More than a dozen state troopers armed with assault rifles enter Newtown church after threat --Newtown Church Evacuated After Threat 16 Dec 2012 Police gave the "all clear" at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown after it was evacuated during a noon mass on Sunday due to a threat. Someone made a very menacing phone call to the church, according to Brian Wallace, a spokesperson for the diocese. Rev. Luke Suarez was giving the homily around 12:30 p.m. when the church pastor, Monsignor Robert Weiss, interrupted him and told parishioners they had to evacuate. More than a dozen state troopers armed with assault rifles entered the church and then the church's education center on Church Hill Road, according to NBC Connecticut.