Interfaith Service Held For Connecticut Victims

SCRANTON — The victims in Connecticut’s shooting were remembered again with another vigil Friday night.

Volunteers with the non-profit organization Marley’s Mission put together a prayer service at Saint Peter’s Cathedral.

Voices singing amazing grace filled Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton as many gathered for a somber interfaith prayer service.

This vigil was to remember the 26 victims killed in the elementary school shooting in Connecticut one week ago.

Ann Cook and Kimberly Portanova-Fiebus are with Marley’s Mission, a non-profit organization and the two put this together.

For Cook, this is personal; she grew up not far from where the tragedy occurred.

“A small community, very similar to the one I grew up in, a few exits away,” said Cook. “So to those is kind of my way to kind of have that connection to back home.”

“To show our community and extend our love to the community of Newtown, Connecticut, our little glimmer of light here,” said Portanova-Fiebus.

“It’s just really, really horrible that the families and their siblings and their friends have to go through the death of all those little children and parents,” said Isabella, Portanova-Fiebus’ nine year old daughter.

Four faith leaders took turns addressing the crowd offering words of inspiration in this time of sorrow.

“We are gathered here tonight in this cathedral to express our solidarity with the Newtown, Connecticut community,” said  Father Phil Altavilla, the rector of Saint Peter’s Cathedral.

Candles were lit for each of the deceased, including one for the shooter’s mother, who was killed by her son.

“As every faith leader talked to tonight we are all god’s children and she was murdered, her life was taken very tragically,” said Portanova-Fiebus.

As the lights were dimmed, 27 candles burned brightly on the alter as participants held candles of their own.

These victims may no longer be here but they are remembered.



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