Pray for Father Luke Suarez, priest of Hook Elementary parish (St. Rose of Lima)

Forwarding from a close friend: Please say prayers for the priest who is consoling the little town where Hook Elementary School masacre happend…

My friends,

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 parish is very large, and parishioners tend to be wealthy and somewhat ill-catechized. 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 years.

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 Road
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 forever.

But in our weakness is His strength. Grace abounds. Can you help me carry him through this time of trial?

On a hopeful note, Father Luke did say that no media coverage has even touched the deep, beautiful awakening of faith that has occurred there. Their tiny church, where my children have received sacraments and where Luke was ordained, has been full of people in prayer without ceasing since this tragedy happened. Love is stronger than death.

Please feel free to share the address with your family, friends, and community. An outpouring of love will sustain these good priests through their impossible ministry–impossible on their own, but possible with God.

I am so grateful to live in this community. We are all so blessed with one another. Every day, I see you all loving one another as Christ loved. Thank you for letting me reach out to you now.

With humble appreciation,
Tabitha

God Our Heavenly Father,

Please send the Holy Spirit and special graces to these priests burdened with the sorrow and greif of their parishoners. Little miracles happen every day, and even in death, Jesus shows us goodness and new life.

Give these priests strength and courage and peace, and some rest for all they are under taking for their parishoners.

Our Blessed Mother, who loves priests, please comfort them and pray for them, as they are Jesus’ chosen shepherds.

Amen

Prayers for Father said.
Mary.

Yes, we will be praying for both priests. But why has so much hate been directed at them?

:confused:

Praying for them.

God Our Heavenly Father,

Please send the Holy Spirit and special graces to these priests burdened with the sorrow and greif of their parishoners. Little miracles happen every day, and even in death, Jesus shows us goodness and new life.

Give these priests strength and courage and peace, and some rest for all they are under taking for their parishoners.

Our Blessed Mother, who loves priests, please comfort them and pray for them, as they are Jesus’ chosen shepherds.

Amen

I am not really sure… I cant imagine its directed at them, I think rather people, especially those that do not go to church regularly are blaming God for allowing this to happen. I interpreted her email that people are angry at God, but take it out on the priests. If I can get some clarification, I will post.

Thank you for your prayers.

Father,
We pray that Your priests in the shelter of Your Sacred Heart.
Through Christ our Lord.

God Our Heavenly Father,

Please send the Holy Spirit and special graces to these priests burdened with the sorrow and grief of their parishoners. Little miracles happen every day, and even in death, Jesus shows us goodness and new life.

Give these priests strength and courage and peace, and some rest for all they are under taking for their parishoners.

Our Blessed Mother, who loves priests, please comfort them and pray for them, as they are Jesus’ chosen shepherds.

Amen

Praying for Father Luke and Monsignor Weiss.

Praying hard for them.

Prayers being said in Scotland for both Fathers.

May God give them the strength to support others through this awful ordeal.

Lord, give Fr. Luke strength and peace.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

God Our Heavenly Father,

Please send the Holy Spirit and special graces to these priests burdened with the sorrow and grief of their parishoners. Little miracles happen every day, and even in death, Jesus shows us goodness and new life.

Give these priests strength and courage and peace, and some rest for all they are under taking for their parishoners.

Our Blessed Mother, who loves priests, please comfort them and pray for them, as they are Jesus’ chosen shepherds.

Amen

Prayers said.

God Our Heavenly Father,

Please send the Holy Spirit and special graces to these priests burdened with the sorrow and greif of their parishoners. Little miracles happen every day, and even in death, Jesus shows us goodness and new life.

Give these priests strength and courage and peace, and some rest for all they are under taking for their parishoners.

Our Blessed Mother, who loves priests, please comfort them and pray for them, as they are Jesus’ chosen shepherds.

Amen

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen

Lord, please steady the hands and hearts of these, Your most precious children. Allow them to minister to their flocks with continued caring and compassion, Amen…

Memorare (Prayer to Our Lady)
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen

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