Sacred Heart Mission Catholic Church

Cloudcroft Catholic Church Diocese of Las Cruces

Sacred Heart Mission Catholic Church welcomes all Cloudcroft residents and visitors. Our address is 205 James Canyon Highway.  Join us for Mass on Sunday & Wednesday mornings at 9:00  AM. 

A Note from Fr. Alex

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support and prayers during this time. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all those who wished me a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year via e-mail, Christmas cards, gifts, texts, & in person. I am sorry that I don’t have the time to reply to each of your with a personal thank you note. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! — Fr. Alex Urena

Pregnancy Help Center Benefit

This Sunday after Mass, baby bottles will be available to Parishioners wishing to participate in a fundraiser for the Pregnancy Help Center located in Alamogordo. A flyer with further information is in your bulletin. Please return bottles to church on Sunday February 12th. "A little change can make a big difference”. For further information, please call Lourdes Blette at 575-682-6200.

Posada Celebration 

Thank you to all who braved the cold weather to walk with Joseph and Mary in search for lodgings. Special thanks to those who generously provided all kinds of dishes for a great feast. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make it a most enjoyable evening for all.

A Gift for Each Parish Family

The Parish is giving each parish family a copy of Matthew Kelly’s book - “Resisting Happiness”.

The book is published by Dynamic Catholic Press. Copies in Spanish are also available at the Parish Office.

Fr. Alex and Fr. Theo would like to wish everyone a Blessed Christmas & Happy New Year!

Organist Needed 

We are in  need of an organist to play for the 9:00 am Mass     twice a  month.  A stipend  is available, please contact  Lourdes Blette at 682-6200.

Check It Out!

There is a book library located near the side exit door.  Please feel free to donate books or borrow some. 

The Rediscover Catholicism discussion group meets every Sunday after Mass. Everyone is welcome to join us. 

Join our Faith Sharing Group!

"Are you interested in exploring the beauty of our faith and rediscover the 'genius' of Catholicism?  Sundays after Mass, you will have that opportunity at Sacred Heart.  If this appeals to you, contact Teresa Thompson, Teresa Stevenson or Joe Barcevac at the end of Mass."

Suggestion Box

We have a suggestion box for anything the congregation might want to write in for the Church Council to address. It will be at the back of the church on the East side of the church. Thank you.

Welcome Father Alex

A Welcome reception for the new full time Pastor of Sacred Heart Mission was held on Sunday July 10th. 

Father Alex Urena had a bite to eat and met with parishioners after 9am Mass, before heading down the mountain for his next service. A variety of baked goodies, coffee and juice was provided for church members and visitors, not to mention an opportunity for fellowship. Father Alex will also serve as Pastor of Our Lady of The Light in La Luz, St Francis de Paula in Tularosa and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bent.  Father Theo Okafor will continue to serve as the Parochial Vicar.

2016 United in Ministry Campaign 

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal, the UIM, is the method by which the many projects of the Diocese of Las Cruces are funded.

Our United in Ministry (UIM) goal for 2016 is $7,568. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the UIM campaign in the past. Remember once we have reached our Parish goal, we receive a rebate which helps us to repair, maintain & renovate our church and church grounds. Thank you for your pledges and donations.

The Shroud Exhibit & Museum

The Shroud Exhibit and Museum is recruiting volunteers. Training is provided. For more information, contact Deacon Pete Schumacher (575-415-5206) or email him at [email protected] Come be a part of this faith-filled and historical treasure.

Feeding the Hungry 

 The St. Francis de Paula Soup Kitchen is open every Wednesday. Volunteers are needed at noon to help prepare the meal. The meal is prepared from 12:00 - 3:00 and served from 3:30 to 5:00pm. Sacred Heart Parishioners will prepare and serve the meal every 5th Wednesday of the month (when there is a fifth Wednesday in the month). If you would like to volunteer, please contact Father Christopher or Clare Tinguely at 682-6316.

Religious Education News

Sacred Heart's  youth's religious education classes meet every Sunday after 9:00 Mass.  For more information, please call Teresa Thompson at 575.687.2142 .

RCIA Classes - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Have you received all your Sacraments? Would you like more information about the teachings of the Catholic Church? Or if you are not Catholic, would you like to become Catholic? Then register for the RCIA classes by calling the parish office at 575.434.9460.

Pre-Baptism Classes

Pre-Baptismal classes will be held at Our Lady of the Light in La Luz on the last Saturday of the month. Please call the Parish Office at 575.434.9460 to register for the class.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Father Christopher is available to hear your confession before Mass on Sundays beginning at 8:00 am.

Group of Pilgrims at Holy Cross Chapel : Back row: L-R John Cazares, Bill and Mary Gayzo, Lourdes Blette, Maria Montoya, Father Alex, Cecilia Borunda, Dorthy Durocher, and Mike Blette.  Front row: Linda Cazares, Teresa Thompson, Martha Walters, Sam Borunda and Ben Placencio.t

Pictured L to R: Father Jess Layug, Archbishop Florentino G. Lavaris and Father Christopher Williams.

Archbishop Florentino Lavaris,  from the Philippines gave a presentation titled "Understanding Pope Francis" at St. Francis de Paula Church in Tularosa on September  15th, 2015. Father Jess Layug from San Fernands, Philippines also gave a presentation on the Tree of Life and The Tree of Knowledge. A reception followed in the Parish Hall.  A big "thank you" goes out to the Archbishop's sister "Flo" a parishioner from Our Lady of The Light, for arranging the visit. Appreciation also to the church volunteers for hosting a bountiful  meal. "What a blessing for our corner of New Mexico."

