This is a letter from the sister of Father Luke Suarez, the priest at St. Rose of Lima parish in Newtown, CT. We have mainly seen the Monsignor of this church on the news being interviewed. Please read the letter below.
Let's help them keep believing. I have been left feeling so helpless, as if there were nothing I can do. THIS is something I can certainly do, and I encourage you to do so as well. You're mailing Christmas and holiday cards anyhow, how much extra effort will it take to address one more envelope and write one more message?
Please join me in supporting the faith leaders and the Newtown community as they try to find their new "normal".
Please do NOT put this info on Facebook. If you want to share with friends, please send email or call them. I don't want any other problems for this town.
All of you, I am sure, have heard so much about the
tragedy in Newtown, CT. Many of you have received emails from me about my
younger brother, Father Luke Suarez, who is a priest at St. Rose of Lima parish,
a Catholic church just down the road from Sandy Hook Elementary. He, and his
pastor, Monsignor Weiss, arrived at the school within moments of the shooting,
and have been caring for the community ever since. The picture I have included
was taken at the school.
Father Luke has an impossible task before him.
His diocese is without a bishop right now, and there is very little leadership
and assistance from above. Monsignor is older, went through a serious surgery
recently, and is personally devastated by the losses. The rectory has received
serious threats, and as my brother gave the homily Sunday at the noon mass, the
church had to be evacuated by SWAT teams. After experiencing identity theft and
online hacking incidents, he had to erase all of his internet accounts. After a
weekend of endless media requests, notifications and vigils with heartbroken
families, and little sleep, he now has two wakes and two funerals every day,
until the fourth Sunday of Advent. Father Luke has not even been ordained two
My large family has been trying to send Father Luke our love and
support from afar, and one of my brothers was able to visit with him briefly a
couple times. All he asks for is prayer.
I have been wracking my
brain, trying to think of a way that our beautiful, loving community could
tangibly reach out to Father Luke, Monsignor Weiss, and the St. Rose parish, to
support them in this most awful of times. I have sent many prayer requests, and
I am asking for more prayers again. But I also want to ask everyone to search
their hearts, and if the Holy Spirit moves you, please consider sending one of
your family's Christmas cards to the rectory, with a few words of love and
encouragement. Here is his address:
Father Luke Suarez
46 Church Hill
Newtown, CT 06470
My brother has said over and over again that
without the prayer support he is receiving, he could not keep going. And this
week is only the beginning. Everyone there is still in shock. Their peaceful
home has been desecrated by violence. They will need to live with this sorrow
I have been left feeling so helpless, as if there were
nothing I can do. THIS is something I can certainly do, and I encourage
you to do so as well. You're mailing Christmas and holiday cards anyhow, how
much extra effort will it take to address one more envelope and write one more
Please join me in supporting the faith leaders and the Newtown
community as they try to find their new "normal".
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