Holy Family Church locks up for safety

IN THE tradition of churches, Holy Family Church on Feez Street, kept their doors unlocked for people to visit, however recent events have forced the church to be locked.

Over the years small items had gone missing from the church, but the parish had always been able to explain these away as people misplacing items.

An incident occurred a few weeks ago that made it too difficult for parishioners to ignore.

"Somebody had been going through the cupboards and draws, and some things were found on the ground,'' said parish administrator Fr John Hogan.

The only item of any note that was missing after this incident was the church's keyboard.

"We went to Catholic Church Insurance for advice on what we could do and they said the only way to stop it is to lock the church.''

People who want to visit the church now have to go to the office, next to the church, and ask for the key.

This disturbance at Holy Family Church happened around the same time Our Lady Help of Christians was broken into on Main Street, Park Avenue.

Fr Hogan said other than changing the locks on the doors no policy changes had been made to the running of the church, which is normally locked.

The Morning Bulletin also reported on the theft of a irreplaceable brass candlestick from St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, in early November.

Anglican Dean Chris Whittall said they still kept the doors to the Cathedral open, but they have an alarm system across the sanctuary part of the church and have removed all items of any value.

Dean Whittall said he was surprised the candlestick had not yet been found.

"It's not the sort of thing you could take into a shop and sell,'' and he does not understand why anyone would take it as a souvenir.

Dean Whittall said he would be happy to give a reward or have someone leave it on the steps of the Cathedral, no questions asked.

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