Letter To Parishioners

Dear Parishioners,

      Bishop McElroy, in giving us permission to offer Holy Communion on Sundays, wants it to be absolutely clear that there should be No indoor services or gathering at any time or for any reason. This Sunday, and every Sunday thereafter until otherwise announced, you may come to the parish and receive Holy Communion at any time from 8 AM to 9:30 AM after following a streamed Sunday Mass. Please observe the following:

  1. Preparation for following a streamed Sunday Mass.

      In order to follow the streamed Sunday Mass and not fall into just watching it, please have on hand a copy of our Bulletin which is practically a missalette, unless you have your own Sunday Missal.  If possible, before following the streamed Sunday Mass you familiarize yourself with the Sunday readings and reflections. Our Bulletin is available via our website www.stthomasindianmission.org  or you may come on Saturday and pick up a printed Bulletin copy at the parish grotto or at the rectory porch.  The creation of an atmosphere of prayer is very important. Before you follow the streamed Mass:

      Make a sincere act of contrition. The present pandemic is among those times that we are allowed to CONFESS DIRECTLY TO GOD. As Pope Francis says: “Take your sorrow directly to God . . . be specific about your sins, request pardon and experience God’s loving forgiveness. . . . Say, ‘Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,’ and ask for pardon with all your heart.’ Make an act of contrition and promise God, ‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’

  1. Then you follow the streamed Sunday Mass by going to sdcatholic.org and then click on Sunday Mass — accessible starting at 6 AM.

      Or you may go to www.elcentrocatholic.org and click on online Mass.

  1. After following the streamed Sunday Mass, you put on your face mask and drive to the parish and you park your car by the parish hall. Bishop McElroy reminds us that people cannot receive Communion from inside the car but should receive Communion standing outside the car. Only the person or persons who will receive Communion will get out of the car.
  2. You remove your face mask just before receiving Communion. Communion is to be given only in the hand. You put it into your mouth right away and then put on the face mask once more. Right after that you get inside your car and drive back home.
  1. If two cars arrive at the same time, the recipients of communion from the second car should not alight from their car until the first car has left.
  1. Following the directive from the health department, the Minister of Communion who will be distributing the Eucharist will need to sanitize hands after each distribution.

      God bless us all, always.

      Sincerely in Jesus and Mama Mary,

      Fr. George of the Desert

      Pastor                                                                                                   July 10, 2020


I continue to publish our Parish Bulletin. You can find the latest issues on this, our parish website, under “Publications.” Printed Copies are available at our parish grotto of Mama Mary and at our rectory porch.

I organize the Bulletin in such a way that it facilitates your Sunday Worship which may be characterized as a “para-liturgical celebration consisting of the WORD and your SPIRITUAL COMMUNION OF THE LORD.


Our parish needs your generous help as it is economically challenged. Our income is most closely tied to cash in the collection basket.

You may mail in your Sunday contribution to:  

St. Thomas Indian Mission, P. O. Box 1176, Winterhaven, CA 92283.

Or, if it’s easier for you to come to St. Thomas Indian Mission, you may drop by the rectory and

throw far or deep into the padlocked porch your contribution in an envelope. I regularly go to the porch and check.

Or, you may give online: To give online, Go to:


To Register for an account:

  1. Click on SIGN IN.
  3. Enter the information requested.
  4. 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:

  1. If you have already set up a user email and password, click on SIGN IN.
  2. For a One-Time donation, click on the Fund drop down box and choose Tithe/Weekly Offering.
  3. Enter the amount.
  4. Click on SUBMIT.
  5. 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.
  6. Enter your card (the card may be a credit or debit card- gift cards and pre-paid cards will not process) or bank information.
  7. Enter your billing information.
  8. 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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Requirements for Infant Baptism

In order to have a child baptized at St. Thomas Indian Mission Catholic Church, the parents must be among its parishioners. Parishioners of St. Thomas Indian Mission are those who live within the geographical boundaries of Winterhaven as well as those who may not be living within the geographical boundaries of Winterhaven but are regularly attending Mass here and are registered as regularly contributing members.

Moreover, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  1. A completed baptism form (Form B-1) to be submitted by parent(s) or legal guardian;
  2. A copy of the child’s birth certificate;
  3. The child must be under the age of 7; if the child is 7 years old or older, the child must first participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (catechism classes) for two years;
  4. The godparents must have received the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation, and must be in good moral character, living a life of faith;
  5. One godparent (male/female) is sufficient, but there may be two, one of each sex (ref Canon Law # 873-874)
  6. Godparents that live with partners as a couple must be married in the catholic church;
  7. Godparents must be at least 16 years of age;
  8. Godparents that belong to a different parish are required to complete Form B-2;
  9. If the parents of the child to be baptized are not married in the Catholic Church or if the parent is a single mother or single father, the godparents of the child must be a couple married in the Catholic Church.
  10. The parents and godparents are required to participate in a pre-baptism class.





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