Knights of Columbus Sponsors Silver Rose in Honor of Life and Our Lady of Guadalupe
On October 12th, the Silver Rose will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Special prayer services will be presented at 5:30pm (English) and 7:00pm (Spanish). Everyone is invited to participate. The service will honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas, and express international unity and dedication to the sanctity of life. Each year, Silver Roses travel from town to town throughout North America. Routes begin in Canada and end in Mexico. Their journeys will end on December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
When Carl Anderson, Past Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, expanded the Silver Rose Program, he commented: “Through the Silver Rose Program we honor not only the unity of the Knights of Columbus, but we also reaffirm the Order’s dedication to the sanctity of human life. It is to the Blessed Mother that we turn in prayer as we work to end the Culture of Death that grips our society. As we think in terms of ‘One Life, One Rose,’ it is most appropriate that we turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe who made known her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses.”
All members of the Sacred Heart community are encouraged to participate in this special prayer service. Silver Rose Prayer Service booklets will be available to all that attend (both English and Spanish). Please mark your calendars!
Contact: Jon Gilwee, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, Yavapai Council 1032
By Jim Wren|2021-09-20T14:24:33+00:00September 20th, 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|
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.