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St Mary Magdalene’s, Rose Bay (The Catholic Weekly)

Quick-thinking parishioners sought assistance after witnessing a man acting suspiciously during a Sunday evening Mass in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

As more than 150 parishioners gathered for their weekly evening service at St Mary Magdalene’s Rose Bay yesterday, the church attendees arrived to see a man already sitting in the church waiting for Mass to begin.

While the man appeared to be quiet, he acted suspiciously, reportedly “clutching” something in his pocket throughout the service.

Concerned members called police, who quickly arrived and entered the church, quietly approaching and escorting the 36-year-old man outside.

He was found to be in the possession of capsicum spray and a multi tool with a knife.

He was arrested and taken to Waverley Police Station and charged with possessing a prohibited weapon and custody of a knife.

A spokesperson for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney praised the local parish for their responsible conduct in handling the situation

“The Archdiocese of Sydney is grateful to the St Mary Magdalene’s parish priest and his parishioners for the calmness and prudence of their actions, seeking police assistance before any incident could occur.

“Every person in Australia has the right to feel safe and secure while gathering in their place of worship.”

The Bangor man was granted conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court in July.


Man arrested following suspicious behaviour during Eastern Suburbs Mass (By Marcus Middleton, The Catholic Weekly


NSW Police charge Bangor man after alarming incident inside St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Rose Bay (