Carnuel Mission Church

A mission church built in Carnuel in the 1890s. The patron saint is Santo Nino. Mass is every 2nd Friday of the month at the time listed on hours of operation.

The Carnuel mission church is a part of a larger parish. The main Church holy Child) is located in the mountains about 10 miles east of Albuquerque, Holy Child Parish was established on September 15, 1962 by Archbishop Byrne. The first pastor was Father John Fitzgerald, who served until January 29, 1967. The original church, Santo Niño, was a tiny adobe structure built in 1912 on Route 66. The present church, constructed in 1971 by parishioners, is a metal building on higher ground a mile to the east. Parishioners built a rectory in 1987 to the north of the church. In 1996, volunteers constructed a 3,760 square foot multipurpose building nearby. This permitted classrooms in the church to be replaced by additional seating to accommodate over 400 people at Sunday Masses. An office building was added between the church and the rectory at the beginning of 2000. The parish covers over 300 square miles and includes seven mission churches arranged as a cross along State Highway 14 and old Route 66. Holy Child Church in Tijeras is at the center of this cross. Five miles to the west lies Carnuel, whose church is also named Santo Niño (1960). Five miles to the east, in Sedillo, is the church San Isidro Labrador (1941). In succession, beginning two miles north of Tijeras on State Highway 14 are: San Antonio de Padua (1960) in the community of San Antonio; farther north and slightly west, San Lorenzo (c. 1870) in Cañoncito; and Señor de Mapimi (c. 1886) in San Antonito, approximately six miles north of Tijeras. Fifteen miles south of Tijeras on State Highway 337 (formerly South 14) is San Isidro de Labrador (c. 1932) in Escobosa, and twenty-two miles south is Capilla de San Juan Nepomuceno (1842) in Chilili. History of Santo Niño: Although 24 families had settled at Carnuel in 1819 (originally formed as the village of San Miguel de Laredo in 1763), by 1880 there were only 10 families remaining. Apache Indian raids and a lack of water forced most of the population to gravitate to Albuquerque or San Antonio. Two chapels were built in Carnuel in the 1890s. A private chapel was built by Domingo Garcia to house the statue of San Miguel de Laredo, the village’s patron saint. It was torn down in the 1960s. Carnuel’s community church, Santo Niño, was built in 1898 at the west end of Carnuel, on land donated by Roman and Petra Herrera. The original stone church was enlarged with stone and adobe, then in the 1960s it was torn down and a larger church was built. In 1932 Father Libertine erected the large white cross on the hill across the freeway from the church. Father’s idea was to encourage travelers through the canyon to stop and meditate. Prior to construction of the Interstate, a religious procession walked from the church to the cross on the hill. Carnuel celebrates a San Miguel fiesta in September, and on May 3, a Triumph of the Cross fiesta together with the fiesta of Santo Niño.

Holy Child Parish

Holy Child Parish has mass live stream, Sunday at 12PM. Here is the link. Be safe and God Bless!

[03/06/20]   No mass during lent. See you all at Fiestas in May!

Fiesta season is approaching!! Mark your calendars to come and celebrate faith and tradition.

Great crafts, wonderful baked goods, tasty food, and a whole lot of love and support for our community. Dont miss out on this wonderful bazaar.

Please come. Come one come all. Friday November 8th. If you want to bring something text Maxine Herrera. Number listed on flyer.

[11/04/19]   Rosary for Eloy "Tiger" Jaramillo will be Saturday Nov. 9th @10am and Mass to follow at 11am. Reception TBA.

We would like to take this time to take a moment to remember Tiger. He was such a sweet man. He was here at the old cemetary yesterday helping with clean up, and unfortunately passed away today. Please keep him in your prayers. Rosary and funeral arrangements will be posted as we go through this difficult time in our community.

[10/11/19]   Good morning Carnuel Community, due to a funeral mass tomorrow, Saturday, October 12th we will not have a mass this evening. We will see everyone next month.

[09/29/19]   What a successful fiesta weekend we had to celebrate our 200th year. Thank you to the Mayordomos and everyone who helped them decorate, clean, and make food. Thank you to our wonderful Danzantes, and thank you to our community for coming and keeping our wonderful traditions alive. May God Bless all of you.

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Carnuel Mission Church

[09/27/19]   200th celebration fiesta. Tonight at 5pm fritos pies will be sold. 7pm procession. Come on come all. Everyone is invited. Bless you all for your commitment to our traditions of our community.

