272 North Rodriguez Street, Nogales, Arizona 85621-2616
Parish Office (520) 287-9221
Fax (520) 341-3507
Religious Education Office (520) 397-0963
School (520) 287-2223
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.
As of July 1, 2021, the general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation for the general public will cease. However, the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains in place for those at serious medical risk. Serious medical risk refers primarily to those with a chronic health condition, those providing direct care for the vulnerably ill, or those with a compromised immune system or other health condition that leaves them unable to be vaccinated.
In some respects, the language of “obligation” is unfortunate as it tends to speak of something unpleasant. Nevertheless, the language of obligation is not entirely inappropriate. Indeed, most cultures make obligatory those things that are deeply treasured, such as education for children. For faithful Catholics the primary motivation to participate in Sunday Mass should be a sincere desire to encounter Christ in the Eucharist and to gather in community. Many have said to our clergy that they have greatly missed participating at Mass in person. I pray that same holy longing is in each of our hearts.
Gathering in community to celebrate the Eucharist is a most serious matter, originating in the Commandments given by God to the Jewish people. The first Christians quickly recognized that all things were made new by the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was within this spirit that the Commandment to keep holy the Sabbath was transferred from the last day of the week (Saturday) to the day of Jesus’ resurrection, the first day of the week (Sunday). Nevertheless, the obligation has never been without exception. Canon Law for the Roman Catholic Church notes that while Sundays are holy days of obligation, there always have been exceptions for people in serious situations. Not only the local bishop but also pastors can dispense members of their congregations from the Sunday Mass obligation for a proportionate reason.
As noted above, the current dispensation from Sunday Mass attendance remains in place for those at serious risk of the Covid-19 virus. This will require a prudent evaluation on the part of responsible Catholics. In traditional Catholic theology a prudent decision flows from a properly formed conscience. Those at serious risk should have a clear conscience in refraining from in-person gatherings of any kind at our churches. But those who are comfortable dining at restaurants, shopping for non-essentials, traveling, or engaging in other public activities would have no legitimate reason to claim the dispensation.
It also must be noted that the recent and creative uses of technology to serve the faithful have been a blessing. Many are truly unable to leave their homes or care facilities and they have found live-streamed, televised or internet Masses, holy hours, and other events to be a great spiritual comfort. While pastors are prudent to continue at least some of these services offered via technology in the future we must be careful not to allow this blessing to substitute for gathering around the altar of the Lord in person and receiving Christ sacramentally. The Judeo-Christian history is one of encountering God through actual lived community, and community is built and sustained through actual lived interaction with other believers. There is no tradition of privatized religion within Catholicism. The ease or convenience of religious offerings via television or the internet can never legitimately replace a lived experience of community. For this reason, the use of televised or internet liturgies can never replace in-person worship for those who are capable of participating in parish life. Moreover, to choose not to participate personally in Mass when we are capable of doing so is to deprive ourselves of the immeasurable spiritual graces that can be received only by active participation with others in the Mass.
Most Reverend Edward J. Weisenburger
Bishop of Tucson
Bishop Weisenburger will be conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation on the youth and adults of our parish on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the church. The Sacrament of Confirmation bestows the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit upon the Confirmandi. Everyone is invited to attend the Confirmation Mass to support those who are being confirmed and to welcome Bishop Weisenburger to our parish!
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: 1302 It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
Please note that the weekday daily 5:15 p.m. Mass and confessions will be cancelled for this day only.
We welcome to our parish our new parochial vicar, Fr. Bartolomé Vázquez on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Fr. Fr. Bartolomé is coming from being pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Somerton, Arizona.
Although Fr. Bartolomé will be newly arrived, he is already familiar with our parish, having served with me in the past. He will begin full-time duties as an assistant pastor beginning immediately in July.
I hope that you will welcome wholeheartedly Fr. Bartolomé to Sacred Heart Parish!
In response to Bishop Weisenberger's request that one Sunday Mass be designated as the "Protocol Mass", which will retain the Covid-19 virus protocols, for the foreseeable future we will be designating the 8:00 a.m. Mass as the Mass that will retain the protocols. This Mass is for those who are not fully vaccinated or for those who do not feel comfortable returning to larger crowds at Mass.
En respuesta a la solicitud del obispo Weisenburger de que se designe una misa dominical como "Misa de protocolo", que mantendrá los protocolos del virus Covid-19 en el futuro previsible, designaremos la Misa de las 8:00 am como la Misa que conservará la protocolos. Esta Misa es para aquellos que no están completamente vacunados o para aquellos que no se sienten cómodos al regresar a multitudes más grandes en la Misa.
