In the days leading up to Christmas, the night of December 19, 2010, to be exact, some unidentified “strangers” still at large, broke into the church and took two amplifiers and a microphone in the choir loft, personally owned by the Musicians. The police was called. The sacristy, as reported, was devastated. The linens and towels used for Mass were scattered on the floor and the chalices and ciboria left on the table. They were looking for gold and cash, for sure but found none. I was pissed, (a mild description). It’s totally unacceptable let alone in the Holy of Holies, in the most sacred of places and in the sanctuary where our God lives. But who cares if it’s the House of God? It’s tough times in America. Burglary is rampant, even in neighboring towns. We have no clue who the culprits are but suspect they’re homeless. Got a feeling it was going to happen. Now, I’m stuck with, Welcome to Parish Life, Fr. Jojo!
In hindsight, we were still blessed that the altar and the tabernacle weren’t desecrated. In fact, it remained almost untouched. I felt bad though for myself ‘coz I knew from the start it was easy to get through the side doors. I should’ve replaced the frames asap (will post a picture later) and didn’t have to wait until something horrible came up. We have no money. We’re in a hole. My people are struggling financially. I dilly-dallied. It was a mistake on my part since that sort of thing must have been on top of the list. By and large, I thought it was costly but now, doesn’t matter, no choice, work on it, ask for bids and add more security and hopefully, it fits the budget. Another wish list for St. James and this time no more hesitation. Amen.