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Church money stolen, but not spirit in Narrowsburg

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They may have made off with the money, but one local community won't let a Christmas Eve crime rob them of their holiday spirit. Our Christian Farrell has the story.

NARROWSBURG, N.Y. -- It was a Christmas Eve Father William Scully would like to forget. A night before Christmas burglary of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church rectory in Narrowsburg. Shameless thieves rip off the rectory unbelievably while Father Scully says mass next door inside the church.

"They just went through everything. I felt in some way you're violated," said Scully.

Despite having thousands of dollars in church offerings, Christmas gifts and other valuables stolen, Father Scully offers forgiveness.

"Forgive is the most important thing. That's one of the great gifts Christ gave us at Christmas. He gave us the gift of forgiveness," said Scully.

Once word spread of the Christmas Eve crime, this community has rallied together to replace what was stolen.

"I had people calling me from Florida, parishioners that are down there, wondering what they could do. People have just been wonderful and very generous. And I'm thankful for that. Things are things. They can be replaced. Money can be replaced, whatever," said Scully.

Meanwhile, as State Police continue their investigation, Father Scully continues to answer calls from parishioners offering help. A sign he says that the spirit of holiday season is up to every challenge.

"I've been a priest now for 45 years, so I've endured some ups and downs. This has been a little down, but I know there are some ups to come," said Scully.

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