Annual Catholic Appeal Prayer
when your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ rose from the dead,
he commissioned his followers to "go and make disciples of all nationss."
You remind us that through our Baptism
We are made sharers in this mission of the Church.
We know that all we have is received from your hand.
You call us to be stewards of all you have entrusted to us.
Help us to always use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generoulsy.
Remind us that we are the mission of the Church.
Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be couraeous and zealous in bearing witness to the Gospel
and in caring for one another, so that the mission entrusted to the Church
may find new and fruitful expressions that bring life and light to the worlld.
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 going to Confession during the Lenten/Easter Season is a requirement of all adult Catholics, since the 1200’s?
Frequent Confession is an indispensable ‘aid’ to spiritual growth and personal maturation. Frequent Confession offers a mature Catholic the opportunity to hold oneself more accountable for your own spiritual growth. This healthy self-awareness, which is promoted by an examination of conscience and sacramental Confession, has a tremendous and very positive effect in keeping one’s life focused and purposeful. A “purpose-full” life, lived amidst the multiple distractions and what Pope Francis called the ‘dictatorship of schedules’ is very difficult for most of us. Confession can provide a powerful focus on “first things”! (“Put first the Kingdom of God and a right relationship with God, and everything else will be added.” Matthew 6:33)
There is also the on-going issue of self-deception for most of us, which leads to “good enough” thinking: “I’m not living up to my full potential, but it’s good enough!” “I’m not as good a Catholic as were my parents, but I’m a good enough (read ‘occasional’) Catholic.” Confession places before us the question, “Is your ‘good enough’ good enough for God?” The old joke, “A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory,” really speaks to this “good enough” mentality, which is failing to take my one, brief, precious life seriously. Sometimes we think that going to Confession is limited to dealing with serious sin, and while that is certainly very important, we can also go to Confession to receive the grace of the Sacrament in overcoming venial (small, habitual) sins, which weaken the soul. St. John of the Cross said, “If you are being tied down with thin strings or with a thick rope – you’re still bound!”
Confession also allows us to address ‘sins of omission’. Carefully and sincerely examining where we need to grow in our spiritual life, looking at areas of spiritual immaturity (and we all have them!) – and receiving the grace of the Sacrament to begin seriously addressing those areas, brings real progress in the spiritual life.
Perhaps one of the greatest graces which comes from Confession is the liberation from our past. Too many people live in their past - with regrets for actions taken and actions omitted. Living in the past makes as much sense as paying rent on an apartment you used to live in! Living in the past is a waste of time, emotional and spiritual energy! Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we can be reconciled with our personal past in a healing, liberating way.
The ‘absolute’ of Absolution is accepting that God has definitively dealt with our sins – past and present – and calls us to walk confidently toward that future which is in His keeping. The great French Dominican preacher, Jean-Baptiste Lacordaire, said: “Every Christian is a citizen of the future!” Through Confession we can be liberated for our own future!
In our Parish, Confessions are heard on Sunday mornings, 9:15-9:55, and on Wednesday evenings, 4:00-5:00 – OR anytime you wish, by scheduling an appointment!
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