Today we were all shocked and saddened by the senseless loss of life at the hands of another at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. This truly is a tragedy for all Americans and all humanity. The taking of innocent life takes something from all of us. Please pray for all the victims of this tragedy and for their families at this unbelievably sorrowful moment.
We will remember the victims of the shootings in a special way at all of our weekend Masses. Also, St. Mary's School will have a Memorial Prayer Service on Monday, December 17, at 10:00 AM for students in grades 4 through 8 to help our them deal with this tragedy as they offer prayers for the victims. Parents and family members of St. Mary's School students are invited to attend this service. Parents will also be receiving an email notifying them of the Prayer Service.
Tragedies such as this always raise questions about our preparedness for emergency situations. Information for parents is available at the St. Mary's School Website.
Again, we pray for the victims of today's shooting: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And may perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.