Form of Spiritual Communion, by St. Alphonsus Liguori
My JESUS, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
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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 and all of the People of God at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish!
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...that there are certain signs or symptoms of a ‘healthy Parish’?
If we have “goals” toward which we should be working, as we seek to re-open the Parish more and more, these signs or symptoms may be helpful:
Among the signs listed are these: *People are constantly expressing different ideas and attitudes, and they do it right out in the open! *The Priests and Deacons are always behind in their work! *The Parish Finance Council is always working to make ends meet, and they are forever giving money away to help others in the wider Church and wider community! *Often parishioners have to stand in line to be served in the Parish Office, because there are so many people being helped by the Staff! *New groups and ministries keep cropping up and bumping into each other over schedules and activities! *The choirs are filled with professional musicians and a lot of amateurs; and they enjoy singing together! *There are a lot of kids, who are noisy and all over the place, including Mass! *The teenagers like to ‘hang out’ at the church, even when there are no Youth Ministry activities scheduled!
*It’s not always easy to find a parking place on Sunday or a meeting place for your group on a weekday! *A number of people miss meetings and insist on spending time with their families! *The electric bill is over budget, and it seems that an awful lot of people have keys and all kinds of groups are coming and going! *The kneelers are wearing out and there never seem to be enough missalettes! * The place is full of losers: People who have lost their way. People who have lost their loved ones. People who have lost their perspective. People who know that they can’t make it on their own. People who are also finding their lives in receiving and giving a lot of love - in Christ! * With whatever else is going on, everyone knows that JESUS Christ is the Way and the Truth and the Life; and without Him at the Center, they could just as well lock the place up!
Do you recognize any of these ‘signs’ happening here at Sacred Heart of JESUS? If not, please find the place where the Lord wants you to use the unique talents and gifts that He has given to you – and check out the bulletin or the website for the listing of ministries – YOU are needed to keep this Parish healthy!
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