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MESSENGER ST. MICHAEL’S BY-THE-SEA

The Growth Issue SPRING 2017


GROWTH Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3.18 Not all growth is good. Waistlines, weeds, and credit card debt readily come to mind as examples of unwelcome growth. And not all reasons for growth are good. Many church communities fall into the subtle trap of wanting to “grow” for reasons counter to the core mission of the church. As far as evangelistic motivators go, “So that we can meet our operating budget” or “So our congregation won’t die” are incongruous with sharing the Good News of our crucified and risen Lord. These motivators actually flip the calling of the church on it’s head; instead of serving the world, we serve ourselves. Rather than dying that others might live, we view others as the means to self-preservation. Good growth is good because it is attached to a higher purpose. For the Christian, that purpose is the essence of our salvation: to “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3.18). By the grace of God, for seven years running, the community of Christians at St. Michael’s bythe-Sea has taken a cue from the natural world and committed to the principle that if something is healthy, it will grow. We are driven, not primarily by a desire to “grow”, but to be spiritually healthy. As St. Paul reminds us, it is after all in the end, “God who gives the growth” (I Corinthians 3.7). We believe that if we are faithful in all things to Our Lord Jesus Christ and the faith of his undivided church, he will take care of the growth. And indeed He has done just that at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea! St. Michael’s campus footprint continues to evolve and grow. Our relationships with those whom we love and serve has also evolved and grown: from our neighbors at Carlsbad by the Sea, to the burgeoning pickle ball community, to the adventurous artists of the Carlsbad Music Festival, to the huge-hearted young people south of the border at Vida Joven de México. As you read these stories in the Spring issue of the Messenger, celebrate the fulfillment of God’s promises! Also consider yourself invited and belonging to the purposeful ecosystem that is St. Michael’s by-the-Sea! As Fr. Kraft reminds us in his compelling article, we must always remember where we came from, and whose we are. May we remain spiritually healthy, growing in the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ,

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WINTER EVENTS CALENDAR SENIOR WARDEN’S REPORT Tony Vanaria

GREETINGS!

Richard & Marguerite Boblit Anthony & Sarah Parisi

VIVA LA PICKLEBALL Kristi de Merlier

SIGUE CRECIENDO VIDA JOVEN Beth Beall

A SUNDAY SCHOOL PERSPECTIVE Becky Gleason

AT THE HEART OF LIFE IS MEMORY Fr. Ivor Kraft


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ASH WEDNESDAY 8:00 am, 12:00 pm, 5:30 pm / Chapel

FOREIGN & DOMESTIC MISSIONS MEETING 6:00 - 8:00 pm / Parish Library

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CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

STATIONS OF THE CROSS 5:30 - 6:00 pm / Church

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING 9:00 - 11:00 am / Parish Library

CONFESSIONS 4:00 - 5:00 pm / Chapel

MITE CAN OUTREACH 9:15 - 10:00 am / Parish Hall

HEALING PRAYER SESSIONS After Mass - 9:00 & 11:00 am / Church

CATECHUMENATE 6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

STATIONS OF THE CROSS 5:30 - 6:00 pm / Church

CONFESSIONS 4:00 - 5:00 pm / Chapel

BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW MEETING 6:30 - 7:30 pm / Parish Library

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VESTRY MEETING

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VIDA JOVEN TRIP

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Day Event / Vida Joven de México

CONFESSIONS 4:00 - 5:00 pm / Chapel

HEALING PRAYER SESSIONS After Mass - 9:00 & 11:00 am / Church

CATECHUMENATE 6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

STATIONS OF THE CROSS 5:30 - 6:00 pm / Church

CONFESSIONS 4:00 - 5:00 pm / Chapel

EASTER LILY SALE 8:45 - 11:30 am / Gazebo

YOUTH SUNDAY

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6:30 - 7:30 pm / Parish Library

CATECHUMENATE 6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

STATIONS OF THE CROSS 5:30 - 6:00 pm / Church

FR. KRAFT’S FILM FORUM 6:00 - 10:00 pm / Parish Hall

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7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

