£300 rward after thieves target Nelson church during service

| March 4, 2012

A NELSON church in the heart of the town’s community has been left “devastated” after being targeted by thieves during a Sunday morning service.

The Catholic Parish of St John Southworth who worship at Christ Church, Carr Road, has been left distressed following the theft of the Tabernacle containing the sacred Eucharist from their prayer room. The Tabernacle – which is the safe containing silver vessels holding the consecrated wine and host – Jesus’ body and blood, was ripped off a shelf as the service was under way.

They are offering a £300 reward for information which will lead to the recovery of the contents.

Fr Brian Murphy of St John Southworth said: “The actual vessels contained within the Tabernacle are not of great value, but the Eucharist itself is of priceless value to Catholics and the community is greatly distressed by this. The Tabernacle is very much the centre of our church and at the heart of our faith.”

The same weekend saw an attempted burglary at Colne’s New Life Centre in West Street between 3 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. on Monday but thieves were unable to get in. Police said the would-be thieves scaled a wall into the church’s grounds and forced a plastic window cover off before smashing the window with a stone. Another plastic cover prevented them for gaining entry but caused £150 worth of damage.



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