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Catholic church in Amherst vandalized just days after a tree fell on it

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AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Father John Smegal was just opening the church to prepare for mass Wednesday morning when he realized someone had trashed his church, St. Brigid's.

According to Father Smegal, sometime between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning someone broke into the church and caused extensive damage.

He immediately called police.

“Beyond any material loss,” said Father Smegal. “This senseless action has left our sacred and beloved worship space violated. It is hard to imagine what lies behind such actions, but clearly this person or persons need our prayers.”

State and local police are investigating this incident and they say that they are still calculating the total cost of all the damage.

Since some of the high value of some items that were destroyed, they anticipate that it will be very expensive to repair and replace them.

This atrocity comes a few days after a tree fell onto the church, causing almost $20,000 in damages.

To help the church, you can contact the St. Brigid's Parish Community at 122 North Pleasant Street P.O. Box 424. Tom Perron, who is raising funds for specific projects, can be reached at 413-256-6181.

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