My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, and all people of goodwill,
Recent developments have brought about a crisis for the religious liberty of the Catholic Church in the United States of America. The U.S. Government has mandated that every employer, including Catholic institutions, must supply insurance for drugs that can terminate a human life and elective procedures that destroy the fertility of otherwise healthy people.
Failure to comply would bring about thousands of dollars of penalties for every employee, effectively closing down our Catholic hospitals, Catholic schools, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, nursing homes, etc.
Never before in the history of the United States has the Federal Government forced citizens to directly purchase what so directly violates their beliefs. Read More....
Our Bishop: The Most Rev. James S. Wall, Fourth Bishop of Gallup.
A Welcome from our local Pastor, The Very Reverend Alberto Avella-Martinez:
Welcome to the Catholic Community of the Western portion of Cibola County in the Diocese of Gallup.
We are the four parishes of St. Teresa of Avila in Grants, St. Vivian in Milan, San Rafael in the village of San Rafael and San Mateo in the village of San Mateo.
We share a Catholic Heritage here in the shadow of Mt. Taylor that is 400 years old.
We embrace all peoples and cultures and invite them to share in the Eucharistic Banquet together with our Bishop, Pastor, priests, deacons, lay ministers and all the baptized as we build the Kingdom of God in the communities of Grants and Milan, San Rafael and San Mateo.
Remember our motto: Four Parishes - For God - For Each Other.
Interview with The Most Rev. James S. Wall on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network HERE!
Bishop: Ordinary of the Diocese of Gallup: Most Reverend James S. Wall
Priests: Pastor - St. Teresa/San Mateo and Vicar Forane of the Cibola Vicariate: Very Reverend Alberto Avella -Martinez, Pastor - St. Vivian/San Rafael - Reverend Michael J. Vigil, JCL.
Parochial Vicars: Rev. David Tate and Rev. Ravi-Joseph Narrisety
Deacons: St. Teresa & San Mateo: Reverend Mr. Larry Chavez, Reverend Mr. Timoteo Lujan, Reverend Mr. Todd Church
St. Vivian & San Rafael:
Director of Religious Education K-6: Velma Dees
Life Teen/Confirmation: Deacon Todd Church
EDGE: Deacon Todd Church
Financial Officer: Jean Moleres
Parish Secretaries: Emma Montoya - St. Teresa of Avila, Cecilia Mascareñas - St. Vivian
O Father - Most Merciful and Just, You are the provider of all that we are and all that we have. You give us life and generously provide for the needs of living creatures.
So that our community will be prayerful, give each of us the strength and the grace to pray.
So that our worship will be more life giving, give each of us the strength and grace to worship you authentically.
So that our parishes and schools will be welcoming and generous, give each of us the gift of hospitality.
So that our Catholic Communities reach-out to all who suffer, give each of us the grace and the strength to serve you when our brothers and sisters are in distress.
By your Body and Blood we are nourished with your strength - give us the courage to build your Kingdom, we pray through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
We are here to serve you in this time of need.
Call the parish office as soon as possible to make arrangements.
Please do not finalize arrangements with the funeral home before they have been cleared through the parish office.