A few weeks ago I heard that Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Decherd, had been desecrated by vandals. The following is the news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville describing the desecration of the church and the subsequent rite of reparation performed by Bishop David Choby.

December 15, 2006

Good Shepherd Church desecrated by vandals

Bishop David Choby performed a penitential rite of reparation at Good Shepherd Church in Decherd after the church was desecrated by vandals last week.

On the morning of Dec. 8, Pastoral Associate Janet Moore-Caso arrived to set up for morning prayer and discovered that overnight vandals had knocked over the tabernacle, desecrated the altar by putting a cigarette out on it, left urine and feces throughout the church, and smashed one of the Stations of the Cross.

The vandals tried but were unable to open the tabernacle, however, several hosts were found lying on the floor apparently after slipping out of the bottom when the tabernacle was knocked over, said Father David Perkin, Vicar General for the Diocese of Nashville.

There was disbelief and hurt upon seeing the damage, Moore-Caso said, and then parishioners felt a need to pray for the people responsible. “It’s very obvious this individual is deeply troubled and very much in need of prayer.”

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