For Sunday March 10, 2024

Spiritually Supporting Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers Workshop

March 9 in the Library—check in at 8:30AM—please RSVP in advance.

Are you a caregiver, family member, friend, visitor of someone with dementia? Are you concerned about being supported in your own potential journey through dementia? Are you a caregiver looking for support and resources? Come and spend a morning learning about Dementia and exploring with others: practices, activities, and resources for helping to engage spiritually with those at various stages of the Dementia journey.

The Rev. Dale Carr

Dale+ is an Episcopal Priest and Board-Certified Chaplain. He has been involved in the support of five family members who progressed through stages of Dementia. He spent 18 years as Chaplain and Spiritual Care Supervisor with a PACE organization (Program for All-inclusive Care of the Elderly) in Portland Oregon, where most patients had some form of Dementia. He retired and with his husband Ken Ballard, moved to Palm Springs and St Paul’s in 2022.

Daylight Saving Time

ATTENTION! Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 2:00 AM. Don’t forget to “spring forward” by setting your clocks ahead by one hour.

Join us this Sunday for Laetere “Pink” Sunday

The term Laetere Sunday is derived from the opening words of the Latin Mass, “Rejoice (Laetare) Jerusalem” (Is 66:10). The church is called to joyful anticipation of the victory to be won. This joyful theme provides lightening from the penitential emphasis of Lent. Since the thirteenth century the celebrant of the eucharist has been permitted to wear rose-colored vestments which express the change of tone in the Lenten observance. Laetare Sunday therefore may be called “Rose or Pink Sunday.”

1PS Event March 23rd

Come in your St. Paul’s T-shirt and be a parish ambassador at the 15th annual 1PS neighborhood event at Ruth Hardy Park. Over 1100 residents and dozens of community organizations, businesses, and agencies share about the good work they do in the community. Help us to get the word out about Easter services and have a good time doing it. To participate, sign up at the Welcome Table or call the Parish Office at 760.320.7488.

Easter Flower Donations

If you wish to make a memorial donation to our Easter Flower Fund, please mark your check or donation envelope with the name(s) of those you wish to remember. (Find special Easter flower donation envelopes in the pews.) Your donation/dedication will be listed in our special Easter bulletin insert if received by March 25.

Note: During Lent the altar is not decorated with flowers.

Good Friday Offering

For more than a hundred years, Episcopalians have generously shared their love, compassion, and financial gifts to support the ministry of the Anglican Communion Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. As has long been our practice, St. Paul in the Desert will donate our entire Good Friday offering to this Anglican ministry in the homeland of Jesus.  In this time of exceptional circumstances, our gifts will support schools, medical services, and many other important ministries across the region.

In Case You Missed It…Pulpit Swap Recap

Last Sunday, Rev. Jessie and Rev. Dan did a pulpit swap with Rev. Hannah Wilder. What that means is that St. Paul’s clergy led the service at St. Mary’s in Ramona and St. Mary’s vicar led the services at St. Paul in the Desert. This experience is good for the priests at both parishes as well as the congregations because we get to experience something new and see other ways of doing ministry.

While we are over two hours apart and vastly different in size (35 folks vs. 215 folks on a Sunday), both parishes have a lot in common. Besides being in the same diocese and having relatively young priests leading more mature parishioners, we are both predominantly LGBTQ+ parishes and we both have a passion for social justice. St. Mary’s has a community garden and makes meals once per week that they deliver to asylum seekers at the San Diego International Airport. St. Paul in the Desert feeds people through the Well in the Desert partnership and distributes sundries once per month to our houseless neighbors. We are grateful for St. Mary’s and are looking at ways of partnering together in the future.

