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

August 1, 2021         Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Proclaimers of the Word
August 1 - Sherri Toadlena                                August 8 – Amelia Holtsoi

Prayer Intention(s) for week of                 August 1st  – Dwayne Dennison Family
                                                                        August 8th – Deborah Dineyazhe Family
                                                                        August 15th  – Toni Etsitty Family

Parish Collection       July 25th                      $271.60

Special Collection     Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC)     $85.00

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

Franciscan Feast Day, August 2; St. Francis gathered a group of men at the Portiuncula (a small portion of land) outside the walls of Assisi and it was here the Franciscan movement began in 1209.  Over time, the orders that were formed include the Order of Friars Minor (OFM), the Order of Saint Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis.  They follow the teachings and spiritual disciplines of their founder, St. Francis of Assisi, and of his main associates and followers, such as Clare of Assisi, Anthony of Padua, and Elizabeth of Hungary.

Bishop’s Annual Golf Classic – Sept 10 at Pinon Hills Golf Course in Farmington, NM; for information please call 505-726-8295 or pick up a flyer on table at the entrance of the hall.

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.

Beyond Trauma is a basic resource that helps people understand trauma, reflect on one’s own response to trauma, and become familiar with specific Catholic practices and mental health principles for moving forward in a healthy way.  A free PDF version is available at (Scroll down to Church Resources at the bottom.)  This link is also on our parish website.

If you would like to donate to St. Francis Mission food pantry, items needed are dry goods, paper products, soap, shampoo, etc.  If you would like to make a monetary donation, please put it in an envelope, mark it Food pantry, and place it in the collection basket.  Checks can be made out to St. Berard.


Prayer Family:   Dwayne Dennison 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 up to yellow.  Public gatherings recommended not to exceed 10 people.  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.

Churches are open 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.
OLBS has the chapel downstairs in parish offfice.  It is available during the mornings from 10-12 pm M-W.  Other times are possible, but please call the parish first to check at 729-5068.  For those who cannot walk the stairs, the church can be opened for easier access for prayer.  Please call the office to make arrangements BEFORE coming over.


To contact Fr. PJ 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                
Tuesday 9-12 pm

Wednesday 9-12 pm


Aug 1 - Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 2 - Franciscan Feast Day - Feast of Portiuncula

Sept 10th - Bishop's Annual Golf Classic at Pinon Hills Golf Course in Farmington, NM

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

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

Peter's Pence - August 22


Food Pantry opening at St. Francis in Sawmill

It will only be opened on the second to the last week of the month on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from
10- 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