Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Update: $1,500 Reward for Stolen Tabernacle

Its kind of sad they have to do this. But at the same time someone out of the good of their heart has offered this reward to perhaps get it back. Perhaps prayers at this point would be a good thing too.

Again from WNEP-TV:
Reward Offered for Return of Tabernacle

Tuesday, December 5, 5:32 p.m.
By Bob Reynolds

There is now a reward to help catch the thieves who stole a tabernacle and its holy contents from a chapel in Schuylkill County.

Steve Slavinski runs a towing business in Shenandoah. He contributed to the reward fund.

"We need to resolve this and get to bottom of this and pull together as a community," he said.

Over the weekend someone broke into the chapel at the Father Walter Ciszek Center and stole the tabernacle along with the chalice and Eucharist inside. So far $1,500 has been raised as a reward. It will go to the person who leads police to the thief and that person's conviction. Former Mayor Jack Thomas came up with the idea.

"If someone knows anything the money will do a lot of talking and we figure if somebody knows anything, maybe a friend or a companion or someone who was in on the job with this person, they would say, 'You know what? I'm going to start singing,'" Thomas said.

He and Geronimo Rafter each contributed $500 to the reward fund.

"It was my mother's church that she was raised in and it shouldn't have happened," Rafter said.

Police do have a suspect.

"My thoughts were anger. How someone could do this right before Christ's birthday? That was very inhumane," Slavinski added.

"It breaks my heart because I've been involved with the chapel since it's inception," the former mayor said.

"It's not in good hands now. It's in the devil's hands and I hope you burn in hell myself," said Rafter.

The chapel has been closed since the burglary was discovered. There is no word when it may reopen.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police at 570-462-1991. If you would like to donate to the reward fund, call 570-462-9382.

This is all well and good of course...but seriously I think that Rafter guy needs to calm down a bit. In all my time converting, 1+ years now, I've never heard a Catholic announce they want someone to burn in hell. I'm sure he's angry, but wishing someone to burn in hell? Even God doesn't wish anyone to burn in hell - we put ourselves there.

Either way, thats not the point. The point is that this parish would like their tabernacle and Eucharist returned. Help get the word out.

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