Police are appealing to the public for help and a parish is requesting prayers after a tabernacle containing the Eucharist was stolen from a church in Boone, North Carolina on June 16.
“We are calling for prayers and the safe return of the Blessed Sacrament after the tabernacle was stolen from the church Tuesday night,” said a message posted on the website of Saint Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church.
The parish said the theft occurred “sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday night,” and that the thief entered the church through a window.
Nothing apart from the tabernacle was stolen or damaged, said the parish.
“Please pray and offer reparation for the desecration of the church and the theft of the Blessed Sacrament,” the statement said.
Fr. Brendan Buckler, pastor of St. Elizabeth’s, appealed to the thief in a statement.
“We pray that your hearts may be moved to please return the tabernacle to us, but most especially the contents,” said Buckler in a statement provided to CNA by the Diocese of Charlotte.
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