Monday, November 30, 2015

Notes from the Parish Office - Cyber Monday Edition

The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner took place this past week (of course).  Many thanks to everyone and especially Katrina Noble, Karen Roehm (Katrina's sister) Leslie Duaime of course Lisa Sharpe. It was so heartening to arrive at the kitchen and finding Lisa at the helm.  A good time was had by all. Opportunity for giving came, as all the leftovers were packed up and taken to Casa Maria early Friday morning by Ila.  Any pies or cakes left over were used to coffee hour on Sunday. Nothing went to waste. We all have so much to be grateful for! Hence: "Thanksgiving."

For those of you who know Patty Benedict, she has moved back to Arizona. Patty is living with her son and family in Marana.  She says she might be brave enough to drive to St. Michael's for a service. Ann Ireland was seen this weekend attending Mass at Tuller School. The Rev. Joel Ireland was presiding. No wheelchair, no walker and NO cane. It was heard that she may be shopping for a new car. It just goes to show...that we are not in charge! Amen!

On a note of sadness ~ Bob Howe passed away this morning. Bob has been a fixture here at St. Michael's since 1963. It is impossible to list all Bob has done for St. Michael's, but we as a parish are grateful for his service and dedication to St. Michael's. May the soul of Bob W. Howe, and all the souls, through the mercy  of God, rest in peace. Amen!

The funeral for Bob will take place, Saturday, December 19th at 1:00 PM. A reception will follow.

+++++ please take note: The Angel Tree is in the back of church decorated with names of children whose parent (s) are incarcerated. The tags give the child's name, age and gift suggestions.

The shoe boxes for the Rotary "Shoebox Campaign" are in the back of church. Inside are directions for gifts. These shoe boxes are take to Nogales, Sonora Mexico. Gifts are for infants to age 12.

Lastly: St. Michael's International Holiday Bazaar will take place this Saturday 3 PM ~ 7 PM and Sunday 9 AM ~ 3 PM. Enjoy music, good friends and shopping for unusual holiday gifts while helping over 25 non-profit organizations!

Peace, slow down and stay happy!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Notes from the Parish Office

May the soul of Betty Malody and all departed souls, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

Betty passed away last week after a long illness. Betty will be greatly missed as a long time parishioner, volunteer, wife, mother, grandmother and most importantly a good friend to all.

Her funeral will take place sometime after Christmas.  The family headed for a stay in Mexico at a place that Betty, and her beloved husband Bob, loved so much. They are taking some quiet time and comfort with each other. Our prayers are with them.

Just a reminder, Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent and the in gathering of pledges for Stewardship 2016.  If you have not received a pledge card or misplaced it, there are pledge cards in the back of church.

Angel Food Candy is ready for pick-up.  It is not too late to place an order.
You will be glad you did! Just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  Holy Eucharist will be offered at 10:30 am followed by Thanksgiving dinner in the Smith Parish Center.
Take time in thanksgiving for family, friends and each other.

Dear Lord bless the lonely, sick, suffering, refugees and all of God's children. Amen !


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Angel Food! Photos by Our "Senile" Warden!

Have you ordered your Angel Food yet?  Thanks to all the volunteers that made and packaged this year's batch of delicious Angel Food candy. Toffee, nuts, chocolate and toasted coconut = YUM! $14.00 a box. Proceeds benefit St. Michael's.

All photos by Ke Chiang Hsieh.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Announcements for Week Ending November 8th, 2015

The All Souls Novena begins on Monday, November 1 and concludes on Thursday, November 12. During this time, your deceased loved ones will be remembered at all the Masses. There are envelopes in your contribution envelope box or on the usher’s table for listing your deceased loved ones whom you would like remembered at Mass. Simply complete the cards and drop them in the collection basket or at the parish office.

Altar of Remembrance
In case you haven’t noticed…..there is an Altar of Remembrance in the back of church on the west side. The purpose is remembering our loved ones and friends who have died. The altar will remain in place during the All Soul’s Novena ending on Thursday, November 12. You are welcome to place pictures of your loved ones on this altar (and remove them on November 12th or earlier if you wish).

You are invited to join us for Taize Service on Tuesday, November 3rd.  The service begins at 6:45 pm in church.  Taize service is the first and third Tuesdays of the month. If you have never attended Taize, join us and find out what you have been missing.  You will be glad you did.

LOOKING AHEAD…Mark your calendars for next Sunday, November 8.  ECW will conduct their famous “Casserole ~ Bake Sale.”  All men and women of the parish are invited to prepare their special casserole and baked goods for the sale. All parishioners are welcome to stop by the “Casserole ~ Bake Sale” on Sunday, November 8th, and purchase a delicious casserole for dinner and a tempting dessert.  All the goodies are made by the best cooks and bakers at St. Michael’s.

Last call for International Bazaar Parish Artists and parish service groups.  The Bazaar Dec. 5 and 6 has limited space, which is filling up fast with new non-profit vendors.  If you are planning to participate and haven't contacted Jim Steinman at, and Ila Abernathy,, 623-3063 to indicate which days you will be there and what you will sell, you aren't signed up.  Do join us, but let us know!  The Publicity team (Jim S. and Katrina Noble) are doing a great job.  Not a parish artist and just want to come and help? Please let us know; we need you!

It’s time to get ready for the Christmas season. Please consider supporting St. Michael’s School by purchasing your holiday greens through our annual fund raiser.  Wreaths, centerpieces, garland, etc. can be delivered to the school for pick up (first week in December) or directly mailed to your family, friends and co-workers as a gift. Order forms are available in the church office and school office.  Orders are due by Wednesday, November 4.