SOUTH BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- It’s considered to be the most sacred item in a Catholic Church, and now it’s gone.
The brass tabernacle that was used to hold the blessed communion hosts for the past sixty years was stolen from St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church on Abbott Road in South Buffalo at about one o’clock on Wednesday afternoon.
“We’re saddened by that to see that someone would stoop so low to take something that means so much and is so sacred” said Father Joe Sicari.
Some parishioners were in the Adoration Chapel at that time, and through this privacy glass, they saw the shadow of what appeared to be someone carrying something.
Fr. Sicari says they heard some noises that sounded like people moving something. “Well it happened that there were some people in here taking the tabernacle with them, a very sacred element, very sacred vessel of our church which contains the Blessed Sacrament of the body of Christ.”
Even the communion hosts inside went with it. It would be about forty pounds, and is made of brass, and would cost the church a few thousand dollars to replace.
“We pray that whoever, or whomever participated in that act, that they would relent, look to themselves especially during this season of Lent to bring it back or to let us know where the tabernacle is” said Fr. Sicari. “It was donated, as most of the items in church are donated…donated by people who probably scrimp and scrape in order to leave a legacy within the Catholic Church.”
The tabernacle may have been stolen just for its brass metal value. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Buffalo Police confidential tip line at 847-2255.