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 9:30 AM.
On Ash Wednesday, February 17th, at 4:30 PM,
we will have a Mass with distribution of ashes.
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
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
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:
" Dear friend, May no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, His name will continue to resound throughout the world"
-Pope Benedict XVI
02/28/21 6:50 pm
Denver Newsroom, Feb 28, 2021 / 12:50 pm (CNA).- The apostolic nunciature in Iraq reported on Sunday, Feb. 28 that the Nuncio Mitja Leskovar, has tested positive for COVID less than a week before Pope Francis trip to the country.
"The Apostolic Nuncio has recently tested positive to the COVID 19 virus. His symptoms are very light and from self-isolation, continues to work for the preparation of the Apostolic trip," tweeted on Sunday Fr. Ervin Lengyel, secretary of the Nunciature in Baghdad.Read More
02/28/21 1:00 pm
Vatican City, Feb 28, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis prayed Sunday for children suffering from rare diseases that they may feel “the caress of God’s love and tenderness.”
“Today is World Rare Disease Day,” Pope Francis said from the window of the Apostolic Palace Feb. 28 as he waved to people holding banners and cheering in St. Peter’s Square.Read More
02/28/21 11:30 am
Vatican City, Feb 28, 2021 / 05:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Sunday that it is important to remember when facing a difficult trial that the “Lord is risen and does not permit darkness to have the last word.”
“At times we go through moments of darkness in our personal, family or social life, and of fear that there is no way out. We feel frightened before great enigmas such as illness, the suffering of the innocent, or the mystery of death,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Feb. 28.Read More
“Leon Bloy, the great French Catholic convert, liked to say that, in the end, the only thing that matters is to be a saint,”