The Southwest is known for our warm welcomes and heartfelt hospitality! Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish has been extending this same warm welcome for over 140 year, since pioneer missionary, Fr. Antonio Jouvenceau, came to Tombstone, to minister to the need of those flocking into the area following the discovery of rich silver deposits!
Although the popular concept of Tombstone, largely shaped by Hollywood, portrays our community as centered in the bars and gambling dens of Allen Street and shadowed by violence, there is another and much more enduring story, of pioneer men, women and families, who sought to build a lasting community, founded on the values of the Gospel!
That is our story, and it is a story which continues to be written, not in historic re-enactments, but in the hearts and lives of people who call Tombstone home.
Our Parish is the “Mother Church” of Cochise County and has been instrumental in planting new parishes in the surrounding area. We continue to be part of the global Mission of the Church, and have entered our third century filled with the joy and the hope of those who are experiencing new life in Christ!
We would cordially invite you to experience that new life with us, and to know that the One who extends the invitation, “My house is your house!” is, in fact, the Lord!
Looking forward to welcoming you!
FR. GREG ADOLF and FR. ROBERT NESKE
all of the People of God at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish!
DID YOU KNOW...
...that the ‘official summary’ of the Synod process in the parishes and dioceses of our country has now been presented by the Bishops of the United States and is available?
We participated in the Synod process, with several sessions, here in January, and found it a great listening/learning moment.
Among the findings synthesized in the report are: that Catholics across the country continue to feel wounded by the clergy abuse crisis, seek a more welcoming church in which their "lived reality" is prioritized over rules and regulations, and desire lifelong spiritual, pastoral and catechetical formation as disciples. This is very much in line with what surfaced in our parish discussions. It can be summarized with the desire expressed by many, that we become a “more welcoming Church”!
Our Parish/Finance Council spent some time reviewing what was shared in the listening sessions and trying to creatively address the concerns that were raised!
We are also beginning to move out of the sense of isolation and ‘disconnectedness’ occasioned by the pandemic and the lockdowns. Attendance at Masses and participation in various expressions of devotional life is certainly on the increase, as is a renewed sense of belonging to the Catholic (“Universal”) Church! We are certainly being ‘stretched’ out of any narrow parochialism.
This weekend, we will have a special Collection for the Mi Casa orphanage/school in Guatemala, founded by our Jan Andrew’s brother, John Wetterer! Reaching out in love!
We are told, in the Gospel, to watch for the ‘signs of the times’, and while there is much that is alarming and deeply challenging, there are also many signs of renewed life and Spiritual energy all around us!
In His parable of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13:24-43) our Lord tells us that the good and the evil are both growing – that the bad will get worse, but that the good will get much better, as we move toward the harvest! There is cause for rejoicing here!!
Congratulations to our Fr. Rob Neske, who was promoted to the rank of Knight Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem this past weekend!
Celebrating the 142nd Anniversary of the Parish, (the oldest in Cochise County)
and the 75th Anniversary of the present church, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Tombstone,
held a “Fiesta of Faith” for the whole community, on Saturday, April 23rd!
Most Reverend Edward. J. Weisenburger will celebrate the Annual Red Mass on Wednesday October 12, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral. This annual tradition of holding a Mass for judges, attorneys, law school professors, and others working in the legal profession, dates to the opening of parliament in 13th century England. During the Mass, we pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice, and we focus on the God-given power and responsibility of all those working in the legal profession. The event is celebrated in conjunction with the St. Thomas More Society of Southern Arizona and the Catholic Foundation. In recent years, we have recognized someone from the local legal profession and law enforcement to receive the St. Thomas More Society recognition. This year, Christopher Straub, Esq. will be honored posthumously. Each year the Society awards a scholarship in honor of the memory of the Honorable John M. Roll. All ae welcome to join us for this celebration! For information please contact the Diocese of Tucson Office of Worship, Ofelia James, 520-838-2545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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