Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Thursday 24 June |
The Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist
home iconNews
line break icon

Texas church prays after thieves stole their tabernacle, filled with the Blessed Sacrament

Holy Spirit Church - Facebook

J-P Mauro - published on 11/12/19 - updated on 11/12/19

The pastor of Holy Spirit parish has suggested his congregation perform acts of penance in response to the theft.

The Holy Spirit parish in Horizon City, Texas, is praying and performing acts of penance after thieves broke into their sanctuary and stole the community’s tabernacle, containing the Blessed Sacrament. Along with the tabernacle, Catholic News Agency reports that the culprits caused $5,000 in damage and the theft of some smaller items.

Father Jose Morales, pastor at Holy Spirit, released a letter on November 1 documenting to his congregation all that was stolen and urging anyone with information on the theft to step forward. He asked his flock to pray that they might return the stolen items and seek God’s forgiveness.

“We know God is merciful and if they would return what they took and repent it would be greatly appreciated, not just by us, but God will take that into account,” Father Morales stated.

Father Morales has also suggested that his parish respond to the theft by performing acts of penance. He wrote:

“Due to the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament I join our Bishop Mark Seitz in inviting you to make reparation for this violation by visiting the Blessed Sacrament and participating in any act of reparation. “… Let us remain united and strong in the Lord and manifest that we are his faithful followers regardless of the violations that some express.”

He ended his letter with a prayer to Mary:

“May our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, who witnessed the acts of hatred and indifference towards her beloved Son, bring us consolation and guide us closer to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit protect us always,” he said in his letter to parishioners.
Tags:
ChurchPersecution of Christians
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
2
EUCHARIST
Philip Kosloski
Prayers to be said at the elevation of the host at Mass
3
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
4
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
5
PARTY
Theresa Civantos Barber
Celebrate “summer Christmas” with these 5 traditions ...
6
Cecilia Zinicola
The best method for transforming annoyance and frustration
7
JEFF BEZOS' FATHER
John Burger
Parents of Amazon CEO donate $12 million to Catholic school
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.