Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Parish

272 North Rodriguez Street, Nogales, Arizona 85621-2616

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A Parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson

Sacred Heart Parish in Nogales, Arizona was established as a parish in 1897 from Sacred Heart Parish in Tombstone, Arizona. Sacred Heart Parish has served the spiritual and material needs of the people of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora for over one hundred and twenty-two years. It continues to be our mission to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and work tirelessly to established His Kingdom in this world. We do by seeking to love the Lord God Almighty we all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love and serve our neighbor.

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Sacred Heart Parish, Nogales, Arizona - Live Streamed Mass - Sundays

9:00 a.m. - Spanish and 10:30 a.m. in English

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Our live streamed Mass will resume this Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in Spanish and 10:30 a.m. in English.  Holy Communion will be distributed to anyone who has seen Mass via television or internet that Sunday morning.  For our parish, we will be distributing Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m. (after the 9:00 a.m. Mass is concluded) and at 11:30 a.m. (after the 10:30 a.m. Mass) for up to an hour ending at 12:30 p.m.

Nuestra misa en vivo se reanudará este domingo 5 de julio de 2020 a las 9:00 a.m. en español y a las 10:30 a.m. en inglés. La Sagrada Comunión se distribuirá a cualquiera que haya visto misa por televisión o internet ese domingo por la mañana. Para nuestra parroquia, estaremos distribuyendo la Sagrada Comunión a las 10:00 a.m. (después de que concluya la misa de las 9:00 a.m.) y a las 11:30 a.m. (después de la misa de las 10:30 a.m.) por hasta una hora que termina a las 12: 30 p.m.

Opening Parishes

Parishes Opening for Public Worship

July 31, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am pleased to share with you that as of August 7th the majority of our parishes have the option to open once again for limited public worship. As this situation is evolving each community must understand that these protocols can evolve as this public health crisis evolves. The following points are especially significant in this goal as we move forward:

  • Parishes located on lands associated with Native American Nations will follow the public health protocols and directives of their proper Tribal Government. Also, the parishes located in Yuma County and Santa Cruz County are delayed until August 21st, at the earliest, for the option of reopening. As of July 28, 2020, the Covid-19 positivity rate for much of southern Arizona is under ten percent. However, the positivity rate in Yuma County is 17.5%, and Santa Cruz County is at 25.3%. While a substantial portion of the concentrations of Coronavirus can be attributed to area nursing homes, detention centers and prisons, the virus in the general population of these counties cannot be entirely discounted. In Yuma County, for instance, the Arizona Health Department lists “workplace exposure” as the #1 cause of infection. Parishes in these locations remain free to distribute Holy Communion outdoors to their parishioners or to celebrate outdoor Masses, as is currently permitted. It is my great hope that after an additional delay of two to three weeks these communities can safely offer indoor celebrations as well.
  • The risks associated with public gatherings have not decreased and the formal Dispensation from participating in Sunday Mass in person remains in place for all persons living in or visiting the Diocese of Tucson. To state the obvious, we do not have a working vaccine or perfect method of treatment for Covid-19. It is my recommendation that the faithful remain at home until this situation is somewhat safer. I urge the faithful to commit daily to a time of prayer but most especially on Sundays. I also strongly encourage the reception of Holy Communion outdoors at your parish after prayerfully observing a Mass on television or the internet. While this public health situation remains troubling I must recall that our original motivation to cease public indoor gatherings was the extraordinarily high patient census in our hospitals, especially Intensive Care Units. That situation has improved. As of July 28th, hospitalization rates due to Covid-19 for Arizona have dropped 37% from their peak on July 13th. As our hospitals are reporting greater capacity, and I anticipate that only a small portion of our Catholic population will return for public Masses at this time, I conclude that limited indoor public Masses have once again become a possibility for much of our Diocese.
  • No parish in the approved areas of our Diocese is required to reopen for public indoor Masses. The decision to reopen resides with the parish Pastor (or parish Administrator), in consultation with his local advisors. I urge pastors, whether open for public indoor Masses or not, to provide times for the faithful to come in person and receive Holy Communion outdoors. I also urge that those identified in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as highly at risk to refrain from in-person participation at Masses. This includes persons with chronic health conditions as well as persons age 65 and older.
  • For those parishes that elect to open, they must return to those protocols observed just prior to the recent suspension of public indoor Masses. Pastors are to review the protocols previously approved by my delegate for this purpose, Msgr. Al Schifano. This applies to Mass, other Sacraments (including Confession), parish meetings, celebrations, etc. There may be no adaptation or variance from the approved prior protocols with the exception of the protocols listed immediately below. Pastors are reminded that they may celebrate Masses beginning on Fridays and continuing through Mondays—with those Masses always making use of the Sunday Mass prayers and Scripture readings. Holy Communion may never be given indoors; it is to be given to the faithful only outdoors, even for those who have attended a Mass in person, and only provided in the hand. Receiving Holy Communion after Mass is over and upon exiting the Church is a way that those who attended Mass in person can be in solidarity with the Community who has observed a Mass by technology and may then be coming to receive Holy Communion at the same time. Any prior permission to distribute Holy Communion indoors is hereby revoked.
  • The use of a mask is to protect others and also shows great respect and concern for our priests. It is clearly a pro-life issue. While already listed in approved protocols I wish to remind everyone that face masks are a firm requirement for all persons age six and older. Parishioners with a health condition making it impossible for them to make use of a mask are to contact their parish office ahead of time to verify the health condition with their pastor. There are no other exceptions to this protocol.

