To All Parishioners
Our Sunday Masses are now held inside the Church.
The Masses are held
on Saturdays at 4:30 PM,
and on Sundays at 8:30AM
To all Mass attendees, it is mandatory to come in a
face mask and to observe social distancing.
One who is sick or is feeling “under the weather” is
asked to not attend the Mass but to follow a
streamed Sunday Mass.
Lenten Penance Services have been suspended. With
the bishop’s permission, I will administer General
Confession and Absolution at our Sunday Masses
during Lent. It will take the place of the usual
God bless you always.
All for the greater honor and glory of God, I remain
Fr. George of the Desert
Greetings of peace and joy in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord!
The diocese of San Diego has launched the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal or ACA. >>>>>Click on this link to be forwarded to the Diocese Donation Page to make your donation ONLINE.
TO MAKE YOUR DONATION CASH OR CHECK: either you pick up a brochure at Sunday Mass or print the brochure online >>>Click here
All we need from you now is fill in the Pledge form at the bottom of the brochure and indicate your Total Pledge for the year 2021. You may enclose a partial payment if you wish. The important thing is that you will pay your total pledge by December 31, 2021.
After filling in the form, you please detach it from the rest of the brochure and drop it in the designated Sunday Collection basket or mail it to St. Thomas Indian Mission, P.O. Box 1176, Winterhaven, CA 92283.
As anything beyond the assessment is paid back to our needy parish, we hope to raise more than our parish assessment of $6,000.00.
Since the beginning of Christianity, the professed unity of the various Christian communities or parishes as One Church has always been given visible expression by means of the collection which here in our diocese is called the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA).
For instance, as St. Paul preached the faith to various groups of people outside of Jerusalem, he taught them to become one body, one in mind and heart, sharing with one another everything they had. A very important practice he would teach a community before leaving it to found a new one was the collection for the “saints” or poor in Jerusalem. St. Paul was very anxious to have this collection made and sent to the headquarters in Jerusalem since he regarded it as a sign and a pledge of unity of all the communities (presently called parishes) as One Church (See 1 Cor 16:1-4; 2 Cor 8:4; Romans 15:26-28; Gal 2:8-10).
Our contribution to the ACA collection thus provides tangible form to our solidarity and unity as One Local Church – the diocese of San Diego.
Our life as Catholic Christians calls us to contribute for the support of our parish as our immediate family and for the support of the diocese which is the sign of our belonging to the Catholic or universal Church. (The word catholic came from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), meaning whole or universal). Thus, I would like to take this opportunity to ask you also to consider increasing your weekly contribution for the support of our needy parish. It is the tangible sign of how much you value your relationship with the Body of Christ through your parish family.
Sincerely in the Lord Jesus,
Fr. George of the Desert
Pastor January 22, 2021
Thursday (April 1st): 6:00 pm – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Friday (April 2nd): 3:00 pm – Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
Saturday (April 3rd): 7:30 pm – Easter Vigil Mass
Sunday (April 4th): 8:30 am – Easter Sunday Mass
Dear Parishioners of St. Thomas Indian Mission,
The Paschal Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes as the evening shadows fall on Easter Sunday.
The Paschal Triduum Celebrations flow from and to the others, creating ONE great celebration of the ONE paschal mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, which is the foundation of the rest of our liturgical celebrations throughout the year.
The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper belongs already to Good Friday. The reason for this is the old custom, dating back to Jewish tradition that the beginning of a day is on the evening of the preceding day. Good Friday, therefore, begins on Holy Thursday evening, just as Sunday begins with Saturday evening --- thus also the common practice of a Sunday Mass on Saturday evening.
The unity of Holy Thursday and Good Friday is also seen from the point of view of content. The last supper, commemorated on Holy Thursday evening, is nothing else but the sacramentally anticipated sacrifice on the Cross. “This is my body which will be broken for you” and “This is my blood which will be shed for you” point clearly to Good Friday. Also the events following the meal – agony in the garden, betrayal by Judas – form the beginning of the passion, and that is why Holy Thursday evening rightly belongs already to Good Friday.
The Good Friday celebration of the passion, therefore, tells us that the CROSS is part of Christ’s glory. It is not a penance service but a celebration of the transformation of death from being the end of life to being now the gateway to eternal life. It is for this reason that right after the reading of the passion we venerate the Cross. It is for this same reason that we use the cross as a symbol in our churches. Thus, on Good Friday we are in the midst of the triduum of the glorious resurrection.
The triduum, therefore, shows that the life of a Christian is always a “becoming”, a passing through from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. This is the reason for processions. The procession shows that we are on the way to the Lord all our lifetime. Christians are always on the move. This is what the beautiful name “parish” expresses. It comes from the Greek word paroikia and means to be a guest, to be passing through, not having a fixed home but only a temporary shelter. A Christian parish is a community of believers united in their pilgrimage to heaven, always conscious that “we are only passing through this world to our eternal home which is the heavenly kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.” What is important is that we remain aware that He is with us (Immanuel), while we are on the way to Him, and that we are not left alone. Thus our mode of daily living is paschal or passing through. It is a daily experience of the triduum (from Good Friday through Holy Saturday, to Easter Sunday). In one word, PAROIKIA.
With my priestly blessing in the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, I remain,
Fr. George “of the Desert” Decasa, Pastor
WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR SUNDAY CONTRIBUTION
Our parish needs your generous help as it is economically challenged. Our income is most closely tied to cash in the collection basket.
1. If you cannot attend Mass you may mail in your Sunday contribution to: St. Thomas Indian Mission, P. O. Box 1176, Winterhaven, CA 92283
3. Or, you may give online: To give online, Go to: https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/stimc
To Register for an account:
- Click on SIGN IN.
- Click on REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT.
- Enter the information requested.
- Click REGISTER- a confirmation email will be sent with your login credentials.
Can’t remember your Password?
From the SIGN IN option, click on Forgot Password and a temporary password
will be emailed to the email address you list. Once you sign in with the Temporary Password, it will prompt you to create your own password.
To Make a Donation:
- If you have already set up a user email and password, click on SIGN IN.
- For a One-Time donation, click on the Fund drop down box and choose Tithe/Weekly Offering.
- Enter the amount.
- Click on SUBMIT.
- If you wish to make this a RECURRING GIFT, click on the box listed, (then follow the directions below) otherwise choose CREDIT CARD or BANK ACCOUNT.
- Enter your card (the card may be a credit or debit card- gift cards and pre-paid cards will not process) or bank information.
- Enter your billing information.
- Click Submit. An email will be sent to the email you listed as a receipt of confirmation.
With my priestly blessing,
Fr. George of the Desert
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