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he Church of Our Lady of the Desert and its worship and liturgical service are primarily for retreat participants. We welcome a core worshipping community at Sunday Eucharist. Many of our members also serve as volunteers or supporters of the Redemptorist Renewal Center.
The Diocese of Tucson has designated the Church of Our Lady of the Desert 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 worshipping community the funeral liturgies of the Church at the time of their journey to everlasting life.
We invite you to join the resident Redemptorist Community for prayer:
- 6:45 a.m. -- Meditation
- 7:15 a.m. -- Morning Prayer
- 7:30 a.m. -- Eucharist
- 7:30 a.m. -- Eucharist with Devotions to
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
- 4:00 p.m. -- Sunday Vigil Eucharist
- 7:30 a.m. – Eucharist
- 10:00 a.m. – Eucharist
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 Eucharist at 10:00 a.m.
2014 Services and Events Schedule
- 5 Ash Wednesday mass @ 7:30 am, 11:00 am & 7:00 pm
- 16 St. Patrick's Day Dinner 5:00 pm followed by Sing-a-Long (tickets required)
- 29 Communal Pennance Service @ 10:30 am
- 14 Taize Service @ 5:00 pm
- 15 Contemplative Rosary @ 5:00 pm
- 16 Centering Prayer and Way of the Cross @ 5:00 pm
- 17 Holy Thursday Service 7:00 pm
- 18 Good Friday Service 3:00 pm
- 19 Holy Saturday Vigil 7:00 pm
- 20 Easter Sunrise Communion Service (time TBD)
- 20 Easter Day Masses 7:30 am and 10:30 am
PRAYER / DISCUSSION:
- The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
- The Stations of the Cross during the Season of Lent will be the traditional Stations of the Cross by
St. Alphonsus Liguori.
CONCERTS (In Church)
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.
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.
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