Area Clergy Plan Candlelight Vigil for Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Tonight
The vigil is planned for 6 p.m. tonight at Gotwals Elementary School.
According to The Times Herald, local religious leaders have planned a candlelight vigil for 6 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 19, in front of Gotwals Elementary at Swede and East Oak streets to remember the victims of Friday's mass shooting in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
"We are trying to bring across a sense of unity and care," Bishop Dennis Joell of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church told the Herald. "It is important because there is a lot of pain from the event of these children being murdered. We want to reassure the children that they don’t have to fear. We want to be proactive to communicate that reassurance to them. What they have been seeing on television is not an everyday occurrence."
Bishop Richard McCray, pastor of the Norristown Church of God and president of the Greater Norristown Area Ministerium will lead the group in prayer along with other members of the Ministerium.
Members of Bishop McCray's church attended a similar vigil with other Norristown residents held Sunday in front of Alfredo's Restaurant.
"It is only a 30-minute program," Bishop McCray told the Herald. "We are just encouraging our community that something positive will come from this tragedy."
Read more about the planned vigil here.
Thanks to Norristown Patch reader Teresa Medvetz for pictures of the vigil at Alfredo's Restaurant.