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Statuary damaged 
at McHenry church

A statue of an angel lies on the ground Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church in McHenry. Statuary outside the church was vandalized between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Two 300-pound angels were knocked over and a hand was knocked off a sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
A statue of an angel lies on the ground Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church in McHenry. Statuary outside the church was vandalized between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Two 300-pound angels were knocked over and a hand was knocked off a sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

McHENRY – Three long-standing religious statues welcoming parishioners to St. Mary Catholic Church in McHenry were vandalized over the weekend.

The hands on a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary were heavily damaged, and two angel statues weighing more than 300 pounds apiece were knocked over during the overnight hours Saturday, the Rev. Bob Balog said.

Combined, the statuary cost thousands of dollars.

“I’d like to meet the person or people who did this and ask them, ‘Why?’ ” Balog said. “Somebody out there knows what happened.”

The marble sculpture of the Virgin Mary is more than 4 feet tall and recently had been repaired for weather-related wear over years.

The vandalism on church property, 1401 N. Richmond Road, is the first since two large vases were smashed there more than a year ago.

Employees from a Chicago company will visit the church to estimate the damage and determine whether the statues can be repaired or need to be replaced.

Insurance is expected to cover the damage, Balog said.

“It’s just sad that something like this would occur on church property,” he said. “We just had everything replaced and she was beautiful. Someone needs to say something to someone somewhere.”

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2200.

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