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Our mourning community seeks ways to help, show love and compassion

 Hello, Scecina Community, 

This past weekend, we tragically lost a young member of our community to a senseless act of violence. We mourn the premature loss of Xavier Weir, a young man with the gifts and God-given potential that each of us has. 

At times like these, many of us feel helpless because it is difficult to know what to do and say to comfort any family that mourns the loss of a loved one. Certainly, it helps to let the family know they are in our thoughts and prayers. 

Still, we want to do more. One of Scecina’s students found several ways our school could help to ease the financial burden that comes from the loss of a loved one. 

The student, with the help of her mother, made remembrance bracelets and Oreo truffles to sell at school. She got permission to have a dress out day so our students could be out of uniform, and this was yet another way for the students, faculty, and staff to do more by donating money for this worthy cause. 

Her selflessness reminded me of what Mother Theresa once said, “We can do no great things – only small things with great love.” She and all who participated in this effort did some small things with great love in respect to Xavier and his family. 

I cannot stop thinking that, if we join hands and band together, we can think of ways to reduce violence in our city. I know we can accomplish this with great love. 

Please keep the Weir family and all victims of violence in your prayers. 

You remain in my thoughts and prayers. 

Joseph Brettnacher, Ph.D.

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