St. Jude's resumed church services one day after stabbings

Posted at: 04/29/2013 8:05 PM
Updated at: 04/29/2013 10:52 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Catholics go to church to pray, for healing and to ask for forgiveness; but it is not where one would typically expect another to commit a crime, especially during mass.

The first scheduled mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, following Sunday's attacks, took place Monday evening at 6 p.m.

The parking lot was full and a police presence visible outside.

Church is one of the few places people can still go nowadays where anyone can walk inside without being questioned.

Father John Daniel told KOB Eyewitness News 4 he would like to keep it that way.

"I think if we had a security guard, it wouldn't have changed anything," Daniel said. "Our response time was rather quick."

Among those who responded Sunday were off-duty officers from various law enforcement agencies and the fire department.

When asked about security at St. Jude's, Daniel said the parish is looking into all options when it comes to safety.

He added this is the first time there has been an attack during a service.

People who spoke with KOB Eyewitness News 4 said they were thankful Lawrence Capener, accused of the stabbings, did not have a gun.

"I think one can always ask those questions - what if that happened, I think we would have, again, whatever situation arose, it appeared this parish we're going to try to deal with it as best we can,” Daniels said. “I think the challenge we have is there is evil in the world, there's terrible things that happen. It can happen anywhere."