I believe that substantial strides are being made in the creation of vaccines as well as better treatments. However, as noted above, the reopening of our parishes for limited indoor public Masses should not signal a lessening of caution or even an encouragement to attend Mass in person at this time. Indeed, as both faithful Catholics and faithful citizens, I urge the faithful to set a good example for the public. The aggressive observance of our protocols gives witness to our love of neighbor, appreciation for those who minister to us, and concern for the most vulnerable of our communities.

Lastly, I once again urge the faithful to enter into a true spirit of prayer, asking Our Lord and His Blessed Mother to intervene quickly, bringing us the vaccine and better medical treatments we need in order to celebrate our faith with far fewer constraints. I also ask for prayers for the sick, as well as for healthcare workers and first-responders. They are powerful witnesses to the love of neighbor.

+Edward J. Weisenburger

Bishop of Tucson

Apertura de las Parroquias para el culto público

31 de Julio de 2020

Estimados hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,

Me es muy grato comunicarles que a partir del 7 de Agosto, la mayoría de nuestras parroquias tienen la opción de abrir nuevamente para el culto público con restricciones. Conforme esta situación vaya avanzando, cada comunidad debe entender que estos protocolos pueden incrementarse si la crisis pública avanza. Los siguientes aspectos son especialmente importantes para seguir adelante con el objetivo.

