PO Box 70, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504
       Parish Office 928-729-5068             Temporary Pastor - Fr. Pjey Pabatao  928-349-5278

October 17, 2021         Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time      
Prayer Intention(s) for week of                October 17th – Laverne Joe Family
                                                                    October 24th – Evangeline Johnson Family
                                                                    October 31st - Loren Johnson Family

Parish Collection                   Oct 10             $460.26

Priests’ Retirement Fund     Sept 18            $150.00

World Mission Sunday         Today             is a day set aside for the Catholic Church throughout the world to publicly renew its commitment to the missionary movement.  It was created by Pope Pius XI in 1926 as the day of prayer for missions.

Faith in Action Appeal (FIAA) for the Diocese of Gallup continues throughout the year.


Message from Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday
“We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20)

“On World Mission Day, we recall with gratitude all those men and women who by their testimony of life help us to renew our baptismal commitment to be generous and joyful apostles of the Gospel. Let us remember especially all those who resolutely set out, leaving home and family behind, to bring the Gospel to all those places and people athirst for its saving message.” 

Catholic Engaged Encounter - Oct 23-24 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Gallup;  see OLBS website for more information or call 505-726-2707

Southwest Catholic Youth Conference (SWCYC) - Oct. 23 from 9:30 am – 6 pm at Civic Center in Farmington, NM. Cost: $30/person   For more information, please go to the OLBS parish website and open the youth ministry tab.

Thank you to all who continue to donate so graciously money and/or supplies to the food bank.  There has been a request for baby wipes to be added to the supply list.    

Parish audits for OLBS and St. Berard/Sawmill have been completed.  These statements are available in the parish office upon request. Please make arrangements by calling office 928-729-5068.

Parish Office Hours:  Mon-Tues 9-12 pm, 1-4 pm; Wed 9-12 pm


Prayer Family:   Laverne Joe Family

We are advised by the Navajo Nation to Stay at Home and to limit our movement if and when possible.  The status of the Navajo Nation has moved down to orange.  People may gather inside so as not to exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of the building.  The Navajo Nation remains vigilant as neighboring states are reducing restrictions rapidly and new COVID variants are present.   Those vaccinated are increasing, but the Delta variant is on the rise.

Churches are opened on the Navajo Nation.
Please call your parish to find out the locations and times.
Continue to walk in beauty and safety.

Opportunities to pray before the Blessed Sacrament

St. Michaels - the church is open daily from 6 am-6 pm.  The outside door by the sacristy is open...please, use the ramp.


To contact Fr. PJey Pabatao, our pastor/administrator, please call Our Lady of Fatima in Chinle at 928-674-5413 or 928-674-5254.

Fr. José is currently still out of the country due to the COVID-19 Virus.  Let us pray for his safe return to the States.


Prayer Support - If you or a family member are in need of prayers i.e. in the hospital, home bound, etc., please contact the Parish Office at 928-729-5068 so we can notify the prayer line.


Catholic Extension has given a special gift to the Diocese of Gallup and all its parishes and schools. Access for all the Diocese of Gallup entities is through the same portal on the #igiveCatholic site:   Select Parish, and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament from the drop down list under Organization Name. 
The Faith in Action Appeal is also available on that same site.





Jubilee Books Available 
$10 donation

Monday 9-12 pm; 1-4 pm         Tuesday 9-12 pm; 1-4 pm
Wednesday 9-12 pm


Oct. 17th - Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Oct. 24th - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordianry Time

Oct. 23rd - SWCYC at Civic Center in Farmington, NM from 9:30 am - 6 pm;  more info on youth ministry tab of this website



Special Collections

World Mission - Oct. 17

Bishop's Annual Appeal Envelopes available at parish office - continues throughout the year



Food Pantry at St. Francis in Sawmill opened Oct. 19-21 from 10 am - 2 pm

If you would like to donate items you can bring the items to church. (see list below.)  If you would like to make a money donation, put in an envelope, and mark it Food pantry. Put with the collection.  Checks can be made out to St. Berard.



Baking soda



Canned fruit

Canned corn, green beans, peas

Peanut butter

Canned beans

Canned chili



Macaroni & Cheese

Instant potatoes

Spam/corn beef


Tomato sauce

Boxed unrefrigerated milk




Hand soap
Baby wipes