This weekend... keeping the tradition alive. Come one. . Come all. Mark your calendars and share. God Bless Everyone. 😇

Come one... come all! :)

[08/22/19]   Please pray for the Amazon Rainforest. It is much needed. Sending love and prayers. 💜

Carnuel Mission Church's cover photo

[09/26/15]   Thank you to everyone who came out for our fiesta this weekend. Thank you to everyone who helped out, and especially the dancer for all your hard work.

[07/10/15]   Mass is tomorrow at 6pm. A Roary will be held at 5:30pm for the health of Isabel Herrera. There will also be a refreshments after mass so if you can, please bring something. God Bless everyone. See you tomorrow night.

Archdiocese of Santa Fe Official

TOMORROW! Seventh Annual Blue Mass
We Honor Police Officers, Firefighters, Military, Emergency Personnel, and all First Responders
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
11:50 a.m. Archbishop Sheehan will bless the law enforcement animals
12:00 Noon Mass
St. Pius X High School Gym
Albuquerque, NM
An all-faith community celebration…all are welcome!
Over 2,200 attendees are expected.

[02/11/14]   Prayer for God's Protection through this Night.
IN particular, I beseech you to continue your gracious protection to me and my family this night. Defend us from all dangers, and from the fear of them; that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep as may fit us for the duties of the coming day. And grant me grace always to live in such a state that I may never be afraid to die; so that, living and dying, I may be yours, through the merits and satisfaction of your Son Christ Jesus, in whose name I offer up these my imperfect prayers.

[02/09/14]   Prayer for Grace to reform and grow Better.
AND lest, through my own frailty, or the temptations which encompass me, I be drawn again into sin, grant me, I beseech you, the direction and assistance of your Holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and disposition of my soul; that no unclean thought, unlawful design, or inordinate desire, may rest there. Purge my heart from envy, hatred, and malice; that I may never suffer the sun to go down upon my wrath; but may always go to my rest in peace, charity, and good-will, with a conscience void of offence towards you, and towards others; so that I may be preserved pure and blameless, until the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

[02/08/14]   For Guidance in Bringing Others to Christ
Oh Heavenly Father, who has promised to send us a Spirit to lead us, if we but listen and hear his presence in the bustle of life, I pray for your direction and guidance in becoming a disciple of your word. Teach me to spread your truth, to anyone I might see who might be able to hear it. Let me always reach out and show your love to the world through my every action. I pray, Holy Spirit, show me your path in this wayward world. Mold me by the model of your Son, and let me every day approach nearer to his perfect service. Let me, too, be a fisher of men. Show me, teach me, to help guide others to you, in both my words and my deeds. In the name of Christ, I pray,

[02/08/14]   Benediction
Finally, may I go forth filled with the joy and confidence of your Spirit; and may everything I do this day, in word or deed, be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

[02/07/14]   George Washington's Monday Morning Prayer
O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day, in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul.
Direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit, from the dross of my natural corruption, that I may with more freedom of mind and liberty of will serve thee, the ever lasting God, in righteousness and holiness this day, and all the days of my life. In the name of Holy Christ, I pray,
~ From the Prayer Journal of George Washington

[02/06/14]   Teach me Your Way
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; Unite my heart to fear your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify your name forever more. Great is your mercy toward me, and You have delivered my soul from the depths of hell. All praise be to You, Oh God my Redeemer, today and forever.

[02/04/14]   For Guidance in Bringing Others to Christ
Oh Heavenly Father, who has promised to send us a Spirit to lead us, if we but listen and hear his presence in the bustle of life, I pray for your direction and guidance in becoming a disciple of your word. Teach me to spread your truth, to anyone I might see who might be able to hear it. Let me always reach out and show your love to the world through my every action. I pray, Holy Spirit, show me your path in this wayward world. Mold me by the model of your Son, and let me every day approach nearer to his perfect service. Let me, too, be a fisher of men. Show me, teach me, to help guide others to you, in both my words and my deeds. In the name of Christ, I pray,

[02/03/14]   For Those in Distress
I pray to you, Master, be our helper and defender. Rescue those of our number in distress; raise up the fallen; assist the needy; heal the sick; turn back those of your people who stray; feed the hungry; release our captives; revive the weak; encourage those who lose heart. Let all the nations realize that you are the only God, that Jesus Christ is your Child, and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.
from a prayer by Clement of Rome (@ 96 A.D.)

