April 1, 2019—The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has announced the location of “Nazareth House,” its new Seminary House of Formation. Click here to read the official release.
Promulgated December 30, 2018, on Holy Family Sunday.
Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has issued “Complete My Joy,” a new Apostolic Exhortation to the husbands and wives, mothers and fathers of the Diocese.
Special Rededication Rite and Mass with Bishop Olmsted
All the hard work and generous contributions of the entire Sacred Heart community came to fruition on Sunday, November 4, at the 5:00 pm Mass. In addition to unveiling the phenomenal renovation of the church building, the historic event itself was truly moving and fascinating—most of us have never experienced the “Rite of Rededication” of a church. Speaking to the capacity crowd waiting outside, just before Bishop Olmsted led everyone in for the first time, Fr. Kieran Kleczewski, Director of the Office of Worship and Liturgy at the Diocese of Phoenix, described the 2.5 hour event this way: “Think of it as the baptism and confirmation of a church, much as the Easter Vigil marks the baptism and confirmation of the catechumens.”
Below are a few images—courtesy of Ken Anderson—taken in the hours before the Rededication Rite and Mass began. They really give you a sense of how spectacular and welcoming the redesigned Nave is. We’ve also put up a new Gallery Page with initial photos of the actual event from the official photographer, Nancy Wiechec***. We will be posting more as we receive them.
AND PLEASE REMEMBER: We urgently need your help with the Completing the Mission campaign!
Keeping our Eyes Fixed on Jesus, our Savior and Lord
The main problem we face in the Church today is the cover-up by members of the hierarchy of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy. We have, in addition, not had an adequate system of accountability in place for bishops who have offended, i.e. for those bishops who have sexually abused children and/or sexually harassed adults.
The ability to adequately correct misconduct by bishops and cardinals is aggravated by the lack of anything in place at the present time to address this grave scandal in an effective and thorough way. Effective ways are needed to face squarely the years of cover-up of these atrocities by bishops and members of the Holy See in Rome. To put these in place, we bishops need to do what we can in our own dioceses, and then at the level of each national conference; we also need the leadership and close collaboration of the Holy Father.
As efforts are made to address the cover-up scandal, it is important not to forget the suffering of the many victims of sexual abuse in society. For this reason, “Healing Masses” are still badly needed. For the past 15 years, we have had Healing Masses each Advent and each Lenten season for those who have been abused by members of the Church or by the others in society. Of course, these Healing Masses do not address the cover-up but they do help the victims and their families and friends. This need not and must not be a distraction from the need to focus on the corruption within the hierarchy.
Stay In: The Church needs you. It is not an accident or a coincidence that we are here at this point in history. Be confident that Christ is leading us as His disciples, and that He is asking for us to give of ourselves. More
Open Up: Your experiences matter. We encourage you to talk with one another to share your stories of faith and pain — whether it is with a trusted confidant, your parish priest, through social media, or through the opportunities on this website.
Kneel Down: Pray. We get nowhere without it. Pray for your own holiness, for the mission of the Church, and for everyone who has been wounded by a member of the Church. More
Speak Out: Your leadership in your parish community and the wider Church is needed now more than ever. You can be a leader by working to make a positive difference in the life of the Church. We are listening, and we invite you to take advantage of the opportunities on this website to make your voices heard. Share Your Thoughts
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, our Savior and Lord.
Together we must continue to go forth in our mission as disciples of Christ and faithful witnesses of His Gospel — always keeping our eyes fixed on Him.
United in faith and prayer,
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
June 30, 2018 – At 4:40pm today, the newly repaired bells of Sacred Heart Church rang 19 times—honoring Prescott’s 19 Hot Shots who died tragically in 2013, on this day and hour. Click on the audio file to hear it:
June 28, 2018 – The Sacred Heart bells have been silent for so long, it’s hard to remember when last they were heard. As a parting gift from Fr. Darrin, with the help of parishioner Dean Hinshaw, the bells have been repaired and now can be manually rung once again. Click on the link to view the video; what a beautiful sight and sound! Sacred Heart Bells
Dean Hinshaw is a retired Prescott firefighter, and he enlisted his colleagues in the Prescott Fire Department to assist in the repair of the bells. This was a win-win, because the Department is eager for valuable opportunities to give its younger firefighters hands-on experience in doing practical ladder work.
June 4, 2018 – Fr. Darrin and Greg Watts submitted these intriguing shots. In Fr. Darrin’s exterior image, you can see the walkway from the elevator building to the mall, now showing the safety railing. In Greg’s dramatic fish-eye panorama (which displays some distortion illusions in the steel along the top, typical of this type of extreme image), you can see the stairs adjacent to the elevator platform, the spectacular views, the safety rail, and the entrance-way into the church. (Click here for prior construction updates, in chronological order.)