Vandalism at Fredericksburg church

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Prayers of mercy were sent on behalf of an unknown vandal or vandals April 23 after it was discovered that three windows had been broken at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg, one of them from inside the church.

The vandalism was discovered when Father Colin P. Davis, parochial vicar, opened the church at 5:45 a.m. for the 7 a.m. Mass. Upon turning on the lights, he saw that the window near the church entrance had been shattered by a rock which sat among the glass on the floor. A walk-through of the church revealed a second broken glass pane on a door on the left side of the church; authorities believe this one was damaged from inside the church. No one was found in the church and nothing was taken. 

"May Our Lady help to heal the broken heart from which this act came forth." Fr. John Mosimann

When Chris Lanzarone, sacristan, arrived at 6:45 a.m., he inspected the church grounds. A window on the basement level of the parish office also was shattered by a rock. He found three crushed beer cans in a grotto dedicated to the Blessed Virgin in front of the church. According to Lanzarone, the windows will be repaired soon. 

While many of the parishioners were disturbed by the vandalism, the priests encouraged them to forgive the culprit. 

“It seems that Divine Mercy Sunday is a very fitting time for us to forgive and pray for whomever it was that committed this act,” said Father John P. Mosimann, pastor. “Our Lord didn’t wait for an apology from us, to call us back to Him with love and mercy. May Our Lady help to heal the broken heart from which this act came forth.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017