Name of Church Mission San Xavier del Bac
Address 1950 W. San Xavier Road, Tucson, AZ 85746-7409
Phone number 520-294-2624
Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 & 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. Communion Service on Mondays, 8:30 a.m. (These are the winter hours; during the summer the Masses are moved up an hour.) Also, in the nearby Juan Diego chapel there is a 6:30 a.m. Mass, Monday – Friday, and an 8:30 a.m. Mass in the Mission church Tuesday – Friday.
Confessions Saturdays, 4 – 5 p.m. (in the Juan Diego chapel)
Names of priests Fr. Stephen Barnufsky, OFM, has been a priest 41 years, and pastor since 2003. The Franciscans originally built the church, and returned to staff the mission a century ago.
School Yes. Established in 1864, it serves the Indian population in the area.
Special groups There is a Patronato San Xavier group (www.patronatosanxavier.org) which promotes restoration, maintenance and preservation of the Mission. You can also take a docent tour, and watch a video about the history of the mission.
Music Music is somewhat intermittent as musicians are available; different groups sing on Sundays.
Fellow parishioners The local Indians, other local residents, visitors.
Cry room No.
Parish bulletin Available online.
Additional observations Mission San Xavier, the “White Dove of the Desert,” is located nine miles south of downtown Tucson. It was founded by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692, and was originally under the Spanish flag. The current church was built 1783-97, and is the oldest structure built by Europeans (who directed Indian workmen) in Arizona. Today, it is both a Catholic parish serving the Indian population in the surrounding area, as well as a popular tourist site (take a virtual tour on the parish website).
The Church is a national historic landmark, and is continually undergoing preservation efforts (you’ll see, for example, that the right tower needs to be painted). It has a modest, yet beautiful wooden interior, with many 17th century paintings and statues of the saints.
On either side of the church, for example, are paintings of the Pentecost and Last Summer. It has multiple domes. The church is open to the public daily, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. There is also a museum and gift shop on the grounds. Also, alongside the church there is a hill with a white cross atop it. In the side of the hill is a Lourdes grotto replica, built by the Bishop of Tucson in 1908. Also on the grounds is a Shrine to St. Francis of Assisi, to which many bring their petitions. Take a look at some images of the Mission by clicking here.