FOLLOW UP: Wisconsin parish which was robbed of its Christmas collection

Remember the story about Christmas collection robbed from the Catholic parish in Chippewa Falls, WI?

I received this note from a reader:

Chippewa Falls (Press Release from Fr. William Felix, Pastor of St. Charles Catholic Church) –  At this time we still know very little about any further progress in the investigation; however, due to the response of people for the orphans at Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II in Peru, two checks will be presented to Fr. Roger Scheckel, director of the Missions Office of the Diocese of LaCrosse representing Fr. Sabastian Kolodziejczyk, director of Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II. These checks are estimated to approach $20,000, perhaps four times the amount of the original collection at Christmas.

Fr. William Felix, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, will present one check, and Pastor Scott Miller of First Lutheran Church will present the second check of $4,000 as a matching gift from his congregation.

Fr. Sabastian has recognized a more-than-usual increase in donations on their orphanage website in Peru due to this story. He will send us an approximate report of those donations as well.

As an update, contributions have come in recently from as far away as Connecticut and Florida, with calls from Texas and California.

ABC 18 Eau Claire

Thank you Father for posting about this!  I am certain you helped inspire many to donate.

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  1. Agnes says:

    Nice to see a bit of good news! God brings good out of the evil. Always.

  2. unsilenced says:

    Everyone that donated will be in my prayers today.

  3. The same thing has happened at the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus in Prague, Oklahoma. We know the pastor there, Fr. Oswalt well. He was on the local news to try to get info. concerning the thieves. They had a camera shot of them. The thieves got away with $8,000. The church connected with the shrine is called St. Wenceslaus. Sad.

  4. irishgirl says:

    Wow-that’s wonderful news!

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