Churches in Pittsburgh gathered to remember those lost to addiction and death. What else can church do after memorials?
On “International Overdose Awareness Day,” people gathered in downtown Pittsburgh to remember and reach out to others dealing with addiction.
At Trinity Cathedral on Sixth Avenue, the Church bell tolled 613 times to remember the 613 people who died from an overdose in Allegheny County in 2016. Bagpipes played as people gathered together praying for help and sharing their support.
Sam Gaetano, who is a recovering addict and minister, was one of the speakers at the event. “I’ve been on both sides of the coin. I’ve been lifeless and breathless on the floor more than once. Thank you for showing up and administering Narcan. I would not be here to talk about my story without that,” Gaetano said.
Later, on Thursday evening, a candlelight vigil was held at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Brentwood. Loved ones lit candles in honor of those who have been lost.