Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy.  These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.  Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus...reaching its culmination in him.  The Father, "rich in Mercy"(Eph2:4) after having revealed his name to Moses as "merciful & gracious, slow to anger & abounding in steadfast love & faithfulness"(Ex34:6) has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature.                                                                                                               












 Prayer: A healing Mass is offered in Spanish on  Wednesdays once a month at 7:00pm in the Church. Misa de Sanacion en Miercoles  una vez de mes a las 7:00pm en la iglesia.  Estaciones de via crucis en la iglesia.  Stations of the Cross in English said on Fridays at 1:30pm in the church.  Vida Con Cristo/Alive In Christ every second Thursday of the month begins at 6:30pm.  

Almsgiving:  Collection of food & money donations for St.Vincent de Paul on the first Sunday of the month.  Annual Catholic Appeal is appealing. Make your pledge and watch the goal being met as Fr.Jim paints it rising up the pole.  Sandwich makers meet on the 4th Tuesdays of the month. They also need peanut butter & grape jelly, lunch meats and cookies.

Fasting:  You can decline to eat  meat on Fridays.  Practice self-control by giving up that favorite dessert or snack once a week. Practice patience while waiting for your doctors to see you.  

Help Our Marriage.  Retrouvaille (retro-vi) has helped tens of thousands of couples! The next weekend in Tucson is August 7-9. For info or to register, call Art or Valerie at 216-0360 or go to Ayuda para tu Matrimonio. Retiro Retrouvaille ha ayoudo a muchos! Para mas informes llamen a Albert y Bertha 883-2747, email [email protected]







Happy New Year! Take a look at the events page to see what's happening.

New Calendars are available in the office.

Family Photos begin the 2nd week of January. The schedule is available on the web site, by phone to the office and calling 1-877-764-4535.

No stations of the Cross Friday, Jan.9.

Sunday, English Bible Study will resume Sunday, Jan.11 at 6pm in Immaculata Hall.

Ministers, mark your calendars for the annual meeting to renew our promise to follow the Code of Conduct on Saturday, Jan.24 at 9:30am in the church.

The March for Life begins with Mass at 9:00am at the Cathedral then march to Holy Hope Cemetery 

People of faith, hope & love: Plan to attend the Diocesan Conference March 5-7. Call Ofelia James to register 792-3410. Cost is $50. Scholarships available from Fr. Jim.




Saturday, Nov. 22, 9:30am-4:00pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 8650 N. Shannon Rd.  $30 covers lunch & a shirt.  Fr. Jim says he will pay for your ticket if you can't afford it. Register at or call 275-8836.

Produce-on-Wheels every 4th Saturday-8am-11am.                                                                        Get fresh produce from the export-import center in Nogales.  Donate $10 and receive up to 60 lbs. of fresh fruits & veggies.  Volunteers need. Call office to volunteer-888-1530. Make your lists from family & friends and come early!


Parish Board of Directors Election.

The 3-year term of director Michael Murray expires this January. Any registered member of the parish may run for the position by obtaining 10 signatures of other registered parishioners.  It is important to be officially registered!  The election will be the weekend of Dec.13-14 after masses.  Nominations are closed on Friday, Dec.5th. Only registered parishioners over 18 years old may vote.  Contact Mary Minke 235-7053 or the office 888-1530.



Don't forget to vote Nov. 4th. Be a citizen of the Church, our country and the world!

"Produce on Wheels" is coming to Sacred Heart   Doonate $10 and receive up to 60lbs. of produce including fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Fall Pancake Breakfast to benefit The Religious Education Program will be Sunday, Nov.16 after the masses. Tickets are on sale after mass and in the office during the week. Tickets are $5 for breakfast and raffle.

CALL TO SERVE: ST. VINCENT DE PAUL OF SACRED HEART will conduct a call to serve at the masses Nov.8-9. Consider answering the call to minister to the needs of the people in our parish boundaries.

FATHER JIM'S COLUMN can be found in the first page of the bulletin right here on this web site.


Immigrant women & children in crisis

Women & children from Central America are in transit by bus have little money and few resources.  They need: Ramen soup/cups, bottled water & gatorade, flavored pedialyte, diapers (size 3-4, sanitary napkins, toothbrushes & toothpaste, socks & sweatshirts for children. Place donations in box at the altar.

