Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Casa Maria Update

boiled eggCasa Maria ~ Parish Center. St. Michael's volunteers get together every fourth Friday evening in the Parish Center to prepare sack lunches for the homeless and disadvantaged of Tucson. Your help is needed! Volunteers can always use a few “eggstra” hands and as always “shelled” hard boiled eggs. Join them for fellowship and to help with this good work.

Friday May 2nd is Casa Maria sandwich making at St Michael's Parish Center 602 N. Wilmot. WE NEED YOUR HELP! No school students until September. Bring family and friends!

Kitchen opens at 5 PM; come anytime after that. Please bring 1 OR 2 dozen peeled eggs.

Please bring medium sized boxes for transporting the lunches. Fruit boxes from Costco or banana boxes are ideal.

STEVE will deliver the sandwiches** (Thanks to Steve for April!)


Mark your calendars for 2014! Casa Maria is every 4 weeks...
May 2nd
May 30st
June 27th
July 25th
Aug 22nd
Sept 19th
Oct 17th
Nov 14th
Dec 12th

Monday, April 28, 2014

Concert Photos from Saturday

Here are a few photos from Saturday's Concert of Thanksgiving in honor of A. F. Schultz, featuring Mary Elizabeth Bowden and our own Douglas Leightenheimer. More photos will be on our Facebook page. Enjoy!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Concert Reminder and Update

Our Thanksgiving Concert in honor of A.F. Schultz is Saturday, April 26, at 2:30 PM in the Church. The concert features Trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and our own Douglas Leightenheimer at the Organ. Please come and invite your friends! This promises to be a very special event in the history of the parish.


Mary Elizabeth Bowden has arrived in Tucson for this weekend's concert, and has already made an impact here. On Thursday morning, Mary and Alan played together at the Upper School Mass, after which her trumpet could be heard across the St. Michael campus (at least as far as the church office!). On Thursday afternoon, Mary Elizabeth Bowden presented a Master Class at the University of Arizona. Busy day!

Keith and Elizabeth Hege are hosting a special party/reception with Mary Elizabeth Bowden at their home 6:30 PM Friday evening. Then Saturday is the concert!


The free concert is to be held in thanksgiving to God for enabling us to retire the loan for our Æolian-Skinner organ and establish an endowment for its upkeep in the name of Alan F. Schultz. May it be known as the “A. F. Schultz Organ” in gratitude for Alan’s ministry of teaching in our parish school and his talented musicianship at St. Michael’s, St. Mark’s, and throughout Tucson!For more information, please check out our Schultz Organ page. See you at the concert!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Vigil Memories 2014

Some photos from Easter Vigil:

Return of the Alleluias!

 Parishioners gather for Easter Vigil...

 ...where a small flame...

...turns into a small dragon breathing fire!

The Baptism of Hope and Destiny

Friday, April 18, 2014

Scenes from Holy Week 2014

The story so far....

Maundy Thursday

Carpet experts from Karimi Oriental Rugs prepare to reinstall 
the newly cleaned and repaired carpet in the sanctuary.

Washing of the Feet. Photos by John Hsieh.

The Stripping of the Altars.

 Good Friday

Midnight at the Altar of Repose

Veneration of the Cross.

 See you for the next chapter!


(Photos by KFB except where otherwise noted.)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Concert in Honor of Alan F. Schultz

Alan F. Schultz
The Episcopal Parish of
St. Michael and All Angels
cordially invites you to a concert
of thanksgiving in honor of
Alan F. Schultz
The concert will feature renowned trumpeter,
Mary Elizabeth Bowden
and noted organist
Douglas Leightenheimer.
Saturday April 26th at 2:30 PM
St. Michael and All Angels Church Sanctuary
602 North Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ

Easter Week will culminate in a special concert with Trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden and organist Doug Leightenheimer, in celebration of the naming of the A. F. Schultz Organ. Bring your friends and neighbors!

The free concert will be in thanksgiving to God for enabling us to retire the loan for our Æolian-Skinner organ and establish an endowment for its upkeep in the name of Alan F. Schultz. May it be known as the “Schultz Organ” in gratitude for Alan’s ministry of teaching in our parish school and his talented musicianship at St. Michael’s, St. Mark’s, and throughout Tucson! Alan has also be involved with Tucson Civic Chorus (now the Tucson Masterworks Chorale) and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

Mary Elizabeth BowdenA member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, Virginia Symphony and Santa Fe Opera, and at Colorado’s Breckenridge Music Festival. The First Prize winner of the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition, she is co-founder of Florida’s Chrysalis Chamber Players, a recipient of a Yale Alumni Grant, and has collaborated in chamber music programs at the Marlboro Music Festival, The Banff Centre and at the Sydney Opera House.

