by Sharon Rondeau

Many of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting were church and synagogue members, and the clergy of Newtown, CT are currently struggling to meet their spiritual needs in this time of crisis

(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 church Fr. Suarez serves, St. Rose of Lima, was threatened with another killing during a mass last Sunday, closing the church for the remainder of the day.

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

First responders in Newtown are also in need of moral support based on what they witnessed that day.  Cards can be sent to:

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.

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  1. I am Christian and am also a Veteran. After the prayer, hand out license to carry permits and watch the crime go down. When shooters are looking to kill, they aren’t connected to Biblical teaching, at that point only bullets can connect to them and stop it fast. Years ago, an Illinois Judge banned all guns in his county, crime went wild. To counter that Judge, a Judge in Kennesaw,Georgia ordered all citizens, unless against religious preference, to have to own a gun. Crime went down 87%, end of story. Pray for good ammo, it’s the only thing that works to stop the evil in its tracks.