Danbury-Area Towns Host Tribute to Newtown

Sandy Hool School VigilLocal towns will host a tribute to Newtown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the O’Neill Center of Western Connecticut State University.

Danbury Region have come together to organize a Tribute to Newtown.  The gathering will be a way for the people of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman to come together in this time of need.

The tribute will include various musical performances from choirs and musicians as well as remarks by community leaders including Western Connecticut State University President, Dr. James Schmotter.

Western Connecticut State University will welcome guests to this regional tribute event on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in support of Newtown, and everyone affected by the tragic school shooting last week.  A Tribute to Newtown will take place at the O’Neill Center on the Westside Campus of WCSU in Danbury, Connecticut.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton explained, “We have all been affected by this tragic event in some way.  We are hoping that this gathering will provide solace and comfort during a time of confusion and sadness.”

New Fairfield First Selectman, John Hodge has been vital to the organization of this event; he explained, “We want individuals from the entire region to join us for an uplifting event that will enable them to move forward with a more positive outlook despite the sadness that we are all feeling.”

SPSA Church will be participating in the event. Please contact Fr. Andrew Awad 203-455-7447 for more info.

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

sandy hook shootingThe Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America offers her deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and to the entire community of Newtown, Connecticut. This tragedy affects us all, and we grieve for the children and adults who lost their lives to such a senseless act of violence. We pray that all those who mourn are comforted by the abiding love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the knowledge that they are cherished in the hearts and prayers of their brothers and sisters throughout the world who stand beside them during this time of unimaginable sorrow.

May the God whose birth in our hearts we await this Advent season bring us hope, peace, strength, wisdom and new life in Jesus Christ, and may He grant rest and joy to the souls of the victims.

A prayer vigil will be held during Liturgy this Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. at St. Peter & St. Andrew Coptic Orthodox Church in Stamford, Connecticut.

For any further information, please contact Father Andrew Awad at 203.455.7447.

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