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 Advent is the ‘season of preparing for the Encounter’?
Our Advent is not simply a way of marking off the days remaining until Christmas! We can and should be spiritually preparing, right along with the other seasonal tasks! For instance:
#Cleaning house is part of preparation for the holy days – when did you last experience the Sacrament of Confession?
#Clearing out closets – have you gotten rid of grudges, resentments, which you have been storing far too long?
#Addressing Christmas cards – how about a prayer for that person or persons, before you seal the envelope?
#Making shopping lists – are the poor and the needy on your list?
#Have a Christmas party – who might you invite who otherwise might be excluded or forgotten?
#Prepare special foods, baked goods – do you know of someone alone for the holy days, who would enjoy a little home cooking?
#Pull out the photograph albums of Christmases past – look at the faces and count your blessings, which are all of the wonderful people you have had in your life!
#Catch your breath in the midst of all the tasks of preparation – take time to ‘sit with the Virgin Mary’ in her quiet expectation, and pray a decade of the Rosary!
#Get a Christmas tree and greens – green the house and your spirit. Sometimes when we’re alone or our children have grown, we can be tempted to say, ‘It isn’t worth going through all of the trouble to decorate.” Yes, it is. These external signs of hope and joy, can be an act of faith and will ‘green our spirits’!
#Prepare a gift for the One Whose birthday is being celebrated – “I appeal to you, my brothers and sisters, to offer your very selves to Him, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your true spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)
The old (20th century) comedian, Fred Allen, used to say: “Live each day as if it is your last, and someday you’ll be right!” We would paraphrase that with: “Experience this Christmas as though it will be your last one, and someday you’ll be right!”
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