T-A:ga — “Our Story”: Tohono O’odham Culture and History

On Saturday, March 17, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.Bernard Siquieros, Education Curator and Acting Administrator for the Cultural Center & Museum of the Tohono O’odham Nation, Topawa, Baboquivari District, will share photos, personal insights, and lived knowledge about Tohono O’odham culture and history. Expect gentle humor, long perspectives, and historic photos.

9 a.m. coffee, conversation. 9:25 introductions, presentation, and discussion.

The event takes place in the Smith Parish Center.

Gentle reminder — Tucson lives, works, plays, and worships on traditional lands of the Tohono O’odham. We thank them for welcoming those who arrived later, and for what they teach us about living as desert peoples, in harmony with the land and all its dwellers.

Ten Thousand Villages

Shop with Ten Thousand Villages during Saturday’s uniform exchange.  St. Michael’s Social Action Committee is offering a selection of fair-trade crafts from Ten Thousand Villages, representing many developing countries, encouraging artisan groups, and helping people live with dignity.  Unique selections range from $3 holiday decorations to elegant solid brass earrings made from shell casings, charming Peruvian nativities, and much more.  Gifts to feel good about!  We are the only place in Southern Arizona to “Shop the Village.”

St. Michael’s Church Primavera Meal Team

St. Michael’s Primavera Meal Team serves the evening meal to one hundred men at the men’s shelter on the second Sunday of every month.  We very much need additional cooks to prepare chili.

If you can help, please contact Joe Williams at 886-1804.

Also, the church pantry is running very low on food.  If you can donate, please bring cans to the Church Office.

Holy Week and Easter Day at Saint Michael & All Angels

Dear Friends at St. Michael’s School:
We warmly invite you to take part in any or all of our special worship services for Holy Week and Easter Day.  This is the most important time of the year for Christians – when we revisit those mighty acts by which Jesus Christ has given us life and immortality.
St. Michael’s School is dismissed early on Maundy Thursday, and closed on Good Friday, so that you and your children will have the opportunity to worship on these important days – and if you do not have another church home, we hope you will join us.

— Brother David Benedict Hedges, Rector

Palm Sunday, April 9

On Palm Sunday we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his trial and crucifixion.
9:00 AM          Family Mass with blessing of Palms
10:15 AM          Liturgy of the Palms
with Procession and Solemn Mass
beginning in the Foundations CourtyardMaundy Thursday, April 13
On Maundy Thursday we remember the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples.
6:30 PM           Solemn Mass
Agapè supper follows the Mass in the Parish CenterGood Friday, April 14
On Good Friday we remember the crucifixion on the day it happened.

6:30 PM  Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

Easter Eve, April 15
At the Great Vigil, we journey with the Israelites through the Red Sea and begin our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.

Holy Baptisms and First Mass of Easter
beginning at the door of the church
Easter Day, April 16
On Easter Day we continue our celebration of the Resurrection and keep it going for fifty days!
7:45 AM           Low Mass with Hymns
9:00 AM          Family Mass followed by Easter Egg Hunt
10:15 AM         Mass with full Choir, Brass, Hymns, Incense, and Chant
12:30 PM          Misa en Español
The evening service at 5:00 PM will not be offered.
The Rev. David Benedict Hedges, n/BSG
Rector, Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Tucson, Arizona
(520) 886-7292
Emails are checked Tuesday through Friday

The Church’s Food Pantry Needs Your Help

The St. Michael’s Church Food Pantry supplies food staples each week for many men, women, and families in our Tucson community. Right now, the pantry is running very low. Beginning Monday, a box will be located outside of the church and school offices, and we would welcome any donations that you might bring in. Items of greatest need are:

  • canned beans or dried beans
  • canned tuna fish
  • macaroni and cheese
  • canned fruit
  • snacks such as granola bars or sandwich crackers
  • cereal
  • canned spaghetti products

Our huge food drive at the school is during the month of November leading up to Thanksgiving, but your donations now will help bridge the gap for the church pantry until that time.

St. Michael’s Guatemala Project Coffee

Dear St. Michael’s School Parents and Students:

You are cordially invited to join the Guatemala Project over coffee and treats.  Great information will be shared about contemporary rural Maya and updates on Fr. Smith and Terri, who were with us on the first part of our journey!   Everyone is very welcome.      

-Ila Abernathy, Coordinator


St. Michael’s Guatemala Project 

Coffee, Conversation, Photo journey, call for summer teams

Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.

602 N. Wilmot (at 5th Street), Parish Center  

Join Guatemala Project volunteers Dorothy Chao, Lahna Chaffee, and Ila Abernathy for coffee and a photo journey as they review summer team plans and report on a Lenten delegation that took them from remote hillsides in the Ixil Area of the Guatemalan highlands to a busy cancer hospital in Guatemala City.  Share moments of rare beauty and impending tragedy.  Coffee and informal conversation, 9 a.m.  Program begins at 9:15 a.m.  A limited number of Maya traditional textiles will be on sale.  Information, (520) 623-3063, ilaa@mindspring.com).

St. Michael’s Guatamala Project Coffee

Valentine’s Day Sweets

If you are looking for a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift that also benefits the School and Church, the answer is to buy Angel Candy.  Boxes are available for purchase in the Church Office for $14.  Angel Candy is a delicious concoction of toffee, chocolate, nuts, and toasted coconut – yum!

An Invitation from the Vestry of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church

Dear St. Michael’s School Parents:

Greetings! We hope your child or children are challenged and nourished in every aspect of their educational experience at St. Michael’s School, just as you desired and expected. We are mindful that their joy of learning and achievements are also fruits of your parenting. Congratulations!

As you are certainly aware, the school you have chosen for your child or children is an educational outreach ministry of the Episcopal Parish of St. Michael and All Angels, Tucson. It is our intent to provide a balanced, high-quality education as well as a spiritual home for families that may be in search of one.

If you are seeking a church home or are unaffiliated with any religion, we invite you to explore the Anglican/Episcopal tradition with us. Our members have diverse faith backgrounds as well as no previous faith tradition, but they have found comfort in the intellectual as well as spiritual growth our members experience. Please come visit one of our Sunday services and meet some of our parishioners. Our Sunday service times include Mass at 7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. Our 9:00 a.m. service is our Family Mass, which is very relaxed and child-friendly.  In addition, a Spanish Mass is offered at 12:30 p.m.

We would be happy to share more about our church and our faith. Please feel free to contact the Rev. Dr. Richard Mallory, our Interim Rector, at 886-7292, or the Rev. Dr. Clare Yarborough, our School Chaplain, at 722-8478, ext. 225, if you have any questions concerning your desire to explore the Episcopal Church. Please feel free to view our website at http://smallangelstucson.org/ministries.html, especially under Education.

Thank you for your attention. Please know that you are welcome to visit us at any time. We wish you and your child or children a wonderful winter term in our parish day school.

Sincerely yours,

The Vestry of Episcopal Parish of St. Michael and All Angels, Tucson





Vigil of the Nativity ~ Christmas Eve

           5:00 p.m.   ~  Family Mass with Christmas story for children and setting up of the creche

          10:00 p.m.  ~ Prelude:  Carols of the Incarnation

           10:45 p.m.  ~ Solemn Procession and High Mass



           10:00 a.m.  ~   The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

                                      Solemn Procession and HIGH MASS (there will be no other mass on Christmas)

The Parish offices close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 23rd, and will be closed on Christmas Eve.
The office will reopen on Tuesday, December 29th.