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Apr 22, 2012 9:21 PM

Celis family prays for safety of their missing girl

TUCSON - The Celis family attended Church early Sunday morning to pray for the safety of their little girl Isabel.

News 4 Tucson talked to the priest Miguel Mariano who said the family is trying to stay strong during this difficult time.

"Obviously it's natural for them to feel distraught over the loss--disappearance of their daughter Isabel, but they are holding on to their faith that God may intercede and that God may bring her home safely," said Mariano.

The priest told us the family was in early Sunday for advice.

He said they kneeled down before the statue of the Virgin Mary to pray for their daughter's safe return.

"The advice that I gave them is pray, pray, pray during this time of difficulty," said Mariano.

Throughout the day, the congregation also followed that advice as they continued that circle of prayer.

"I assured them of our support, and if there is anything that we could do to help them that we are here for them and with them," said Mariano.

The congregation said they hope the family knows they're not alone.

"God bless the child and hopefully we will find her, and if we could just let everyone else know," said parishioner Jhenitva Raygova.

The parish also ordered fliers to post around their church and school.

They're handing them out to everyone in the congregation.

There are more than two thousand people who belong to the parish, so the priest said he hopes spreading the word that way as well could help bring Isabel home.

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