Written by: Tim Daniels
(ZENIT News / Uvalde, Texas, 01.06.2022).- Days after the killings in Uvalde, Texas, in which an 18 year-old Hispanic youth opened fire in the Robb elementary school and shot dead 19 children and two teachers, the bereaved of the Uvalde community, of just 16,000 inhabitants, are now faced with the need to hold the funerals and burials of their loved ones.
The Catholic Church in Uvalde is the church of the Sacred Heart. The parish priest is Father Eduardo Morales. In the next two weeks Father Morales will preside over 12 funerals, as the families have opted for private ceremonies rather than a massive one, which implies holding the funerals little by little.
In statements to WFAA-TV, Father Morales said in this regard: “It’s like a great funeral that doesn’t end.” On Saturday, the 28th, Father Morales also said to the Washington Post: “Everyone here knows someone who was killed. I am burying the faithful, but they are people I’ve known my whole life, and this is what makes it difficult.”
During the Masses in recent days, Father Morales said to the local Catholics: “it’s ok to be angry, but that anger must not become hatred. There will be many tears and much sadness. But as we continue to celebrate their lives, they will be turned into tears of joy.”
On Sunday, May 29, President Biden and his wife Jill went to Uvalde. In fact, after visiting the monument in front of the Robb primary school, where the attacks took place, the Bidens went to Mass in the church where the funerals will be held, namely, Father Morales’ church, the parish of the Sacred Heart.