The Catholic News Agency (CNA) is reporting on the theft which took place on October 28 when thieves broke into the parish church and stole several thousand dollars’ worth of property; however, the theft of the tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament inside is an incalculable loss.
“The desecration of the greatest gift possessed by the Church, the Most Blessed Sacrament, is a very serious matter,” said Father Jose Morales, pastor of the parish.
According to KVIA, Father Morales called police immediately after the break-in and theft and is now putting out a call to the whole Diocese and as well as the Catholic faithful to pray for the safe return of the Eucharist. He is asking parishioners to respond to the theft with acts of penance, and for anyone who has information about the crime to contact the Horizon Police Department.
“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,” he said in a letter to parishioners.
“The indifference of the world towards God in the … Most Blessed Sacrament needs to be overcome with the devotion, love and the holiness of His children. Let us remain united and strong in the Lord and manifest that we are his faithful followers regardless of the violations that some express.”
Father Morales admits that he can find no reason why someone would do something like this, “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,” he told KVIA.
He’s also invoking the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe to come to their aid during this difficult time.
“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 a letter to parishioners.
Let us join the faithful throughout the world in praying for the safe return of the Eucharist and for the conversion of the thieves.
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