July 15, 2018
|6 P.M.||Mass is celebrated under the main tent|
|7 P.M.||Rosary prayed every hour on the hour with silent meditation in between|
July 16, 2018
|5:29 A.M.||Bible readings and ecumenical singing at detonation time|
|6 A.M.||Voluntary stations of the cross|
|6 P.M.||Mass celebrated under main tent followed by the community helping to take down the tent|
On-Site Amenities and Accommodations
AVAILABLE: tents without side walls. There is a tent-covered station (with tables and chairs) for dispensing both fresh water and a sports drink. Two portable toilets will be available.
UNAVAILABLE: food, air conditioning, emergency services.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We recommend bringing plenty of water bottles.
- Please do not bring pets or children under the age of 14. Desert conditions can take a harsh toll on both. People of advanced years likewise should carefully consider attending.
- Dress in layers for cold night temperatures and very hot day temperatures; rainstorms may suddenly arise with high winds, so bring rain gear and sunscreen. Expect wind, insects, and exercise caution around any desert creatures you may encounter.
- Bring spiritual reading material and aids such as books and rosaries.
- There is abundant time for non-Catholic prayer and meditation in between the formal prayers of the Holy Mass and praying of the rosary.
- The site is on somewhat uneven terrain covered in rough vegetation. Snakes may possibly be encountered. There are boundaries of the space around the site and risks involved if one wanders up the mountain or approaches the Stallion Gate at the north boundary of White Sands Missile Range, both of which may result in the possibility of military surveillance of the participants.
- Consider wearing sturdy outdoor shoes/boots dressing in layers due to weather ranging from very hot to somewhat cold, possibility of rain and the certainty of intermittent strong winds. Bring an umbrella and a good flashlight for moving around in the dark.
- There are no medical professionals officially associated with the vigil site so participants appear there at their own risk. The nearest hospital is Socorro General Hospital (1202 Highway 60 West, Socorro NM, 87801; (575) 835-1140), about a 45-minute drive away.
- Cell phone reception is sporadic at best and depends on the carrier, phone, and battery strength.
- TOP OFF THE FUEL TANK: there are NO service station facilities on the missile range.