Church Holiday Displays Desecrated By Vandals

LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4)– The Christmas season is a sad one for a large Catholic parish in Littleton. Their outdoor holiday displays were desecrated by vandals.

It happened at the Light of the World Roman Catholic Parish, 10316 West Bowles Ave.

Three signs proclaiming “Keep Christ in Christmas” were vandalized.

“The faces of Jesus, Mary and Joseph were cut out of those signs,” said World Roman Catholic Parish Operations Administrator Ken Whiteacre. “We’ve got some lights that were cut. These were definitely cut with some kind of tool because they’re pretty smooth.”

The damage extended to lighting displays on a dozen trees.

“Looks like maybe a couple thousand dollars worth of damage,” said Whiteacre.

Vandals also set fire to a paperback bible and left it on the statue of the Christ child in the straw-packed manger in the nativity scene.

“Had this gone up in flames it would cause caused some pretty serious damage,” said Father Michael Pavlakovich.

He said he can only speculate about motive, perhaps the vandals were angry about something.

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“It is hurtful because we go through all that trouble to be that light of the world to the people in our neighborhood, share the beauty of the season and its meaning,” said Pavlakovich. “So it moves us more than anything from disappointment to prayer.”

The signs with the faces cut out have been removed. The church plans to buy replacements after the holiday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has been called to investigate the vandalism. No arrests have been made.

  • migrant3

    There a lot of cowardly left-wing liberals who are very threatened by the Christian religion.

  • Jonathan

    Why hasn’t the (Liberal) news media labled and reported this as a hate crime. I am sure if this crime was committed against the Jewish, Mulsin faith, or some black church it would be on the front page or the lead story on all the so-called-news stations as a hate crime…which it was!

  • Dennis

    People are getting more anti religion all the time. Why I don’t know. If you read some of the comments on the Huffington Post there just terrible. For me I’m a believer.

  • Scott Brooks

    This is the Church my family attends. I’d love to know why THIS isn’t considered a hate crime? If it were a mosque, a synagogue or even a center/organization for LGBT, Black, Latino, etc rights, the media (as well as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton… kinda goes without saying) would be all over this screaming “HATE CRIME” This act on my Church was not just merely vandalism. Do your job and report what it truly is and quit with the double standards!

  • Wont Drink Kool Aid

    All you Christians seem to think that you are completely blameless for the way many things are here in the US. I am a native born citizen who has not drunk gallons of the Christian Kool-Aid. I am ASSAULTED and imposed upon by your proselytizing brethren on a daily basis. I wouldn’t mind it that much if you ALL weren’t a bunch of disgusting hypocrites who are Christian in name only because your collective day to day behavior sure doesn’t match with your purported religious teachings!

    Would you really be outraged if this DID happen to a “…LGBT, Black, Latino, etc…” or would you secretly be pleased?

    BTW, ALL crimes are HATE crimes…so get over it…how does it feel to get a taste of the medicine that has been inflicted on others in the name of your religious tenets?

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