Fr. Jim will be gone for 2 weeks, July 25-Aug 8, to attend the annual international meeting of the priest support group he is part of (in Tobago this year) and to visit family in Florida & Massachusetts.

The Diocesan annual celebration of marriage, Sunday Sept. 21, 2:30pm at St. Augustine Cathedral.  Those celebrating 1st, 10th, 25th, 50th & 60th years of marriage are invited to this special mass, with renewal of marriage vows. Register by filling out form in the bulletin or call Grace Lohr 792-3410 ext 1012.

Diocesan conference at the TCC next March 5-7, 2015. Cost is $50.  Fr.Jim has reserved funds for scholarships for those unable to afford the cost.  For info call Ofelia James at the Diocese, 792-3410 or email [email protected]


Season of the Holy Spirit in Ordinary Time.  

ANNUAL Catholic Appeal Report: So far 233 families have pledged $50,619 to the Appeal, over 126% of our parish goal of $40,000!  We were only 17 families short to reach our parish goal of 250 pledging families this year.  Thanks to all who have given to this year's successful campaign in our parish. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION enrollment continues at the parish office. New students bring Baptismal Certificate or Birth Certificate  if not baptized.  New and returning students must bring the Fee: $30 for one student; $45 for two students from the same household; $55 for three or more.Now is the ideal time to register, while there is still room. Don't wait till the last minute! When classes fill up, students who register later are put on waiting lists and are included in class only if others drop out.  OPENING PARENT MEETING: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 9:00AM IN ENGLISH AND 11:00AM IN SPANISH.  FIRST CLASS BEGINS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.

HOMEBOUND FAMILY MEMBERS.  Those who would like to take communion to homebound members can do so with the proper procedures according to the guidelines of the church.  Receive information and fill out the forms in our parish office.

New CHURCH DOORS are installed! They are handsome and sturdy. Sure to last another 30 years.  Thanks to those who donated for the doors, especially the Harrington family and Kalil Bottling Company.

ENCUENTRO directed in Spanish is for papas de familias de Arco Iris.  July 17-20 in Venuti Hall.  For information call Julio Cesar Lopez at 312-5426.

IMMIGRANT WOMEN & CHILDREN IN CRISIS.  Most travelers have no money or supplies for their children.  They need:           Ramen soup, bottled water, gatorade, pedialyte, diapers (size 3 & 4), sanitary napkins, toothbrushes, socks & sweaters       for children.  Please place donations in box at the altar.

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES BEGIN IN SEPT. Also for adults age 18 and over who need First Communion.  Register at the office with a copy of Baptism and/or First Communion certificate and fee of $20.  Confirmation is Monday, November 24 at 7:00pm at the Cathedral.







Parish Lenten Mission.  April 4-11.  Given by the Companions of the Holy Spirit, dedicated to the Charismatic gifts of prophecy & healing.

Friday, April 4 at 6:00pm. Couples' Dinner in Venuti Hall.                                                                                                             Saturday, April 5. 10am-10pm.  Teen Retreat                                                                                                                           Sunday, April 6 6:00pm-8:00pm   Adoration/Message in the Church                                                                                            Monday-Friday April 7-9.  9:30am-11:30am School of Spiritual Life                                                                                                                                    6:00pm-8:00pm  Adoration/Message                                                                                                   Thursday, April 10  6:000pm-8:00pm  Penance                                                                                                                         

GETHSEMANE MASS in Spanish Thursday, March 27 2:00am. prayers begin at 11:00pm.

Enrollment for next year (2014-15) Religious Education Classes begin Sunday April 6, 8:30am-1:30pm in front of the parish office on Los Altos Ave.  New students need to bring Baptismal Certificate or Birth Certificate if not baptised. Fees: $30 for one student, $45 for two students from the same household, $55 for three or more.

OPERATION RICE BOWL!  Rice Bowls are available in front of the altar.  Families are invited to consider fasting once a week and put the money saved into the rice bowl to be donated to Catholic Relief Services at the end of Lent.

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL THEME IS "LIVE IN FAITH, GIVE IN LOVE" which speaks of the theological virtures of faith and charity. Thank you for your generosity in support of the church's mission.

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASS: English classes are Tuesdays at 7pm in the church beginning March 4th.         Spanish classes are Sundays at 3pm in Immaculata Hall beginning March 2nd.  Register at the office with a copy of Baptism & First Communion certificates and $20.  Bring a bible to class.  The Confirmation Mass and sacrament will be held Friday May 9, 7:00pm at Sacred Heart Church with Bishop Kicanas.

