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Valente said he hopes the publicity that the thefts have generated will help identify the thief or thieves. An employee of the Queen of Peace rectory referred all comment to the Archdiocese of Newark.Anyone with information is being asked to call the department's anonymous tip line at 201-804-9346. Jim Goodness, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese, said as of Dec. "We keep hoping they will be returned," Goodness said in an email.
Further down the same street in neighboring North Arlington, Queen of Peace Church reported its Jesus statue stolen, said North Arlington Police Capt. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church and Our Lady of Sorrows. Cecilia's is located on Kearny Avenue, which turns into Ridge Road at the county border. Clare Church in Clifton reported its statue stolen overnight between Saturday, Dec. "We are deeply disturbed that some group or person stole the baby Jesus from the outdoor Nativity last night, December 26-27, 2015, on the second day of Christmas - The Feast of the Holy Family," a notice on the church Web site read.Officials encouraged parishioners to post the photo of the incomplete Nativity on social media in an effort to bring attention to the theft."We need to let people know that a crime like this will not be tolerated.Also, let us continue to pray for the conversion of sinners, most especially those that did this act." Richard Sokerka, the communications director of the Diocese of Paterson, said St."The joy of the season is still with us here, we are still celebrating Christmas," he said."If somebody wanted Jesus that badly, I hope he or she receives the joy of Christ - like so many people in the parish have received the joy of Christ in their hearts - and we pray for whoever took it.
Jesus is a gift for all of us." This is also the Catholic Church's Year of Mercy, Starasinich added.
"Whenever things like this happen, we pray for the person, that they know God loves them, and that's the key," he said. No estimated value for the statue was given, he said.
Parishioners at two Southern Bergen County churches, and a few others in neighboring communities, spent Christmas without their "reason for the season." as baby Jesus figurines were stolen from their nativity scenes. Jim Starasinich of Sacred Heart said his parish had heard that Queen of Peace's had been taken, and checked its own Nativity to find the figurine missing too.
Authorities report that the thefts at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Lyndhurst and Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington both occurred either on Christmas or the following day. 26 that its Jesus statue from its display on Ridge Road had been stolen. The statue was valued at approximately $50, said Lyndhurst Police Capt. "We put the baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve," said Starasinich.
"Actually we did something different than we usually do.
We had a child process out with it with other children, and they put Jesus in [the Nativity] after the midnight Mass. People coming to Mass said that they saw it." Starasinich said the theft has not dampened the church's Christmas spirit.