Update: things are more complicated. Tabernacle was stolen a second time. Police have the faces and plates of the two sets of thieves. The predict they will have it in custody within 24 hours. Hopefully we will find out what they did with our Lord. Pray. https://t.co/zl6S0UmAbV— Adrian Fonseca (@AdrianFonze) May 11, 2022
On May 9th, 2022, the tabernacle was stolen from St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Katy, Texas, USA. It was then found in a Burger King parking lot on May 11th (see picture below). The police have suspect in custody, named by the Houston Chronicle as Christian James Meritt, who was responsible for one theft and there is possibly another group responsible for the second theft.
In the Church's May 15th bulletin, the pastor Fr. Christopher Plant, wrote, "On a sad note, you may have already heard or seen that our tabernacle has been stolen. I am certain that the most precious possession of the Catholic Church, the Blessed Sacrament, was still in it at the time of its theft."
Katy Resident Arrested on Burglary Charge in Church Tabernacle Theft MAY 13, 2022
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On May 8, late Sunday night, the tabernacle at St. Bartholomew Church in Katy was stolen. Upon the discovery of the theft on Monday morning, the Katy Police were promptly notified. Thanks to the Katy Police Department's diligent efforts and skill, a suspect has been apprehended and charged with burglary. It is our understanding the theft was not motivated by last week's release of the draft Supreme Court opinion involving Roe v Wade. Sadly, the tabernacle has not yet been recovered, though efforts by the Katy police are ongoing. In any case, such a theft beyond material price is immeasurably hurtful to us and speaking theologically, is sacrilegious. If you have any information that can assist the Katy police, please contact Lieutenant Stewart at 281-391-4848. We offer our profound gratitude to the Katy Police for their hard work in the investigation. We ask all to continue praying with us for the parish and all those involved in this matter.