To prepare for Friday's Day of Prayer, click here to watch this two-minute video created by the Burlington VT Diocese. Join us at one of our gatherings on Friday at 6:30 AM, Noon and 7 PM.
In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, USCCB President, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, has designated September 9, the Feast of St. Peter Claver, to be a National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. St. Peter Claver (1581-1654) was a Spanish Jesuit who, for more than 30 years, ministered to the needs of the 10,000 Africans who arrived each year to be sold as slaves.
In requesting our participation in this National Day of Prayer for Our Communities, Archbishop Kurtz stressed "the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence." Kurtz said. "The Day of Prayer will help us advance in that direction.”
Let us participate in the September 9 Day of Prayer, deepening our commitment to heal ourselves and our communities. May this lead us to step forward, as Peter Claver did, to embrace the suffering, through individual and unified, concrete actions animated by the love of Christ. May we nurture peace and build bridges of communication and mutual aid in our own communities.
Diocese and parishes throughout the US are readying the faithful to participate in this Day of Prayer. Let us ready ourselves and mark our calendars with reminders about participating in this important Day of Prayer.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITIES
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
St. Michael Church
6:30 AM Rosary and Litany for Peace
7:00 AM Mass
Noon Ringing of the Catholic Church Bells throughout the U.S.
12:30 PM Rosary and Litany for Peace
7:00 PM Rosary and Litany for Peace
PRAYER: Gracious God,
We pray for peace in our communities this day.
We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,
And those who work to uphold law and justice.
We pray for an end to fear,
For comfort and support to those who suffer.
For calm in our streets and cities,
That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.
In your mercy, hear our prayers,
now and always. Amen. Church of England
Click here to read about some ways you and your parish can work for peace and cultivate justice.
Click here for information on St. Peter Claver.