by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 20, 2012) — A blogger and former fellow seminarian to a priest caring for the families of the victims of last week’s school massacre is asking those so moved to send greeting cards as a demonstration of their support.
Fr. Luke Suarez is under great emotional strain as he performs daily funerals for those killed in a Connecticut elementary school reportedly by a lone gunman who forced his way in to the hallway and murdered six- and seven-year-old children and their staff in cold blood, totaling 26.
The Rev. Billy Graham sent a team of chaplains to minister to those traumatized by the horrors of last Friday as part of a “rapid response team.”
Cards may be sent to:
Father Luke Suarez
46 Church Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470
Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
77 Main Street
P.O. Box 344
Newtown, Ct. 06470
Funerals will continue into Saturday.
Blogger Tom Crowe concluded his column:
The hurt and anger are only just beginning. There will be much anger and pain and division and upheaval from this cataclysmic event for that small town. It is not possible, nor prudent, to send a card to every family who has experienced loss, but by sharing with the priests who will support so many you can support them all. The good priests at St. Rose need all the support they can get so that they can shepherd their flock well.
Show some real love this Advent and Christmas: pray, first and foremost, but if you can, share a tangible sign of your love.