Please see the link below to find out more information regarding this conference. The Hour of the Laity is hosting a national gathering for all lay people who seek to grow as leaders to influence civil society for Christ. It provides Catholic leadership formation, but not for ministry, for the world! All experts, panelists, and keynotes are lay people. The speakers will show lay Catholics why and how our true calling is to be ambassadors of Christ in the world. Bishop Olmsted is one of the Ecclesiastical Accompaniers at this conference.
FREE for Teens and Parents! Join us on August 17 from 7-9PM, to hear Michael Villanueva, Coordinator of the Catholic Academy for Life Leadership (CALL), engage the burning questions of the teen heart in his Keynote Address and Q & A!
The CALL Kick-off is just the place! Teens and parents, bring your anonymous written questions about gender, sex, life, and love. You’ll also have a chance to learn more about the coming CALL year, meet the presenters, new board members, and fellow students and parents.
Here’s your chance to join fellow American Catholics and be part of the National Eucharistic Revival! We are currently in the parish level phase and this is one aspect of our parish’s participation. This 10 week (with one week off) catholic bible study by Dr. Brant Pitre includes videos, guidebook, discussion, fellowship and five daily reflections. He guides us from the Garden of Eden to the end of time. You will see how the Eucharist is prefigured throughout the Old Testament and why the Church calls the Eucharist the “source and summit of the Christian life”. Dr. Pitre explains eight different names for this sacrament of initiation.
Plan on attending this class so that you can directly participate in the Eucharistic Revival. Seating is limited.
Dentists are needed to help establish this important service to our community. The Yavapai County Conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are establishing a community dental clinic for the under-served dental patients in our area. Our goal is to gather a pool of at least twelve dentists to volunteer up to four Friday mornings over the course of a calendar year.
We need your help and support. Please consider joining us in our efforts to help those who are underserved because of financial limitations and challenges.
Beginning the weekend of September 3-4, the Rosary will be prayed starting thirty minutes before each Mass. There will be a Rosary leader for each Mass. Please join us in participating in this important devotion to our Blessed Mother.
By Jim Wren|2023-03-08T17:40:19+00:00August 19th, 2022|
Please click on the above link to receive a free newsletter about the Eucharistic renewal initiative that is so important in our Diocese.
There’s so much on the horizon!
The Eucharistic Revival is a grassroots, Spirit-led renewal of the Church in the United States from the inside out––not a top-down program! Our broad, deep mission requires time for each individual, parish, and diocese to respond in their own way. Read below about our plans and hopes for the next three years!
WHAT TO EXPECT
June 2022 – June 2023: Year of Diocesan Revival
Invitations into a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ
Online formation and resources for a deeper understanding of the Eucharist
First class relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and St. Manuel González García go on national tour
Diocesan events across the country with trained Eucharistic Preachers
Eucharistic missionaries raised up at all levels of the Church
June 2023 – July 2024: Year of Parish Revival
Resources to learn more about the Holy Mass
Increased eucharistic devotion at the parish level
Organic movements of the Holy Spirit
Local evangelization efforts
July 17-21, 2024
The first National Eucharistic Congress in nearly half a century will take place in Indianapolis.
July 2024 – June 2025: Year of the National Eucharistic Congress and Missionary Sending
The entire Church in the U.S. will go on mission to share the gift of our Eucharistic Lord with our local communities and beyond! This will not be accomplished in any one single way. We encourage you to enter into this missionary spirit with your own unique charism and talents.
By Jim Wren|2023-03-08T17:44:02+00:00July 27th, 2022|
Several months ago, after meeting with numerous groups of parishioners, our parish submitted a synod report to the Diocese. The Diocese has now compiled a report to send to the USCCB. Please follow the attached link to read this report.
Having just celebrated Corpus Christi and the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart , we need to maintain our focus on the Eucharist. Blessed Carlo Acutis who died of leukemia at 15 and was beatified in 2020, created a beautiful accounting of Eucharistic miracles over the centuries. Please use the link below to read about these beautiful miracles.
Thank you all for your participation in the Synod process. Over 225 parishioners participated in 18 different groups. The summarized report with the major themes was submitted to the Diocese on April 6. The link to this report may be found below. The other links provide a history of the process. We will now be working to implement the common suggestions.
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS?
Are you or someone you know divorced? Do you want to learn more about annulments and how to apply? At Sacred Heart Parish, we have three certified nullity ministers: Father Raj, Deacon Joe Bueti and Muriel Rabideau and any of them can help answer your questions. Whether or not you are Catholic, we are happy to help you to navigate this often misunderstood process. If you would like more information, please call the Parish office at 928-445-3141 and ask to speak to one of the people listed above. You can also find information on the Diocese of Phoenix’s Tribunal website at dphx.org/tribunal.
