Two parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento suffered similar acts of vandalism in the past two weeks.
On the weekend of April 17-18, three statues were vandalized outside Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland. In photos sent by parishioner Duke Sancho to Catholic News Agency, what appear to be statues of Mary, St. John, and St. Mary Magdalene at the crucifixion scene are each disfigured with black spray paint covering the eyes.
Sancho said that a parish men’s fraternity and the pastor Fr. Jonathan Molina organized a project to clean the statues.
Elsewhere in the diocese, a statue of Mary was defaced with black spray paint at Saint John Vianney parish in Rancho Cordova. In an April 25 tweet, a parishioner posted a photo of a Marian statue with black paint covering the face, hands, and feet. A black cross was traced down the main body of the statue.
The parishioner wrote that the graffiti was removed with a slight lasting effect on the statue.
“Took some time. The chemical messed with the rock a little so you can see some changes to the rock where the paint was, but overall it’s cleaned up,” the parishioner wrote.
“We managed to get a group of about a dozen people or so to pray a rosary after mass in front of the statue in reparation,” his April 25 tweet read. “Would’ve loved to have more but I’m grateful for those that did stick around despite the cold and the slight sprinkling that started….”
The above comes from an April 27 story on the site of the Catholic News Agency.