  • Parroquias localizadas en terrenos asociados con las Naciones Nativas Americanas seguirán los protocolos de salud pública y directrices de sus propios gobiernos tribales. También, las parroquias situadas en los Condados de Yuma y Santa Cruz se retrasará su apertura hasta el 21 de Agosto. Hasta el 28 de Julio del 2020, el índice de positividad de Covid-19 está bajo del 10% para gran parte del Sur de Arizona. Sin embargo, el índice en el Condado de Yuma es 17.5%, y el Condado de Santa Cruz es 25.3%. Mientras que una parte considerada de la concentración del Coronavirus puede ser atribuida al area de residencias para personas de la tercera edad, centros de detención y cárceles, el virus en general, no puede descartarse completamente en estos Condados. En el Condado de Yuma, por ejemplo, el Departamento de Salud señala la exposición de “los centros de trabajo” como la causa #1 de contagio. Las Parroquias en estas localidades permanecen libres para distribuir la Sagrada Comunión a sus feligreses o celebrar Misas al aire libre, como actualmente está permitido. Tengo mucha esperanza que después de este retraso de dos o tres semanas, estas comunidades estén suficientemente seguras para poder ofrecer misas en el interior de las parroquias.
  • Los riesgos asociados a las reuniones en público no ha disminuido y la dispensa formal de asistir en persona a la misa dominical sigue vigente para todas las personas que viven o están de visita en la Diócesis de Tucson. Para decir lo obvio, no tenemos una vacuna que funcione o un método perfecto de tratamiento para el Covid-19. Es mi recomendación que los fieles permanezcan en casa hasta que esta situación este más segura. A todos los fieles les ruego tomen tiempo diariamente para rezar, especialmente los Domingos. También, les recomiendo firmemente reciban la Sagrada Eucaristía en el exterior de sus parroquias después de devotamente oír misa por televisión o internet. Mientras que la situación de salud pública sigue siendo preocupante debo recordarles que la idea original para suspender las reuniones públicas en interiores fue el extraordinario número de pacientes en nuestros hospitales, especialmente en las unidades de cuidados intensivos. Esa situación ha mejorado. Desde el 28 de julio, las tasas de hospitalización por el Covid-19 para Arizona han bajado un 37% desde su punto más alto el 13 de Julio. Como nuestros hospitales están reportando una mayor capacidad, y se anticipa que sólo una pequeña porción de nuestra población católica regresará para las misas públicas en este momento, junto con mis asesores concluyo que las misas públicas restringidas en el interior, se han convertido, una vez más, en una posibilidad para gran parte de la Diócesis.
  • Ninguna parroquia en las áreas autorizadas está obligada a reabrir para las misas públicas en el interior. La decisión de reabrirlas recae únicamente en el párroco de la parroquia (o en el administrador de la misma), previamente consultado con sus asesores locales. Ruego a los párrocos, ya sea que estén abiertos para las misas públicas bajo techo o no, a que proporcionen tiempo para que los fieles vengan en persona y reciban la Sagrada Comunión al aire libre. Exhorto, en el sentido más enérgico, a los identificados en las directrices del Centro de Control de Enfermedades (CDC) como de alto riesgo a que se abstengan de participar en persona en las Misas. Esto incluye a las personas con condiciones de salud crónicas, así como a las personas de 65 años o más.
  • En el caso de las parroquias que decidan abrir, deben volver a los protocolos observados justo antes de la reciente suspensión de las misas públicas en interiores. Párrocos deben revisar los protocolos previamente aprobados por mi delegado para este propósito, Msgr. Al Schifano. Esto se aplica a la misa, a otros sacramentos (incluyendo la confesión), reuniones parroquiales, celebraciones, etc. No podrá haber ninguna adaptación o desviación de los protocolos anteriores aprobados, con excepción de los protocolos que se enumeran a continuación.
  • Se recuerda a los párrocos que pueden celebrar misas empezando los viernes y continuando hasta los lunes, utilizando siempre las oraciones de la misa dominical y las lecturas de las Escrituras. La Sagrada Comunión nunca puede ser dada en el interior; debe ser distribuida a los fieles sólo al aire libre, incluso para aquellos que han asistido a una misa en persona y sólo en la mano. Recibir la comunión después de terminada la misa y a la salida de la iglesia, para aquellos que atendieron misa en persona, es una forma de solidaridad con aquellos de la comunidad que han asistido a misa por medio de la tecnología y que vienen a recibir la comunión al mismo tiempo. Cualquier permiso previo para distribuir la Sagrada Comunión en el interior, queda revocado.
  • El uso de cubrebocas es para proteger a los demás y también muestra un gran respeto y preocupación por nuestros sacerdotes. Es claramente un asunto pro-vida. Aunque ya está incluido en los protocolos aprobados, quiero recordarles a todos que los cubrebocas son un requisito firme para todas las personas mayores de seis años. Los feligreses con una condición de salud que les imposibilite hacer uso de una máscara deben contactar con la oficina de su parroquia con antelación para verificar la condición de salud con su párroco. No hay otras excepciones a este protocolo.

Creo que se están haciendo avances importantes en la creación de vacunas y mejores tratamientos. Sin embargo, como se ha señalado anteriormente, la reapertura de nuestras parroquias para las misas públicas limitadas en interiores no debe ser una señal de disminución de la precaución o incluso un estímulo para asistir a misa en persona en este momento. De hecho, como católicos y ciudadanos fieles, insto a los fieles a dar un buen ejemplo para el público. La agresiva observancia de nuestros protocolos es un testimonio de nuestro amor al prójimo, el aprecio por los que nos atienden y la preocupación por los más vulnerables de nuestras comunidades.

Por último, les ruego a todos los fieles presentar sus intenciones con un verdadero espíritu de oración, pidiendo a Nuestro Señor y a su Santísima Madre que intervengan rápidamente, trayéndonos la vacuna y mejores tratamientos médicos que tanto necesitamos. También pido oraciones para los enfermos, así como para los trabajadores de la salud y los primeros socorristas. Que Dios los mantenga en pie y a salvo.

Que Dios los bendiga en abundancia,

+Edward J. Weisenburger

Obispo de Tucson

Fr. Jesus Haros-Mendez

Welcome Fr. Jesús Haros Mendez

We welcome to our parish Fr. Jesus Haros Mendez beginning July 1, 2020. Fr. Jesús is a native of Nogales, Sonora.