STATIONS OF THE CROSS 5:30 - 6:00 pm / Church

CONFESSIONS 4:00 - 5:00 pm / Chapel

CARLSBAD 5000 All Day / Carlsbad Village & Beyond

EASTER LILY SALE 8:45 - 11:30 am / Gazebo

HEALING PRAYER SESSIONS After Mass - 9:00 & 11:00 am / Church

PALM CROSS MAKING PARTY 9:15 - 10:00 am / Parish Hall

FOREIGN & DOMESTIC MISSIONS MEETING CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

STATIONS OF THE CROSS 5:30 - 6:00 pm / Church

CONFESSIONS 4:00 - 5:00 pm / Chapel

PALM SUNDAY VIGIL 5:30 - 6:30 pm / Chapel

PALM SUNDAY 8:00 am & 10:00 am / Church

EASTER LILY PICK-UP 8:45 - 11:30 am / Gazebo

BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW MEETING 6:30 - 7:30 pm / Parish Library

6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

CHOIR REHEARSAL

9:00 - 11:00 am / Parish Library

6:00 - 8:00 pm / Parish Library

10:00 - 11:00 am / Church

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CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church


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MAUNDY THURSDAY WATCH AT THE ALTAR OF REPOSE 7:30 - 12:00 pm / Chapel

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GOOD FRIDAY 12:00 pm & 6:00 pm / Church

EASTER VIGIL 7:30 pm / Church

EASTER 8:00 am & 10:00 am / Church

HEALING PRAYER SESSIONS After Mass - 9:00 & 11:00 am / Church

EASTER EGG HUNT 9:30 - 10:00 am / Parish Campus

VESTRY MEETING 6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

FLOWERING OF THE CROSS 9:15 - 10:00 am / Rose Garden

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6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

BROTHERHOOD EXPEDITION 9:15 am - 1:00 pm / Camp Pendleton

FHC CLASSES 9:15 -9:45 am / Parish Library

5:00 - 7:00 pm / Parish Hall

FOREIGN & DOMESTIC MISSIONS MEETING 6:00 - 8:00 pm / Parish Library

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CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING 9:00 - 11:00 am / Parish Library

CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA 4:00 - 7:00 pm / Parish Hall

CARLSBAD STREET FAIRE

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HEALING PRAYER SESSIONS After Mass - 9:00 & 11:00 am / Church

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 10:00 - 11:00 am / Church

BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW MEETING 6:30 - 7:30 pm / Parish Library

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CATECHUMENATE 6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

YOUTH SUNDAY 10:00 - 11:00 am / Church

CATECHUMENATE 6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

All Day Event / Carlsbad Village

HEALING PRAYER SESSIONS After Mass - 9:00 & 11:00 am / Church

FHC CLASSES 9:15 -9:45 am / Parish Library

BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW MEETING 6:30 - 7:30 pm / Parish Library

10:00 - 11:00 am / Church

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CATECHUMENATE 6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

FHC CLASSES 9:15 -10:00 am / Parish Library

VESTRY MEETING 6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:00 - 9:00 pm / Church

FHC RETREAT 9:00 am - 3:00 pm / Room 4

Schedule is subject to change. For current listings visit stmbts.org or contact the Parish Office at 760-729-8901.


SENIOR WARDEN’S REPORT TONY VANARIA

The topic of this edition of the Messenger is “Growth,” which immediately brings to mind two related yet distinct areas to be commented upon. The two areas are spiritual growth and physical growth, and I believe that they are closely coupled. Regarding spiritual growth, Father D discussed the prospect of each one of us establishing a Lenten rule as we prepare for Lent, the events of Holy Week, and await the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Perhaps such a rule will extend beyond Lent and become part of a rule of life going forward or perhaps it is appropriate only in the season of Lent. The point

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here though is that in establishing a Lenten rule or in adding to one’s rule of life, we grow spiritually and by growing spiritually, we grow closer to our Lord. Regarding physical growth, I would say that it is safe to assume that each and every one of us prays for an increase in membership to our blessed parish. After all, although each of us may have a slightly different reason for worshipping at St. Michael’s, I am sure that we are united in belief that our mission of being a “. . .beacon of God’s truth and love through the richness of traditional Anglican worship, by equipping the saints to bear witness

