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Vinny's Corner March 9

Vinny’s Corner March 16

36th Annual Parade & Festival 

The 36th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival brings the Irish spirit to Tucson in 2024!​​​ 

​The St. Patrick’s Day Festival begins at 10:00 a.m. in Armory Park in downtown Tucson, with live Irish music, dancers, entertainment, a children's area, and food and merchandise vendors.  The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at 17th Street and Stone Avenue, wending its way to Armory Park at 6th Avenue and 13th Street. ​ 

·         Visit the Railroad Station 

Vinny’s Corner March 23--Party Down

Purim in the Shuk

Celebrate Purim at a shuk-themed celebration for individuals and families.

Hear the Megillah, enjoy an Israeli marketplace experience with foods and activities

Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 4:00 PM
The Shul - 2443 E 4th Street

$30/adult $20/child


Full Purim and Megillah schedule at Chabad Tucson:

Shabbos, March 23 2024 - 13 Adar, 5784
 8:00 PM  Maariv & Megillah

Sunday, March 24 - 14 Adar 5784
8:30 AM Shachris & Megillah (at 9 AM)
11:00 AM Mishloach manot deliveries
4:00 PM Purim in the Shuk & Megilllah

  • Join the Chabad PV Community for a fun Purim party in the Jerusalem Shuk!

    Israeli Purim Dinner
    Music & Purim Fun
    Megillah Reading
    Interactive Israeli Shuk Experience
    Juicing Station
    Open Bar for Adults
    Purim Fun for Toddlers and Children

    Sunday, March 24, 5:00PM
    ~Free; Suggested Donation :$18; Sponsor $180

  • Coffee with Christ The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 

Vinnie’s Corner March 30

Five ways to make Holy Week more holy.[8] 

1.       Find one hour this Holy Week to dedicate to prayer.

2.       Keep your phone in a drawer for the Triduum.

3.       Make peace with your neighbor.

4.       Make one significant act of almsgiving.

5.      Go to confession.

Coffee with Christ 

Fear not you: for I know that you seek Jesus Who was crucified. 


Vinnie’s Corner April 6

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is everything you could want in a Sonoran Desert adventure! Mostly outdoors and comprised of an AZA-accredited zoo, extensive botanical garden, two art galleries, and a natural history museum, the Desert Museum sits on 98 acres of pristine desert landscape. The Museum showcases the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert region (with over 55,000 plants!) featuring wildlife such as coyotes, javelinas, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep in naturalistic habitats. Bird lovers delight in visiting the Museum's two aviaries, one dedicated to hummingbirds! Kids love the interactive Packrat Playhouse and Stingray Touch exhibits, learning to appreciate our unique environment from a young age. The Museum's gift shops offer a bounty of books, jewelry, crafts, and more. This family-friendly establishment offers something for everyone!

Full Pink Moon


According to the almanac today we are having a Full Pink Moon; plan to spend some with the women in your life and develop a true friendship. 

Vinny’s Corner April 13

Discover National Parks Fortnight invites everyone to join in on an adventure – exploring the stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity of national parks. This fantastic outdoor-themed event spans two weeks each year.

This period is the ideal opportunity to reconnect with the great outdoors and appreciate the environmental treasures within the parks.

Tucson, Arizona is home to the nation's largest cacti. The giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of the modern city of Tucson. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset.


Annual Horse Expo at Frying Pan Farm Park’s Equestrian Center.

Vinny’s Corner April 20 

Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Tucson 

Ask any former visitor and they’ll yell it from the rooftops: a trip to this hidden gem in Vail, just a short drive from Tucson, is one of the most unique things to do in Arizona. 

A former hideout for Apache Indians and stagecoach robbers, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is a maze of caves and tunnels — which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places — is now open for exploration by thrill-seeking tourists from all over the world.


The bleeding Host in Poland was approved for veneration in April 2016, by Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski of Legnica who said that it “has the hallmarks of a Eucharistic miracle.” Learn more here 

Next Week 

·         Lyte Sky Lantern Festival is coming to the Tucson, AZ area Saturday, April 27th, 2024.

o   Arizona- Tucson, Arizona

o   Saturday, April 27th, 2024

o   5:00 PM – 10:00 

Vinny’s Corner-April 27 Things to do this Weekend.

