Local Church Has It’s Chalice Stolen

This story was really quite disturbing, I found it on WNEP.com. I could not believe this article’s title, I thought it was some sort of joke. Somebody has stolen a chalice full of the Eucharist. This is the body of Jesus Christ and is the most spiritually valuable item inside of every church. It sickens me that people would stoop so low. By taking this item they must have known the value that Catholics would place on it, which makes the crime even worse in my opinion. Please pray that the despicable humans who did this are caught and brought to justice.

“Members of a Roman Catholic church in Lackawanna County are praying for the return of a sacred item stolen from the altar.

The pastor of Saint Rose of Lima said Thursday the church was violated when a holy vessel was stolen two nights ago. Monsignor David Tressler said the thief entered the church through an open window.

What the person took, the pastor said, is one of the most sacred items in the Catholic church.

“What has been taken is the Blessed Sacrament, which is our Holy Communion, which is the the source and summit of who we are , the body and blood of Christ,” Tressler explained.

The pastor said the thief opened the tabernacle on the altar and took a chalice-like container that holds what Catholics believe is the body of Christ. It was the only thing that was taken. While it has little monetary value, Tressler said, the crook knew its spiritual significance.

“Why they’ve done it, I don’t understand but it’s such a violation to us as Catholics because of our strong beliefs in the real presence of Jesus Christ,” Fr. Tressler added.

Because the communion was removed from the church, Catholics consider the crime a desecration of the Blessed Sacrament. So the bishop had to come and bless the church again.

Parishioners at Saint Rose are still in shock.

Betty Flood of Carbondale shared her theory on why the thief struck. “The only thing I can think of is a cult. Devil worshipers. They desecrate the sacrament,” she said.

Cecelia Zapotosky from Carbondale said, “I couldn’t believe it. I could have just sat down and cried, I mean it was just so sad.”

Tressler said for security reasons he’s going to lock the church a few hours earlier each day.” – “Chalice Stolen from Catholic Church”, WNEP