According to USA Today:
Sunday dawned here with many grieving residents joining religious services paying homage to the victims of Friday’s explosion of violence and death at a local elementary school. At one site, Saint Rose Catholic Church, a 7:30 a.m. mass drew hundreds of worshipers. Outside the church, which has kept its doors open since the tragedy, signs of the grief gripping Newtown lined the front lawn. A table with dozens of dimly lit candles bearing images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary overlooked mountains of flowers and stuffed animals.
Directly across from the front door more lighted candles have been placed at the feet of a large statue of the Virgin Mary. Small white plastic angels hung in a bush bordering Churchill Road — which has been filled with traffic for days. A nearby flag remained at half staff.
Msgr. Robert Weiss, the church’s leader, has been counseling people since the Friday morning, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza’s shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School took the lives of 20 young students and six adults before he turned a gun on himself. On Sunday, several wary police officers were stationed in the parking lot of the church observing those entering the church.
Among other services:
— At Trinity Episcopal Church, everyone entering the church was greeted with hugs. And ushers handed out boxes of tissues. Full boxes, not just packets.
— President Obama was scheduled to arrive for a service Sunday night, another in a series of memorials since the violent explosion at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones to this insane and senseless crime.
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