·         King’s Day in Amsterdam--April 27--Enjoy a ride along Amsterdam’s canals, and don your brightest orange, for the Netherlands’ annual King’s Day. The national holiday celebrates the Dutch royal house (and current King Willem-Alexander) with plenty of “orange madness,” in keeping with the Dutch national colors.

·         Shenandoah Apple Blossom FestivalApril 27 thru May 7-- Take in the small-town charm of Winchester, VA, in this 6-day celebration of spring. First held in 1924, the annual festival packs a wallop of more than 30 events into its lineup: band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, a 10K race, the coronation of Queen Shenandoah and so much more, attracting crowds in excess of 250,000.

·         Lyte Sky Lantern Festival is coming to the Tucson, AZ area Saturday, April 27th, 2024.

o   Arizona- Tucson, Arizona

o   Saturday, April 27th, 2024

o   5:00 PM – 10:00 P

·         National Prime Rib Day

·         Tucson's tropical escape Kon Tiki hits 61 years old

The midtown tiki bar is the fifth-oldest working tiki bar in America.


Vinny’s Corner-Fun things to do.

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival Arguably one of the grandest Cinco celebrations in the Valley -- both in size and scope -- this two-day block party on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, in the heart of downtown Phoenix will boast huge lineup of live entertainment and distractions aplenty. To go along with its mix of mariachi groups, traditional musicians, vibrant vendors, folklorico dancers, lucha libre wrestlers, and amateur boxers, the festival's main stage will feature a diverse mix of music and some pretty well-known artists -- including Ginuwine, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Keize Montoya, and Fayuca on Saturday, followed by gigs from Tower of Power, Jay Perez, La Sucursal de la Cumbia, Soul Persuasion, and the Latino Rebel Band on Sunday. General admission is $5 at the door before 5 p.m., $15 at the door or online after 5 p.m., and free for kids 12 and under. Gates open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2; and at noon on Sunday.

 Saturday, May 4, 2024, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: St. John Vianney Catholic Church

Our SJV Hispanic community is hosting a Kermés in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! This is a fundraiser for our Parish! There will be lots of Mexican food and drinks for sale, so come join us outdoors, in the parking lot, for the Fiesta!!

Kentucky Derby Arizona?

catching freedom?

Arizona’s most exclusive and only Kentucky Derby Party with LIVE thoroughbred horse racing and on-site private betting is coming to Turf Paradise on May 4th. The Stella Artois Derby DayClub presented by Sanderson Lincoln features VIP and luxury tables, live thoroughbred racing, DJs, champagne, quintessential Mint Juleps made with Woodford Reserve— and of course the Kentucky Derby itself. The Stella Artois Derby DayClub is a sister event of The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, which returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale on October 26, 2024.

Tucson Derby Fun

The Appearing (or Apparition) of St. Michael the Archangel is a feast celebrated on May 8 in the Roman Catholic Church. According to legend, this appearance took place on Mount Gargano, in Apulia, about 492, and the mountain became an important medieval pilgrimage site

Vinny’s Corner-May 11 Party with Eagles

26th Annual Eagle Festival at Mason Neck State Park

Eat meat from a eagles nest

El Charro Café of Tucson

"One of America's 21 Most Legendary Restaurants"
- Gourmet Magazine, October, 2008

Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson, Arizona is The Nation's Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Featuring traditional Northern Mexico-Sonoran style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican Food, El Charro Café is truly as Gourmet Magazine wrote: "A Taste Explosion".

With a large array of award winning hand-crafted recipes based on Sonoran and Local ingredients, El Charro Café is a passage to Tucson's Culinary History that has been won the dining icon acclaim from all over the world. People come from all corners of the globe to experience El Charro Café and we invite you to do the same.

The El Charro Café family is proud to be considered one of America's dining icons, but we will never rest on our laurels and will continue to develop delicious hand-crafted food and beverage recipes sure to please most any palate or dietary requirement. We are innovators and originators and have proven this with our efforts in maintaining old world quality with new found concepts such as recipes lower in trans fat or designing dishes for those who need to dine gluten free!

Whatever your needs, El Charro Café and family are prepared to show you that; "We are not the best because we are the oldest, We are the oldest because WE ARE THE BEST!"