LEGION OF MARY:  Meetings are every Thursday morning at 10:00am in the office building.  Alma and the members give valuable service to the elders and homebound every week.  If you are called to the ministry of healing service, call Alma at 303-4039. 












Sunday,January 26, 2014  PANCAKE BREAKFAST-VENUTI HALL   Delicious pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee & juice for only $5.  Supports the Religious Education of your parish children.  Thank you Sister Jerry!

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL NEEDS HELP.    Please volunteer to help us help others.  We need a telephone receptionist on Mondays 8:30-11:00am.  On Tuesdays we need an Interviewer from 8:30-11:00am.  Contact Bobby Smith 293-1428.

ARCO IRIS YOUTH RETREAT IN SPANISH.  Weekend of Feb.20-23-Thursday-Sunday.  For youth 14 to 17 years old.  Contact Julio Lopez 312-5426.  CAR WASH NEXT SUNDAY, FEB.2 after the masses fundraiser for the retreat.

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL.  This year's theme is "Live in Faith, Give in Love" which speaks of the theological virtues of faith & charity.  They describe how we should live and how we are called to share the blessings we have received.  Your generosity has impacted countless lives for Christ Thank you for your offerings an service.

ST. BLASE DAY.  MONDAY FEB. 3.  BLESSING OF THROATS will be given after masses on Feb.2.

ALL MINISTERS MEETING. The best way to stay informed and educated about keeping a Safe Environment in our parish.  Saturday, February 8.  10:00am-11:30am.

SPIRITUALITY OF STEWARDSHIP.  Jesus Christ is God's greatest gift to us.  Stewardship tells us to share a portion of our time, talent and treasure so that the Gift may be given to those who do not know Him.




November 1st All Saints Day  Holy Day of Obligation                                                                                                                                        Masses: Friday Nov. 1st   9:00am  English                                                                                                                                                                          7:00pm  Spanish bilingual                                                                                                                  You are invited to bring a statue or picture of your favorite saint and place it in front of the altar for a special blessing.  Place a tag with your name & phone # in it to identify your saint as others may have the same one.

November 2nd All Souls Day  Saturday Nov. 2nd Mass 9:00am                                                                                                                           Envelopes are in the pews to include the deceased in the mass.  Print legibly the names you wish to include. Any money donated will be given to our St. Vincent de Paul Society for the work among the needy.  It is not necessary to donate anything to include your names of the dead in the mass.

November 25th Monday evening 7:00pm   Adult Confirmation Ceremony at the Cathedral, with Bishop Kicanis.

THANKSGIVING  Thursday November 28th.  Mass 9:00am




Tuesday, October 29th  Q & A about MEDICARE.  10:00am in Venuti Hall.  For info call 584-0005 or 1-866-584-0055.

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM at Sacred Heart Church in Venuti Hall on Sunday, Oct 6 at 2:00pm.  Candidates for City Council and the County Supervisors will attend.  This is our chance to be responsible citizens in our community.  We will learn about issues and be able to voice our concerns. We can listen and decide who will best serve the community in these offices with our vote.Sponsored by PCIC 903-2333 or

AZ ROSARY CELEBRATION at St. ElizabethAnn Seton Church, 8650 N. Shannon Rd. Saturday, Oct. 12, 10:00am-12:15pm.  Bishop Kicanas will preside and Rev. James Presta, from Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, will be the keynote speaker.  For info: Al Tucker   825-1248 or

ANGELS IN OUR HEARTS HEALING WALK for those who have experienced the loss of a child at Jacob's Park, 3300 N. Fairview on Saturday, Oct.26, 9:00am-12:00pm.  Cost: Individuals $5 Family $15. To register leave a message at 471-7977 or

ATTENTION CRAFTERS & ARTISTS: Cabrini Crafty Ladies invite you to participate in the Arts & Crafts Show, November 2nd-3rd at St. Francis Cabrini Parish Hall. To register call 881-2316 or 861-6396 for Spanish. 

MINISTERS: If you missed the Eucharistic Ministers meeting or the Catechist meetings in September, catch the Safe Environment meeting in October. Saturday, Oct. 19 at 9:00am in the convent-office building.  Enter through the front door or southside classroom door.  This meeting will count toward your annual safe environment requirement for years 2013-14.




