Announcements

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 4-5, 2023

St. Berard Mass Saturday 6:00 pm
OLBS Mass Sunday 9:30 am
St. Francis Mass Sunday 11:30 am

OLBS PARISH COMMUNITY

     PO Box 70, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504    
http://olbsfortdefiance.org/          olbs70@yahoo.com
       Parish Office 928-729-5068            
Pastor - Fr. Pjey Pabatao  928-349-5278
Office Hours:  Mon -Tues 9-12, 1-4; Wed 9-12

                                          OLBS Ministers for 9:30 am Mass                  

PROCLAIMERS OF THE WORD
02-05    Sherri Toadlena
02-12    Chris Paisano

           GREETERS
         02-05    Vicki Birch Family
         02-12    Oma Wauneka Family


         

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
02-05    Angela Davidson
            Alvin Wauneka
02-12    Dcn Daniel Martin
            Vicki Birch
 

HALL CLEANERS WEEK OF:
02-12    Virgil Brown Family  
02-26    Chris Becenti Family               


        Prayer Intention(s) for week of

                                           February 4-5
                                               St. Berard – Shirley Jumbo Family
                                               OLBS – Francis Barney Family
                                               St. Francis – Kelly Tabaha Family

                                           February 11-12
                                               St. Berard – Ruby Kee Family
                                               OLBS – Gilbert Barney Family
                                               St. Francis – Regina Tabaha Family

 

Parish Collection   January 28-29
                              OLBS                           $398.01        Thank You       
                              St. Berard/St. Francis    $ 54.00         Thank You

Special Collection     Black & Native American       Feb 11-12
                                 The Black and Indian Mission Collection exists to help local African American
                                 and Native American Diocesan Communities throughout the United States spread
                                 the Good News of Jesus Christ and respond to real and pressing needs on the
                                 ground.
                     

 

Please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements for:

BAPTISMS: 
Preparation session prior to receiving the Sacrament

MARRIAGES:  At least 4 months in advance.

PRAYER SUPPORT:  You or a Family Member are in need of prayers i.e. in the hospital, home bound, etc, or if  you would like to receive the Eucharist

Community Announcements

World Day for Consecrated Life was celebrated in the Church on Thursday, February 2, 2023, and in parishes over the weekend of February 4-5, 2023. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.  Let us pray for more vocations to religious life.

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.

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.

2023 Bishop’s Mardi Gras – Saturday, Feb. 18 at Red Rock State Park; proceeds benefit Diocese of Gallup Schools; call Amanda at 505-726-8295 or www.catholicpeoplesfoundation.com for more information

“Come and See” weekends for men interested in becoming a deacon in the Diocese of Gallup.  A deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic Church.  Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the
Church and to the world of Christ, who came "to serve and not to be served."  The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries, is to be a servant in a servant-Church.
  Two opportunities to attend are scheduled for February 17-19, 2023 and April 21-23, 2023, at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Gallup  It begins on Friday evening around 6:00 pm with a light meal and welcome and we conclude with the 11:00 am Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral.  No fee is needed.  If interested, contact Deacon Timoteo Lujan at dcntlujan@dioceseofgallup.org

Catholic Engaged Encounter – a retreat is required by the current marriage preparation policy of the Diocese of Gallup for those interested in getting married in the Catholic Church; the first opportunity for this year is March 18-19 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center.  For more information, please pick up an orange pamphlet from the entrance table or go to the parish website under the Bulletin Updates tab and choose Engaged Encounter.
 

OLBS Announcements

MUSIC PRACTICE
Navajo Choir  Sun. 10:45 am in Drexel Room South of Convent
English Choir    1st and 3rd Sun. 10:45 am in the Hall

CONFESSIONS
Sunday 8:30-9:10 am   Please not right before Mass
Any other time upon request.  Call Fr. Blane at 928-729-5068

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
RCIA (Adults & Children)  Sun. 10:45 am - noon
Grades K-12  Sun. after Mass 10:45 am -11:45 am

 

Parish Covenant/Address Update   Please update your contact information for 2022 with the parish office.

St. Berard/St. Francis Announcements
 
Registration of Parishioners  Please fill out a Covenant Form if you have not yet done so and put it in the collection basket. Thank you.

                             

FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, February 4-5, 2023

[Isaiah 58: 7-10; I Corinthians 2: 1-5; Matthew 5: 11-16]

“I am the light of the world, says the Lord;

whoever follows me will have the light of life.”

  Following upon the teaching of the Beatitudes, Jesus uses the now familiar metaphors/images of salt and light to describe the life of discipleship. We take salt and light for granted in our society, but these commodities were more precious in ancient cultures. Just as now, salt was used in Jesus’ time for flavoring, as a preservative, and as a healing agent. Similarly, the widespread use of electricity in the modern world makes us less aware of the value and importance of light in our lives.
  Still, our familiarity with this passage from Matthew’s Gospel speaks well to the abiding power of the imagery that Jesus presented. Jesus’ call to be salt for the earth and light for the world powerfully states our mission as Church and as Christians.
  Our commitment to social justice flows from the exhortation that Jesus gives us in today’s Gospel. Some of the activities that this commitment leads us to are given more concrete expression as the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. When we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, console those who mourn, and so on, we show ourselves to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. When we do these things with the community of faith, the Church, we are indeed acting as “a city set on a mountain” that cannot be hidden!

Parish Council Members

St. Berard                                OLBS                          St. Francis

Amanda Joe                            Chris Becenti              Leona Laughing
Tina Rosetta                            James Campbell          Virginia Yazzie

Cole Frame

Chris Paisano

Paula Seanez
            Toni Thomas

Support:  Fr. Pjey Pabatao, Fr. Blane Grein, Sr. Zoe Brenner,
               Chris Rayner, Rita Bia

The indoor mask mandate has been lifted on the Navajo Nation for all general public and all businesses except:
Early Childhood Education
Nursing Homes on the Navajo Nation and those who serve these vulnerable populations
Healthcare facilities who require masks
Individuals who have tested positive with COVID-19

Please continue to use caution and good judgment to care for yourself and others.



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: together.igivecatholic.org/info/gallup   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.

 


 

 

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 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.

 

 

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: together.igivecatholic.org/info/gallup   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

PARISH OFFICE HOURS     
Monday 9-12 pm; 1-4 pm         Tuesday 9-12 pm; 1-4 pm
Wednesday 9-12 pm

 

February 5 - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life

February 8 - International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

February 12 - 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Marriage Day

February 14 - Valentine's Day

February 19 - 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Special Collections

Black & Native    Feb 11-12
             

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

Food Pantry at St. Francis in Sawmill will  be open in February if you call in advance.

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.

Oil

Flour

Baking soda

Beans

Rice

Canned fruit

Canned corn, green beans, peas

Peanut butter

Canned beans

Canned chili

Coffee/tea

Cereal/Oatmeal

Macaroni & Cheese

Instant potatoes

Spam/corn beef

Pasta

Tomato sauce

Boxed unrefrigerated milk

Toothpaste

Shampoo

Deodorant

Hand soap
Baby wipes