Vinny’s Day-May 18 San Ysidro Festival

May 18, 2024,    Time:    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Friends of Tucson's Birthplace: Mission Garden 946 West Mission Lane Tucson, AZ 85745

    520-955-5200 x2

Presented By:    Friends of Tucson's Birthplace: Mission Garden

Price:    Free admission. Make a gift of any amount at the garden entrance gate.

Since wheat was adopted as a valued crop here in the 18th Century, it has been harvested on Saint Isidore's Day. This day was an opportunity to remember San Ysidro—the patron of laborers and farmers—and to harvest the wheat.

The day will begin with a traditional procession featuring San Ysidro, starting at the garden’s front gate. Arriving at the threshing ground there will be blessings.

Mission Garden personnel will explain why we celebrate the San Ysidro Festival every year. Mission Garden’s Curator of Collections Dena Cowan and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Education Specialist Jesús García will describe the wheat tradition of our region as the harvest gets started.

Our White Sonora Wheat field (the traditional wheat of our region) will be harvested, and the wheat threshed, winnowed and milled into flour. Our volunteers will do this all with sickles, baskets, our tahona (mill), and other traditional tools. And there will be a horse helping with the threshing! This is all consistent with our mission, to recreate, and teach about, traditional agriculture of many eras of our 4,100-year agricultural and culinary history.

Costumed volunteers from the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum will participate in the harvest and you’ll be able to learn more about the presidio at their information table.

·         May 18 BEST. EXPERIENCE. EVER.  Phoenix Raceway

o   Welcome to NASCAR Racing Experience.  DRIVE a NASCAR race car by yourself on the Phoenix Raceway- A 1 mile, low-banked tri-oval racetrack with 8 to 9 degrees of banking in the turns. Following drivers meeting with training and instruction, you’ll drive a NASCAR race car for timed racing sessions. There’s no lead car to follow and no instructor rides with you. Get one-on-one instruction from a spotter over in-car radio. In between every 8 minutes of Track Time get to a brief pit stop and head back on the track to work on driving faster speeds.  Pass the slower cars as you catch them... YES, passing is allowed! 

Vinny’s Corner-May 22 Go to the Theater

May 25, 2024

Temple of Music and Art Temple Center of Music and Arts, 330. S Scott Ave Tucson, AZ 85702


Presented By:

Arizona Theatre Company



Vinny’s Corner-June 1 Get your Jazz on

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Nancy Elliott

Catalina State Park Saturday, June 1, 2024 6 p.m.

Come on out to Catalina State Park for a Southwestern Americana performance with Nancy Elliott! 

Bob Atkinson, a Tucson, Arizona Poet, describes Nancy this way; “Nancy's feeling for Southwestern Culture gets displayed in each concert she performs. In a mix of historical stories, cultural stories, and contemporary experience, Ms. Elliott displays a warmth on stage few of us can match in daily social interactions. Her guitar and persona create a feeling of being in a room speaking one-on-one with her, even if you're only one of many enjoying her refreshing musical treatment of a polished acoustic/singing/storytelling performance.”

Visit her website at or Facebook at

Don't forget to bring a chair, picnic dinner, drinks or enjoy a hike in the park before the show starts! Concert is included in all-day admission price of $7.

Please bring a chair and feel free to bring a friend, food, and drinks (no glass). The Concert is held at the Trailhead Stage located at the end of the park road 1.5-miles north of the Ranger Station.

Eat Breakfast!

Vinny’s Corner June 8-Be on the lookout for abandoned properties

Design house: A beautifully converted monastery in southern France

At a long–neglected abbey Lorenzo and Mariarosa Pellicioli have created a welcoming family home with zeal and passion

·         Dragon Boat Races—June 8-10--Visit Hong Kong to experience the excitement of the Duanwu Festival, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. The festival includes dragon boat races in Aberdeen -- one of the first places to host these races in Hong Kong. Fishermen believe that rowing dragon boats during the Duanwu Festival will bring them luck.

o   Tucson Dragon Race

§  Go to Chinese Buffet

§  And see how many turns you make around the buffet table

World Brain Tumor Day

·         Girl's brain tumor vanishes, and more medical miracles that inspired us in 2018

Today is World Oceans Day

·         World Gin Day

Vinny’s Corner June 15 Go to a murder mystery show stay in a monastery

Murder at the Magic Show II is a Classic Comedy Mystery magic show. Actually, see a volunteer from the audience sawn in half. Partake in an abundance of the best magic, mystery, murder and mayhem that Tucson has to offer. Enjoy all the madcap antics with tons of opportunity for audience volunteer interaction and participation creating a veritable plethora of downright fun. You’ll be mystified, amazed and filled with non-stop laughter.

