Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Announcements for Week Ending June 2, 2013

boiled egg**It’s time again for Casa Maria sandwich making!  Friday May 31st, 5:30 PM in the Parish Center. Experience the satisfaction that comes from helping others! School's out, so we need your help!  This is a great time to bring children to a family-friendly Community Service event! Bring friends! Bring extra eggs! Kitchen opens at 5 PM, come any time after that. Please bring 2 or 3 dozen peeled eggs. We don't get extra eggs from the school students in the summer.  Please bring medium sized boxes for transporting the lunches.   Fruit boxes from Costco or banana boxes are ideal. Next Casa Maria: Friday June 28th.

** ECW Ladies mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 19th meeting and “Pot Luck Luncheon”. This will be our final meeting for the summer until we resume in September.

**Sat Bir Kuar Khlasa, a friend and frequent visitor to our parish, is the founder of the Culture of Peace Alliance. This Thursday they celebrate the 9th anniversary of Community Conversations. At 6:30 P.M. on Thursday May 30th you are invited to join us at Catalina United Methodist Church for a vegetarian Indian meal from Govinda's and an hour or so of discussion. A free will offering is suggested. The program is supported by many churches, synagogues, and civic organizations in the interest of promoting dialogue and friendship.

** Sunday Lectionary Bible Study continues this Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Womble Library. All are invited to this lively discussion.

** June and July birthday lists are available in the pamphlet rack in the back of church.

**Beginning Sunday, June 2, the choir will go on summer schedule. Will continue to sing through the summer, but only rehearse on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the Parish Center. If you are interested in joining us for the summer months, please speak with Doug Leightenheimer, our organist, after Mass this morning. We hope to welcome some new faces and voices this summer!

**Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 4th! Join the ECW for a FUN~RAISER at Sweet Tomatoes on Broadway to raise money for the “Organ Fund”. Sweet Tomatoes will donate 15% of sales generated by St. Michael’s. 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

In Memoriam

Dear Friends:

It is with sadness that I share with you the deaths of Fr. Ed Harnsberger on Memorial Day morning and Les Stephens in the early morning hours Tuesday. We meet the loss of these loved ones with deep faith in the Resurrection of Christ: those who believe in me, even though they die, will live! Our prayers and love go out to Margaret Harnsberger and Candy Stephens and their families.

Fr. Ed was a member of the Society of Mary in our parish. This Saturday all are invited to pray the Rosary at 7:45 AM as we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation. Let's offer up this prayer for Fr. Ed, Les, and Frank Alvarez (service last Saturday). May they rest in peace!

No times of services have been planned yet. You might attend the Rosary at 7:45 AM, the Mass at 8:30 AM, and/or the Contemplative prayer session at the House of Prayer at 9:30 AM (Fr. Ed and Margaret regularly take part). These times of prayer will be a good way to begin to remember our loved ones who have entered eternal life.


Update: The Memorial Mass for Les will take place this Saturday at 8:30 AM. Rest in Peace! --Nancy

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Busy Pentecost Weekend!

Busy weekend beginning with:

Guatemala Send-Off with readings by Byrd Baylor, great food and many other exciting activities beginning Saturday at 5PM. Included: Books on sale by Antigone Books, Maya textile half-price sale…and much more.

Pentecost Sunday at all Masses in conformity with the day….”Wear Red to celebrate Pentecost.”

Pentecost Brunch will be served beginning at 9am until Noon in the Parish Center.

DO NOT forget the ECW Casserole and Bake Sale this Sunday after all the morning Masses! Delicious food prepared by the best cooks of St. Michael’s. TAKE HOME YOUR SUNDAY MEAL AND DESSERT. Used books will also be on sale. Something for everyone. Support your St. Michael’s ECW.

If that is not enough, celebrate the Baptism of brothers: Andrew S. Gioannetti and Mark K. Gioannetti during the Family Mass.

Happy Weekend!


More on the Guatemala Sendoff:

Writer Byrd Baylor Reads May 18 at Guatemala Team Sendoff
Guatemala expert Elizabeth Oglesby to report on genocide trial

Internationally acclaimed writer Byrd Baylor reads from her essays and children’s stories at a meal and "Despedida" (sendoff) for St. Michael’s Guatemala Project volunteers on Saturday, May 18, at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot Road (at 5th Street). This marks the tenth year Baylor has been featured at the celebration.

New in 2013 are a half-price textile sale, a mini-workshop on Guatemala today, and a chance to walk a "migrant labyrinth," all preceding the meal and Baylor’s reading.

The Maya textile sale begins at 5 p.m. in the Church’s labyrinth patio and celebrates the non-sectarian Project’s 20 years of association with the Maya of the CPR-Sierra [Communities of Population in Resistance of the Sierra], survivors of Guatemala’s 36-year internal conflict.

In the same location visitors can walk the migrant labyrinth, an installation by multi-media artist / activist Deborah McCullough, of migrants’ discarded shoes, all found in the desert.

At 5:30 p.m.Guatemala scholar and UA associate professor Elizabeth Oglesby offers an up-to-the-minute informal report on the genocide trial of former dictator and army general Efrain Rios Montt. Oglesby was in Guatemala in April to testify as an expert witness and was present when defense attorneys walked out en masse, forcing a temporary suspension of the historic trial. Joining Oglesby is scholar Murphy Woodhouse, with additional comment on Maya and migration.

A 6 p.m. meal features "build your own" tostadas and accompaniments.

Baylor reads around 6:30 p.m., after everyone is served.

Now in her late 80's, Baylor has lived in Southern Arizona for most of her life. Noted for self-deprecating wit, love of the desert and its creatures, and unsentimental compassion, Baylor has written essays, a novel, and more than 25 books for children, many now considered classics. They have been awarded American Library Association, Caldecott, and other major prizes.

The event celebrates Project volunteers who, throughout the summer, will work in small teams alongside Maya health promoters in remote hamlets and resettlement locations of the CPR-Sierra. Accusations of genocide against Rios Montt are based upon crimes committed in the Ixil Area, where the CPR-Sierra originated.

Baylor will autograph books,

on sale courtesy of Antigone Books.
The event is free.

 Donations to benefit Maya health workers and their rural communities are encouraged.
Ila Abernathy, Project Coordinator,