Please pray that the tabernacle and the Sacred Hosts contained within are returned un-desecrated. Also keep Rev. Fr. Joseph Stephens, CSsR, the parish priest, and all the parishioners of the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in your prayers.
Please also pray in reparation for this great sacrilege and for the conversion of those who carried out this crime, that God may forgive them of this grave trespass which they have committed against Him out of greed and presumably, ignorance.
The interior of the Church, showing the tabernacle under the Crucifix can be seen in the image below.
IPOH: Parishioners attending the early morning mass at the Our Mother of Perpetual Help church here yesterday were shocked to find that its sacred relics were missing.
They believe that thieves had broken into the building and carted away the church’s tabernacle containing its five sacred vessels worth RM5,000.
[Andrew: Another image of the tabernacle, taken from the front]
The church community is now appealing for the return of the items before they end up as scrap metal.
Parish priest Father Joseph Stephen said the theft was discovered at 6am when a church volunteer arrived to prepare for the 6.30am mass.
“The church relics are very sacred to us and our community and we would like to have them back,” he said after lodging a police report here.
According to a church official, the thieves are believed to have gained entry into the church after removing some wooden panels.
A security guard had heard some noise between 2am and 4am but did not spot anything when he went to check.
Father Joseph continued with the morning mass using another set of vessels.