Through the Annual Catholic Appeal, parishes work together to provide funding for 26 uniquely Catholic charities and ministries that truly do answer God's call to serve.
The goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is to raise $4 million. The best way this extraordinary amount of money can be raised is to encourage people to pledge a certain amount and then pay it over several months. All payments must be received no later than May 31, 2021 to be counted in the 2018 Campaign. The Annual Catholic Appeal is the primary way by which the Diocese raises money for its charities and ministries.
Please consider making a pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal on behalf of our Parish and "Living our faith through acts of charity" we will reach our goal!
Beginning the first weekend of January 2021 (January 2-3, 2021) I am proposing the following changes to our Sunday Mass Schedule:
We have been counting the attendance of parishioners since August 2019. The average participation in the seven (7) weekend Masses was about a thousand (1000) people. One thousand divided by seven equals 143. Our church has a seating capacity of about six hundred persons. This means that we could comfortably meet the needs of the parishioners attending Sunday Mass with only four Sunday Masses (600 divided by 143 equals 4). Even before the pandemic began to affect Mass attendance I had been thinking about reducing the number of Sunday Masses we celebrate and I now feel this would be an opportune time to implement these changes.
Weekday Mass Schedule. In regards to the Weekday Mass schedule, I also am planning to make some changes. We currently celebrate three daily Masses at 6:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. I am proposing eliminating the 12:10 p.m. Mass and celebrating the 6:30 a.m. Mass in English, so that the parishioners have an opportunity to attend Mass in English or Spanish everyday. We have been averaging four to five funerals a week, in addition to weddings, quinceañeras, and the school Mass, this makes the weekday schedule at times very busy. I have received no word from Bishop Weisenburger as to how long it will be before he will be able send another priest to the parish. I hope you understand why these changes are necessary at this time. Thank you.
Hemos estado contando la asistencia de feligreses desde agosto del año 2019. La participación promedio en las siete (7) misas de fin de semana fue de aproximadamente mil (1000) personas. Mil dividido entre siete es igual a 143. Nuestra iglesia tiene una capacidad para unas seiscientas personas. Esto significa que podríamos satisfacer cómodamente las necesidades de los feligreses que asisten a la misa dominical con solo cuatro misas dominicales (600 dividido por 143 es igual a 4). Incluso antes de que la pandemia comenzara a afectar la asistencia a misa, había estado pensando en reducir el número de misas dominicales que celebramos y ahora siento que este sería un momento oportuno para implementar estos cambios.
Horario de Misas entre Semana. En lo que respecta al horario de la misa entre semana, también estoy planeando hacer algunos cambios. Actualmente celebramos tres misas diarias a las 6:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. y 5:15 p.m. Propongo eliminar la Misa de 12:10 p.m. y ofrecer la Misa de las 6:30 a.m. en inglés, para que los feligreses tengan la oportunidad de asistir a Misa en inglés o español todos los días. Hemos estado promediando de cuatro a cinco funerales a la semana, además de las bodas, quinceañeras, y la misa escolar, esto hace que el horario de los días entre semana sea a veces muy ocupado. No he recibido noticias del Obispo Weisenburger sobre cuánto tiempo pasará antes de que pueda enviar a otro sacerdote a la parroquia. Espero que comprenda por qué estos cambios son necesarios en este momento. Gracias.
Religious Education Is now open for registration. Please call the parish office 520-287-9221 or 520-397-0963 to set and appointment. The Religious Education office is open from Monday—Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Online registrations are coming soon.
El programa de Educación Religiosa ya está abierto para inscripciones. Llame a la oficina parroquial 520-287-9221 o 520-397-0963 para agendar su cita. La oficina está abierta de lunes a jueves de 1:00 p.m. a 6:00 p.m. Pronto tendremos inscripciones en línea.
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 www.givecentral.org or directly to the following link: https://www.givecentral.org/location/573/event/17391 , you will be able to make your much needed and appreciated Sunday contribution to Sacred Heart Parish.
Be assured of the prayers of our pastor as he offers the Mass 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 www.givecentral.org o directamente al siguiente enlace: https://www.givecentral.org/location/573/event/17391, podrá hacer su muy necesaria y apreciada contribución dominical a la Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón.
Tenga la seguridad de las oraciones de nuestro párroco, ya que ofrece la Misa por sus intenciones, por el fin de la pandemia y por los que sufren el Coronavirus 19.
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.
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.