EL PASO, Texas —The pastor of a Catholic parish in El Paso, Texas, is calling for prayer and reparation after a tabernacle containing the Eucharist was stolen from the church.
On Oct. 28, Holy Spirit parish in Horizon City was broken into by unknown individuals.
“It is with a very saddened heart that I write these words to you,” said Father José Morales, pastor of the parish, in a Nov. 1 letter. “Sunday night into Monday morning we had some intruders in the church that caused damages and stole items, including the tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament.”
The incident resulted in minor property damage and stolen items equal to a few thousand dollars, the priest said. He stressed that the worst aspect of the attack was the theft of the Eucharist, the value of which cannot be estimated. Catholic teaching holds that the consecrated Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ.
“The desecration of the greatest gift possessed by the Church, the Most Blessed Sacrament, is a very serious matter,” he said.
He encouraged anyone with any information on the crime to contact the Horizon Police Department. He also asked parishioners to respond to the theft with acts of penance.
“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.