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.
...that we will celebrate our “Thanksgiving Mass” this Wednesday evening, at 5:00 PM?
We can be very proud of the many “works of mercy” in which we, as a Parish, participate, in our local community, our Diocese, and the world!
In fact, generosity is a wonderful expression of gratitude! As the old farmer answered, when asked how he could be so generous, said: “Well, I shovel out, and God shovels in. And God always uses a bigger shovel!”
It was once suggested, that the “book of your life,” which will be opened on the Day of Judgment, might well be our checkbook stubs! When we take a look at those “stubs” our priorities can be pretty clearly seen!
It is also a good ‘spiritual exercise’ to ‘chart’ or ‘calendar’ our day’s activities, and, again, see what our priorities seem to be! How much time do we spend in prayer and spiritual reading? How much time do we spend in significant conversations with family members – listening to those with whom we share life?
What are the spiritual goals that we have set for ourselves and our families? We may not get everything done that we have resolved to do, but without specific goals for our spiritual growth and maturation, the ‘distractions’ of our busy lives will, over time, seduce us into simply ‘existing’ in routines, instead of living and ‘growing UP’ all through our one, brief, precious life!
For us, Catholics, Thanksgiving is not just the 4th Thursday of November. It is a lifestyle! The Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’ is “eucharist” – and we are called to be a “Eucharistic people”!
To live our thanks and to give our thanks often, this St. Paul writes, is “God’s will for you, in JESUS Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
We are very, very grateful to you for all of your expressions of generosity and care for others, it is a powerful witness to your “Eucharistic understanding” and application!
Please join us for Mass this Wednesday evening at 5:00 PM for our Thanksgiving Eve Mass!
Bishop Weisenburger on same sex unions and the Holy Father
Various media sites have quoted Pope Francis as having stated in a recent interview: “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it […]”
To clarify, Pope Francis has not suggested any change to the Catholic Church’s teaching that marriage is a relationship exclusively between a man and a woman, open to the possibility of procreation, and whereby the parties support and encourage one another in their development as human beings and as children of God.
If the Holy Father were addressing a formal teaching of the Church then it is probable that he would have made use of a written format, such as an Encyclical or a motu proprio. Again, as his statements reflect no change in Church dogma or teaching I do not view his statement as within the paradigm of either personal belief or representing the entire Church.
What Pope Francis is referencing in his recent statements regarding homosexual people, which are consistent with his prior statements and positions he held as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, is that unjust discrimination against members of the LGBTQ+ community is sinful. Legislation barring unjust discriminatory actions against homosexual people is consistent with the Church’s teachings.
The Catholic Church supports that members of the LGBTQ+ community are created in the image of God, are of inherent worth and dignity, and are members of the human family as well as their own particular families. Legislation that protects them from unjust discrimination is supported by the Holy Father.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also has expressed its support of the LGBTQ+ community in their struggle against abuse, harassment, and unjust discrimination.
+Edward J. Weisenburger
Bishop of Tucson
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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!
A Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
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