Catholic Church And School Vandalized on Halloween – Students Respond On All Saints Day-
Rockford, Il – (ProLifeCorner.com) – By James- 11-1-2013 – Dozens of windows and doors at St. Bernadette Catholic Church and School in Rockford IL, were shot out on Halloween night. The destruction was extensive as very large windows in the school were destroyed along with a stained glass window in the Church and large glass doors were shattered.
Halloween night is often used by hoodlums as an excuse to desecrate Christian places of worship and education.
But this time the students of this school are the ones who are giving our community a real education in Christian forgiveness.
When St. Bernadette School students arrived for morning Mass on Friday and to celebrate All Saints Day they found their beloved Church and School horribly vandalized.
The initial response was shock and disappointment but that quickly turned to prayer, forgiveness, and a hope for the conversion of those who so methodically tried to wreck their Church and school.
Students wrote prayers of forgiveness and prayers seeking the repentance and a change of heart for those who damaged the Church and school. These prayers were then posted next to the 36 windows and doors that were destroyed. Some of these prayers even included the hope that whoever is responsible for this damage would one day in good faith and repentance join our parish community.
Some people use Halloween as an excuse to destroy. The students of St. Bernadette used this destruction and All Saints day as a way to live our Christian call to charity, forgiveness and sharing the message of Jesus Christ and His love for all people.