As we observe the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on January 22, please join the Walking With Moms in Need Ministry at 11AM on January 22 in the Church for a special Rosary for Life. See attached flyer.
The annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, February 24 from 5:30 -8PM in the school gym. Volunteers in any Sacred Heart ministry are welcome to attend. Spouses may attend if the spouse is also a volunteer. If both spouses volunteer, the spouses are welcome to bring their children. RSVP is required no later than February 4th. Please call the Parish office at 928-445-3141 by February 4th. We will need to have your name, contact phone number, number of people attending and the ministry in which you volunteer.
Thank you and God bless all of our wonderful volunteers!
By Jim Wren|2022-01-12T18:37:43+00:00January 12th, 2022|
The Gospel of Life Appeal is January 22 and 23 this year. In our Parish, the envelopes for the Gospel of Life collection will be available on the weekends of January 15-16 and January 22-23.
With the Dobbs v Jackson case argued and pending for this year, and the real possibility of overturning Roe v Wade and turning the issue back to the states, it has never been more important for us as Catholics to share the good news of the Gospel of Life.
Please see the attached video from Bishop Olmsted, available in English and Spanish.
To better encourage and assist parish efforts to be actively involved in promoting the
Gospel of Life and Walking with Moms in Need, the resulting funds of the collection will
be distributed as follows:
a. 33% of the funds collected at the parish remain with the parish to fund its
own Respect Life efforts at the discretion of the pastor.
b. 67% of the funds are retained by the Office of Marriage and Respect Life
Parish Leadership Support to fund our Diocesan-level pro-life evangelistic and
educational efforts, this includes our ongoing cooperation with Virtue Media in
the remarkable February and March cell phone ads to women potentially seeking
abortion or in crisis pregnancy.
c. In sum, all funds are to be collected and deposited at the parish: 33% of the
funds generated remain with the parish while 67% are sent to the Office of
Marriage and Respect Life for the purposes mentioned in b. All checks
should be payable to the individual parish, deposited, and then the remaining
We are a Gospel of Life diocese, one and all.
By Jim Wren|2022-01-10T17:57:25+00:00January 10th, 2022|
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|
On October 10, Pope Francis formally opened a synod on journeying together as a Church. The official theme of the synod is “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.” In this synod, Pope Francis invites the People of God to listen to the Holy Spirit and the Word of God and discern how to participate more deeply in the mission of the church and the communion into which Christ desires to draw us. The first phase of the synod is the diocesan phase which was officially began in the Diocese of Phoenix on October 17. This phase will end in April of 2022 with the submission of a diocesan report to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The three dimensions of the synod are as follows:
Communion: By His gracious will, God gathers us together as diverse peoples of one faith through the covenant that He offers to His people. The communion we share finds its deepest roots in the love and unity of the Trinity. It is Christ who reconciles us to the Father and unites us with each other in the Holy Spirit. Together, we are inspired by listening to the Word of God, through the living Tradition of the Church. We all have a role to play in discerning and living out God’s call for His people.
Participation: A call for the involvement of all who belong to the People of God – laity, consecrated and ordained – to engage in the exercise of deep and respectful listening to one another. This listening creates space for us to hear the Holy Spirit together, and guides our aspirations for the Church of the Third Millennium. Participation is based on the fact that all the faithful are qualified and are called to serve one another through the gifts they have each received from the Holy Spirit.
Mission: The Church exists to evangelize. We can never be centered on ourselves. Our mission is to witness the love of God in the midst of the whole human family. This Synodal Process is intended to enable the Church to better witness to the Gospel, especially with those who live on the spiritual, social, economic, political, geographical and existential peripheries of our world.
More information will be shared in the future about our Parish’s participation in the synodal process. Please visit the Diocesan website dphx.org/synod for more information.
Following is the text of Pope Francis’ homily from the Mass in which the synod was formally opened:
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|
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.
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.