"The shock goes away, but the sadness seeps into you," the Greenwich resident said. "We feel deficient ... helpless."
Moretti, the mother of an elementary school teacher and a grandmother of eight, said the entire community is grief-stricken; the holiday season festivity has been drained, decorations are up, but no one is whistling or humming.
Residents attending the Mass were invited to gather and reflect on the pain caused by the shooting.
The Rev. Frank Wissel held the service for anyone who wanted to join and find faith. His hope was that attendees would leave with more inner peace, while he said nothing could eliminate the sorrow.
"(We need to) align ourselves with those in pain, and suffering and look at our own pain," Wissel said.
David Dandrea, also of Greenwich, said he attended to help the community heal and also to lend his support.
"It's about healing now," he said. "America is one big, broken heart."
Even though it did not happen in the immediate area, he said the whole country has been rattled.
The Mass consisted of hymns, readings from the Bible and prayer. Some 100 adults and a dozen children attended.
Wissel preached that mankind is good, but individuals make bad decisions. He said guns "always leave the tragedy" and should be controlled more strictly. He likened God to a teddy bear who wants to make people feel warm, safe and peaceful.
Kathleen Dorrian, of Greenwich, a retired teacher, said the biggest message she took from the service was the teddy bear metaphor. She said it made her imagine God holding all the children who were killed.
Wissel said he noticed a higher than normal attendance at Sunday's Masses, crediting it to people who need to find faith after the shooting. He said he took extra time talking to children to explain the tragedy.