Vandals desecrate Bucks County church

February 10, 2008 9:36:14 PM PST
First there is shock... then rage. Then came disappointment and perhaps pity for the person who did it. That person vandalized a church overnight in Levittown, Bucks County.

The damage was inflicted at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Woodbourne Road. There were horrible words spray painted, obviously by a disturbed individual. The statues of Fatima children and a lamb were vandalized as well.

Parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help spent Sunday, a day of worship, cleaning.

"I cried when I came to church today. I cried. There was no other expression to give. It's just unbelievable how someone could do this to church," said Christine Schoell, a parishioner of the church.

Sometime last Saturday night, the vandals spay painted obscenities, desecrated a statue of the blessed mother, and knocked over other statues.

Church representative Kay McFarland tells Action News, "Today's sacrilege as far as the sacred mother is just over the top. Most of our parishioners are just heartsick."

The graffiti was discovered early Sunday morning. Middletown Police then searched a nearby soccer field where investigators found what was thought to be a pipe bomb. The Philadelphia Bomb Squad was called in and it was later determined to be harmless.

"Our church has been under attack for the last 10 years," says parishioner George Bolos. "This isn't the first time our church has been desecrated."

Parishioners say kids often hang out in the field behind the church. They hope someone saw something so whoever did this can be brought to justice.

So far, police have no suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Middletown Township Police at (215) 750-3862.