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.
According to group news reports on the Catholic News Agency’s website, 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.
The report also has it that the Eucharist that was contained in the tabernacle was not found in it at the time of the recovery, 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 cathedral had previously been subjected to numerous thefts and acts of vandalism, including the theft of two bronze lamp posts in 2019. The lamp posts were recovered after the thieves attempted to sell them to a scrapyard.
No suspects have been identified in Tuesday’s tabernacle theft.