Sign-up for Lenten Spiritual Formation Classes

Morning Prayer with the Co-Rectors

8am Monday – Thursday on Facebook 

Join us every weekday morning (except Fridays) to pray Morning Prayer from the Daily Office. What is the Daily Office? Use of daily prayers to mark the times of the day and to express the traditions of the praying community is traditional in Judaism and in Christianity. The congregational or cathedral form of office developed in Christianity under the Emperor Constantine (274 or 288-337) with the principal morning and evening services of lauds and vespers. Additional times of prayer were added over the centuries. By the late Middle Ages, the Daily Office was seen as the responsibility of the monks and clergy rather than an occasion for participation by all in the prayers of the community throughout the day. After the Anglican Reformation, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) reduced the eight monastic offices to the two services of Morning and Evening Prayer. These services were printed in vernacular English, not just Latin, and intended for use by all members of the church. Participation in the Daily Office is at the heart of Anglican spirituality. It is the proper form of daily public worship in the church. The Book of Common Prayer provides a Daily Office Lectionary that identifies readings and psalm choices for Morning and Evening Prayer (pp. 936-1001), and a Table of Canticles with suggested canticles for use at Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (pp. 144-145). The officiant in the Daily Office may be a member of the clergy or a lay person.

If you’ve ever wanted to deepen your prayer life or learn how to use the Book of Common Prayer for yourself, please join us on the church’s Facebook page as we commit ourselves to this ancient prayer practice!

View one of our weekday Morning Prayer sessions!

Wednesday Simple Eucharists at 6PM

During Lent will be Rite 1

Give Up Your Stuff for Lent

Searching for a Lenten Practice that will have you looking at what you have, getting rid of what you don’t need, and creating literal space for God’s Spirit to flow and your home to be a place of resurrection?

Join us this Lent with the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.

You determine the size of the bags, and going through each room, drawer, closet, and cupboard, each day collect the items you don’t need, don’t use, or have too much of and discard, recycle or find a new home for those items. Ask yourself, can I donate my unused clothing to those in need? Do I let food go to waste? Am I spending my money on new possessions when I am not using the ones I have or when I could be helping those in need?

While this might seem a different Lenten practice, Lent is a time of prayer, sacrifice, and self-denial. Getting a little uncomfortable is what Lent does, allowing us a time of confession, reconciliation, and new habits as we deepen our spiritual lives. Clearing out our space isn’t just the new ‘minimalist’ fad. We are called to be good stewards of our things and the more things we have, the more energy we take in keeping them up, and the less time we have to spend with those we love and with those we are called to serve. By using/having less and by being less wasteful, we can make more room for prayer and to hear God’s Voice.

Join us. #40bagsin40dayslentchallenge

The Reconciliation of a Penitent: Remember Confession in Lent

The Book of Common Prayer contains two orders of service for private confession, known officially as the Reconciliation of a Penitent. Making a private confession is a traditional and powerful spiritual practice, and the choice to confess or not confess to a priest is governed by the old adage: All may, some should, none must. This Lent, Rev. Jessie and Rev. Dan will be reserving Sunday afternoons for hearing confessions and will also be available by appointment. If you would like resources or help preparing for confession, or if you would like to set up a time for this sacrament, please email or .

Reconciliation of a Penitent: What Is It and What Can I Expect if I Try It?

Here is an excerpt from the Rev. Hillary Raining’s book, Joy in Confession: Reclaiming Sacramental Reconciliation:

Reconciliation of a Penitent Explained

The theological explanation of reconciliation is both complicated and simple. At its heart, reconciliation is the very cornerstone of our faith—the love of God proclaimed in the forgiveness and healing offered to us by Jesus. We often hear the phrases “Jesus died for our sins” or “Jesus died to save you.” Yet, understanding how that forgiveness works in our day-to-day life can be difficult. The Rite of Reconciliation exists so that we can live into the forgiving action of Jesus as found in his Body, the community of the Church, and as people of God.

In the Episcopal tradition, Reconciliation of a Penitent (as defined in the Book of Common Prayer) it “is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.” It is often referred to as “private confession.”

Reconciliation invites us to leave our tombs (our sins and failings) and live the life God calls us to. Reconciliation means we become one again with our Lord and Savior—that we experience the Easter promise of new life. When people truly embrace and practice Reconciliation of a Penitent, they will be transformed—as will the world around them.

