The Day of Pentecost Whitsunday Worship Services

Congregation Services have been cancelled because of Coronavirus COVID-19 health concerns.

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Sunday, May 31st
10:30 a.m.
The Rev. Canon David L. Caffrey

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This Week’s Liturgy

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, June 4th
12:00 p.m.

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Parish Financial Summary

Greetings to everyone,

You are all in our prayers during this difficult time in the world and in our lives.

This year started out with many goals to further the work of St. Paul in the Desert in our community and, although things have changed for all of us, the work of our church goes on in many different ways…

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May 29, 2020

Parish Profile Status

The Parish Profile Team is presently focused on preparing the Profile for Vestry review.  We have completed several sections and are working to incorporate the CAT and other parish survey responses, as well as collecting photographs and developing our format.  You can find directions for submitting pictures of parish activities below.

Photo Request

The Parish Profile Team of the Transition Committee is calling for photos of church events and parishioner groups at services and other occasions for possible inclusion in our Parish Profile.  Here is the link to upload photos into our folder: for submissions is June 30.  Once photos are uploaded, please send an email to Mary Mann to identify which are yours.

Contact Mary (Parish Profile Co-Chair) at 775.527.8963 or email ( to identify your photos, ask questions or if you are having problems with Google Drive.

Thanks, The Parish Profile Team


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A Message About Our Parish Reopening

May 27, 2020

To all Parishioners of St Paul in the Desert,

When we started this year, it was unimaginable that we would experience the challenges brought to us by the COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope that you and your families are all safe and healthy.

You may have heard through the media recently that Riverside County has announced the opening of congregational gatherings in places of worship.  Bishop Susan Brown Snook and the Diocesan Standing Committee are our governance and final word in the San Diego Episcopal Diocese. While the Governor, County and City of Palm Springs have started to relax some rules, Bishop Susan prevails.

There are many elements to consider in the return to in-person worship, including:

Clergy Scheduling, Worship Preparation, Staff on Campus, Property Sanitization, Filming for Those Not Attending in Person, Observation of Social Distancing, Capacity and Seating Placement, City and Public Health compliance. 

We would like you to know that spirituality is deeply rooted in each of us.  Your health, safety and lives are far more important than rushing the process to bring you all back into the sanctuary too early.

We are working on organizing this process for our parish and will keep you informed of our progress. We have indeed missed seeing each of you and look forward to the day when we will worship together again in the church.  For more information, please follow the link below to see the recent letter to the Clergy from Bishop Susan and the process under which we will return.


Steve Moore
Senior Warden

Br. John Westaway
Junior Warden

Fr. David Caffrey
Interim Rector

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God has invited us to share the abundant life of Jesus Christ through the Church of St. Paul in the Desert, by serving Christ in others and by gathering to praise and thank God in worship. We are a welcoming, empowering, supportive community.

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Many regular Church activities and meetings are being cancelled due to health concerns. Please check back daily for updates.