The tabernacle that was stolen earlier this week from the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral in St. Catharines, Ontario was recovered on Wednesday, September 9.
A group of parishioners from the cathedral discovered the tabernacle in Centennial Park, which is located near the cathedral. The tabernacle was partially submerged in a canal, and parts of the ciborium were missing.
According to local media, the Eucharist was not found in the tabernacle, but because it was in a body of water, it may have dissolved.
A host that is dissolved ceases to be a consecrated host.
After Mass on Wednesday afternoon, someone came to the rectory door with one of the tabernacle’s brass doors. The man said that he had been given the piece of the tabernacle on the street, by a man who said that someone gave it to him in Centennial Park.
The tabernacle’s other door has not yet been found.
The tabernacle was discovered the day after Bishop Gerard Bergie of St. Catharines issued a public plea for its return, saying there would be “no questions asked” if it turned up. Bergie also noted that the tabernacle, which is made of steel, would not have much monetary value.
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