What to Expect When Making Confession

Although each location will be different according to your church’s traditions and the style of your confessor, here are some things that you can expect when you make a confession.

Begin your journey to reconciliation with prayer and self-examination. Knowing that this opportunity is a call to grace and not a call to feel shame, ask God for clarity in those parts of your life that may need healing and change.

When you feel the desire to seek reconciliation, call your church to make an appointment with your priest or make note of any previously scheduled times of confession that are posted in your church.

The place where you make your confession will be confidential and sacred. Very few Episcopal churches have confessional booths; however, if yours does, simply enter and either sit or kneel as the priest takes her or his place on the other side of the screen. If your church does not have a booth, you will most likely be invited to kneel at the altar rail or meet with the priest in his or her office. The confessor may sit facing you or in such a way as to not make direct eye contact with you; this may make the moment more comfortable for you and is a sign that your confessor is listening deeply on behalf of God.

Using one of the reconciliation rites from The Book of Common Prayer, you will confess your sins and ask God for forgiveness. Don’t worry if you can’t remember everything! God knows what is on your heart.

The priest may offer pastoral conversation and some spiritual practices (such as a psalm, prayer, or hymn to be said or something to do) to offer as a sign of penitence and an act of thanksgiving.

The priest will then absolve you from your sins and remind you of the wonders of God’s grace and forgiveness that you have received.

Spend some time in prayer afterward to revel in the freedom and joy that God offers you in this pastoral gift of reconciliation.

The Church of St. Paul in the Desert Legacy Society

Below is the Legacy Society Sunday Speech George Holliday, the Parish Treasurer, gave last Sunday.

As most of you know Lent is the 40 days in the church year we model Jesus’s days in the wilderness when he fasted, prayed and prepared for his ministry. Most of the time we focus on the first item by giving up something for Lent. The Most Rev. Michael Curry stated in a recent article that as a child he gave up Bazooka bubble gum for Lent. You know the one. The rock hard gum with the Bazooka Joe cartoon wrapped around it. He also said that as an adult he realized that it Lent is much more than a Hershey bar. And it’s true

In trying to decide what to give up for Lent, we often forget to prepare. That is what I am here to discuss with you today. I want to talk to you about preparing by joining the Legacy Society of Saint Paul in the Desert How many of you here are currently members? Raise your hand and look around you.  All of these people have already planned. Last year with the our initial induction we saw over 70 individuals make a commitment to the continuing ministry of Saint Paul’s. Some of you may be asking yourselves what is the legacy society? What do I have to do? How do I become a part of it?

What is the Legacy Society?

The Legacy Society is a group of parishioners that have taken the extraordinary step of planning for what happens after they no longer have need of their worldly possessions. They have done end of life planning and in doing so, made arrangements to leave a gift to the church. Some of you may say, “I have already done this.” Guess what, You have the hard part completed. You can skip this next part or listen so you will know what to tell someone new when they ask you about the Legacy Society.

What do I have to do?

Make plans to give a gift to the Church of Saint Paul in the Desert. This year we established an endowment committee, and we are encouraging parishioners to designate their gift to the endowment. This allows your gift to live on as it will help support the parish into the future. You can do this by establishing your will and trust and remember state specifically that the funds are to be designated to the endowment fund. Most importantly let the parish know you have remembered it as part of your estate. You don’t have to provide the details of how much just let us know. The brings us to the final part of the process.

How do I become a part of the Legacy Society?

This is the easiest part. Just pick up one of the Legacy Society pamphlets. You can find them all over campus. In the office, at the welcome table, in the pews and in the Narthex. Fill it out and turn it in to the office or drop it into the offering plate. Someone from the office will contact you and confirm details.

