Categories: Regional
      Date: Dec 24, 2012
     Title: Bishop McDonnell addresses Newtown tragedy in Christmas letter



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Staff report

SPRINGFIELD -- In his annual Christmas letter to the people of the Diocese of Springfield, Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell reflected on the crises that occurred in the last year, including Super Storm Sandy and the terrible events of Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

Regarding the Newtown tragedy, he reflected on the lasting impact of such an event, writing, “The peace of mind, of heart, of soul that we can so easily take for granted was shattered for individuals, families and a whole community.”

He went on to stress that "only through our faith can we persevere in such times of great personal trial."

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“We pray for Christmas peace in the minds and hearts and souls of all who have suffered such terrible losses," he wrote. "We pray that Christ comfort them and that our prayers, our support, our concern go some small way toward giving them some consolation.  At a time of such tragedy, prayer is a very special gift to give.”

Bishop McDonnell will celebrate Christmas Eve Mass on Monday at 4 p.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St., Springfield. The special liturgy will be recorded for broadcast on Christmas morning at 11 a.m. on WWLP-22NEWS.