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!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May you and your families have a joyful Thanksgiving. Be assured that I will offer up my Mass and prayers of the day for you.
It may seem strange to be speaking of joy in the midst of a world-wide pandemic. Those who have suffered the loss of loved ones, experienced sickness, or have been wounded by the financial impact are foremost in our minds and prayers. But we also must call to mind that the word Eucharist is of Greek origin, meaning thanksgiving. Our spiritual ancestors gave it this name because we are called to be first and foremost a people of gratitude before our God. We must rise above the cares, sadness, and challenges of the day to remember that we are greatly blessed. From this perspective it is entirely appropriate to anticipate joy tomorrow in our homes.
Like many, I will be physically alone on Thanksgiving Day but will enjoy messages and phone calls from a host of family and friends. Again, I pray the blessings and gratitude I feel in my heart will be found in yours as well.
May God bless you abundantly.
+Edward J. Weisenburger
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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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