This HORRIBLE news just arrived.
Keep in mind that this nice lady, Mary, whom I’ve met, has through her efforts made it possible for many priests to have beautiful materials for Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form.
In her own way, her business is as helpful for the promotion of the Extraordinary Form as those who, say, teach priests how to say it. Beauty attracts people. Beauty helps the priest.
Read this. GRRRRRR!!!!
Last Saturday night, vandals smashed their way into the offices of SPORCH (Society for Preserving Our Roman Catholic Heritage). [Among other things, she makes the super useful “travel” altar cards for the TLM. For example HERE] The police have little sign of attempted theft or any apparent rationale for the crime – all evidence points simply to a malicious intent to inflict damage. To add insult to injury, the vandals ruptured the plumbing to flood the building after wreaking havoc on its contents. Here’s a photo of two statues that had been knocked to the ground and desecrated – your readers will note it was the faces of the rare and historic matching set of century-old statues Our Lord and Our Lady below that were attacked: [below]
On your blog you have displayed beautiful examples of the work done by my friend Mary, the founder and operator of SPORCH. [Many times. Beautiful things.] For years, as a non-profit labor of love, Mary has created reproductions of altar cards and travel altar cards for the traditional Latin mass. She also restores traditional Catholic art, with the intent of getting it back into circulation. Altarpieces, statues, and all manner of pieces she has salvaged from demolished churches have been returned to use around the nation. Many priests and seminarians around the globe have been the beneficiaries of Mary’s generosity, including Cardinal Burke, who has publicly praised her work.
This vandalism was very costly, and Mary is now struggling to rebuild. I happen to know she relies almost entirely on donations (including her own contributions from her unrelated “day job” earnings) to keep the non-profit SPORCH viable. [Did you get that?]
Would you please ask your readers to pray for the conversion of the vandals, who have as of yet not been apprehended, and that Mary will have all necessary help in repairing and replacing her equipment and inventory, including care of the statues pictured? Below is a link to her donation page – I hope and pray that your readers will be very generous in assisting. Perhaps we can turn this sacrilege, which so saddens our hearts, into something positive. Donations are tax-deductible. Thank you and God bless you and all of your readers!
Everyone, in your charity, please send a donation, even if it must be small.
Many small donations will have a considerable impact and there are many of you.
Look at this and weep.
It’s hard to look at, knowing that it was done in malice.
Random? Part of The Coming Storm?
It feels like a microcosm of so much that is going on in the world and… in the Church.
Let’s help her get things going again. Young priests and seminarians are going to need what she makes. Please please please.
Donations are tax-deductible