Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Teens Desecrate Church

This occured in a neighboring town at a parish I have filled in at. Not only was the church vandalized and sacred vessels stolen, but the Eucharist was violated. The sacrileges comitted here are horrible.

From the Herald News
Police arrested two town [Somerset MA] residents after they allegedly broke into St. Patrick’s Church, stole numerous items, including chalices and altar breads, and burned a section of carpeting.
Anthony Botelho, 19, of 197 Main St., and Mallory Bedard, 17, of 198 Vermont Ave., are each charged with breaking and entering a building in the nighttime, larceny more than $250 and vandalizing a church.
Chief Joseph Ferreira said Officer David Labreche responded to a break-in complaint at the South Street church Saturday afternoon and found a Massachusetts driver’s license in the sacristy, a room near the altar.
“The driver’s license was that of the defendant Botelho,” Ferreira said. “The church had been ransacked, and many items were reported stolen.”
Labreche called for detectives and Officer Todd Costa to assist him.
As Labreche was checking outside the church, he stopped the suspects as they were walking by, Ferreira said.
“Defendant Bedard immediately threw an object on the ground, which was later determined to be a bag of several altar breads,” the chief said.
Both suspects were arrested by Labreche and Costa.
Found in Bedard’s backpack were a porcelain chalice, purple chalice bag, baptism shroud for an infant, altar wine, camera, computer mouse, waterproof ink, markers and a lighter.
Bedard, who was found barefooted, asked officers for her shoes back, Ferreira said.
“A pair of Old Navy flip-flops was later found behind the altar. Someone wrote ‘I Love Anthony’ on the chalkboard of the parish center,” he said.
“Investigating officers found that someone had eaten some of the hosts and spit some out at the crime scene, leaving them stuck to the floor and walls,” Ferreira said. “A partially burned candle had ruined a piece of carpet. Priest robes were thrown around and many items, including many chalices and a computer, were stolen.”
During subsequent interviews of the suspects, Ferreira said, “They confessed to stealing the items, but had contradictory stories regarding who actually carried them out of the church. Botelho claims that Bedard broke into the tabernacle, began eating hosts [sic] and then robed herself with priest’s robes as (Botelho) was lighting a candle after he put a dollar in the candle money depository.”
Ferreira added that Botelho admitted he and Bedard entered the parish center and “claims he was trying to persuade her to leave.”
In a search of Botelho’s room at his residence, Ferreira said, Officer Jared Linhares recovered a green chalice, a purple chalice, and a trash bag containing four gold chalices, an Acer computer and a computer wire.
More than 30 items were recovered by police.
Botelho was held on $5,000 cash bail and Bedard was held on $1,000 for their arraignments today in Fall River District Court.

Litany in Reparation to Our Lord in the Eucharist

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

Sacred Host, offered for the salvation of sinners, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, annihilated on the altar for us and by us, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, despised by lukewarm Christians, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, mark of contradiction, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, delivered over to infidels and heretics, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, insulted by blasphemers, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, Bread of angels, given to animals, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, flung into the mud and trampled underfoot, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, dishonored by unfaithful priests, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, forgotten and abandoned in Thy churches, Have mercy on us.

Be merciful unto us, Pardon us, O Lord.
Be merciful unto us, Hear us, O Lord.

For the outrageous contempt of this most wonderful Sacrament, We offer Thee our reparation.
For Thine extreme humiliation in Thine admirable Sacrament, We offer Thee our reparation.
For all unworthy Communions, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the irreverences of wicked Christians, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the profanation of Thy sanctuaries, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the holy ciboriums dishonored and carried away by force, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the continual blasphemies of impious men, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the obduracy and treachery of heretics, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the unworthy conversations carried on in Thy holy temples, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the profaners of Thy churches which they have desecrated by their sacrileges, We offer Thee our reparation.

That it may please Thee to increase in all Christians the reverence due to this adorable Mystery, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That it may please Thee to manifest the Sacrament of Thy Love to heretics, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That it may please Thee to grant us the grace to atone for their hatred by our burning love for Thee, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That it may please Thee that the insults of those who outrage Thee may rather be directed against ourselves, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That it may please Thee graciously to receive this our humble reparation, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That it may please Thee to make our adoration acceptable to Thee, we beseech Thee, hear us.

Pure Host, hear our prayer.
Holy Host, hear our prayer.
Immaculate Host, hear our prayer.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.

V. See, O Lord, our affliction,
R. And give glory to Thy Holy Name.

Let Us Pray:
O Lord Jesus Christ,
Who dost deign to remain with us in Thy wonderful Sacrament to the end of the world,
in order to give to Thy Father, by the memory of Thy Passion, eternal glory,
and to give to us the Bread of life everlasting:
Grant us the grace to mourn, with a heart full of sorrow,
over the injuries which Thou hast received in this adorable Mystery,
and over the many sacrileges which are committed by the impious, by heretics and by bad Catholics.

Inflame us with an ardent zeal to repair all these insults
to which, in Thine infinite mercy, Thou hast preferred to expose Thyself
rather than deprive us of Thy Presence on our altars,
Who with God the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

haha..u crazy christians have to CHILLLL OUTT...shes a normal teenager with some problems, she prob just wanted to dress up like a priest....if u really love god that much, you would realize that he will forgive her no matter what she does.
peaceouttttttttttpimpinns'

amy bedard mom said...

hey my daughter has her share of problems and yes i am her mom and beilive in tough love
but i forgive as jesus did for us on the cross. let God judge her on judgement day nobody really knows her motive for her awful crime...she was just drunk and stupid. amy bedard mom