"…Something evil happened at Holy Family Catholic Church in Seward last week.
Post-GazetteOvernight Thursday, someone broke in, climbed onto the altar, and unbolted the tabernacle from the front-and-center table. The thief ripped the 18-inch bronze box from the wall and disappeared into the dark. Nothing else was taken.
Inside were two ciboria, ritual dishes half-filled with wafers of holy altar bread. Catholics call it the Blessed Sacrament, and believe it’s the body of Jesus Christ himself.
A volunteer discovered the damage at 6:30 a.m. Friday, when she arrived to prepare for the morning Mass. Word traveled fast.
“A holy place was desecrated,” said the Rev. John Wilt, pastor at Holy Family. “It was so distressing, so awful. A Catholic church without the Blessed Sacrament … the people were so upset, so sad.”
“I felt like someone had died. I felt it physically,” said Margory Cassidy, secretary at the church. “They tore up the wall, there was a mess strewn all over the floor…”