Letter To Parishioners

Outdoor Public Sunday Masses

at St. Thomas Indian Mission will start on

Sept. 26-27 weekend (Sat. --- 6:30 PM; Sun. --- 7:30 AM) 

September 17, 2020 

Dear Parishioners,

At the zoom meeting of Bishop McElroy with the Imperial County pastors yesterday, Wednesday, September 16th, it was decided that Imperial county parishes should begin celebrating outdoor public Masses effective Sunday, September 20, 2020.

While parishes in San Diego County have been given the go-ahead to celebrate Mass indoors as long as social distancing and the other guidelines are observed, in Imperial County where our parish belongs, only celebrations outdoors are allowed; indoor celebrations or gatherings are prohibited.

With Bishop McElroy’s permission, Sunday Masses, outdoors, here at St. Thomas Indian Mission will start only on the weekend of September 26/27 because we need to prepare and to inform the parishioners in writing. Of our around 130 registered parishioners, only 30 are reachable by email.

Our Sunday Masses will be celebrated outdoors on Saturdays at 6:30 PM and on Sundays at 7:30 AM, in the PARKING AREA by the Parish Hall. These days, starting at about 6:30 PM, the church, the parish hall, and the two big water tanks together spread a blanket of shade in the said parking area, thereby rendering a condition conducive enough for celebrating the Mass there; moreover, these days, the 7:30 AM sun may be balmy (just the right amount of humidity), and sunny but not intense; and helps generate Vitamin D. If necessary, one may come to Mass with an umbrella.

The guidelines say there is no aggregate limit on outside congregations, but it is mandatory to come in a face mask (please bring your own), and observe social distancing (6 feet between people of different households) before, during, and after the Mass.  Moreover, singing is strictly forbidden and sign of peace prohibited. Use of Missalettes or the Bulletin to follow the Mass is allowed. Holy Communion is to be given only after the Final Blessing, in the hand. Right after receiving communion, the person leaves.

Persons with disability, please arrive at least 15 minutes early so that you can park your cars on the alley on the side of the church (between the church and Quechan Drive) and walk back to the front of the Parish Hall for the Mass.

People of any age with serious underlying medical conditions are urged to stay at home. Those who are feeling ill in any way are urged, in the strongest sense, to remain at home.

Steve Taylor (928-941-5179) will take care of the physical preparations – traffic control, setup of chairs, sanitizer stations, sound system, and their takedown after the Mass, which includes wiping and disinfecting of the chairs. Those who are willing to help may please call Steve.

I continue to pray for all of you. May God bless you abundantly.

All for the greater honor and glory of God, I remain, 

Fr. George of the Desert

PastorSt. Thomas Indian Mission

Fort Yuma, California, P.O. Box 1176, Winterhaven, CA 92283

Tel: 760-572-0283Parish

Website: www.stthomasindianmission.org

Parish Email: [email protected]



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

1. You may mail in your Sunday contribution to:                                                                                                                                                   St. Thomas Indian Mission,                                   P. O. Box 1176, Winterhaven, CA 92283

2. 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.

3. Or, you may give online: To give online, Go to: https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/stimc

Online Giving - Monument Heights Baptist Church

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



2018-2019 Sacramental Preparation

Our 2020 - 2021 Catechism orSacramental Preparation Program Starts on October 04, 2020. To read more please click on the following link. https://www.stthomasindianmission.org/2020-2021-catechism-sacramental-preparation-program



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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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