All-star cast include top actors and improvisational comedians. You’ll die laughing at this award-winning show. The cast will just murder you with magic, jokes and good times.

Ross the Magician who headlines the magic in the show is an accomplished professional magician who has performed everywhere from the Las Vegas strip to the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood where he has also lectured to other magicians on magic technique. An experienced showman and comedian you’ll love the comedy magic and illusions.

Ross has been honored as the Arizona Stage Magician of the Year

St. Bernard of Montjoux (923-1008), an Italian churchman, founder of the Alpine hospices of Saint Bernard. His life was spent working among the people of the Val d'Aosta. He is the patron of mountaineers-Christ in the Desert

7 Monastery Guest Houses in the USA

Vinny’s Corner-June 22

Every year on June 22, we celebrate National HVAC Tech Day, a day dedicated to the skilled technicians who keep our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems running smoothly.

How to Celebrate National HVAC Tech Day

·         Shoutout to the Techs! Blast out a message on social media to celebrate the unsung heroes of HVAC. Highlight their dedication and hard work with a personalized post that shows how much you appreciate their service. Don’t forget to tag your favorite techs and include the hashtag #NationalHVACTechDay​.

·         Gift a Cool Tool. Surprise your favorite HVAC technician with a handy tool they can use on the job. Make sure to choose something practical, like a gadget that will make their workday a bit easier. A thoughtful gift shows you understand and support their skills.

·         Treat Them to a Meal. There’s no better way to say “thank you” than with a delicious meal. Treat your tech to breakfast before their busy day begins, or hand them a gift card for a well-deserved break. Showing kindness with food is always a hit.

·         Learn About HVAC. Attending a local seminar to dive into the world of HVAC technology. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for what technicians do and maybe even learn how to keep your system running better.

·         Take Care of Your System. Keeping your HVAC system in top shape not only helps you but also eases your technician’s workload. Regular maintenance, like changing the filter, ensures your tech won’t have to work as hard to keep your system running efficiently.

Vinny’s Corner June 29-I was born in Belgium home of the waffle

Waffle Iron Day[1] is the perfect time to celebrate this delicious breakfast staple!

Waffle Irons were first found in that area of Northwestern Europe known as the Low Countries, which includes Belgium and the Netherlands as well as other places. Originally, they were made to be used over an open flame and were thus constructed on the end of two long, typically wooden, handles with a clamshell system at one end, which would be held over a fire to bake.

The origin of the waffle iron can be traced back to the Middle Ages, where they were developed from a device known as the ‘wafer iron’.  These were commonly used in the creation of the communion wafer, but larger varieties existed, consisting of nothing more than two flat irons often engraved with elaborate scenes.  For the communion wafer, it was depictions of the crucifixion of Christ. While the larger secular designs varied widely, often engraved with artistic floral designs, illumination, or just about any other form of design you could imagine.

·         The Belgians celebrate the feast of St. Michael by eating waffles; perhaps we could start celebrating Mondays with waffles in honor of the angels; remembering we too like Michael must be as strong as iron against the enemy and we must not waffle. Sorry I couldn’t resist.

Go camping in honor of St. Paul.  Before his conversion to Christianity, Paul was a tent maker.  He is the patron saint of tent makers as well as writers. In addition to being an accomplished preacher, Paul wrote epistles that are included in the Bible's New Testament.



July 6--Vinny’s Corner

·         Roy Rogers King of Cowboys RIP 1998


Tomorrow Start

Today Party like you are Capt. Kidd

Capt. Kidd arrested 1699


Let Freedom Ring: 40 Days to Freedom from the Devil[1]


July 7-August 15, 2024


It is right and good for us to prepare ourselves as her retainers in her battle with Satan from now until the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven


Through acts of reparation, fasting, penance, charity, and prayer (both personal and sacramental) we call upon the power of God to release ourselves, our families, our parishes, our dioceses, and our nation from all demonic influence and oppression.



