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,