Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle December 11, 2015

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December 11, 2015

This past weekend, I had the privilege of ordaining a new priest, Sandy Chilese, and installing her as the Vicar of what is probably the smallest and most remote of all the congregations in the Diocese — Sts. Philip and James in Morenci.


Shop for a Cause

Looking for a special gift this holiday season? Shop the online catalog of merchandise featuring the diocesan logo! This is an easy way to evangelize, as well as promote the diocese. Since there are no production costs, all 10% of the proceeds will go to the diocesan Alleluia Fund!

Christmas Cards for the Forgotten
Remembering the marginalized, the needy, is one way to prepare and is something that may already be on our hearts this Advent season. The diocesan Prison Ministry Program Group would like to encourage everyone to expand their Christmas card list to include the ladies at Perryville Prison who attend the Episcopal worship services. Many women never receive a piece of mail during their incarceration. They suggest using the church’s address for the return address and simply sign the cards with a first name only or “Your family at (church name).” Mailing lists can be found here.



Yuletide Concert
On Friday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Augustine’s (Tempe) and Saturday, December 19 at Church of the Nativity (Scottsdale), the public is invited to enjoy Yuletide with Bartholomew Faire. Bartholomew Faire is the Valley’s most eclectic ‘early music’ group. They’ll perform yuletide music from various European traditions through the centuries. Tickets are $20 (adults) or $5 (students and children) and can be purchased at the links above.

Live Nativity

Everyone is invited to join St. Michael’s (Coolidge) for a cup of cocoa and to celebrate a special birth at their Annual Live Nativity on Sunday, December 20 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. This is a free event.

Refugee Movie Screening

St. Peter’s (Litchfield Park) is hosting a free screening of the film Salam Neighbor on Sunday, December 20 at 1:30 p.m. This 2015 independent documentary sheds light on the experience of Syrian refugees. A brief presentation will accompany the film to suggest ways Arizonans might support refugees.




The Rev. Bob Williams…
is mentioned in Mary-Louise Parker’s new book “Dear Mr. You.”

The Rev. Harry Way…

is now the Interim at Church of the Advent (Sun City West).



Please go to the Diocesan Calendar for more detailed information about these events and others including services such as Taizé and Compline. Use our Find a Church feature to locate a church listed below.

Saturday, December 12

  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Quiet Day @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Dance Mixability @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix
  • Ordination to the Priesthood of The Rev. Marc McDonald
    @ Church of the Epiphany, Flagstaff
  • Integrity Arizona Chapter Potluck Meeting
    @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, December 13

  • Bishop’s Visitation @ Church of the Advent, Sun City West
  • 2nd Annual Daughters of the King Advent Meditation
    @ Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley
  • Taizé Service @ All Saints of the Desert, Sun City
  • Choral Evensong @ All Saints’, Phoenix
  • Festival of Lessons & Carols @ Church of the Epiphany, Tempe

Tuesday, December 15

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, December 16
  • Contemplative Eucharist @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
  • Posada @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
Thursday, December 17
  • Posada @ St. Christopher’s, Sun City
  • Compline @ All Saints’, Phoenix
Friday, December 18
  • Posada @ Santa Maria, Phoenix
  • Posada @ St. Andrew’s, Glendale
  • Taizé Service @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Yuletide with Bartholomew Faire @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

13  All Saints’ Church & Day School, Phoenix
20  Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo, Phoenix
27  Santa Maria Episcopal Church, Phoenix

3  St. Jude’s, Phoenix

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • John Bloxham, husband of The Rev. Sheila Hagan-Bloxham,
    who is recovering from surgery
  • The Rev. Robin Hollis,
    who is recovering at home
  • The Rev. Robert Williams,
    who is suffering from chronic lumbar muscle spasms
  • The Rev. Jeffrey Reed,
    who is undergoing treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat Thompson, Lay Vicar,
    who is recovering from a serious car accident
  • The Rev. Channing Johnson,
    who is receiving treatment for melanoma
  • Nancy Dugan, wife of The Rev. Ray Dugan,
    who is recovering at home
  • All members of the Armed Forces,
    especially those who are serving overseas
  • Those affected by recent weather, natural disasters, and
    civil unrest

The above names will stay on this list for up to four weeks. If someone needs to remain on this list for a longer period, or to have others added to this list, please contact Nicole Krug at



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