The following comes from a Mar. 27 story in the Daily Democrat.
Just as her son did in the Bible, the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been resurrected at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
The statue of Mary – which has been missing since December 2009 when it was shattered by vandals – is now replaced. Parishioners pieced her back together and positioned her where she once stood along the Court Street side of the sanctuary this week.
Remolding the concrete statue is a miracle in and of itself; it was previously thought the damage was beyond repair.
The Holy Mother joins statues of a kneeling Mary Magdalene, John the Evangelist and Jesus hanging on the cross. All four figures – which have been there since the church was built in 1947 – have also received a fresh coat of paint.
Holy Rosary has experienced vandalism and theft in recent years, the most recent of which was in November 2010 when suspects broke into the parish office and stole money.
In December 2007, the faces of the statues were all spray painted black with the words “killer” painted on each of them. A utility box along the rectory wall was also set on fire causing minor damage.
A month before, thieves broke into the church and stole donation money collected on Thanksgiving after cutting a hole in the church’s safe.
Two years later, the Blessed Virgin statue – now back at the church – was dislodged from her post, pushed over and cracked. She was found face down, in front of the crucified Christ, red rose petals around her cracked and broken hands.
Vandals also entered the church sometime during the same time period and desecrated a Nativity scene, knocking down a 3-foot-tall statue of a shepherd, breaking off its head, reported the California Catholic Daily. The vandals also knocked down advent candles located at the church’s entrance.
A week earlier, someone entered the church and pushed over a statue of St. Joseph, cracking the base of the statue, the Catholic Daily said. The vandals stole St. Joseph’s staff in that incident.
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Read the 2009 story in Cal Catholic at time of vandalism here.