Pilgrimage Presentation in the Church on Saturday, Aug.31 at 8:30am.  Hear about the recent pilgrimage to Europe, with questions and answers. Bilingual.  Drinks and pastries afterward.

English as a Second Language Classes begin with registration on Tues. Sept. 17, 9:00am-10:30am.  Beginning English class continues every Tuesday & Thursday.  Advanced conversation continues every Wednesday.  Literacy Volunteers of Tucson teach class in the convent/office building.

English Bible Study begins Sunday, Sept.8 from 6:00-7:00pm in Immaculata Hall.  We will be studying the Book of Revelation. Please bring your own bible.

Film showing on Sunday, August 11 after all masses at 1:30pm in Venuti Hall.  The film "For Greater Glory" (Cristiada) is about the battle for religious liberty in Mexico.  It is historical and the story is touching.


The Youth Choir sings Sunday Aug 11 at the 10:00am Mass. Practice before mass at 9:15am.  All children are invited.

The Adult Choirs begin practices Tuesday, Sept. 3.  Spanish at 5:00pm. English at 6:00pm.  Join the joyful singing. See Janet Gaspari in the choir area after mass or call 405-3581.

The Knights of Columbus meet Thrusday, Aug. 8 at 7:00pm in Immaculata Hall.


Put our parish on your bill-pay service at your bank or credit union to make regular contributions.  It's easy! Some parishioners have expressed interest in making these automatic contributions.

1. Sign on to your bill-pay

2. Click on the "add payee" or "add bill" button

3. Type: Sacred Heart Parish in the name field

4. Use your envelop number for the account number field

5. Type: 601 E. Ft. Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705 in the address field

6. Type: 520-888-1530 in the phone # field

7. Choose the frequency of payment

 EMERGE!  offers a free domestic abuse workshop.  It covers the dynamics of abuse, power and control, effects of abuse on children, how to help and other services at Emerge.  Next workshop is Monday, July 15, 9am-12pm. Interested? Contact Sarah Jimenez-Valdez at 795-8001 or [email protected]

Father Jim, on a pilgrimage, will return July 8 or thereabouts.  Read his column in the parish bulletin about pilgrimages.

No stations of the cross Friday, June 28 nor July 5. They resume July 12.

Name the parish sign. Please any suggestions you have for the wording at the office.  Later we will publish a list and have a vote on what to put on the sign.

Sacred Heart School 40th year reunion-class of 1973.  If you or anyone you know would like to attend, please call John Nagore at 306-8676 for the Oct. 25-26-27 date.

Celebrate your wedding anniversary with Bishop Kicanas.  Renew your vows on Sunday Sept.29, at 2:30pm at St. Augustine Cathedral.  Anniversaries of 1,10,25,50,60+ are invited.  Complete a form (found in the bulletin) & return to the parish office by Aug.16 or contact Grace Lohr at the diocese 838-2512.


Welcome to Deacon Rev. Eugene Fernandez!

Many Borders: Annual Social Action Summer Institute. June 16-20 at the Newman Center of U of A campus. For registration and schedule go to or call Joanne Welter at 792-3410.

Farewell/25th anniversary Dinner for Fr. Peter.  Friday evening, June 7,starting with Mass at 6:00pm you're invited to attend this dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.  Please RSVP to Maria 888-1530, to prepare enough food for all. 

Sacred Heart Novena begins Wednesday, May 28.  This bilingual prayer praises our parish patron and asks for his help for the intentions close to our hearts.

Healing Mass!  On Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00pm, Fr. Jim will celebrate a mass in spanish for the healing of the Holy Spirit.

Stop Bullying!  A march beginning at 5:00pm and presentation here at Sacred Heart at 6:00pm is sponsored by the Diocese.  Send a message to our community and leaders that bullying and insulting one another is not tolerated.  Especially noticing  the recent suicides of young people who were bullied, we offer them support and encouragement.



Year Of Faith  2013 Annual Catholic Appeal  Thanks to all who have pledged.  We are at 72% of our goal of $40,240!

Please try, in this year of stress, to pledge a gift of a few dollars to help our diocese in the work of Catholic charities and ministries in our community.  It also helps our own parish community who share in the Appeal donations.


