The 9AM Sunday Mass is streamed from the parish website.
Daily Mass is streamed from the Parish Facebook page on Monday and Thursday most weeks.
Schedule for Holy Week
2023 Holy Week – Easter Schedule Flyer
Please see the attached flyer for events of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord on April 2.
We hope you will join us for this time of rejoicing!
Confessions will be offered as usual on Saturday, April 1 from 3-4:30PM. There will be no confessions on Monday, April 3. Confessions will be held on Wednesday, April 5 from 3-5PM. These will be the last Confessions before Easter.
Please note: There is no 7AM Mass on Holy Thursday, April 6, Good Friday, April 7 and Holy Saturday, April 8.
Also, the Adoration Chapel will be closed starting Thursday, April 6 at 8AM and will reopen following the Easter Vigil Mass on April 8.
Charity and Development Appeal 2023
The 2023 Charity and Development Appeal kicks off the weekend of February 4th and 5th. Please view the video below for more information. Thank you as always for your support.
2023 Special Collections
Please see the attached schedule of special collections throughout 2023. Thank you for your generosity!
Rosary Prior to Mass
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.
National Eucharistic Revival – Free newsletter available
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
Diocese of Phoenix Synod Report
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.
Sacred Heart Events Calendar 2022-23
Please consult the attached calendar for the main events occurring in our parish for the next fiscal year (July 2022-June 2023).
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.
Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop to Diocese of Phoenix
Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop To Diocese of Phoenix
There is a press conference at 10AM on the Diocese of Phoenix website
Diocese of Phoenix Communication Re: Dobbs Case
Diocese of Phoenix Statement on Dobbs Case
Please refer to the attached link for a communication from Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares.
Sacred Heart Parish Synod Process Update – Synod Report
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.
Sacred Heart Prescott Synod Final Report
Sacred Heart Prescott Synod Final Report – Spanish
Suggested-tools-for-reflecting-sharing (1) Synod bulletin announcement Synod Story 2022
Synodal Process Update as of 2-4-22
Together Let Us Go Forth Campaign Update from Bishop Olmsted
Please see attached links in English and Spanish for an update on the Diocesan Capital Campaign from the Bishop.
Learning More About the Annulment Process
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS?
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
Recorded livestream now available
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.
Returning to Normal Operations – New Procedures effective July 1, 2021
Please see attached for changes to Sacrament and Mass procedures effective July 1.
Bishop Olmsted’s Announcement about Mass Obligation
Bishop Olmsted announces lifting of the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Day obligations effective July 1, 2021
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
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
Pastoral Statement from Bishop Olmsted to the Diocese of Phoenix about recent events
Please read the Bishop’s statement below in English or Spanish.
Prayer book from the Vatican for Covid-19 Crisis
Attached is an E-book published by the Holy See to help us discern our closeness to God during the pandemic. Hopefully you will find this a helpful resource.
Resources to Assist Parishioners during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The following resources were provided during the City of Prescott COVID-19 meeting for faith-based communities on April 17. You may find these of use to you or someone you know. Where possible, a link to the organization’s website is provided.
1.) Meals on Wheels is doing meal delivery one day a week (Wednesdays). This includes a hot meal and frozen meals that can be used on other days. Costco has partnered with Meals on Wheels to hold some important items and provide to Meals on Wheels before the items get sold out. You can call Meals on Wheels at 928-445-7630. They have also expanded their services to do wellness checks.
2.) There is a lot of assistance for veterans as follows:
Main phone number for questions: 1-866-4AZ-VETS (429-8387)
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
Transportation for Veterans: https://web.prescott.org/TRANSPORTATION/Yavapai-Regional-Transit,-Inc-897
Shelter for Veterans 928-583-7201
Veterans’ Resource Center – 928-227-3590
Catholic Charities Community Services: 928-708-7200
3. For assistance with mortgage or rent payments: https://housing.az.gov/save-our-home
Also refer to the following information from NACOG:
4. The Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) is also available to assist with homelessness issues, providing a 24 hour emergency shelter and meals. Their website is http://yavapaiccj.org/
5. Finally, here are some sources of reliable information regarding COVID-19 in our community:
We hope these resources may be helpful to you. If there is something that the parish can help with please call the office at 928-445-3141, Monday-Friday 8-5. God bless you all.
Consecration to St. Joseph
Husbands and wives, mothers and fathers of the Diocese of Phoenix
Bishop Olmsted invites you to join him and the priests and deacons of the Diocese to pray the Consecration to St. Joseph, beginning Monday, March 30, and ending on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, May 1.
Please carefully read the attached letter.
May St. Joseph’s intercession bring healing, protection, unity and strength of witness to all families in our Diocese.
Diocesan Capital Campaign – Together We Go Forth – Juntos Sigamos Adelante
Sacred Heart Parish is participating in the Diocesan Capital Campaign. Information has been provided in the bulletin and discussed at Masses by Father Raj. Attached is a video from Bishop Olmsted with important information about the Capital Campaign.
Bishop Olmsted issues new Apostolic Exhortation
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.
Click here to watch Bishop Olmsted’s video introduction to “Complete My Joy”
Click here to read Bishop Olmsted’s Apostolic Exhortation “Complete My Joy”