2020 is the Claret year and this Saturday, October 24 is the Feast of St. Anthony Claret and marks 150 years since his death. Bishop Nevares, Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix, will be here at Sacred Heart to celebrate the 5PM Vigil Mass only on Saturday, October 24th. Due to concerns with exceeding church capacity, the 5PM Mass will be live-streamed to the Parish Facebook page. The 9AM Mass on October 25 will also be live-streamed as usual. Bishop Nevares will not celebrate any of the Sunday Masses.
Please consider watching the live-stream Mass if possible to avoid exceeding church capacity as dictated by the Diocese. All usual distancing rules will apply.
God bless you!
By Jim Wren|2020-10-20T00:04:18+00:00October 19th, 2020|
In June, Bishop Olmsted established a Racial Healing and Reconciliation Committee. The Committee has asked that all parishioners be given the opportunity to complete this survey if they choose. Please follow the link below to complete the survey by October 26. Thank you.
The entire month of October is Respect Life Month. We will have special prayers of the faithful each week praying for Respect Life. We will also offer handouts at the end of each Mass and post these handouts to the website. Let us all dedicate October to the Gospel of Life: “To imitate Christ and follow in His footsteps.” Following are the handouts for Weeks 1, 2 and 3.
The Bishop has not changed any of the guidelines for Mass attendance. Therefore, we are still limited to 25% capacity in the church and all existing precautions will continue to be taken. The dispensation from attending Mass remains in place at this time.
Tables after Mass can only be outside, not in the Gathering Place.
No events involving food are currently allowed.
Other events (prayer groups, study groups, meetings, etc.) are limited to 50 people (previously 10), providing that Covid precautions can be taken (masks, distancing, etc.). All groups other than those run by a Sacred Heart employee must sign a facility agreement at the Parish office when they book a room. Each group is responsible for wiping down tables and chairs used after their group meets. Thank you for your cooperation in allowing us to start to have meetings at the Church again.
Larger groups or groups that cannot maintain distancing requirements, may meet in the Church if it is available, but these meetings, like any other, need to be booked through the Parish office.
By Jim Wren|2020-09-18T19:42:49+00:00September 18th, 2020|
Many of the second collections from earlier in the year had to be rescheduled because of Covid. Attached is the revised schedule. When we have a second collection, envelopes will be available in the pews and on the Information Table.
Heartfelt thanks to all who participated in helping us to meet the $43,230 goal for the matching contribution. As you recall, this contribution was offered to a select few parishes by a generous donor from within the Diocese. After experiencing the effects of the pandemic, the donor’s wish was to increase online giving. Any new online gift (one-time or recurring) and any increased online gift counted toward the match. Between June 1 and August 31, through your beautiful generosity, we achieved 129% of our goal!!
Therefore, in October, Sacred Heart will receive a check for $43,230. One hundred percent of these funds will be restricted for evangelization purposes, including offering free retreats, bringing in strong Catholic speakers and much more.
Thank you as always for your continued generosity!
God bless you all!
By Jim Wren|2020-09-03T19:19:29+00:00September 3rd, 2020|
Many of you are familiar with Dynamic Catholic and its founder, Matthew Kelly. Dynamic Catholic is offering the opportunity for a virtual conference and question and answer session with Matthew Kelly on November 5. This conference is based on Matthew’s new book “Amazing Possibilities.” There is a $39 charge for attending, but you do receive a free copy of the book for registering. This is not a Sacred Heart Parish program, so you have to register directly with Dynamic Catholic by following the link below.
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)
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.
On December 2, 2019, the Diocese of Phoenix celebrated its Golden Jubilee at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. Sacred Heart Parish sent 37 people and all of our priests and most of our deacons participated in the Mass. Sacred Heart was one of the best represented parishes in Northern Arizona. Please see attached links for more information and photos.
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.
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.
In this major new document, Bishop Olmsted urges fathers and mothers to commit themselves and their families to a deeper relationship with Christ.
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.