STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (KSDK) - Relics stolen from a Ste. Genevieve church have been returned.
Angie Shelton, Community Relations Specialist for the Archdisocese of St. Louis, says a parishioner called Father Dennis Schmidt to the back of Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church during an early morning mass and pointed out a clear plastic bag containing the nine missing relics.
Shelton says there was a note with the items addressed to the priest and people of Ste. Genevieve saying they felt remorse for taking the items and asked for forgiveness.
The relics have been with the parish since the 1920s and 1940s and were brought back from several trips to Rome.
They had last been seen while the cleaning crews were preparing for Christmas masses, but when the crew returned to clean on January 4, they were missing.
"There's excitement that they have been returned, and people are thankful," Fr. Schmidt said.
Fr. Schmidt says they will be looking to house the relics in safer containers.