Dear Fellow Brothers:
Our parish and community were deeply affected by the events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Newtown, Connecticut is 55% Catholic and our Church, St Rose of Lima, has suffered a heavy toll. We had eight funerals, most of them for children. Many, many people have asked how they can help. One way is with your prayers.
Therefore the Newtown Knights of Columbus are asking religious organizations, fellow Knights of Columbus Councils, and individuals to say three Hail Mary's (at least) for us:
One for the victims and their families,
One for the first responders and teachers, and
One for our town to give us strength to support the afflicted.
Then email the name of your organization, the location, the number of people present, and the number of Hail Mary's that were said to HailMary@kofc185.org. We will keep track of the total and who said them. At an appropriate time, we will present this list to the people who so badly need our prayers.
We are doing this simply to console the brokenhearted among us. We want to let them know in a concrete way that we are thinking about them, care about them and are praying for them. Unfortunately in this situation, there is not much we can offer except our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully this gesture and our prayers will provide some comfort to those who have faced unimaginable sorrow.
With over 14,000 Knights of Columbus Councils, we are hoping to collect a long list of prayers for our people. Please support this prayer drive and pass it on to your organizations and other Councils.
Thank you for your support.
St. Virgilius Council 185
Knights of Columbus