In addition to being the music director and organist at St. Michael’s, Douglas LeightenheimerDouglas Blair Leightenheimer is a second year doctoral student at the University of Arizona music department. For fifteen years he was director of music for First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC, also serving as music director for the Schola Cantorum of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. He was recently heard on KUAT radio as it broadcast his April 2013 recital, the Mildred Flood Mahoney Memorial Organ Series Concert at the University of Arizona.

Donations to the Schultz Organ Fund and Endowment are gratefully accepted. Free will offerings will also be accepted at the concert. More information can be found on our Schultz Organ page. Thank you for your generosity!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Announcements for Holy Week 2014

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.

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 Parish Center. Special dishes of eggs, fruit, and hot cross buns will be served. Sign-up sheet located on the ushers’ cabinet.

Sunday School will not be held Easter Day.

RISE AND SHINE! Please note that due to the Easter Vigil service, there will no 5:00 PM Mass on the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day. The Parish Offices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

BRING A CAN - BECAUSE YOU CAN! The need is especially great so far this month. The pantry is in need of: Mac and Cheese, canned spaghetti products, canned fruit, peanut butter and crackers and tuna fish. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

THE EASTER ISSUE OF MESSENGER IS AVAILABLE! Click here to download your copy.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Brief Notes from the Parish Office

Palm Sunday is this Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week! (See below for the Holy Week and Easter schedule.)

As a reminder:  This Saturday, April 12th from 9-10 AM, will be opportunity for Confession and Reconciliation. Several Priests will be available.

Two of our parishioners have died. Roy Van Note died Wednesday and Lorene Paschal died today. (Their funerals will be in the future, most likely in May.)  

May their Souls and all the Souls of the faithful through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen.

Other Announcements:

• Please note ~ there will be no ECW meeting this month. See you on May 21, 2014.

• Knitters and Crocheters will meet Saturday, April 12 at 10AM In the school art room. Just bring your craft and join us!

• Parish Life invites you to “Dine with your Dog” at the Dakota Café on Thursday, April 24th at 6:30 pm. (6541 E. Tanque Verde in Trail Dust Town). Please RSVP by April 20. Reservation sheets in the back of church.

Lenten Soup Suppers began on Wednesday, March 12th at 6:30 PM at the House of Prayer, preceded by Evening Prayer at the House of Prayer. You are invited for a simple soup supper followed by discussion of the book“Unabashedly Episcopalian” by Bishop Andrew Doyle. All are invited for this special Lenten Study.

Holy Week Schedule 2014

Holy Week Schedule 2014
Mon Apr 14
Monday in Holy Week
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
5:30 PM Low Mass (for World Peace)
Tue Apr 15 Tuesday in Holy Week
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
11:00 AM A Service of Renewal of Clergy Vows and the Blessing of Holy Oils (Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix)
Wed Apr 16 Wednesday in Holy Week
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
12:10 PM Healing Mass with Laying On of Hands and Stations of the Cross
Thu Apr 17 Maundy Thursday
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
7:00 PM Parish Center - Seder Meal ~ Liturgy of the Word ~ High Mass of the Institution of the Lord’s Supper with Sermon, and Procession to the Altar of Repose
9:00 PM Beginning of the Watch
Fri Apr 18 Good Friday ~ Strict Fast and Abstinence
12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM Service of Reflection Christ’s Last Seven Words On the Cross,
Opportunity for Confession and Reconciliation ~ Priests Available
7:00 PM Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday ~ Fast Until After the Vigil ~
Sat Apr 19 Holy Saturday ~ Special Devotion & Self-Denial
7:00 AM Walk to the Cross on the Top of the Hill ~ St. Ann’s Convent on Sabino Canyon
8:30 AM Liturgy of the Day
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.
Sun Apr 20
The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
7:45 AM Mass with Homily
9:00 AM Family Mass (Easter Egg Hunt following Mass)
10:15 AM High Mass with Sermon
12:30 PM Misa En Espanol

(No 5pm Mass Easter Day)
Parish Offices closed April 18th ~Good Friday
and April 21st ~ Easter Monday