"It was really an amazing time for parents to bring back memories," he said.
He said the prayer vigil that packed St. Rose of Lima Parish to capacity on the evening of Dec 14. really showed what "kind of town Newtown is."
"People came together to care and to support," he said. "Hopefully we can just keep the community together and they can console each other."
He shared that "many of the families" he spoke with following the shooting found consolation in the knowledge that even though their child was killed, "at least they know their child is safe, they know where they are."
"And that's a terrible thought for any parent raising a child today to think that they might have to grow up in a world like this."
"I pray that the Lord just lift up these families and that they know especially their children are safe," he said.
Even in the face of such violence, Msgr. Weiss said, "if we work together, good things can happen."
The victims of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have now been identified as Charlotte Bacon, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Olivia Engel, 6; Josephine Gay, 7; Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6; Dylan Hockley, 6; Madeleine F. Hsu, 6; Catherine V. Hubbard, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; Jesse Lewis, 6; James Mattioli, 6; Grace McDonnell, 7; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack Pinto, 6; Noah Pozner, 6; Caroline Previdi, 6; Jessica Rekos, 6; Aviele Richman, 6; Benjamin Wheeler, 6; Allison N. Wyatt, 6; Dawn Hochsprung, 47; Rachel Davino, 29; Ann Marie Murphy, 52; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; and Victoria Soto, 27.