Friday, January 21, 2022 at 12:28 PM
Mass will be suspended until at least weekend of February 5-6 at OLBS, St. Berard in Navajo and St Francis of Assisi Mission in Sawmill.
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As you might already know, Window Rock School District has cancelled in person learning until January 31 due to COVID numbers increasing.  As our parish families are part of these local communities, Mass will be suspended until at least weekend of February 5-6 at OLBS, St. Berard in Navajo and St Francis of Assisi Mission in Sawmill. 

Let us continue to pray for all of us as parish family during these difficult times.  Stay safe and stay healthy.



     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


January 23, 2022        3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer Intention(s) for week of
                                             January 23rd – David Mitchel, Jr. Family                           
                                             January 30th – Clift Morgan Family
                                             February 6th – Barbara & Gary Munn Family


Special Collection                  Feb 6th      Latin America – supports pastoral projects that benefit the people of Latin America and the Caribbean;  your contribution not only supports and sustains these pastoral efforts, but allows you to stand in closer unity with refugees and those serving them 

Faith in Action Appeal (FIAA) for the Diocese of Gallup begins again in March.

Prayer Support  If you or a Family Member are in need of prayers i.e. in the hospital, shut-in, etc. please contact the Parish Office at 729-5068.

Water with Blessings – Need clean water to drink?  Filters and buckets provided by this project. Call Juli at 928 -871-4171

Parish Covenant/Address Update   This update considers you a registered member of the parish and provides our prayer family list for the coming year.  Currently only 29 families have updated/renewed their covenant of our 120 listed families.  Please fill out the form and leave it in the box or email the parish with current information today.  Thank you for the many ways you serve our parish family.

Parish Ministers - For those who filled out covenant forms and indicated the desire to serve at Mass as Proclaimers of the Word, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Greeters, etc., a list will be prepared and available beginning February.  Training will be provided for anyone new to these ministries.

House Blessings – This a traditional time in the church to have one’s home blessed.  We can bless them as family.  Resources are available on the USCCB website Blessing of the Home and Household on Epiphany | USCCB
If you would like Fr. Blane to bless your home, please call the parish office to arrange a time with him.
Food Pantry in Sawmill will be opened THIS WEEK on January 25th & 26th.  If there is a need at other times, please contact Rita Bia or call the parish office. Thank you to all who continue to donate so graciously money and/or supplies.  You are helping many people who need food. 
Diocesan Celebration for Consecrated Religious is on Saturday, January 29th at Sacred Heart Cathedral.  Mass is at noon with a reception afterwards.  All are welcome to be a part of the celebration. The Sisters and Brothers of the diocese who are celebrating 50 years, 60 years, and 65 years of religious life will be honored.

Bishop’s Mardi Gras 2022 – Saturday, Feb. 26th at Hozho Academy Gymnasium located at 515 Park Ave. in Gallup from 6:30 – 11 pm.
All proceeds benefit Catholic schools in the Diocese of Gallup.  To reserve a table ($600+) or purchase individual tickets ($75 each), please contact Amanda at 505-726-8295 or go online at   Flyers are available at the parish with more information.

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


January 23 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 29 - Celebration for Consecrated Religious at Sacred Heart Cathedral 12 pm

January 30 - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Special Collections

January 16 - Latin America
will be collected on Feb 6

February 13 - Black and Native American




Food Pantry at St. Francis in Sawmill will  be open January 25 & 26.

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