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Charlottesville Church Gathers Kind Words, Prayers for Newtown

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A Charlottesville church is reaching out this season to families at a parish in Newtown Connecticut, where tragedy has plagued the holiday season.

The focus now is healing and making sure people there know they are not alone.

The grief and the sadness washing over Newtown Connecticut this week are simply unfathomable. Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Charlottesville is doing what it can to ease that pain. 

Parishioners are preparing a book of messages and prayers they hope will offer some measure of healing for that devastated community. There are already several dozen messages, with many more to come as people file in for Christmas mass services.   

Perhaps the most moving message comes from a child, likely no older than those who were victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

"First wrote 'we shall be happy' then crossed that out. I guess he or she realized that wasn't exactly appropriate. And then they said 'you've got to be very brave, and bless us O' God'. That's what we're hoping for them. I think that kind of says it," said Father Stephen Alcott of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. 

The church will continue collecting prayers and messages for Newtown through the end of the year. Those messages will be sent up to their sister parish - Saint Rose of Lima Church in Newtown - at the beginning of the new year.

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