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to Christ wherever they may be, and by sharing in Christ’s work of reconciliation and healing in the world” is what defines us as a parish. Therefore, as a body in Christ, we pray that each individual member of our body will in turn be a “beacon” so that physically, we may grow. Coupling these two, would it be fair to say that in growing spiritually, as individuals and as a body, that our individual beacons or collective beacon will burn more brightly? Perhaps another way to view our collective beacon would be to consider ourselves each as being a fuel cell that contributes to its powering and with that,

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the more fuel cells we have, and the stronger each fuel cell is, the brighter our beacon of God’s truth and love will grow. In closing, please pray with me that as individuals and as a body, that the Lord may bless us with continued spiritual and physical growth, ever to be pleasing in His sight. You have my sincere best wishes for a prayerful Lent and all the joy in the coming Easter. May God bless all of you and may He continue to bless St. Michael’s by-the-Sea Parish.

Photo: San Juan Islands Lighthouses 17; Bureau of Land Management; stmbts.com/2lNbR6U


HOME NEW TO ST. MICHAEL’S? INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER? Exploring the Sacraments of BAPTISM, MARRIAGE, or FIRST HOLY COMMUNION?

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT! stmbts.org/membership

CONFIRMATIONS

DEATHS

JANUARY 29, 2017

BAILEY NOBLE JUNE 27, 1933 - NOVEMBER 28, 2016

JENNIFER BAXTER ED RAY LEE CHANDLER MARCH 1, 1933 - DECEMBER 12, 2016 DIANE DEKKER BAPTISMS SKIPPY FREUDENBERGER ELIZABETH EPPERSON NOVEMBER 19, 1915 - JANUARY 7, 2017 LUCA CUSCINO ETHAN LINLEY CAROLE O’LOGHLIN JANUARY 8, 2017 MAY 11, 1957 - JANUARY 5, 2017 JASON LINLEY BENJAMIN PHILLIPS RICK WEBB SARAH PARISI JANUARY 8, 2017 MARCH 5, 1926 - JANUARY 5, 2017 ANTHONY PARISI BETTY GROVES RECIEVED JAMES TOMES MARCH 21, 1914 - DECEMBER 26, 2016 JANUARY 29, 2017 ANGELA TOWNSEND SUZANNE MOYLAN ADONNA ZEBULA AUGUST 4, 1935 - DECEMEBER 29, 2016 LOIS BAXTER ST. M I C H A E L ’ S BY-T H E - S E A

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Palm Cross Making Party Sunday, April 2nd 9:15 - 10:00 am Parish Hall Intergenerational event to prepare for Palm Sunday! Be apart of this inspiring St. Michael’s tradition. No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome! stmbts.org/events/palmcross


GREETINGS! TO THE MEMBERS OF ST. MICHAEL’S Hello! We are Richard & Marguerite Boblit. We lived in San Diego for 35 years, where we raised our three children - two sons and a daughter. We were active members of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church during that time. When the children were grown and we retired, we moved to the beautiful little mountain town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado where we have lived the last 17 years, and attended a little mountain church, St. Patrick’s. We have decided that it is time to be Californians again, and leave the cold winters dealing with snow! Both of our sons live in Southern California which is the real bonus for returning! Through the years, whenever we visited Carlsbad, we attended St. Michael’s by-the-Sea. We are now here full time and have transferred our church membership. We enjoy traveling! For our next big road trip we are destined for Chicago to attend our youngest granddaughter’s college graduation. Keeping up with our six grandchildren has comprised much of our travels the last few years. We also look forward to football games at our alma mater CU Boulder, and spending time with our daughter living in Colorado. In June, we will celebrate 62 years of marriage. In August we will greet our first great-grandchild. We have so very much for which to be thankful, and look forward to being part of the St. Michael’s family! - Richard & Marguerite Boblit

