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St. Pat's students hold Sandy Hook prayer vigil

A portion of the program involved students carrying the names of each victim from Sandy Hook to the front of the sanctuary to remember them. A portion of the program involved students carrying the names of each victim from Sandy Hook to the front of the sanctuary to remember them.
The entire school attended the vigil. The entire school attended the vigil.
Gregory Garand, a parent at St. Patrick's of Heatherdowns, says the vigil was heartbreaking and put things into perspective. Gregory Garand, a parent at St. Patrick's of Heatherdowns, says the vigil was heartbreaking and put things into perspective.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

With the tragedy of the Sandy Hook shootings still fresh on their minds, parents and students at a local school opened their hearts for a vigil to lift each other and those affected miles away up in prayer.

It has been a month since the school shootings in Newtown, CT took the lives of 26 people, mostly first-graders.

Students at St. Patrick's of Heatherdowns say although they may be miles away from where the tragedy happened, prayers can reach across that distance to offer comfort.

Parents and students were invited to participate in a prayer vigil Wednesday afternoon planned by two fifth-grade students. The girls planned everything from the prayers to the music and the entire school attended the service.

The children sang songs and prayed for one another, as well as for the survivors and victims in CT. There was even a portion of the program where students carried the names of each victim to the front of the sanctuary to remember them.

"[It was] absolutely heartbreaking and it put it in perspective for a lot of people. But it also lets people know that healing can take place. I think that's the message we have here. Our community cares for one another, and I think that's ultimately what we're called to do," said Gregory Garand a parent at St. Pat's.

School officials estimate there were more than 400 people on hand to show their support.

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