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!
...that a few weeks ago Pope Francis ‘called out’ the media?
On January 24th, the Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales, the Patron Saint of journalists (and, coincidentally, the source of the saying, “You can catch more flies with honey, than you can with vinegar.”) the Holy Father said that the media and those in the field of communications need to exercise more kindness and share the truth with charity. “Kindness is not only a question of ‘etiquette’ but a genuine antidote to cruelty, which unfortunately can poison hearts and make relationships toxic!” The Pope shared this in his message for “World Communication Day”.
This is a Scriptural truth which was expressed by the Apostle Paul who said that we are all called to seek and “speak the truth with love.” (EPHESIANS 4:15). Because truth must always be expressed in terms of respect for the one with whom it is being shared.
Just as kindness is needed in social relationships, the Pope said “we need it in the field of media, so that communication does not foment acrimony that exasperates, creates rage and leads to clashes, but helps people peacefully reflect and interpret with a critical yet always respectful spirit, the reality in which they live.”
The Pope, who is very frequently the victim of ‘media spin’ (and out-and-out misrepresentation of his words by the secular media!) has first-hand experience of the harm that is caused by acrimonious reporting. (Not surprisingly, the Pope’s message was not reported in the secular media.) These are very timely and important words from the Holy Father, and certainly should be applied, not just to journalists and media managers, but to our own lives, as Christians.
Are we careful to “speak the truth in love”? Do we understand that name-calling, epithets (negative ‘branding’), criticisms and harsh judgment of others can “poison hearts and make relationships toxic”? Do we find any of that ‘verbal cruelty’ creeping into our words or texts? Do we ‘demonize’ those who have different opinions, preferences, politics? If the websites videos and conversations we share are filled with hatred and rage, these messages, claiming to be the truth, but certainly not shared in love, respect, or basic kindness, will poison our thinking. The escalating spiral of violence in all forms begins with words.
As Christians (literally ‘little Christs’), we are called to balance – so to speak – our speaking of the truth with genuine kindness and concern for the other.
Again, the Pope: “Kindness is not only a question of ‘etiquette’ but a genuine antidote to cruelty.”
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