Hundreds attend Mass for slain journalist from NH
Speaking to the gathering, the Rev. Paul Gousse concluded people must rely on their faith, especially when tragedy strikes so close to home.
"It's been a rough week - especially for the Foley family," Gousse said. "For us, it's personal because they are family - they are part of the family."
After fielding a slew of questions from members of the media in the past week, Gousse told the hundreds of parishioners that this tragedy has raised more questions than answers.
Gousse said faith guides him through. He added faith means more than merely going to church - it's about believing.
Gousse said Foley's death changes things forever.
"I think a lot of people are starting to realize this is closer than we might realize," Gousse said, adding this incident "put "Rochester on the map internationally."
"'I have to. The world needs to know the plight of these people who are being treated like grass under other people's feet,'" Gousse said.
To help Foley's family, friends and neighbors understand what must be done, Gousse said. He called them to renew their baptismal promises and reject evil Saturday afternoon.
Fellow parishioners expressed their sympathies for the Foley family, who have been joined in prayer for the past two years. Some felt Foley sacrificed himself for his beliefs and others believe it will take a great deal of sacrifice to deal with the Muslim extremists behind his death.
A holy Mass of healing, hope and peace is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.