Each day will be broken into prayer, reflection, and reparation.


A reflection (rotating from Fr. Peckman, Fr. Altman & Fr. Heilman) will be written for each day on a particular manifestation of the demonic and the sin it leads to. It will commend a corresponding virtue to cultivate. 


Prayers of reparation and exorcism will be followed by a litany

·         Monday: Litany of Humility

·         Tuesday: Litany of St. Michael the Archangel

·         Wednesday: Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Thursday: Litany of St. Joseph

·         Friday: Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

·         Saturday: Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

·         Sunday: Litany of the Blessed Sacrament

Acts of Reparation and Penance

Factoring into this will be variables of age, ability, and availability.

* To pray a Rosary for the Intention of exorcism of the day's area of reflection 

* To pray a Divine Mercy Chaplet in reparation for the sin caused by the area of the day's reflection 

* To commit one act of either a spiritual or corporal works of mercy for either one who has been harmed by our sin or who has harmed us by their sin. 

* To commit to fasting or abstinence days as prescribed below. 

* To commit to a prescribed time of exercise based on one's abilities

 * To commit to going to confession once a week (where available)

 * To refrain from all use of the conventional media throughout the 40 days and to limit one's use of social media to one hour a day for non-business or evangelical use.


Understanding that age, health, and the Covid 19 pandemic are current factors...

·         Black level: (For clerics)

o   Acts of reflection and prayer remain intact. Added is a commitment to a Holy Hour every day.

§  Cleric commits to fasting 3xs a week (unless age or medical condition is an issue).

§  Cleric commits to abstaining from sweets, soda, junk food, and fast food for all 40 days.

§  Clerics with medical conditions and over the age of 65 commit to a half hour of exercise. Otherwise, they commit to one hour of exercise, with the understanding that one can exercise and pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet at the same time.

§  They also commit to making more time for the confessional, daily Mass, and praying the entirety of the Divine Office (all hours) for the 40 days.

§  The prayer, reflection, some acts of reparation can be done during Holy Hour and/or exercise time.

§  Clerics commit to confession once a week. Clerics, in a special way, should offer the prayers for those placed under their pastoral care and do their acts of reparations for those harmed by the actions of any cleric, including themselves.

·         Blue level: Recommended for those called to go "All In!"

o   Acts of Reflection and prayer remain intact.

§  Person commits to fasting 3xs a week (Wednesday, Friday, and any other day, save Sunday).

§  Abstinence from sweets, soda, junk food, and fast food for all 7 days.

§  One hour of exercise with the understanding that one can exercise and pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet simultaneously.

·         Red Level: Recommended for those who do not think they can do the blue level:

o   Acts of Reflection and prayer remain intact.

§  Person commits to fasting 2xs a week on Wednesdays and Fridays.

§  Abstinence from sweets, soda, junk food, and fast food for the other four days.  

§  One hour of exercise, with the understanding that one can exercise and pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet at the same time

·         White Level: Recommended for pregnant women, senior citizens, those with serious medical conditions:

o   Acts of Reflection and prayer remain intact.

§  Abstinence 3xs a week from sweets, soda, junk food, & fast food instead of fasting.

§  Half hour of exercise instead of an hour. That other half hour can be used to do spiritual reading.

§  It should be noted that praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet can be done while exercising


Prayer for Freedom from the Devil

(We will all pray the following prayer each day)

My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

At a word from You the devil and his minions flee in terror.

You are the source of all truth. You are the source of all strength.

By the power of Your Cross and Resurrection, we beseech You, O Lord

To extend Your saving arm and to send Your holy angels

To defend us as we do battle with Satan and his demonic forces.

Exorcise, we pray, that which oppresses Your Bride, the Church,

So that within ourselves, our families, our parishes, our dioceses, and our nation

We may turn fully back to You in all fidelity and trust.

Lord, we know if You will it, it will be done.

Give us the perseverance for this mission, we pray.


Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception ... pray for us

St. Joseph ... pray for us

St. Michael the Archangel ... pray for us

(the patron of your parish) ... pray for us

(your confirmation saint) ... pray for us

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