Maybe you have already seen this request for prayers? In case you have not, please read below (re-posting from CatholicVote.org; original request from Fr. Luke Suarez's sister, Tabitha) :
God's grace to your days...
Dear CV Friends,
Imagine being a
Catholic priest in Newtown, CT.
Fr. Luke Suarez and Msgr. Robert Weiss
serve at St. Rose of Lima parish in the heart of the shattered New England town.
CV blogger Tom Crowe personally knows Fr. Luke as he was in seminary with him
for a year.
Tom also knows Fr. Luke's sister, who penned the note below.
We send it along and hope you will be moved to act on her suggestion.
- Your Friends at CatholicVote.org
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.
Luke has an impossible task before him. His diocese is without a bishop right
now…. Monsignor … is personally devastated by the losses. The parish is very
large…. 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
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.
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.