Thursday, May 29, 2014

Announcements through June 6th, 2014

Altar Guild members ~ Mark your calendars! 10 AM, Saturday, June 7 Annual Altar Guild Meeting and Brown Bag Lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.

You are invited to join us for a Taize Service of Meditation on Tuesday, June 3rd at 6:45 PM. Take 45 minutes at the end of the day for this quiet time of meditation and readings. You will be glad you did! 

Did you know….the church has a “Hearing Loop” installed? Just switch your hearing aid to “T-coil”. Portable hearing loops are also available from the ushers - but please return them to the usher’s table after Mass. (You may have to contact your audiologist to find out if your hearing aid is so equipped for “T-Coil”.

Wednesday ~ June 18th ~ ECW Meeting and“Pot Luck” Luncheon. 10:30 AM ~ Parish Center.

Thursday  ~ JUNE 26th ~ 6:30 PM ~ Join Parish Life for a Mexican Fiesta at Casa Del Rio Restaurant, located at 1060 S. Pantano, corner of 22nd and Pantano. Entrees range in price.

Last-Minute Reminders

Tonight! May 29th Ascension Thursday ~ “They returned to Jerusalem with great joy” The evening begins with Mass at 6 PM followed by a “Pot Luck” Dinner in the Parish Center. Just bring a dish to share and join us for good food, fellowship and celebrate Ascension Day! All are invited.

Altar Guild members ~ Mark your calandars! Annual Altar Guild Meeting & Brown Bag Lunch. Beverages & dessert provided. 10AM, Saturday, June 7 ~ Parish Center.

Casa Maria sandwich making is this Friday, May 30th. Come anytime after 5 PM. Experience the satisfaction that comes from helping others! School's out! A GREAT time to bring children to a family friendly Community Service Event.  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.                                      

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Guatemala Project Sendoff 2014

Writer Byrd Baylor Reads May 17 at Guatemala Team Sendoff
as 13 volunteers prepare for work in rural Guatemala
Internationally acclaimed writer Byrd Baylor reads from her essays and children’s stories at a meal and "Despedida"
(sendoff) for 13 St. Michael’s Guatemala Project volunteers on Saturday, May 17, at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot Road (at 5th Street).
Informal activities begin at 5:30 p.m.
with a Maya textile sale, a chance to walk a self-guided "Guatemala history labyrinth" in the church’s labyrinth patio, and an opportunity to meet many of the 13 volunteers traveling to Guatemala with the Project this summer.
A 6 p.m. meal
features "build your own" tostadas and accompaniments.
Baylor reads
around 6:30 p.m., after everyone is served.
This marks the eleventh year Baylor, who celebrated her 90th birthday in March, has been featured at the sendoff. The non-sectarian Guatemala Project also celebrates its "majority," 21 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.
Appropriately, Baylor plans to read from her book I’m in Charge of Celebrations, as well as short essays that reveal her wry humor, unique commentary on local and universal social issues, and great love for the Arizona desert and all its creatures.
The 13 team volunteers, including five University of Arizona medical students finishing their first year of studies and their M.D. advisor, will venture into post-war Guatemala for work in small teams alongside Maya health promoters in remote hamlets and resettlement locations of the CPR-Sierra. The communities are still struggling for cultural and physical survival in circumstances that have not changed appreciably since the war years. The first team leaves June 3 [detail in attachment].
Baylor will be available to autograph books, on sale courtesy of Antigone Books.

The event is free.
Donations to benefit Mayan health workers and their rural communities are encouraged. Team volunteers pay their own trip expenses, so all donations benefit the communities served.
Ila Abernathy, Project Coordinator
available upon request and with the e-mailed version of this release.
background information, flier
About writer Byrd Baylor
Simon and Schuster, publishers, remark: "Byrd Baylor lives and writes in Arizona, presenting images of the Southwest and an intense connection between the land and the people. Her prose illustrates vividly the value of simplicity, the natural world, and the balance of life within it."
She now divides her time between Tucson and a hand-built house outside Arivaca. Her beloved home, constructed years ago by Byrd and her friends, lacks electricity or other "amenities" – apart from spectacular sunrises and vistas, quiet starry nights, and a neighboring wash (which she shares with desert creatures and a No More Deaths aid station that provides medical assistance to migrants in distress).
Noted for self-deprecating wit, love of the desert and all its dwellers, and unsentimental compassion, Baylor has written essays, a novel, and more than 25 books for children, many now considered classics. Four of her children’s books have won the prestigious Caldecott award. They have also been awarded American Library Association and other major prizes.
Born March 28, 1924, in San Antonio, Texas, Baylor has lived in Southern Arizona for most of her life. Her antecedents include Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor, for whom Baylor University is named, and Admiral Richard E. Byrd.
About Guatemala Project Teams 2014
Teams include both generalists and health professionals. There’s a 52-year age range from youngest to oldest, with a comfortable contingent, including two of the medical students, in their early 30's. They have traveled or volunteered everywhere from Mexico to Cuba to Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, Chile, Africa, Indonesia, and Tajikistan.
On all teams:
Ila Abernathy, Coordinator, and one or more members of the Equipo de Salud (lead health team) of the CPR-Sierra [Communities of Population in Resistance of the Sierra].
Team 1 – June 3 to 22
UA medical students A.J. Goshinska, Christine Savilo, and Karl Yousef
Dr. Ron Pust, MD, Office of Global & Border Health, Family & Community Medicine, UA
Ila Abernathy, Coordinator
Team 2 – June 24 to July 17
RN Sarah Roberts, lead Project health professional, 12th year of visiting.
RN Matthew Torbenson (lives in Los Angeles)
UA med. student Heinrich Fan
Taylor Nash, UA junior with interest in international relations and positive social development.
Sara Lowden, BS Anthropology, human rights experience, now in Guatemala for an extended stay.
Ila Abernathy, Coordinator
Team 3 – July 21 to August 7
RN Cathy Horbatt
UA med. student Natasha Smith
Kelly Strachan, Spanish instructor / interpreter, prior experience in Guatemala
Ila Abernathy, Coordinator
Team 3 extraordinary auxiliary – Paul Horbatt, who with spouse Cathy (RN on Team) will help courier supplies and spend the first few days with us.
Ila Abernathy, Coordinator (520) 623-3063,

Announcements through May 17, 2014

  • THANK YOU ~ to each and everyone who contributed a “Meals from Mom” grocery bag of food for the food pantry. They will be remembered today!
  • We need your help! Join us Monday, May 12 at 9 am in the office workroom. We will be stocking the food pantry with the “Meals from Mom” groceries. Now we need your help. Should only take an hour. We thank you for your help.
  • THANKS TO EVERYONE who donated to the April 30 Social Action designated for St. Michael’s Guatemala Project. Your donations, plus earlier generous support from two parishioners, totaled $900. We want to challenge the general public to exceed this amount at our public program with Byrd Taylor on May 17.
  • Mark your calendars: May 29th Ascension Thursday ~ “They returned to Jerusalem with great joy” The evening begins with Mass at 6 PM followed by a “Pot Luck” Dinner in the Parish Center. Just bring a dish to share and join us for good food, fellowship and celebrate Ascension Day! All are invited. (sign-up sheets in back of church)
~ Parish Life invites you ~
U of A” Baseball game, Saturday May 24th at 6PM at Hi Corbet Field (Randolph Park) General admission is $8 and Seniors $5.

Meet at the ticket office at 5:30 PM.

Join us for a fun filled evening of baseball, good friends and fellowship!
 FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014
5:30 ~ 8pm