The Diocese of Tucson has designated the Church of Our Lady of the Desert as a “conventual church” according to canon law. We are not a parish and do not offer the ministry and services typical of a parish church. However, we do celebrate the Sacraments of the Eucharist, Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick at scheduled times. In addition, registered members of the church may celebrate with our worshiping community the funeral liturgies of the Church at the time of their journey to everlasting life. The Redemptoritst priests, under the direction of the rector of the church, provide pastoral care for the church community.
The Redemptorist Renewal Center also shares sacred space with the Church of Our Lady of the Desert. Religious groups that come to the Center also use the church for their worship and liturgical services. Retreatants also use the church for private prayers and devotion.
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6:45 a.m. — Meditation
7:15 a.m. — Morning Prayer
7:30 a.m. — Mass
7:30 a.m. — Eucharist with Devotions to Our Mother of Perpetual Help
4:00 p.m. — Sunday Vigil Mass
7:30 a.m. – Mass
10:00 a.m. – Mass
The celebration of the Holy Days of Obligation is normally held at the regularly scheduled time, but on occasion, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, we celebrate Mass at 10:00 a.m. On Easter, we also hold Easter sunrise Mass.
Prayer and Discussion
The Church of Our Lady of the Desert provides various opportunities for devotional prayers, fraternal gatherings and prayer groups. They include:
- The Stations of the Cross during the Season of Lent will be the traditional Stations of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori.
- Seeds of the Word Book Club Meeting (Call 520.744-3400 for information)
- Grief Support Group (Call 520.744-3400 for information)
- Bible Study (Call 520.744-3400 for information)
Church Apostolic and Pastoral Life
In the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, Our Lady of the Desert Church offers opportunities for Church members to actively participate in the Church. Our calling is based on the Church mission in enabling members to strengthen the social ministry of their local church.
We are reminded about this mission by the U.S. bishops in their document, In All Things Charity: A Pastoral Challenge for the New Millennium, issued in November 1999.
In his 1979 visit to our country, the late Pope John Paul II said, Catholics of the United States, while developing your own legitimate institutions, you also participate in the nation’s affairs within the framework of institutions and organizations springing from the nation’s common history and from your common concern. This you do hand-in-hand with your fellow citizens of every creed and confession.
To promote the common good, we Catholics have the right and the responsibility to join all members of society to improve the conditions of the human family. We have a corresponding obligation to promote and uphold the sacredness and integrity of human life at all stages from conception to natural death. In our society, we exercise our responsibility toward the common good by actively participating in the voluntary, private, and public sectors of civil society.
In keeping with the Catholic social principle of subsidiarity, such memberships are to be encouraged as ways for Catholics and others to exercise their call to charity, justice, peace, and solidarity. Voluntary organizations play an important part in our collective efforts to promote the common good, protect human life, reach out to people in need, and work for a more just and compassionate society. Many church members also serve as volunteers or supporters of the Redemptorist Renewal Center.
With this mission, the Church of Our Lady of the Desert endeavors to offer its members in ministries such as liturgy, social justice, spiritual and educational development.
You may choose to become a registered member of the worship community church. Registration can easily be arranged after the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist or during regular office hours. Registered members are important to us in order that we might better serve you and understand your particular needs.
Registered membership fosters communication and a sense of belonging with the conventual church community. Registered members are eligible to serve the conventual community in liturgical ministries. Registered members receive monthly envelopes for the support of the Church and the ministry of the community and will also receive a year-end record of donations for tax purposes.