Dear Holy Family Parishioners,
In a telegram sent to the Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas, Pope Francis offers his prayers and spiritual closeness to all those affected by the tragic shooting attack at the Uvalde elementary school.
Likewise, we at Holy Family, are in prayer and spiritual closeness with those affected by this attack. Sadly, we find ourselves, once again, seeking answers, praying for the victims, praying for peace. We continue to keep in prayer those who have lost loved ones in the numerous other events like this one.
In the words of St. Paul, May every evil be overcome by good.
PRAYER AGAINST VIOLENCE
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come to you burdened and grieved by the evil and destruction of violence, entrusting to your mercy each victim of this horrific crime.
Father of mercies and God of all consolation, who console us in our every affliction, comfort the families and friends of each victim, give solace to grieving communities, and bring peace to anxious hearts.
O God of peace, who are peace itself and whom a spirit of discord cannot grasp, nor a violent mind receive, grant to those who are tempted to commit these acts repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, so that they may return to their senses and escape the snare of the devil.
O God, author and lover of peace, defend against every attack those who cry to you, so that all who trust in your protection may not fear the weapons of any foe.
O God, merciful and strong, be pleased to banish violence swiftly from our midst and to wipe away all tears, so that we may all truly deserve to be called your children.
This webpage is meant to offer support.
- We have curated several good internet resources, for formation, prayer and support (see listings below).
- We are planning to have opportunities for people to gather in common prayer and for support (check back for dates and times).
Fridays at 6:00pm, the Live-stream Rosary will, in part, be for the intentions of the victims of the mass shooting. Click here to connect
Sunday, May 29th at Mary’s Grotto, look for tools for prayer
Sunday, June 5th in the Eden Center -Teen meeting at 6:45-7:45pm in the Eden Center. This will be an opportunity to listen and talk.
You might want to talk with someone. We have a number of qualified and gifted Spiritual Directors. Spiritual Direction is an opportunity to discover who we are in God, to let go of what is not working, to fully accept our lives and forgive ourselves and others. Please email Fr. Andrew Hedstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org more information or call 626-799-8908.
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting(The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – English/Spanish)
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers(National Association of School Psychologists)
- Helping Children Cope with Frightening News(Child Mind Institute)
- Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting(American Counseling Association)
- Trauma and Disaster Mental Health(American Counseling Association)
- Supporting Employees in Coping with Community Violence(Employee Assistance for Education –EASE)
- After the School Shooting: How to Help our Kids (Institute for Girls’ Development)
- Age-based tips and lessons to help students process upsetting events (Common Sense)
- How to Talk with Kids about Racism and Racial Violence (Common Sense)
- Prayer: Let the Shooting End (Sisters of Mercy)
- Litany of prayer after Texas school shooting (Aleteia)
Catholic Articles about Mass Shootings
- Backgrounder on Gun Violence: A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence, (USCCB)
- US Catholic bishops call for ‘honest dialogue’ on ‘persistent evil of racism’ after mass shootings (Catholic News Agency)
- Pope Francis prays for Texas shooting victims and calls for stricter gun control (America)
- Update: Bishops push gun control; some call mass shootings ‘pressing life issue’ (Catholic News Agency)
Be sure to visit this website as it is evolving as we make plans for gatherings and discover more resources.