In the Anderson, South Carolina Independent Mail.–a…

Police investigating break-in at Anderson church

ANDERSON — Anderson police are investigating a break-in at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Anderson.

A church member went to St. Mary to unlock it around 6:35 a.m. today and found damage to a window.

A window was broken and some cabinet doors were damaged. Desk drawers had been opened and items strewn around the space.

The office of Father Aubrey McNeil, pastor of the church, was broken into, and the key to the church tabernacle taken, officials said.

Bread used in communion and distributed at Mass was taken from the tabernacle, but it does not appear that anything else was, officials said.

Mass cannot take place at the church until officials there find out from the bishop for the Diocese of Charleston how to proceed because communion material was disturbed.

McNeil said to his knowledge the break-in is the first at the church since it opened in 1943.

Please pray for the person(s) who did that and please perform some penitential act today in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist.