How God can bring about good, even in the wake of unspeakable evil.

Once upon a time, I went to church every Sunday. I went to Catholic school — St. Stephen in Hamden. But as high school wore on, I attended Mass less and less. Eventually, my participation was reduced to the holidays — Christmas morning and Easter Sunday, maybe the odd Mass in between. In the past few years, I’ve abandoned even the holidays, leaving me agnostic at best.

But on Saturday, I was assigned to cover a Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church, a Catholic church in Newtown.

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In the wake of unspeakable evil and death …

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St. Rose of Lima has taken center stage in the aftermath of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14, which left 20 children and seven adults dead.

Parishioners and community members gathered for a prayer vigil the night of the shootings and flocked to Sunday Masses seeking solace. They looked to Msgr. Weiss and his staff and other Catholic leaders for pastoral outreach in the aftermath of the violence.

Eighteen children died at the school and two others died after they had been rushed to the hospital. All of the children were first-graders. The adults included the principal and five teachers, as well as the gunman.

Police officials identified the shooter as Adam Lanza, 20, and said he killed himself as first responders arrived on the scene.

Many of the dead were Catholic and were known in the St. Rose parish family. Wallace said funerals for eight of the children and one of the adults were being scheduled at St. Rose. Two funerals took place Dec. 18.

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Shooter Adam Lanza, his mother and eight of the child victims attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

NEWTOWN, CT. — Events at the St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown have been canceled for the rest of the day after someone called and threatened to kill people, a spokesman for the local diocese said this afternoon, though law enforcement officials said they are no longer worried about the threat.

Hundreds of parishioners attending Mass were evacuated from the building around 12:30 p.m. as state police in tactical gear arrived and surrounded the church’s educational center.

Six men in camouflage uniforms were seen exiting the church. Firefighters and paramedics also responded, but a state police official said he had “no idea” what was going on.

A woman who was evacuated during the service repeated, “I don’t understand. I don’t understand.”

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