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Candlelight Vigil For Newtown Tragedy Held At Manasquan Inlet

Over 70 people, young and old, come together for prayer

Some needed a shoulder to lean on.

Others looked for answers.

Still others wondered what they could do to help prevent such a tragedy from ever repeating itself.

The Rev. Jim Hofacker, a Point Pleasant Beach resident, and Music Pastor Jerry Catney provided spiritual guidance for all at a candlelight prayer vigil, held Sunday night in Point Pleasant Beach, for the shooting that occurred Friday morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Amid the backdrop of the fisherman's memorial and the sound of the waves quietly thrashing in the Manasquan Inlet, Catney posed a question.

"So where do we go from here?" he asked.

"We can reach out and try to love someone else the way we love ourselves," he answered. "We can make a difference in our community."

"Look at the kids," he said, referring to groups of children huddled with candles in hand. "Do you want them to grow up in a safe place?"

Felicia Catney, 18, led the crowd in an emotional rendition of "Amazing Grace."

Following her guitar playing and singing, Jim Catney asked those in attendance to pray for the parents of the 20 children who lost their lives.

"Pray that they'll be able to get through this the best they can," he said.

Hofacker asked for prayers for the parents of each of the 20 children.

"Pray for those who are isolated and have no friends," he added.

The vigil concluded with the song, "Let There Be Peace on Earth."

"Live the words every day and every minute," said Hofacker.

The vigil was organized by Kiel Arnone, 18, a volunteer with the Point Pleasant First Aid and Emergency Squad and Point Pleasant Borough resident.

"I was lying in bed watching this unfold," Arnone said. "That's when I thought there must be something our community can do to show support."

FRANK R. WLUDYKA December 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I was there last night and I never felt so much love and warmth from a group of people in My Entire Life. I felt like i was in church. Funny thing tho, the church me and my wife just started to go to were there. and Felicia Catney is a good friend of my son Evan. I step up to the table set up there and she puts me right to work help her and her mom and a friend. I felt that I fit right in there. God is so good. I pray for all the people so hurt in the sandy hook tragedy. My love is with you all. yours truly, Frank Wludyka of Point Pleasant N.J.
Laura Ann December 18, 2012 at 07:37 AM
It was a lovely tribute. We had candles and sang " Amazing Grace". They read all the names of the 27 killed. The had 20 blue and white balloons for the 20 children who were murdered. They released them into the sky. My candle kept going out but I realized there were 20 extra bright twinkling lights in the sky showing us the way. All 27 have their wings now and will watch over their loved ones. Tragic tragic story with no answer why. People are numb. I can not get passed the part that this physco path who has head problems was showed how to use his mothers guns. WTF? Then he shoots and killes his mother and gets in his car and drives 5 miles to the elementary school and killed 6 and 7 year olds and not blink. What kind of EVIL is this!!!??? I am glad he is dead. Shows what a coward he was.

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