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Vandals use statue of Virgin Mary to break glass door at Catholic church

The priest at St. Augustine Catholic Church says someone used the statue of the Virgin Mary to shatter the glass on the front door. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Vandals used a sacred statue to break into a Catholic church Saturday night.

The priest at St. Augustine Catholic Church says someone used the statue of the Virgin Mary to shatter the glass on the front door.

The morning service went on as normal, only this time the congregation said a prayer for whoever broke their door and statue.

"I say a prayer for them because they just don't know what they are doing," long-time member Wanona Hurd said.

She has been a member at the church for 30 years, but this was a first.

"It just kind of makes me feel kind of sad, thinking that someone would do that," Hurd said. "They must not be a member of God's church and they must not care about God's church."

Nothing looks to be missing, but the act is appalling to the church.

"So sad to have somebody do this in the house of the Lord, it is so sad," Father Celestine Obidiegwu said.

Father Obidiegwu, also referred to as Father C, says vandals shattered their front door and broke the statue of the Virgin Mary into three pieces.

"Very big disrespect to our Lady whom the Catholic church honor and respect as the mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," he said.

Father C has no idea who would do this, but he has a message for that person.

"The person who did this, it is wrong, you can't do this in the house of the Lord," he said. "I would say that the person should turn himself in and then make up the wrong the person may have done to the church."

For now, a piece of wood takes the place of the glass door.

Father C says a new door, a new statue, more security and potentially security cameras will be put in place as soon as possible.

If you have any information, please contact the Tulsa Police Department at 918-596-COPS.

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