Oh, I almost forgot. You may be wondering, what do I get out of all of this. First you get this nifty little pin right here that identifies you as part of the Legacy Society. It shows you believe in what this church does to follow Jesus in his life of courageous love for the world. Second you along with the current members will be attending an annual induction event on March ________ to celebrate all the gifts that we have to offer. Finally, you will have the peace of mind knowing that Saint Paul will continue for another 85 years and more.

During this Lenten season, remember, when you are giving up gum, candy, or soda, also pray and plan. Pray for grace, prepare for the future, and consider becoming a member of the Legacy Society.

Lost Something? Want to find it?

Lent is a time for letting go and finding what was lost. Mother Mary invites you to look in the Lost and Found box in the narthex of the church this Sunday and claim your items. Coffee mugs, hats, lots of glasses, a journal, jewelry, and other such things have been left behind at St. Paul. Dig through and find your things before we find a new home for all of them at the end of Lent.

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for The Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Andrew the Apostle, Encinitas.

For those commended to our prayers: Delores Swanson, JoEllen Doering, George Doering, Jeffrey Ratnam, Randy Hoepfner, Julian Assange, Edward Snorvden, Chelse Manning, the family of Tracy Conair, Gary Grant, Charla, Nesbitt Hatch, Jerry Morrissey, Scott Jones, James Rougely, Cedric Rougely, John Hollis, Brooke Wolford, Howard Cecil, Michael Neill, Vern Marken, Henry Clock, Randy Hoepfner, Justin & Ashlee Thiessen, Spencer & Connie Thiessen, Garrison Turgoose, Sheila Heath, Carol H., Ben Palmer, Wayne Berkner, Marie Ratnam, Hope Yarborough, Darcy Anna Kelley, Marna & Rick Hill, Paula Davis, Damon Nelson, Terry Garrity, Rob Porter, Rus Butler, Joe Christopher, Hap Blaisdell, David Valenzuela, Amelia Grinstead, Chloe Grace Wilson Barton, Marilyn De Silva Currie, Greg Gowdy, Tom Lutgen; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Dr. William C. Swanson, Tracy Conair, Steve Lind, Kenn Catterlin, Andrew Hollinger, The Rev. Brian Bajari, Leona Hille Erickson, Janice Brackens, Kent Noyes, Dr. Andre La Garde, Donald Allen, Clementine Love. Rest eternal grant to these, your servants, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

For those with birthdays: March 10: Bob Rimac, Donald Hemstreet; March 12: Sandi Austin; March 13: Karen Shepherd, John Hampson; March 15: Daria Lightner-Eder, Jim Watkins; March 16: Christine Kennedy.

For those celebrating anniversaries: March 10: Nathan DePetris & Marc Kassoof; March 14: Tim Johnson & Bret Caton.

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 . The weekly print deadline is Wednesday noon.

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to www.lectionarypage.net and click on March 17, the Fifth Sunday in Lent.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Saturday, March 16 – 11:00 AM – Fred Crawford funeral
  • Sunday, March 17 – 6:00 PM – Lent V – St. Brigid of Kildare & St. Patrick of Ireland – Celtic liturgy
  • Saturday, March 23 – 11:00 AM-2:00 PM – One PS Picnic & Community Expo – Ruth Hardy Park
  • Sunday, March 24 – Palm/Passion Sunday
  • Wednesday, March 27 – 12:00 PM & 6:00 PM – Stations of the Cross
  • Thursday, March 28 – 6:00 PM – Maundy Thursday / Altar of Repose
  • Friday, March 29 – 12:00 PM (spoken) & 6:00 PM (sung) – Good Friday
  • Saturday, March 30 – 9:00-11:00 AM – Holy Saturday with Mother Mary (in the meorial garden)
  • Saturday, March 30 – 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil
  • Sunday, March 31 – Easter Day – 7:30 AM (spoken), 9:00 AM (family), 11:00 AM (choir)

St. Paul’s Parish Life Book Club

The Tuesday, March 12, 2024 Book Club meeting has been canceled. We’ll schedule the next meeting in April, date and time TBA.

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

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