Pastor Thomas Major of St. Ann’s Parish in Shohola says he’s praying for the person who burglarized his home.


Pastor Thomas Major of St. Ann’s Parish in Shohola says he’s praying for the person who burglarized his home.
Pastor Major says he was preaching Saturday afternoon when someone entered the next-door rectory on Richmond Avenue through an unlocked kitchen window, sometime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., taking numerous personal items and $2,500 in cash. “I was preaching how we should build our treasure in Heaven and not be concerned about things of earth ...Letting God take care of us, putting God first ...By 6:30, I was living the sermon.”
Items taken include relics of the Saints, pieces of bones of the Saints encased in silver, watch-size cases, passed down from generation to generation; a 24’’ flat screen TV; a Dell Lap Top computer; a jewelry box of family heirlooms, containing rings, pendants and cuff links; and a basket filled with personal correspondence. Pastor Major says he fears the relics will be thrown away if someone tries to trade them at a pawn shop. One of the relics is reported to be a piece of the true Cross, found in the fourth century, he said. 
Pastor Major says one of the parishioners did notice a white,1980’s GMC, some type of Sport Utility Vehicle, drive behind the rectory during the service, but figured they must have been very late for church. He says he reported it to the State Police at Blooming Grove.
As he spoke of the burglary, Pastor Major spoke of forgiveness. Part of his Saturday sermon included, “Letting God be the judge. Only God knows all the facts. We don’t condemn or pass judgment.”
The Pastor says the congregation is praying for the thief. “We don’t know why he took it,” he said, what problem led him down this path, but they’re praying that the thief’s life could change, that he could, “lead a good life.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at Blooming Grove at 226-5718.