The following is from Fr. Haros:

"I was born in Nogales, Sonora, in 1989. I am the youngest child of 7; I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters. I grew up in Nogales until I moved to Hermosillo, Sonora, to study at the Hermosillo Seminary in 2007. In 2012, I moved to Mexico City to continue with my Philosophical studies at the Universidad Pontíficia de México, where I earned the Masters in Philosophy in the area of Philosophy of Religion.  In 2014, I applied to the Diocese of Tucson to become a seminarian, where bishop Kicanas gladly welcomed me. From 2015 to 2019, I did my theological studies at Mundelein Seminary, in Mundelein, IL. Also, in 2018 I started my further studies in theology at Mundelein Seminary; this past May, I earned the S.T.L. degree (Sacred Theology Litentia). I was ordained as a deacon on June 9, 2018, and I was ordained as a priest of Christ on June 1, 2019.

I am so humble and blessed to be in this great parish, where I know I will be well received and loved by all parishioners, and where I will learn how to serve this community under the guidance of Fr. Velásquez.  I ask you to continue to pray for me and for all clergy."--Fr. Haros

Job Opportunity at Sacred Heart School

Now Hiring

  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • 5th Grade Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher

For more information please visit the School Website or call 520-287-2223.

For a job description and to apply for this position, please go to the Diocese of Tucson website and in the Jobs Volunteer Opportunities tab, search for Catholic Schools Teachers/Principals.

Sacred Heart Catholic School Registration Now Open

All Grades: Preschool — 8th Grade

Highly Qualified/Certified Teachers

For more information please call: 520-287-2223

Scholarships & tuition assistance available if eligible.

Sacred Heart Catholic School is a hidden gem filled with the most amazing teachers, parents and students. Everyone that becomes a member of Sacred Heart Catholic School becomes a member of our family.

Sacred Heart Catholic School is a private Preschool through 8th Grade school serving the greater Nogales, Arizona area. Sacred Heart Catholic School is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, fully accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA), and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association  (NCEA).

As a Catholic educational institution, our mission is to communicate knowledge, build character and impart the understanding that the strength of Christians is founded in their faith in God, family, church, and community. The goal of an education at Sacred Heart Catholic School is to know, to love and to serve God through objective knowledge in order to create critical thinkers and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. The pillars of Sacred Heart Catholic School are faith formation and academic rigor.

Parish Support - Donations -

While we continue to pray for an end to the pandemic, the work of the parish continues. We are actively seeking ways to reduce our expenses so as to be able to continue to meet these expenses. To that end we are encouraging those who are able to continue your weekly Sunday contribution to the parish, to do so through our online donation process.

By going to or directly to the following link: , you will be able to make your much needed and appreciated Sunday contribution to Sacred Heart Parish.

Be assured of the prayers of our priests (Fr. Velásquez and Fr. Jesus Haros) as they offer their private Masses for your intentions, for an end to the pandemic and for those suffering from the Coronavirus 19.

Mientras continuamos orando por el fin de la pandemia, el trabajo de la parroquia continúa. Estamos buscando activamente formas de reducir nuestros gastos para poder continuar cumpliendo con estos gastos. Con ese fin, estamos alentando a aquellos que pueden continuar con su contribución semanal dominical a la parroquia, a través de nuestro proceso de donación en línea.

Al visitar o directamente al siguiente enlace:, podrá hacer su muy necesaria y apreciada contribución dominical a la Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón.

Tenga la seguridad de las oraciones de nuestros sacerdotes (P. Velásquez y P. Jesús Haros), ya que ofrecen sus Misas privadas por sus intenciones, por el fin de la pandemia y por los que sufren el Coronavirus 19.

Counseling Services Provided

Beginning October 4, 2019, Tessa Arvizu, MS, from Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona will be providing counseling services, every Friday from 8 a.m-5 p.m., to children, adults, families and couples in the religious education classroom at Sacred Heart Parish. For further information on how to enroll and payment options please contact Ivette or Lupita at (520) 623-0344. Thank you.

Servicios de Consejeria Disponsibles

Apartir del 4 de octubre de 2019, Tessa Arvizu MS, de Servicios Comunitarios Catolicos del sur de Arizona, proporcionará servicios de asesoramiento, todos los viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m., a niños, adultos, familias y parejas en el aula de educación religiosa en la Parroquia del Sagrado Corazon. Para obtener más información sobre cómo inscribirse y las opciones de pago, comuníquese con Ivette o Lupita al (520) 623-0344. Gracias.

First Friday 24-Hour Eucharistic Adoration

The First Friday of each month, our parish is conducting a 24-hour period of Eucharistic Adoration in the Church. All day and all night, our Lord Jesus Christ, really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, will be solemnly exposed for the people to come and adore, worship, praise and thank the Lord for His presence among us.

The Eucharistic Adoration will conclude on Saturday morning with Benediction and Mass at 6:30 a.m.