After the tragic shooting Friday
morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left more than 20 people dead and injured, religious communities of Southern Connecticut are responding with prayer, vigils and spiritual counseling for victims' friends and families and those affected.
A little more than a mile away from the school, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church will hold a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday for families and victims. The church will be open all night for prayer.
"We offer our prayers and our collective sense of grief, shock and loss," said Msgr. Jerald A. Doyle, administrator of the Diocese of Bridgeport, which oversees St. Rose of Lima and other Newtown Catholic churches, in a statement. Doyle said that priests from the diocese, including those from St. Rose, had been dispatched to the scene after the shooting to minister to children and families."