As a school we strive to teach our students respect for people of all nationalities, religions and creeds. As Catholic Christians we join people of all faith traditions as we pray for peace and unity.
Our parish flag was at half staff following the terrible tragedy in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Here is the p.a. prayer we prayed on Tuesday, October 30th:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
On Saturday morning people were in a synagogue praying in Pennsylvania. They were mainly elderly people. As they were praying, 11 of the people were shot by a person who was filled with hate and anger, and who talked on the internet about harming people he disliked. The people in the synagogue were Jewish. One reason the mean person hurt them is because he disliked their religion.
Today we pray that people use the internet for positive reasons, and not for bullying or spreading hate. We pray for an end to gun violence. We pray that violent people will get the help they need, and never spread violence to others.
Our prayer is a Jewish prayer which is always included in prayers for the dead. It is a prayer first learned by our ancestors in faith.
Please listen as we pray this prayer for those who died and for those who mourn them:
Hear O Israel, the eternal one, alone, is our God.
Blessed is God’s glory forever and ever. Amen.
May we be God’s instrument of peace, help and love this day.
In the Name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.