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Shock: Eucharist stolen from New York City church

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 09/29/16

From Catholic New York:

The Holy Eucharist was stolen early last week from Holy Trinity Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The tabernacle door was reportedly vandalized and forced open and the Eucharist was removed what is believed to be sometime early Monday morning, Sept. 19, according to Msgr. Thomas Sandi, the pastor. Msgr. Sandi made the discovery when opening the church for 9 a.m. daily Mass that same day. He reported the incident to police, and at press time was awaiting results of their investigation. The tabernacle door is currently being repaired. On behalf of Cardinal Dolan, Auxiliary Bishop John O’Hara, episcopal vicar of Staten Island and South, East and West Manhattan, presided at Sunday morning Masses at Holy Trinity on Sept. 25. After introducing the bishop to his parishioners before the 9:30 a.m. liturgy, Msgr. Sandi explained the purpose of the bishop’s visit to the church. “He’s come to comfort us and to support us,” Msgr. Sandi said. Desecration of the Eucharist is a serious matter, the pastor said. (The Church teaches that the Blessed Sacrament is the Body and Blood of Christ.) “We don’t want to scare anybody,” Msgr. Sandi said. “We believe that this robbery was just that.” The pastor encouraged the people to pray about the incident. “We ask you to be calm, and trust in God.” Bishop O’Hara blessed the tabernacle, sanctuary and church nave with holy water. Cardinal Dolan “knows of your suffering,” Bishop O’Hara said in his remarks to the congregation. He noted that the cardinal’s prayers and greetings to them accompanied him on his visit.

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Photo: Holy Trinity website

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