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BISHOP: 'When that grief is shared together, it's bearable' community takes part in vigil for Father Freed

Ever since last week’s tragic events, the North Coast community has been in a state of shock over the loss of Father Eric Freed. Today a series of vigils gave people an outlet in the mourning process.

"This is a time and moment of extreme grief for the parishioners and we're all grieving together,” Bishop Robert Vasa said. “When that grief is shared together, it's bearable. Father Eric was one that promoted joy and to encourage them not to lose joy even in the face of such dire circumstances."

Bishop Vasa is from The Diocese of Santa Rosa. He said he made the trip up north as soon as he heard of Father Freed’s death. Today there were three vigils offered to cater to all the people who have been affected. Bishop Vasa said offering multiple vigils gives everyone an opportunity to take part in the grieving process. Father Michael Cloney, a Humboldt native led this afternoon’s vigil. Vigil services will continue throughout the night until 9 a.m. Monday.

"Anyone who wants to stop through the church and spend some quiet time— praying for and saying their fond farewells to Father Eric can do so,” Bishop Vasa said.

Saint Bernard's Church will be open until 9 a.m. Monday for quiet prayer with regular mass following. Father Freed’s funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Church at 11:30 a.m. with a reception at Saint Bernard’s Hall after.