Hello! We are Anthony and Sarah Parisi. We’ve been visiting St. Michael’s for about a year and were recently confirmed into the communion as new members. We are celebrating our fifth anniversary this May. We are both originally from Southern California. Sarah grew up in the San Diego area (Carlsbad / Ramona) and Anthony is from the High Desert (Victorville / Apple Valley). We now call Oceanside home. Anthony studied film production at Biola University and is an independent filmmaker and freelance media producer. He recently worked with some friends from Oregon creating a feature film that just made its streaming debut on Amazon Prime –– a zany comedy/ satire called Manifest Destiny: The Lewis & Clark Musical Adventure. He’s currently working on some new film projects while doing his usual freelance work around the area. Sarah studied mathematics at UCSD and attended graduate school at San Diego State. She taught SAT math prep for many years and is now working as a biostatistician for Agility Clinical here in Carlsbad. She works on clinical trials for rare diseases and loves being on the front lines of pharmaceutical research and development. We hope to continue to meet more of you all and see you around St. Michael’s! - Anthony & Sarah Parisi

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VIVA LA PICKLEBALL KRISTI DE MERLIER, ST. MICHAEL’S PICKLEBAL LIASON

Pickleball at St. Michael’s has been a life-changing, growth opportunity in my faith and discipleship. Fr. Doran invited me to play during the grand opening for our two courts the end of May 2016, and I was hooked after one game! Eight months later I’m still an addicted pickleball player, playing four to five days a week, three to five hours a day. In fact I arrange my life around playing. Not only is it great exercise, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to make new acquaintances and friends, a way to forget any problems and lose track of time by being transported to another place through the beautiful, natural surroundings of St. Michael’s campus. Recently named St. Michael’s Pickleball Association (PBA) Membership Coordinator after hours of meeting, greeting, encouraging, helping others learn how to play, and representing St. Michael’s by humbly displaying God’s love, a listening ear, and a grateful spirit, I am happy to serve as a volunteer who wants to do whatever I can to help others on the courts while handling any challenges that come my way with diplomacy, tact, and as Christ’s humble disciple. That’s what’s most important in my life… my faith and treating others with dignity and respect as I would want to be treated! I view St. Michael’s courts as a ministry, reaching out to our local communities and beyond. We’ve hosted visitors from several Canadian provinces, Australia, Costa Rica, and states across our country. Our courts have “ministered” to players with physical challenges including being legally blind, being deaf, having partial sight, suffering from early stages of dementia, recuperating from knee and hip replacement surgeries, receiving current treatment for various cancers, and dealing with bouts of depression.

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I recently interviewed a number of our 144+ members. Here are their responses to my questions: How did you find out about St. Michael’s Pickleball courts? •

Grand opening, Newcomers Club, friends, other players

The Coast News, walking my dog, driving by, live across the street

How long have you been playing here? •

70%: Since courts opened/8 months

30%: 1.5 - 5 months

How often do you play? •

60%: 3-4 times a week

30%: 2-3 times a week

10%: Once a week

How many average hours each time? •

90%: 1-3 hours

10%: 3-5 hours

What do you like best about playing here? •

Welcoming environment

Church representative “Wonderful person and great ambassador for St. Michael’s”

How is the St. Michael’s Pickleball culture? •

Understandable schedule with player levels identified, clean/beautiful courts, location

