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While it is the responsibility of the Pastor and the Parish to provide education/formation opportunities for religious education and sacrament preparation, it remains the right, privilege and sacred responsibility of parents to see to the Catholic upbringing of their children. This was solemnly promised at baptism: “You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so, you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us by loving God and neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are…

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The minimum requirement to be a sponsor for Baptism and Confirmation is to be a Baptized Catholic and have received First Holy Communion and Confirmation. This must be verifiable. Additionally, couples that are living together must be married in the Catholic Church. Likewise, Baptized Catholics that wish to marry in the Catholic Church are to be Confirmed. If you live somewhere else and wish to receive Sacraments here, you must get permission from your current Parish Pastor.

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Some have been permitted to serve as sponsors that were not qualified. Unfortunately, many people simply lie to us about their qualifications. There is nothing we can do about this. When non-qualified persons serve as sponsor because they were not truthful to the priest or deacon, then there is public scandal and an injustice is done to the whole community. If you know that unqualified persons have served as sponsors in the past, we apologize and ask you to understand that some are not honest with us in this matter. Nonetheless, qualification for sponsor has nothing to do with how…

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The minimum requirement to be a sponsor for Baptism and Confirmation is to be a Baptized Catholic and have received First Holy Communion and Confirmation. This must be verifiable. Additionally, couples that are living together must be married in the Catholic Church. Likewise, Baptized Catholics that wish to marry in the Catholic Church are to be Confirmed. If you live somewhere else and wish to receive Sacraments here, you must get permission from your current Parish Pastor. Some have been permitted to serve as sponsors that were not qualified. Unfortunately, many people simply lie to us about their qualifications. There…

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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,…

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Bishop James S. Wall was born in Ganado, Arizona in 1964 to parents James A. Wall and Joan Wall. Along with his parents and five siblings, he continued to live in Arizona for his young adult life, attending public school in Chandler, AZ, and continuing to college at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, where he studied history. Throughout college, he felt the call from God to become a priest, and after college entered St. John Seminary in Camarillo, California, and was ordained a priest on June 6, 1998 for service in the Diocese of Phoenix. He served as Parochial…

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As the small village of Milan began to grow west of Grants, priests in Grants began to recognize the need for a church there to serve the Catholic population. In the early 1960’s, land was donated to the Diocese for a church by then Mayor Salvador Milan. However, the small congregation was not able to build a church yet, so the priestsused an Episcopal church until their own could be built. In 1969, Milan became a Parish under the guildance of Father Joseph Brackett. The first pastor. He began seeking funds for a church which was built and dedicated to…

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