From Tonya Dorsey: “the Pastor and parishioners of St. Martin De Porres in north Philadelphia continue to pray for you. ”
I want to assure the priests and parishioners of St Rose of Lima that we will pray for them this Christmas at our Masses that everyone in your community will have a blessed Christmas–I think that may be the correct word.
We assure you all of our love and prayers. Your tragedy brought a lot of memories back to us here in Dunblane.
May the Christ child comfort all those who need his compassion and love and the Blessed Mother comfort all grieving parents.
God bless you all.
(Mgr) Basil O’Sullivan
Holy Family Church
Had I written my Christmas message a couple of weeks ago as I had planned, it would have had a far different tone than this message. We have not only witnessed one of the greatest tragedies in the world, but we as a community are called to do what we can to move forward.
I have been asked so often how do we celebrate Christmas this year. I believe that we celebrate it in its truest sense, putting aside all the secularity and simply sitting in silence and praying that the hope, healing and peace promised to us by Christ will be given to us in abundance. Perhaps, at least for us as a community, we can reclaim some of what this holyday is meant to be.
We know that some hearts in this town will be broken again on Christmas morning when that one special person is not there to open their gifts. For those whose children and spouses are with them, rather than just going right for the gifts, perhaps a hug and a prayer should come first. Prayers for those for whom this day will never be the same again and hugs for those surrounding you whose life you hold as precious. We need to know that even in these darkest hours, there is still light, light that is brighter than that great star over Bethlehem, which will take us to the place where we need to be…it will take us to the heart of Christ who will heal our brokenness, remove our anger and hurt and fill us with the peace and strength we need to not just move forward but to reclaim the life that is ours as a community in Christ Jesus. Thank you for the incredible strength that you have been for me in these days and for lifting me up in your thoughts and your prayers. I pray a special Christmas for all of us this year and for all that this holy season can hold for us as believers.
Holy Christmas, Monsignor Bob Weiss
|Dearest priests and families of St. Rose of Lima ParishI am so very sorry for the horrific tragedy and we are praying for you here in Arkansas. May God strengthen all the grieving families and hold them in His arms.
a friend at St. Marys Church in Hot Springs, AR.
Connecticut is mourning for the whole world to hear.
Why this happen is not quite clear!
December 14th, seemed a glorious day,
till heroes and angels were suddenly taken away.
Heroic people who never lost sight,
gave up their lives to do what was right.
While correcting papers and writing down scores,
they found themselves in the middle of war.
A sudden change of time and space,
a gunman ended up in the wrong place.
A place where children come to learn and play,
NOT a place where lives should be taken away.
The microphone was turned to give warning to all,
and soon thereafter another angel did fall.
I’m sure they’re looking down from heaven above,
knowing they’d sacrificed all for the ones that they loved.
THEN Heroes stood up! With boots on the ground,
to let a madman know they weren’t backing down.
They weren’t prepared for war we know,
but love and bravery to the world they’d show.
All though these words can’t bring closure,
they went to work as teachers and came out as soldiers.
So it doesn’t matter what battle you fight,
as long as you know the battle is right.
Give them the respect that they deserve,
when everyday people STOOD to protected and serve.
So hug your children and squeeze them tight,
whisper in their ears each and every night.
We all have guardian angels in the heavens above
watching over us with everlasting love…
By Carolyn Falkner
Our prayers are ongoing for all the support and sustenance you need to counsel and care for those in need. Our priest at the Catholic Student Center at Washington Univ in St. Louis has asked us to let you know we our especially remembering you and the priests there with you. We are grateful for the blessings you are able to extend to all those there as our hearts join with all of yours in a communion like no other. Please know that you are loved, cared about and prayed for by many.
Mary and Mike B.
St Louis, MO
Please know that whatever form of service we can provide, we will provide.
You are not alone.
May the Lord bless, protect and heal you all.
East Lansing Mi