[02/02/14]   Sunday Morning Invocation
God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill my spirit, and the spirit of all the people of your universal church, with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned, and the way to life stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

[02/01/14]   For a Sense of Wonder at God's Creation
Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder. Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of your universe. Delight me to see how your Christ plays in ten thousand places, in limbs and eyes not His, to be the father through the features of men's faces. Each day enrapture me with your marvelous things without number. I do not ask to see the reason for it all; I ask only to share the wonder of it all.

Daily Prayer: For Those Who Are Struggling

Heavenly Father, I pray for all my Christian brothers and sisters and for each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace to come in their hearts; I pray for love and joy to abound in their homes; I pray that they might enjoy good health, that they are not in debt, and that all their needs are met.
I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than you, Mighty God. Every battle is in your hands for you to fight, Lord. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them. In Christ’s name,

Daily Prayer: Praise and Thanks this Morning

Hallelujah! The sun has risen again and it is morning! And I have awoken into it, alive, breathing, thinking, knowing that the Son will rise again and I will be saved. What did I do to deserve this day? It is a gift from you. Glory and praise to you, my God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for filling me with life to live another day, for it is you who made me and not me myself.
I resolve to spend this day in the presence of the Holy Spirit, filled with his joy and energy, that I might accomplish your will, my God, and do what I can to deserve the joys of the day, for I know my time here is short. Be with me, oh Holy Spirit, to fill me with the energy and positivity and comfort that only you can bring. In Christ's name I pray that thy will be done,

Daily Prayers:

1.) For Joy in God's creation
O Heavenly Father, who has filled the world with beauty; Open my eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that rejoicing in your whole creation, I may learn to serve you with gladness, faithfully managing your bounty; for the sake of him by whom all things were made, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

2.) For Faithfulness in the Use of this World's Goods

Almighty God, whose loving hand has given me all that I possess; Grant me grace that I may honor you with my substance, and remembering the account which I must one day give, may be a faithful steward of your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Daily Prayer: A Prayer of St. Basil the Great

I bless you, O God most high and Lord of mercies, who forever works great and mysterious deeds for me, glorious, wonderful, and numberless; who provides me with sleep as a rest from my infirmities and as a repose for my body tired by labor. I thank you that you have not destroyed me in my transgressions, but in your love toward mankind you have raised me up, as I lay in despair, that I may glorify your majesty.
I entreat your infinite goodness, enlighten the eyes of my understanding and raise up my mind from the heavy sleep of indolence; open my mouth and fill it with your praise, that I may unceasingly sing and confess you, who is God glorified in all and by all, the eternal Father, the only-begotten Son, and the all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

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Daily Prayer: A Prayer of Repentance

O Lord our God, good and merciful, I acknowledge all my sins which I have committed every day of my life, in thought, word and deed; in body and soul alike. I am heartily sorry that I have ever offended you, and I sincerely repent; with tears I humbly pray to you, O Lord: of your mercy forgive me all my past transgressions and absolve me from them. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to amend my way of life and to sin no more; that I may walk in the way of the righteous and offer praise and glory to the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Daily Prayers: Prayer for the Departed

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend the souls of your servants departed from this life and beseech you to grant them rest in the place of your rest, where all the blessed repose, and where the light of your countenance shines forever.
And I pray also to grant that my present life may be godly, sober, and blameless, that I too may be made worthy to enter into your heavenly Kingdom with those I love but see no longer: for you are the Resurrection, and the Life, and the Repose of your departed servants, O Christ our God, and unto you I ascribe all glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Daily Prayer: Lord, Bless My Enemies

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than friends have.
Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.
Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world.
Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath Thy tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.
They have punished me, whenever I have hesitated to punish myself.
They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to flee torments.
They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself They have spat upon me, whenever I have filled myself with arrogance.
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
Whenever I have made myself wise, they have called me foolish.
Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.
Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they have shoved me into the background.
Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand.
Whenever I thought that I would sleep peacefully, they have wakened me from sleep.
Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life,they have demolished it and driven me out.
Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of Thy garment.
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:
so that my fleeing to Thee may have no return;
so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;
so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;
so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins: arrogance and anger;
so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;
ah, so that I may for once be freed from self deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.
Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.
One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends.
It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or enemies.
Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and my enemies.
A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand.
But a son blesses them, for he understands. For a son knows that his enemies cannot touch his life. Therefore he freely steps among them and prays to God for them.
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

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Daily Prayer: Prayer for the Day Ahead

Who can tell what a day might bring? Therefore, gracious God, cause me to live every day as if it were to be my last, for I cannot know not that it is not. Help me to live this day as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

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