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.
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 a “Marian Season”?
We tend to think of Christmas as the time to focus on Mary, and the Holy Child she bore, but Advent is really the graced season to reflect on what it means to ‘wait upon the Lord’ and to experience, with Mary, the growth of the Incarnate Word in our hearts and in our lives!
Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “In the Church’s liturgy, Advent is a Marian season. It is the season in which Mary made room in her womb for the world’s Redeemer, and bore the expectation and hope of humanity. To celebrate Advent means to become Marian, that is, to enter into that communion with Mary’s “Yes!”, which ever anew makes room for God’s birth in the “fullness of time”.
Consider how you may ‘journey with Mary’ this holy season of Advent: Will you receive, as she did in the Annunciation, the Good News of God’s love for you and His special choosing of you, to bring His Son into the world, through your words and actions? Will you go with Mary to someone who perhaps needs a little special attention or assistance at this time, as she did in the Visitation? Will you worship the Lord and welcome the stranger and the ‘nobodies’ to worship Him with you, as she did in the Stable/Cave? Will you present the Lord to others, and share Him, the greatest Gift ever given, as she did in the Presentation? Will you search for Him among your lost brothers and sisters, especially among the youth, and assure them that Mary will help them get ‘home’ to God, as Mary did in the Temple?
Advent – this “Marian Season” -- is a wonderful time to pray the family Rosary, focusing especially on the Joyful Mysteries, and praying your way to Christmas!
And you, too, can be a “Christ-bearer” if you will imitate Mary in making your life a “YES!” to God!
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