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Prayer Service Held for Elementary School Shooting Victims

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Rochester: Prayer Service Held for Elementary School Shooting Victims
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The shooting in Connecticut has many in the community reflecting on the tragedy.

Friday night, a prayer service was held for the families impacted at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. As more details come out of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, many are starting to have more questions than answers.

"Even though this is a total act of evil, we won't know the cause, we won't know why," said Donald Bandura, of Rochester.

Donald and his son Donta were among three dozen at Sacred Heart Cathedral hoping for answered prayers.

"It's been a topic of conversation since I picked him up from school today and I try to be truthful and explain to him acts of this nature are just an exception not the rule," said Donald.

"It's just not right that somebody can kill little kids like that," said Donta.

A regular weekly youth service was planned. Instead, it was canceled in light of the elementary school shooting that rocked our nation.

"It's mourning for us all as a country, truly, because anytime one of us is hurt or dies, it affects us all," said Vicky Rippel, St. Kateri Tekawitha Youth Ministry Director.

Nancy Sanzotta and her family believe coming together is where the community draws strength from one another.

"There are no words. I cannot imagine what those people went through or are going though. This is the place that you come to deal with something like that," said Sanzotta, of Rochester.

Ministry leaders say they hope their youth will leave with a better sense of comfort and their faith reaffirmed.

"We live in a world where there is so much tragedy around them and for them to know there is still love, I think that's the most important thing," said Rippel. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP