Newman Center worships Lofton Hazelwood – Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-10-21 23:07:41 –

Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) —The Catholic Newman Center worshiped Thursday night for Thomas “Lofton” Hazelwood, 18, who died on Monday due to “suspicion of alcohol toxicity”.

Two days after they gathered outside the church Rosary service, A student at the University of Kentucky returned to pray for Hazelwood and his family.

“Many of us still don’t fully know how to handle it,” said Karys Whitehead, a sophomore in the UK. “At this point, I don’t know where to go, so I’m very grateful that the Newman Center has given us the opportunity to mourn together.”

Whitehead attends Mass on a regular basis. She didn’t know Hazelwood, but said she felt a special call to attend the service on Thursday night.

“I remember working on Bible studies on Monday night, and I saw ambulances and fire trucks across the street,” Whitehead said. “All I could do was pray. I didn’t know who was involved, but the prayers of this era are so powerful that I just sat down and prayed.”

During his service, Father Steve Roberts acknowledged the pain that many feel during this difficult time.

“This is the time when we need each other,” said Father Roberts. “So reach out. Reach out to family and friends. Reach out and support each other, love each other, and reach out to your church community.”

Father Roberts also encouraged students to seek guidance through on-campus counseling services.

Hazelwood visits will take place on Friday, October 22nd, from 2pm to 8pm and on Saturday, October 23rd, from 11am to 12pm under the Holy Name of the Jesus Catholic Church in Henderson, Kentucky. His funeral mass follows Saturday’s 12:00 pm visit.

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