Affordable, adequate parking

View other players as family, camaraderie, friendly people

Fun exercise, challenging sport

Social interaction most important

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SIGUE CRECIENDO VIDA JOVEN BETH BEALL, VIDA JOVEN DE MÈXICO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Daniel, age 7, (in the photo on the right) used to bring home a “report” in his backpack almost every week. The teacher sent the “report” to inform the Vida Joven staff that Daniel had hit someone, or had bitten someone, or had harmed someone in another way. How to nurture this beautiful, fierce little plant called Daniel? Lots of hugs from the Vida Joven staff. Lots of structure for Daniel at the orphanage. Lots of verbal reminders to this little boy that “You are such a GOOD boy, Daniel, and good boys don’t act this way.” These days, the only thing Daniel brings home in his backpack is homework. GROWTH. Karely, age 9, was abandoned by her family — like so many of the Vida Joven kids. This little girl was living on the street when Social Services picked her up and brought her to Vida Joven. And like so many of the other kids at Vida Joven, Karely misses her family. The children of Vida Joven are the “walking wounded.” Yes, they are happy and funny children. And yet, they carry so much pain inside. The pain of loss, of having been mistreated, of having been betrayed by those closest to them. And yet, and still: the grace of God takes root in these children’s lives, and Love begins to GROW. There is a Vida Joven donor named Annie who visits the orphanage regularly. Annie is in her 30’s. Karely and Annie adore one another. Annie’s grandfather died recently. On Valentine’s Day, 2017, Karely created a card for Annie. Inside, she wrote: “I love you with my whole heart. I’m sorry your grandpa died. My grandpa died too. It was a long time ago. So I know how you feel. I am your friend and I can help you.” Karely, the walking wounded, became Karely, the wounded healer. GROWTH. Thanks be to God! And thanks be to you, St. Michael’s by-the-Sea. The slow, “small,” yet monumental growth seen in the lives of Daniel and Karely and ALL of the Vida Joven children is the growth that you are helping to nurture. You are making such a difference. Vida Joven continues to GROW as an organization: •

Our Saturday trips to the orphanage keep GROWING in participation (be sure to sign up early!).

The number of people who want to support the children financially continues to GROW. (As the cost of raising thirty children continues to GROW)

Our Board of Directors in Mexico has set a goal to buy a new property for the kids in 2017. Why? Because we want the children to have room to run, room to spread their wings, room to fly. In short, we want to give them every opportunity in life to GROW.

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CINCO MAYO FIESTA

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARCH Grace Ann Gartland Barbara Klett Sheila Miller Janette Larson Jacob Spence Madeleine Tober Lisse White-Hunter Bob Kosse Mary Cooper Charlotte Larson Mary Mills Jane Gerhardt Anika Larson Natalie Schmutzer Jack Barry Robert Salter Elayna Vail Elizabeth Murphy Donna Reihs Elilzabeth Ables Peter Rathbone Adam Belt Alison Graves Jennifer Linley Bud DeMaris Tim Brookhart

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Shelia Calleia James Curran Matthew Mahaffey Chris Smith Len Smith Cheryl McKean Karl Pieper Luca Cuscino Valerie Cumming Kyle Martin Gerald Jones Max Jara Eva Kear Eden Stambaugh Jon Jameson Craig Klampe Lynn Behymer Bob Eikel Arthur McLean Russell Hollingsworth Diana Bennett Barbara Jensen Mike Baxter Russ Barry Bukkie Afolayan Ben Conarroe Curt Cuscino Phllyis Zeigler Hank Blacic Olivia Cuscino April Vanaria Chris Craig-Jones Courtney Cromer Gordon Klett Jane Craig-Jones Jason Karkas Nolan Harr Pat Jefferys

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CLERGY

MINISTRY STAFF

ADMIN STAFF

OFFICE HOURS

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ORGANIST/CHOIRMASTER

PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

TUESDAY - FRIDAY

The Rev. Doran Stambaugh, SSC frdoran@stmbts.org

Richard Lane dick@stmbts.org

Linda Mumford linda@stmbts.org

9:00 - 2:00 pm

ASSOCIATE PRIEST

FAMILY MINISTER

PARISH RECORDS

The Rev. H. Ivor Kraft frkraft@stmbts.org

Therese Stambaugh therese@stmbts.org

Ginny Unanue ginny@stmbts.org

CHILDREN’S MINISTER

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Becky Gleason becky@stmbts.org

Megan Stanton megan@stmbts.org

PASTORAL EMERGENCIES Dial 760.729.8901


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Children 2nd grade and older invited to participate!

Preparation Classes Parish Library 9:15 - 9:45 am 3 Consecutive Sundays 4/30, 5/7, 5/14

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Communion Retreat Education Building 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Saturday, May 20th

First Holy Communion Church 10:00 am (Reception to follow) Sunday, May 21st

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Dwe ll i n g i n Hi s L ove . S e r v i n g i n Hi s C hu rc h .

