of Saturday, May 5. Jon Rinnander has information and raffle tickets.

Back by popular demand-- ECW casserole and bake sale --- this Sunday, April 22nd, after all morning masses. Purchase a treat for Sunday Dinner or dessert. St. Michael’s cooks and bakers are the best!!

Social Action Meeting in Womble Library this Sunday, April 22nd, following the 10:15 AM Mass: beginning 10 minutes after the Postlude ends. Seek coffee, then find us. We don’t tarry. All welcome. Agenda items: Peggy Van Norman.

Samaritan Benefit Concert (free will offering, no set admission) Sunday, April 22, 7:30 PM, with Appalaachian accoustic music, including “Big Jim Griffith” on banjo, and the “Ever So Slightly Lower Than the Angel Boys.” Southside Presbyterian, 317 W. 23rd St. (between 9th and 10th Avenues. Call Ila for more information.

Barnabas Friendship Luncheon catered by Chef Andy Bruno will take place Monday, April 23rd at 11:30 AM in the Parish Center. Only $10 person. All are welcome and urged to attend this friendly gathering of friends and fellowship. Reservation sheets on the ushers table.

Adult Education continues 9 AM Sundays, with a new 6-week study series which began on April 15: "Holy (and not so holy) Sonnets and other short poems touching on religious experience, Donne and Herbert to the present." Faith, doubt, devotion, science, depression and ecstasy (sometimes simultaneous).  Ila Abernathy facilitates. Approach will be eclectic, rather than scholarly. Join at any time. April 22: Science, sin, and other weighty (or weightless) matters: Donne, Milton, Hamlet indirectly on the resurrection of the body, a glance at "the proper study of mankind," and at least one modern poem. We meet in the Womble Library. All are welcome to join us!

Just in time for Mother’s Day! A beautiful quilt made by St. Michael’s ECW Quilters. One of a kind, the beautiful queen size quilt will be raffled off on May 13th, Mother’s Day. Tickets are just $2 each or 6 for $10. See Joy or Lynette each Sunday after Mass for your tickets and to view this gorgeous quilt. What a great gift idea for your wife or mother!

Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! How does our money and the stewardship we exercise over it relate to the message of Easter? It may be as simple as saying: I believe Jesus rose from the dead. I believe that Jesus’ risen life can be experienced in word and sacrament. I believe Jesus intended his followers to be part of a community of faith. I give sacrificially so that the ongoing ministry of justice, peace, and reconciliation can be lived out in Jesus’ Name.

Thanks to everyone for making the Special Easter Offering such a success! Your faith gifts resulted in a total of $7,413 being raised. This is in addition to $12,626 given on Palm Sunday and Easter. When you add all the time and effort preparing the Liturgies of Holy Week and Easter: cleaning and repairing the Walsingham Chapel after the fire, all the beautiful music, the decoration of the church, and all who served and read at the services, and worked with our baptismal candidates, you have a tremendous expression of faith and love. Jesus is “indeed” risen and lives among us!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Suzanne Petersen ~ Memorial

The Memorial Service for Suzanne Petersen will be held at 11AM Tuesday (tomorrow) here at St. Michaels. The family has requested no flowers.

May Suzanne's soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen
In Lieu of flowers the family of Suzanne Petersen would prefer donations be made to one of the following charities:

St. Michael and All Angels Social Action Committee
602 N Wilmot Rd,
Tucson, AZ  85711

Cold Wet Noses
(520) 253-6309

Oxfam America
226 Causeway St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
(800) 776-9326

More details: the choir will sing in honor of their former colleague, and the Social Action committee will honor one of their own by helping out at the reception. -- Karen

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt

The mad dash.

It was in the tree!

"I never got a Golden Egg before!"

Dressed for the occasion.

All photos by KFB.

Easter Vigil!

The Service of Light

Baptism: Galit



The Light of Christ!

