NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The pastor of a church in Newtown, Conn., that was attended by eight of the child victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has told parishioners that this Christmas Day "is the day we begin everything all over again."
The Rev. Robert Weiss spoke at the second of four Masses at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.
Recalling the events of eleven days ago, Weiss said, "The moment the first responder broke through the doors, we knew good always overcomes evil."
Today, he says, "We know Christmas in a way we never ever thought we would know it."
Last night, an overflow crowd of several hundred people attended Christmas Eve services at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown. They were greeted by the sounds of a children's choir, in a sanctuary hall decorated with green wreaths and red bows.
The service took on a celebratory tone, and made only a few vague references to the shooting.
Newtown continues to receive an outpouring of support and sympathy from other communities. Today, police officers from elsewhere are on duty, to give local officers a break on Christmas.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.