KIDMIN WINTER SCHEDULE 3/05 9:15 am 3/26 10:00 am 4/02 9:15 am 4/16 9:30 am 4/23 9:15 am 10:00 am 4/30 9:15 am 5/20 9 am - 3 pm 5/21 10:00 am 5/28 10:00 am

Mite Can Outreach Begins * Easter Lily Sale (3 consecutive Sundays) Youth Sunday Palm Cross Making Party * Easter Egg Hunt Flowering of the Cross Youth Sunday First Holy Communion Classes Begin (3 consecutive Sundays) First Holy Communion Retreat First Holy Communion Youth Sunday

* Denotes Intergenerational Christian Formation in Parish Hall. Intentional togetherness in mutual sharing, serving, and learning!

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Save the date!

Vacation bible school June 19 - 23 / 9 am - 12 pm


COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT Sunday, April 16th 9:30am ALL ARE WELCOME! stmbts.com/eggseaster


What is Growth? A Sunday School Perspective

BECKY GLEASON

Children are a sign of vitality and growth. They represent possibility and hope for the future. Children and youth are often on the receiving end of comments regarding growth: whether from parents who are constantly buying new clothes and shoes, grandparents who can’t believe how grown-up they are, or fellow parishioners who knew them when they were “this big.” Children know what growth is because they’re literally experiencing it every day in physical, mental, and spiritual ways. So, as your Children’s Minister, I went straight to the source and asked children in our parish family (ages four to eleven) to tell us what growth means to them.

What does it mean to grow?

When you’re a baby, you can grow into a child and then you grow into a grown up. Just like mommy growed into an adult. – Bennett

It means to expand and get bigger. - RUby

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It means to mature. - EDEN


What types of things grow?

love grows - anika

Your life isn’t independent, God helps you through it. – SUTTON

He helps me be a better person. - RUBY

LIVING THINGS - EDEN

Flowers, veggies - BEN

Almost everything grows on the face of the earth, including mammals, plants, sea creatures, anything that uses oxygen (Including fish because they turn water into air). –SUTTON

How does God help you grow?

He gives us our family. -LILLIAN

He made food and water. -ANIKA

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Photos: Artwork and interviews about growth from the children at Sunday School — ­ Anika Larson, Ben Quarfoot, Bennett Eppes, Eden Stambaugh, Leo Quarfoot, Lillian Eppes, Pearl Stambaugh, Ruby Belt, and Sutton Bassett.


How do you know that you’re growing?

You know that you’re growing by measuring your height every day and soon enough, you’ll see that you have grown a couple of inches from your last height that you recorded. –SUTTON

Because your parents tell you. Because you sleep a lot and eat a lot. – LILLIAN

You can see yourself. - BENNETT You can check your height. - EDEN We have birthdays. -BEN

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Easter Lily Sale Gift your family and friends with florist-quality blooms, symbolic of Christ's resurrection!

6-inch pot for $12 PURCHASE ONLINE stmbts.com/easterlilysale Pick-Up April 9th Proceeds Benefit St. Michael’s Family Ministry


PALM SUNDAY April 9th 8 am, 10 am

Maundy ThursDAY April 13th 8:30 am, 6 pm

good friday April 14th 12 pm, 6 pm

easter vigil April 15th 7:30 pm

easter day April 16th 8 am, 10 am


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AT THE HEART OF LIFE IS MEMORY FR. IVOR KRAFT

After my father died I enjoyed many evenings sitting at the table after dinner with my mother talking about people: family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and shared experiences. My mother was blessed with a very happy childhood and loved to reminisce about her siblings and parents. I treasure those stories and only wish I’d asked more questions. My father’s childhood was not a particularly happy one but it was filled with interesting characters I loved hearing about. Though my parents are gone these stories and shared memories bind us together beyond the grave. I have, of course, my own repertoire of stories from my increasingly long and happy life and enjoy sharing them with my children. In time I hope to pass them on to my grandchildren. Shared memories bond and bind families together. The Church is the family super-naturalized. As I never tire of pointing out, to be a Christian means to be an adopted child of the God and Father of our beloved Brother and Lord Jesus Christ. And remembering is essential to our supernatural family of God in Christ. To begin with, it is essential to remember who we are. “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are...Beloved, we are God’s children now” (1 John 3:1-2). It is 24