All photos by KFB

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Holy Week Announcements 2012

HOLY WEEK BEGINS WITH PALM SUNDAY. 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. (Click here for the Holy Week Schedule.)

LAST CALL FOR EASTER FLOWER DONATIONS – Simply place your donation in an envelope making certain your donation is clearly marked for “flowers” and drop in the collection basket ~ 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 with 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 break the fast and welcome the newly baptized after the Easter Vigil service in the ParishCenter. Special dishes of eggs, fruit, and hot cross buns will be served. Signup sheet located on the ushers’ cabinet.

SUNDAY SCHOOL will not be held Easter Day.

CASA MARIA CANCELLED APRIL 6TH - Most of you know that there is NO Casa Maria sandwich making this month, since April 6th is Good Friday. Next Casa Maria is Friday, May 4th. See you then!
--The Casa Maria Team

Special Easter Offering Letter From The Rev. John R. Smith

Dear Friends:

This Easter, I’m inviting everyone connected to St Michael and All Angels to participate in The Easter Offering. This is where we give above and beyond our regular giving. We’ll use 100% of this offering to fund the following areas:

1. Create Operating Margin
Due to higher than normal utility costs our church budget has been strained.  We need to bring up our available operating funds until the Solar system starts helping in May.

2. Mother Clare
It has been an answer to prayer that Mother Clare has come among us.  She is being called to assist us in the Parish and be Chaplain at our school.  This Offering will enable the parish to move forward when specially donated funds for her ministry run out.

3. Repair our Church wall damaged by the rains
The stucco wall by the church organ was damaged by the recent rains.  This offering will enable us to fix the damage.

On April 8 we will receive the The Easter Offering during each of our services. We’re providing special envelopes and encouraging everyone to come prepared to give on that day. I am 100% confident that if everyone does their part and gives as they’ve been blessed we will hit our goal of $10000.

If you’re going to be out of town that day, or if you’d like to go ahead and donate now, you can send a check to church and mark it “Special Easter Offering.”

God has given us the greatest mission ever and we’re blessed to be able to join him in serving our community for Christ and advancing the Gospel!

Father Smith

P.S. See you at the Vigil or Sunday or Easter morning services! Pray for Galit, George, and Wrigley who will be baptized at the Great Vigil of Easter.

Click here for Holy Week Schedule

Monday, April 02, 2012

Holy Week Schedule 2012

2012 Holy Week Calendar
April 2nd
Monday in Holy Week
5:30 PMLow Mass (for Nuclear Disarmament)
April 3rd
Tuesday in Holy Week
7:30 AM
6:45 PM
Morning Prayer
Taizé Meditation Service ~ Church
Wednesday, April 4thWednesday in Holy Week
11:45 AM
12:10 PM

7:00 PM
Healing Mass with Laying On of Hands
and Stations of the Cross
Choir Rehearsal - Church
April 5th
Maundy Thursday
7:00 PM

9:00 PM
Parish Center - Seder Meal ~ 
Liturgy of the Word ~ Institution of 
the Lord’s Supper, with Sermon,
Procession to the Altar of Repose
Beginning of the Watch
April 6th
Good Friday     
Strict Fast and Abstinence
11:00 AM
12:00 Noon
to 3:00 PM
7:00 PM
Service of Reflection ~
“The Seven Last Words of Christ"
Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday 
(Fast until after The Vigil)
April 7th
Holy Saturday      
Special Devotion & Self Denial
7:00 AM

8:30 AM
9:00 AM
to 10:00 AM
10:00 AM
7:00 PM
Walk to the Cross on the Top of the Hill ~
St. Ann’s Convent On Sabino Canyon
Liturgy of the Day

Choir Rehearsal
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.
April 8th
The Sunday of the Resurrection:  Easter Day
7:45 AM
9:00 AM
9:45 AM
10:15 AM
Mass with Homily
Family Mass (followed by Easter Egg Hunt)
High Mass with Sermon 
(no 5 PM Mass on Easter Day)

Parish offices closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.