St.Vincent de Paul

Vincent de Paul monthly collection  Every 1st Sunday's second collection is take for St.Vincent de Paul.  They ask that we also bring a couple of cans of food for the pantry.  If you own a truck and would like to be of service to them, call them at 293-1428 between open hours 9:00am-11:00am.


 First Holy Communion  Children will receive their First Communion Saturday, May 4, at 10:00am bilingual Mass. All are invited. Pictures will be taken after Mass.


Knights of Columbus Cinco de Mayo comida   Sunday May 5, after the 8:00, 10:00, 12:00 Masses the   of C  members will serve carne asada/birria/hot dogs/drinks/desserts in Venuti Hall. Viva la historia de Mexico!


Help Wanted!  Part Time Job:  security for weddings and receptions and clean-up after kitchen events. Apply at the Parish Office.  


Summer Youth Choir   Practice on Sunday at 9am for the 10am Mass.  See Janet in the choir area or call her at 405-3581.



  Mothers Day Flowers  May 12  Sacred Heart Youth will sell flowers for your mother after the masses.



April 2013

 RICE BOWL                                                                                                                                                                     Bring your filled rice bowl for the poor (Catholic Relief Services CRS) to the office if you have participated in this program during Lent.  May your sacrifices strengthen the roots of the church in the world.

THE ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL  funds the programs and services  that the diocese delivers to schools, hospitals, prisons and community services.    Make your pledge today.  The progress of the pledges can be seen in the sanctuary of the Church.  We are almost to 100%.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ENROLLMENT for next year begins Sunday, April 21, 8:30am-1:30pm at the parish office on Los Altos.  New students bring a copy of the child's baptismal certificate or birth certificate if not yet baptized.   $30 for one student, $45 for two students from the same family or $55 for three or more.

SACRED HEART ENTHRONEMENT: we begin home enthronements the week of April 8th.  Call Dorothy Tolar for information or an appointment at 505-4177.

YOUTH CHOIR.  Our youngsters can sing on Sundays once a month during the summer.  We will practice of Sunday at 9:00am and sing at the 10:00am mass.  Call Janet at 405-3581 if you would like to join us.

 PARISH PICNIC!  Sunday, April 28.  Meet 1:30-3:00 that afternoon in Amphi Park just north of the Church.   

LEGION OF MARY--a new group forming to assist the priests bringing the Eucharist and comfort to those in nursing homes and/or hospice.  Call coordinators Cecilia at 899-8994 or Alma at 303-3360 or meet them Thursday mornings at 10:00am in the convent building small-meeting room.  Men and women, English and Spanish welcome.

LECTORS AND COMMENTATORS are to sign up in the sacristy for the coming 4 months for your days and times.

Help Wanted: Part time/weekend worker to provide security for events and clean Venuti Hall and Kitchen after celebrations-marriages, baptisms, etc.  Call the office at 888-1530.








January/enero 2013  Happy New Year!   This month is filled with celebrations.                                                          

Sunday, January 6  Epiphany/Epifania del Senor                                                                                                                             This day celebrates the coming out of our Lord!  He is made known to the world and all people share in his family life. The Magi visit to take the Word to their people in far away lands.   All parish children are invited to our Epiphany party at 1:30pm in the Parish Hall.

Friday, January 18  Dedication of Venuti Hall (formerly the Parish Hall)  Mass begins at 6:00pm with the Bishop.       Spaghetti Dinner is served at 7:00pm in Venuti Hall  for $10 per plate.  Money raised will be used for renovations to the Hall.  Our first project will be to hang a new ceiling, new lights and duct work for air conditioning.  Tickets are on sale in the office.

Saturday, January 26  All-Ministers meeting/Reunion para todos los voluntarios  at 9:00am in the Church.  This annual educational update is required for our commitment  to the Safe Environment Program.  Our Code of Conduct asks us to prevent, recognize and respond to child endangerment and elder abuse.

Saturday, January 19  Tucson March for Life/ begins at 9:00am at St. Augustine Cathedral marching to Holy Hope Cemetery.  Celebrate Life.

January 1 thru 30 Operation Hospitality 5:00pm Immaculata Hall   Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of January. If you would like to help the homeless, contact Scott  647-4960.

 January 6  The second collection will be taken for St. Vincent de Paul and their work with the people in need of Food. Remember to bring one or two cans of food on Sundays to keep our pantry in stock.

Jan. 28  Sandwich makers  7:00am parish hall for Casa Maria Kitchen.