For Sunday January 1, 2023

Bishop’s Annual Visit

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook’s Annual Visit to St. Paul in the Desert is set for Sunday, January 8. Bishop Susan will preside and preach at both services and will officiate at the Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation of St. Paul’s candidates at 10:30.

Upcoming Events at St Paul’s

  • Wednesday, January 4 – Feast of Epiphany (Transferred) – 6:00 PM – Sung Mass
  • Sunday, January 8 – The Baptism of Our Lord – The annual visit of Bishop Susan Brown Snook at the 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM services.
  • Sunday, January 15 – Martin Luther King Sunday
  • Sunday, January 29 – The Feast of St. Paul the Hermit (transferred) and, following our 10:30 service, our annual meeting: Strategic Plan revealed, Church Directories distributed, Lunch served. You won’t want to miss this!
  • Wednesday, February 1 – Candlemas (Transferred) – 6:00 P

The Feast of Epiphany

Wednesday January 4, 2023 celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the peoples of the earth.  The winter solstice was kept on January 6 at some places during the first centuries of the Christian Era. In opposition to pagan festivals, Christians chose this day to celebrate the various manifestations, or “epiphanies” of Jesus’ divinity.  The day was called “The Feast of Lights.” Celebration of the Son of God replaced celebration of the sun.

Mid-week Services

You are invited to the church on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM each week for contemplative Eucharist/Evening Prayer. The church will be open the hour prior (5:00-6:00 PM) for silent, personal prayer. Come and rest.

Wednesday, January 4 – Feast of Epiphany (Transferred) – Sung Mass

Parish Office Hours

St. Paul’s Parish Office will return to regular office hours, beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2023, after a one-week Holiday break.

Parish Life Hikers

We have another hike coming up on Saturday, January 21 and hope you can join us.  We’ll be hiking Mastodon Peak in Joshua Tree National Park.  We’ll meet in the church parking lot at 8:00 AM and hope to carpool so we have at least one National Park Pass holder in each vehicle (to avoid paying the $30 entrance fee).

Unfortunately, our four-legged friends won’t be allowed to join us this time. As in the past, after the hike, we’ll enjoy some great conversation over our BYO lunch.  Snacks and liquid refreshments will be provided.  Please remember to bring walking sticks, if you have them, and your hat and water. Pass the word to family and friends because they are always welcome to join us. For more information or to register, please contact Nancy Antonius at . Hope to see you there!

Winter Coat Donations Needed

Now that cooler weather has arrived in the desert, the Social Justice Ministry is seeking donations of new or gently used winter coats and jackets to distribute to our needy neighbors. Winter hats, scarves and gloves are also appreciated. Remember, donated used clothing should first be dry cleaned. Please place your donated items in the collection “barrels” located in the narthex.

Parish Book Club reinstates in-person meetings

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 1:00 PM in the Library at St. Paul’s. For January, Book Club has selected Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng. Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It’s a story about the power—and limitations—of art to create change; the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and how any of us can survive with our hearts intact.

New members are always welcome at Book Club. For more information, please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico, The Most Reverend Enrique Trevino Cruz, Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, The Right Reverend Brian Lee Cole, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Michael’s by-the-Sea, Carlsbad; for the Diocese of Western Mexico and our companion relationship; for the members of the Executive Council as they gather for the annual retreat this weekend.

For those commended to our prayers: Mike Gorman, AJ Miller, Maryanne Struck, Teresa Ball, Richard Jones, Michael R., Al Wilder, Wilma, Steve, Brandon, Matthew, Jenni Foreman, Glena, Drew Blazier, Rex Comer, Louis Thibault, John Ketcham, Gary Koch, Jim Panos, Ventura Fuentes, Susan Pelowski, Paula Davis, Marna & Rick Hill, Ivory Murrell, Jr., James Hodge, Terri & Judi Miller-Steele, Joe Christopher, Greg Gowdy, Barry Hagenbuch, Roy Cody, Howard Cecil, George Barros, Philip Smith, Dirk Beach-Barrow, John Lasher, Tom Lutgen, Brian Nealy; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Harvey Trackman, Anthony Picozzi, Mary “Cookie” Zingg, De Andre Rouse, Gale Enger, May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

For those with birthdays: January 2: Barbara Halcom; January 3: George Barros; January 6: Steven Holm, Isabel Reineke; January 7: Gary Gillespie, Gary Scott.

For those celebrating their anniversary: January 7: Lena & John Granet.

For our Confirmands as they prepare to take this important step in their spiritual journeys.

Send us your Prayer Requests via email — You may request prayers, “For those commended to our prayers” or “For those who have died,” by sending requests to Weekly print deadline is Wednesday noon.

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to, and select January 8, 2023, the First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Area Homeless “Point-In-Time Count” January 25, 2023

We need your help in making Riverside County’s Point-In-Time Count (PIT) a success!

Each year, the Riverside County Continuum of Care (CoC) partners with cities to facilitate the federally mandated count of people experiencing homelessness throughout Riverside County. Information gathered from the count is valuable because it provides a snapshot of how many people experience sheltered and unsheltered homelessness on a single night. The data is used to demonstrate the need for federal and state funding, services, and resource planning, and to inform the community about homelessness.

The Homeless Point-in-Time Count reflects a snapshot of Riverside County’s homeless population. Obtaining an accurate count of people experiencing homelessness is critical to helping our communities attract the state and federal funding needed to address a growing public health crisis. Homelessness impacts families, individuals, and communities across Riverside County, and we recognize this is an issue that can best be addressed by working together.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Volunteering: our hope is that you’ll help us identify individuals to help at our PIT count.

Sunday Service LiveStreaming

St Paul Streaming Worship Services

We are livestreaming our 10:30 AM Sunday Eucharist every week. The livestream project was made possible through a generous gift from a “snowbird” member from Philadelphia who wintered in Palm Springs for many years and worshiped at St. Paul’s every Sunday. You can view the livestream on our Home Page, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Page.

Missed a service?  Or want to rewatch a liturgy? All our past services are available to watch either on our YouTube Channel: or on our Facebook timeline:

Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. Please pray for all those affected. To donate directly to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, visit  (  If you prefer, you can donate through St. Paul’s Parish.  Be sure to designate “ERD Ukraine” on your check or cash envelope.

Episcopal News Services

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