By holding their annual Christmas concert on Gaudete Sunday, the parishioners and staff of St. Mary Parish in Tohatchi aptly fulfill the call for joy during the Advent season.
With the muscle and sweat of so many hardworking Kentuckians this little valley was turned into a paradise. Truly, it warranted the beautiful nickname, “Kentucky Mesa.”
Situated close to an old sacred Navaho ceremonial spring in a sea of gray-green sage against a background of masses of tawny, orange-red sandstone cliffs which buttress the soaring pine-clad heights of the Lukachukai Mountains is located the picturesque Saint Isabel Navaho Mission.
Finally, at seventy-two, in poor health and retired, she got her lifelong wish, which was to work as a missionary among the Native Americans.
From the beginning, the Friars visited the People in their hogans and sheep camps, as well as at sheep dips, ceremonies, rodeos, and other gatherings. Sometimes they walked; other times they rode horseback or traveled in wagons or buggies before they had access to a car.
St. Berard Parish at Navajo, NM is just large enough to seat a regular Sunday crowd, but people were packed shoulder-to-shoulder for the very special Mass in honor of the church’s 50th anniversary.
The community is home to the second oldest Catholic Church on the Navajo reservation, and the ﬁrst pioneer post, mission station, or outreach site established by the Franciscans after they had started the school at St. Michaels and were ready to expand from their home base.
The history contained here is complied from letters by Elizabeth Kelley, Msgr. Arthur MacDonald, and documents in the Diocesan archives. The parish of Lumber... Read More...