12-hour prayer service to honor woman injured in building collapse

BURLINGTON, Ky. -- A parish is putting their faith in the power of prayer to help one of its own.

Valerie McNamara, volunteer teacher and parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary, was chaperoning a school field trip Thursday when a roof partially collapsed, hitting her and three others in the head.

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McNamara is in the hospital with brain trauma, and members of the church will be holding a 12-hour prayer service, from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, in honor of McNamara.

Father Nicholas Rottman said members of the parish wanted to do all they could for her.

"They want to get together publicly and with each other because it reminds them that we're all in this together," Rottman said.

Rottman said she is only partially conscious, but she was able to squeeze the doctor’s hand when he asked her to.

"Only the doctors and professionals can really do anything practical,” Rottman said. “But people still want to be able to do something, and I think that's when they--not just turn to God because they've already been doing that but they want to get together."

A woman of strong faith, Rottman thinks that will help her pull through. He hopes the prayer service will help her and her family.

"We love them,” Rottman said. “We pray for them. Anything we can help them with-- we will help them with."

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