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imperative to remember how we became children of God. Israel was created by God to be His own people and the bearer of His covenants and law, and so God commanded Israel to remember for she could only be His people if she did so. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.....For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8). In Deuteronomy 5 we find a different but complimentary reason given for observing the sabbath day. On the sabbath day, “You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out thence with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.” Every seventh day an observant Jew is to stop all that he’s doing and remember that God created all things and that he created Israel through the Exodus from Egypt and the subsequent giving of the covenant Law. In many ways, the entire Old Testament is a continual recitation of the mighty acts of God, a never ending act of remembering. And when Israel forgot it fell into idolatry and every evil. The prophets were sent by the Lord to remind Israel of her vocation, to call Israel to remember. An observant Jew is one who remembers who the Lord is and what the Lord has done. The sabbath is Saturday but Christians from the beginning have gathered on Sunday, the Lord’s

Day, to remember the New Creation and the Exodus of Christ, not through the Red Sea but through death. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the final Moses, the One Moses himself anticipated. And Christ leads all who will follow him through death to the Kingdom of God, the true and eternal Promised Land. For here on earth, the Letter to the Hebrews reminds us, we have no lasting city but seek the city which is to come. Thus, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.” The Church is constituted and bonded by memory. Every Sunday we listen to the stories of God and his people from the creation, in the book of Genesis, to the consummation of all things in the Revelation to St. John. We then celebrate the Eucharist, which is the sacramental presence of our Lord’s death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. To commune is to become one body with him in his death and receive a share in his resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father. The problem we face (and the reason I have written this response), is summed up concisely by Anthony Esolen, a devout Christian and professor of English in his book, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture. “Modernity is all too often a cult of erasure and oblivion.” He adds this observation, so true but so forgotten, “When the monks of the Rule of St. Benedict built their monasteries across Europe, planting them even in the dark pagan forests of northern Germany and Ireland and England, they were outposts of memory.” The monks remembered the pagan as well as the Christian past - and this is our God-given task as well. In another place Professor ST. M I C H A E L ’ S BY-T H E - S E A

Esolen has declared, “Academe has largely become an institution devoted to the destruction of cultural memory.” He’s in a position to know. Today we live in the presence of an unrelenting assault on the past, vilified as the haunt of every evil from which we must be liberated in order to enter the sought after but never achieved heaven on earth. In order to achieve this never before seen perfect world the past must be obliterated. The Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976 declared the agenda openly when it stated that a goal of the Cultural Revolution was the absolute destruction of the “Four Olds”: Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas. Moa is dead but the cultural revolution known as Modernity continues everywhere warring against the Four Olds. This includes warring against our ancient Christian faith and culture and all the memories that are carried with it. In tenacious and insidious ways we are exhorted to forget. Nevertheless, God calls us to remember. We are called to remember all that He has done and taught and all that He is doing and has promised to do. The Bible and liturgy and sacraments are the foundation of our Christian life and culture. They are the source of our collective memory in God. To forget all they teach is to forget ourselves and lose ourselves. The Kingdom is for those who remember.

Photo: Miriam’s Song; Samuel Hirszenberg; Late 19th / early 20th century; stmbts.com/2lGcAqJ; Depicting Exodus 15:19-21.

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S H OW I N G Gran Torino Friday, March 31st

Dinner 6:00 pm / Movie 7:00 pm PARISH HALL Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) sets out to reform his neighbor, a teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. This critically acclaimed film is a modern day parable of multi-cultural inclusion.

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Wednesday, May 3rd 5:00 - 7:00 pm / Meet in parish hall Help the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and Daughters of the King label 5,000 water bottles for the Carlsbad Village Faire! At 7:00 pm the volunteer group will head over to Pizza Port for a pizza party!

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CARLSBAD STREET FAIRE Interested in a local outreach opportunity? Work with the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and Daughters of the King to distribute water bottles at the Carlsbad Village Faire!

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