Posts Tagged ‘Newtown’

Turning Tragedy Into Kindness

Friday, December 13th, 2013

To mark the one-year anniversary tomorrow of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, relatives of the young victims said they would light a candle today, Friday, and urged people to honor the victims  by finding ways to give back to their own communities.

Newtown officials asked for privacy as they joined the victims’ families in calling for people to mark the event by performing acts of kindness or volunteering with charities, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

“In this way, we hope that some small measure of good may be returned to the world,” JoAnn Bacon told the news organization.

Ms. Bacon’s 6-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was among the 20 students and six educators shot to death in the school on Dec. 14, 2012. She was reading from a statement released by the families of all 26 victims.

Please join us at Catholic Charities in honoring the victims and their families.

Your involvement can take many different forms:  making a donation, lending your time, and lending your voice to help those in need.

Harlem Mother Fights Back After Losing Two Sons to Gun Violence

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

February is the toughest month, Jackie Rowe-Adams tells Msgr. Kevin Sullivan during their conversation aired on JustLove on February 23.  Her two sons were shot dead in Harlem, one 15 years ago, one 30 years ago and both in February.  They died for no good reason, just crazy gun violence.

“Who’s giving our kids all these guns?” she asks.  “We have to take charge, take back our kids, take back our community.”

To fight back, Ms.  Rowe-Adams co-founded Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. (Stop Another Violent Act) in 2006.

The group meets regularly at Catholic Charities Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial Community Center in Harlem.

Ms. Rowe-Adams confronted National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre at the group’s convention in April, she told Msgr. Sullivan, and heard back from him this month after the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting.

Listen to JustLove, the Catholic Channel, to learn more about how Harlem mothers are fighting gun violence and the support they receive from Catholic Charities.

JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10 am EST on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129.

Struggling to find meaning after the Sandy Hook school shooting?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

It’s been less than a month since 27 people, including 20 children and six school employees, were shot dead in Sandy Hook Elementary School and the close-knit Newtown,  Fairfield County community is still struggling to find meaning in this almost unspeakable tragedy.

Listen to JustLove, the Catholic Channel, as Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities in Fairfield provides his personal account of the “tremendous spiritual hunger” he witnessed in this overwhelmingly Catholic Connecticut town and learn about support provided by Catholic Charities, the Church and the community.

“You pray and keep going and know that the good Lord is there,” he said. “He’s not casting us overboard and saying good luck with this one. He’s there every day and brings different challenges”

JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10 am EST on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129.