Mt. Subasio Hermitage

Helen Riegger, OFS will be collecting cans to be recycled the 1st Sunday of the Month.

Growing in Our Catholic Faith

Recommended Books, Websites and More!

The Mass in Sacred Scripture by Deacon Harold Burke-Siver available on Amazon in either hard copy or Kindle edition.

The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius by Fr. Kevin O’Brien SJ. It is basically scriptural based contemplative exercises used by the Jesuits.

Gus Lloyd has a morning program; Seize the Day on the Catholic Channel (129) on Sirius Satellite Radio

News from Fr. James B. Hay School click here

Father Alex and Volunteers helped the 'Ciudad del Niño'

Orphanage with upkeep and maintenance last month. What a blessing they were to the nuns and children! 'Ciudad del Niño' in Juárez City is a home for 120 children who are either orphans of from dysfunctional families. Some may have one parent unable to care for them, or just some other relative. Their ages range from 3 to 18 years old. It is run by nuns of the Order of the Missionaries of Our Sorrowful Mother, and does not receive any government funds.

Twelve children live in each home with a house mother. Two or more kids from the same family are kept together. They attend Catholic elementary school within the grounds, and later attend a public high school nearby. Many of the children have become professionals in different fields and two priests have been raised here. They have a chapel where Mass is celebrated daily and volunteer medical doctors visit weekly.

There have been two previous visits by parishioners of Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Light led by Fr. Christopher. This July 13th visit was dedicated to painting the whole interior of one of the cottages, while the children were away on vacation. This was the largest group yet, accompanied by Fr. Alex Ureña substituting for Fr. Christopher. It was a fine group of cheerful and dedicated workers who got the job done. Thank you all! See photos here.

 Sacred Heart - Cloudcroft

Sunday 9:00 am Mass 

Sunday 8:30 am  Confessions 

Wednesday - 9:00 am Mass

Our Lady of the Light  La Luz

Saturday 4:00 pm Mass

 Saturday 3:00 pm  Confessions

Sunday 11:00 am Mass

Monday,Tuesday & Thursday Mass - 8:30 am 

 Wednesday & Friday

Communion Service - 8:30 am

 Holy Hour Adoration after Mass

Anointing of Sick 

1st Tuesday of the Month

Our Lady of Guadalupe - Bent

Sunday 1:30 pm Mass

Sunday 1:00 pm  Confessions 

St. Francis - Tularosa

Sunday 12 Noon Mass 

Wed. & Fri.  8:00 am Mass

Friday 5:30 pm Confessions

 Mon. -  Fri.  8:00 am - 9:00 pm  Adoration of 

The Blessed Sacrament 

Please contact Naomi Pino at 575.551.2498 if you can volunteer to sit with Our Lord on a routine basis. Thank you and God Bless.

Our Lady of Light Food Pantry

Monthly needs include:

Hot chocolate

Hot and cold cereal

Canned soup

Canned veggies

Canned fruit

Pork and beans


Dried beans

Potted tuna and meat

Pasta noodles and pasta sauce

Thank you for your continued support of the Food Pantry. In December , the Food Pantry served 365 families with 1,121 people in those families. During 2016, Our Lady of the Light Food Pantry served 4,990 families with 14,879 people in those families. We would like thank everyone who has donated food or made monetary donations to the Food Pantry though out the year.

If you wish to donate monetarily, place the donation marked “For the Food Pantry” in the regular Collection and the donation will go to the food pantry.  Thank you for your continued support! God bless you.

Farewell & Thank You 

 On June 1st, Fr. Christopher celebrate his fourth anniversary as a priest. 

Thank you and God bless you Father Christopher!

 Saturday morning June 11th started off like most quiet mornings in Cloudcroft, shop owners and restaurants prepared for the business of the day, tourist and motorcyclists rolled into town, the sun was shining and a slightly cool breeze made for a pleasant Summer day.  Meanwhile a group of slightly more than 100 people gathered at Sacred Heart Mission for a 10am procession through the Village as part of a daylong celebration of the Sacred Heart Feast Day. The "Fiesta in the Clouds" was started in 2013 when Father Christopher Williams became the mission's full time Pastor. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, merchants, local restaurants and artists it was a success.  In 2014 Father Chris suggested we add a giant Piñata for the children. The Piñata was also used as a tool to teach the seven deadly sins. Father Chris, also a fine carpenter would design the 15 ft Piñata and with his guidance volunteers would make it.  Fast forward to 2016 and the fourth Fiesta, the Piñata was now 17 ft. in diameter and filled with over fifty pounds of candy.  Each Piñata has been better than the previous year, and is truly a labor of love for the Mission and community.

 A Mass officiated by Assistant Vicar Father Theo Okafor followed the procession.  Father Alex Urena also presided at the Mass and will become the next full time Pastor of Sacred Heart Mission in July.  Father Christopher Williams is currently studying Canon Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.             The Fiesta transformed the quiet little Village on the mountain top into a fun filled "happening" of colorful folkloric dancing, traditional foods, raffles, games, and plenty of fellowship. The much anticipated main attraction was the Piñata bash at 3pm, it did not disappoint. Intermittent waves of rain didn't stop the cooks from grilling and dancers from dancing in the street.  A good time was had by children of all ages and memories were made in the mountains.

Pictures from past Fiestas

Fiesta 2016