PO Box 70, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504
       Parish Office 928-729-5068            
Temporary Pastor - Fr. Pjey Pabatao  928-349-5278
Office Hours:  Mon -Tues 9-12, 1-4; Wed 9-12


July 3, 2022         Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7-03    Marlene Slim        
7-10     Volunteer     
7-17     Kathy Bowman     

7-03    Davidson Family      
7-10     Elvira Begaye Family     
7-17     Alvin Wauneka Family      



7-03     Br. Maynard Shurley
             Alvin Wauneka
7-10     Elvira Begaye
            Titus Toadlena
7-17     Dee Tso
             Daniel Martin

7-03      Titus Toadlena Family
7-17     Chris Becenti Family


Prayer Intention(s) for week of                       
                           July 3rd – Independence Weekend
                                        Our Nation and Government
                           July 10- Paula Seanez Family
                           July 17- Mary R. Shirley Family

Parish Collection      June 26th                       $226.46             Thank You

Special Collection        July 10                  Home Missions - funds are used
                                                                 in the rural areas of the US

Faith in Action Today Appeal (FIAT) Please thoughtfully consider what you can give, even if you can only pledge $l and/or your prayers.  Each dollar and every prayer counts.   This is an ongoing process over the year of 2022.  Please take home the envelopes and pray about what you can share for this year.  Your donations are sent directly to our diocese.  Let’s give 100% parish family participation this year!

Navajo Choir – Practice Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in church.

English Choir – If anyone is interested in organizing, singing and/or playing in the English choir, please contact the parish office. 

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.

Water with Blessings – See flyer on bulletin board for more info.  This is an opportunity to provide clean drinking water to anyone/family that wishes to use the filter.  A training is provided.  Please call Juli at 928-871-4171, ask at our parish office, or see Charlene Nelson for more information.

Parish Covenant/Address Update   If you have not yet done so for 2022, please update your contact information with the parish.  Forms are available on the table at the entrance.  Thank you.

The Food Pantry is available at St. Francis in Sawmill – If items are needed, please phone Rita Bia at 928-206-2853.  Donations are greatly appreciated.

The Food Pantry is available at St. Francis in Sawmill – If items are needed, please phone Rita Bia at 928-206-2853.  Donations are greatly appreciated.

Applications for Franciscan Education Fund are available. If you have any children attending Catholic schools in grades 7-12, funds are available to help with the costs for education.  Ask the parish staff for an application.  Deadline is TODAY.

Celebration with Fr. Blane – 60 years of priesthood
*Sunday, Aug 7 Mass at 10:30 am at OLBS hall for OLBS,
  St. Berard, & St. Francis parishioners
*Potluck to follow the liturgy
*Please bring a side dish – sign up list on entrance table
*Donations can be given to Geri Wauneka
*Cards are available to sign if you wish

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
If you or anyone you know is interested
   In becoming Catholic (Baptized into the faith)
   Learning more about the Catholic Church/faith
   In receiving First Communion and/or Confirmation

Please let the parish office or Geri and Alvin Wauneka know of your desire to learn more about the Catholic faith and to receive the Sacraments.  Study sessions will begin in the Fall.

Religious Education for Children
Study sessions to learn more about the Catholic faith and to receive the Sacraments will begin in the Fall.  Please let the parish office know of your desire for your children to grow in their faith.

Please read and pray about the formation of the Parish Council with OLBS, St. Berard and St. Francis.   This is a way to support each other in our faith and strengthen the life of the parishes/mission.  There is a box by the collection basket for your nominations.  Remember we want people who are planners, thinkers, and doers.  Diversity is important.  We will collect nominations until July 10th.  After we receive the nominations, ballots will be put together from those names and voted upon.  Thank you.

Laudato Si’ (Praised Be) workshop is a free training with other Catholics to explore the papal encyclical letter from Pope Francis who declared that the science of climate change is clear and that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth and everyone on it.  Please contact Maria Trevino  This will be at Sacred Heart Retreat House in Gallup from 9-5 on July 8-9.  More information about the encyclical can be found on the website:

Thursday, July 14th there will be a Diocesan celebration for St. Kateri.  From 4-6pm there will be rosary and update about the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Rosary walk at the Sacred Heart Retreat House. Mass is 6:30pm at the Cathedral.

Parish Office is closed Monday, July 4th.

Have a Blessed 4th of July Weekend


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 up to yellow.  People may gather inside so as not to exceed 75% 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.



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


July 3 - 14th Sunday in
             Ordinary Time

July 4 - Independence Day

July 10 - 15th Sunday in
               Ordinary Time



Special Collections

Home Missions     July 10

Faith in Action Today (FIAT) Appeal  in the Diocese of Gallup



Food Pantry at St. Francis in Sawmill will  be open July 19th and 20th 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