By Jim Wren|2021-11-03T21:26:43+00:00November 3rd, 2021|
Just a reminder that a popular current scam all over the country is to send a text or email that purportedly comes from a priest (usually the pastor) asking for monetary help (usually purchase and donation of gift cards for a specified “cause”). Please be assured that no priest from Sacred Heart would ever contact you in that way asking for financial support. The best thing to do is not respond at all, and block the phone number or email. Parish staff has reported this to the authorities several times, but these people are almost impossible to catch. Please share this information with friends and relatives. The best way to foil these scams is to not even respond. Thank you
By Jim Wren|2021-09-14T16:16:52+00:00September 13th, 2021|
We continue to livestream the 9AM Mass on Sundays. Mass can be viewed directly on the Parish website. Remember that, if you are able to attend Mass in person, the weekly obligation to attend Mass was fully reinstated on July 1. If you cannot be physically present, please go to the website just before 9AM. From the main page, look under “Watch Mass Online” and select “Click Here for Livestream”. You will then be able to watch Mass live. It is highly recommended that, if you cannot physically attend Mass, that you watch the live Mass rather than a recorded version.
We are now offering the option to watch the recorded Mass, for the most recent week’s Mass only. The video will be overwritten every week. To watch the recorded Mass, select “Click Here for Livestream” and then select “View Most Recent Mass.” Please keep in mind that, depending on staff availability to post the Mass, it may not be immediately available.
We understand that the music can be sporadic coming through the livestream; however, the readings, homily and the Mass itself comes through very clearly using this method rather than Facebook. In addition, this eliminates the need to go through Facebook, which many parishioners did not want to do. The livestream is not perfect, but we are doing the best that we can.
Weekday Mass will be live-streamed to Facebook generally only on Mondays and Thursdays starting the week of July 26.
Thank you for your continued support.
By Jim Wren|2021-07-19T14:49:48+00:00July 19th, 2021|
In the Gospel of Saint John, the Lord Jesus tells us, “If you love me, keep my commands.” Participation in Mass on Sundays is one of the most practical ways Catholics respond to the Lord’s love.
Therefore I wish to announce the restoration of the obligation for Sunday and holy day Masses in the Diocese of Phoenix, effective July 1, 2021. On this day we commemorate Saint Junipero Serra, the great missionary and evangelist. He is a shining example of the Church’s mission to announce the joy of the Gospel to all the nations.
Given the current status of the pandemic and the availability of vaccines, I believe it appropriate for the Church to take safe and sensible steps forward in our approach to Mass.
Why should Sunday Mass be an obligation for us? In my recent Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist, entitled Veneremur Cernui, I wrote:
The ultimate effect of the Holy Eucharist is not only the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ for our spiritual nourishment, but the transformation of those who receive Holy Communion into “one body, one spirit in Christ.” Through this personal relationship with the Risen Jesus in the Eucharist, we experience the self-sacrificing love of Jesus, who invites us to imitate His love and to bring that love to everyone and every situation of our daily life. (41)
These words help us see that the law mandating Mass attendance is not simply an arbitrary imposition. The obligation arises from the natural demands of love, that those whom the Lord loves must be steadily transformed by His love by means of what He has instituted for our good. Sunday is a “little Easter” each week, the principal day for the celebration of the Eucharist. It is the central day for the celebration of His death and Resurrection (cf. CCC 1167).
Consider the human body. Lungs demand oxygen. The stomach obliges us to consume water and food. Our day is interrupted by the happy obligation to breathe and drink and eat. Likewise for Christ’s Body the Church: the obligation of attendance at Sunday Mass reflects our spiritual need to ingest the power of the Resurrection. Our days, weeks, and years are punctuated by the sweet demand that together at Mass we breathe and drink and eat the gifts of Christ’s grace.
Nevertheless, there are circumstances when a member of the faithful is “excused for a serious reason” (CCC 2181) from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days. A serious reason occurs when one is physically or otherwise prevented from attending. For example, if a person is sick or unable to find reasonable transportation, the obligation no longer applies.
Given the current situation of the pandemic, further examples of this are the following:
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have good reason to believe you have contracted it;
If you are ill or have a condition that would seriously compromise your health if you contracted COVID-19 or another communicable disease;
If you care for the sick, homebound, or infirmed and have a compelling reason for believing that you would infect them by going to Mass;
If you are elderly or pregnant and have a serious reason to believe you would put yourself or your child at risk by attending Mass.
In applying this guidance, each person must make use of their good judgement. If someone is unsure, confused, or concerned about a situation not listed here please consult with any priest for clarity. The faithful are always called to the sacred duty to keep holy the sabbath day, so even if one cannot fulfill the Sunday obligation, all are encouraged to spend time in prayer, thanksgiving and rest on Sundays.
May today’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and the return of the Sunday obligation on July 1, provide a deep renewal of our love for Sunday Mass in the Diocese of Phoenix. I pray that we will all respond with great joy to the words of our loving Savior: “If you love me, keep my commands.”
Sincerely Yours in the Risen Christ,
+ Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Phoenix
By Jim Wren|2021-06-23T15:27:00+00:00June 23rd, 2021|