So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, May 29, 2015

Suspected hate crime against Catholic parish of St. Catherine.

Damaged statue of Jesus | M. Medeiros | St. Catherine's Parish, Mississauga, Ontario

The Catholic Register reports:
MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - A 22-year-old Mississauga man has been charged in connection with alleged hate crimes committed at St. Catherine of Siena Church and its neighbouring elementary school over the past two months.

Iqbal Hessan was reportedly arrested in the early hours of May 26 on the Mississauga school’s grounds, though police would not confirm this. ... A bail hearing was held later that day.
On May 20, the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue that stands in front of the church was covered in black paint and the fingers of its outstretched arms were broken off. Behind the church, graffiti with the words “There is no Jew God” was scrawled across the brick wall along with a drawing of a face labelled “Jewsus.”
It was the third time the church has been targeted. On April 9, surveillance footage caught a young man breaking into the church, ripping pages of the Sacramentary book on the altar and throwing them at the tabernacle. ... .
On May 17, a drawing of a hand gesturing with the middle finger was found spray painted on the front steps of the church. And on May 25, graffiti was sprayed on the school walls.
Click HERE to read the complete report at the Catholic Register.

Michelle Medeiros has posted photos at a funding site she has established to help with restorations:
Pray for the alleged perpetrator of the crimes, Mr. Hessan, that he shed his terrible skin of hate and embrace the love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

May the alleged perpetrator and anyone who acts to terrorize peaceful people here in Canada, in Iraq and in many places in Africa, be shown the way of love and forgiveness. May his heart be converted with the help of the witness of the good people of St. Catherine of Siena parish. May God through His faithful witnesses reach Mr. Hessan's heart. May Mr. Hessan reach out to Jesus for the grace he needs to change his life.

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