On December 12, 1972, H.E. Bishop J. Labukas sent to the clergy of the Kaunas Archdiocese and the Vilkaviškis Diocese a circular which stated: "We direct you to take the Blessed Sacrament into the sacristy and place it in a suitably prepared place for the night in those churches where there are no night watchmen.
"No Church vessels are to be left in church at night. They must be kept in the sacristy or, it would be even better, if they were to be kept in the rectory."
The circular appeared in connection with increased burglaries of churches and desecrations of the Blessed Sacrament.