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San Miguel Catholic Church

403 El Camino Real, Socorro, NM 87801 * 575-835-2891
One of the Oldest Catholic Churches in the United States... Founded 1598

Welcome to San Miguel

Welcome to Old San Miguel Mission, the Catholic Church in Socorro, NM.

San Miguel is a vibrant parish in the heart of central New Mexico. Our mission is to strive to bring people closer to God. We, the faith filled members of the Parish and its Missions, part of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, find strength, unity and grace in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. As the voices and hands of Jesus in our time, our purpose is to express God's grace by offering Christion Love and Service to each other and to everyone we meet. We reach out to the world in prayer, action and deeds in unity with the Holy Roman Catholic Church.


Religious Education

Religious education begins again in September. To register please fill out and turn in the registration form. Click Here for the Form.










“But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.”
John 16:13

Pope Francis Announces Synod 2021 - 2023

What is this all about?

Jesus Christ promised us that the Holy Spirit would guide his Church.

Ancient Christians developed a custom of local leaders coming together to pray and make decisions about matters affecting all the Christian communities in a region. They gathered in the faith that their prayers and discussions would reveal God’s will and the way to achieve it.

These acts “coming together” are called Synods. Almost every two years since 1967 bishops from all over the world gather to assist the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) with “providing for the good of the universal Church”.

Pope Francis wants to expand this “coming together” or Synodal process to include not just the bishops, men and women religious and consecrated laity, but everyone in the Church, you and me. Pope Francis wants to make the Church more “synodal”, more coming together of more of the members of the Church. He wants to come together particularly about the topics of communion, the sharing and exchanging type, not the Eucharist, participation, and mission.

Our bishop, Archbishop Wester has prepared a letter for all of us, introducing the Synod and talking about its goals.

To read the letter, click here, en Español, haga clic aquí

For Archbishop Wester’s video announcement click here.

Since we will be asked for our opinion on the topics of communion, participation and mission it is necessary that we should ask the Holy Spirit for promptings and guidance. Click Here (en Español, haga clic aquí) for a prayer that we can use to ask the Holy Spirit for promptings and guidance. This prayer will be prayed during each Mass, and should be prayed at the beginning of any liturgical event, class or meeting.

The Synod has three phases:

  1. Preparatory Phase - Consult with the People of God on the topics of communion, participatoin and mission. The first part of the preparatory phase is the diocesan phase. (we are in this phase, for the roadmap of this phase click here)
  2. Discussion Phase - An assembly of those selected by the Pope meets in Rome to discuss the results of the preparatory phase and make a recommendation on the direction the Church should take. The voting members of the Synod vote on the recommendation. Once approved it is sent to Pope Francis for his approval
  3. Implementation Phase - Bishops worldwide are tasked with implementing the Synod's plan

The links below provide further information. We keep you updated.

Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality - The Official Handbook for Listening and Discernment in Local Churches

Preparatory Document - For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission

October 9, 2021 - Pope Francis on the Synod: The participation of everyone, guided by the Holy Spirit

October 10, 2021 - Pope Francis: Celebrating Synod means walking together on the same road

October 13, 2021 - Cardinal Schönborn: The synodal process asks us to listen, to share, to discern

October 14, 2021 - Cardinal Michael Czerny: The Church is synodal in its very essence and life

Roadmap for the current, diocesan phase (the current phase) of the Synod


San Miguel Church & Missions Annual Report

Pastor's Message

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

On behalf of San Miguel and its Missions, I write to express our gratitude and appreciation once again to Our Deacons, the Parish Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Staff, All the Mayordomos, Ministers of the various Ministries, Catechists, Members of the Choirs, Fiesta Committee, Gift Shop Volunteers, All Volunteers and All of You, my dear parishioners for your sacrifices and commitments to the growth and progress of our dear Parish, San Miguel and its Missions.

We thank God for all His love and mercies and you all for being there for our dear parish despite the current realities facing us.

I remain eternally grateful to you all.

While we keep praying for our brothers and sisters who have gone before us especially those who died due to Covid complications, we also keep our beloved parishioners who are battling with health challenges always in our prayers and masses.

Rev. John Anasiudu

To view a printable copy of the financial report please click here.


San Miguel Raffle Results

There wasn't a San Miguel Fiesta this year BUT there was a raffle fund-raiser!

The raffle was a means to raise funds for our beautiful San Miguel Parish:

Each raffle ticket cost $2.00
Two prizes were awarded:

The 1st Prize, $1,000, was won by Natasha McNeil

The 2nd Prize, $500, was won by John Leeper

The drawing was held Sunday, October 3, 2021 following the 10AM Mass


Legion of Mary Raffle

The Legion of Mary held a raffle for a blanket. The name of the winner was drawn at the Thursday (October 7, 2021) meeting. The winner is Rita Steinnerd.


Recording of Miraculous Events in Socorro Webinar








Based on well documented evidence, Venerable Maria de Agreda appeared in Socorro, N.M. in 1626, while never leaving her home convent in Spain.

This amazing story of a bilocating nun who evangelized western Texas and eastern New Mexico Native Americans was presented via Zoom by Adrianna Carilli.

To see the recorded video click here

Weekly Contributions

Although weekly collection has resumed during Mass, you can continue to make your weekly contribution online. Please click here to contribute.


If you want to Pray

While the church is locked during the day, those wishing to pray can come to the Guadalupe Chapel. The chapel is available from 10AM to 12 Noon and 1:30PM - 4:00PM, weekdays except Wednesday. You must wear a face mask and maintain the usual six feet of distance at all times.

The Guadalupe Chapel is located in the church offices. Please ring the doorbell for entry.


October 17, 2021
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time











Summary from Loyola Press

Do You Really Want What God Wants? - Bishop Robert Barron

Cup of Salvation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Mary Mediatrix

Tempted, Yet Without Sin - Brant Pitre - Catholic Productions

Jesus the New High Priest - Brant Pitre - Catholic Productions



Daily Mass is celebrated at 5:30PM, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Holy Communion is held on Monday's at 5:30PM

The Anticipatory Mass for Sunday is celebrated Saturday at 5:00PM

Sunday Masses are as follows:

Sunday at 8:00AM at San Miguel Church in Socorro

Sunday at 10:00AM at San Miguel Church in Socorro

Sunday at Noon at St. Mary Magdaline in Magdalena

Mission churches Mass schedule is as follows:

Saturdays at 7PM

1st Saturday of the month - San Lorenzo, Polvadera
2nd Saturday of the month - San Antonio, Luis Lopez
3rd Saturday of the month - La Sagrada Familia, Lemitar
4th Saturday of the month - San Jose, Luis Lopez

Masses and Communion Services can also be viewed according to the schedule below. To view a Mass live, click on the link at or before the scheduled time. To see the recorded version of the Mass click on the link after the end of the scheduled mass.


Type of Service




The Mass Readings Reviewed for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Available Friday, October 15, 2021 at Noon Click Here
Mass - Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Anticipatory) Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 5:00PM Click Here


Click Here for Resources for Worship and Spiritual Growth including:

COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe
COVID-19 Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Updates from the New Mexico Department of Health Executive Orders and Public Health Orders

COVID-19 Information from Presbyterian Hospital
News reports from the New Mexico Department of Health














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