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AN ECUMENICAL RALLY FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

The Diocese of Joliet, University of St. Francis and local Protestant communities are sponsoring a Virtual Ecumenical Prayer Rally for Racial Justice on SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020 at 11:00 am.

In light of recent events with George Floyd and other victims, this prayer rally is intended to express solidarity with our African American and Hispanic sisters and brothers as well as to spur continuing conversion among our fellow Christians to guarantee racial justice in our land.

Please announce this event as you open your churches and place it on your parish website. All are invited to join us virtually at http://www.dioceseofjoliet.org/.

 

A CALL FOR PEACE AND CALM

Now more than ever we need to be with one in prayer. The devastation that surrounds us, the wounds of injustice that have never been healed, and the call for action and change have provoked images that will be etched in our hearts.

Tonight I call us to be one in prayer in our homes. I ask you to gather your household at the inside of the front door of your home or dwelling place at anytime between 6:45 and 7:15 tonight.

During this time I invite you to spend 15 minutes in prayer. I ask you to begin with a moment of silence for George Floyd and his family at this time of loss. I ask you to then move to a prayer form you are most
comfortable with for the remainder of the time. It can be recited or silent, scripture based or traditional.

The doorway is a powerful symbol. We choose to open a door or to keep it closed. We choose who is let in and who is not. We ask God to open the doors to our hearts and minds that the power of peace and calm may prevail in these troubling and unsettling times.

Thank you for being one with me and each other in this important moment as we place our trust in God.

Fr. John J. Ouper

 

TIMES OF UNREST AND CHURCH TEACHINGS ABOUT RACISM

Archbishop Gomez’s Statement: George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Racism: Open Wide Our Hearts

From the USCCB: Responding to the Sin of Racism

From the USCCB: Educational Resources on Racism

 

MESSAGES FROM BISHOP PATES

YouTube:  Regarding the Death of George Floyd and the Nationwide Protests and Riots

YouTube:  Young Adults: Your Church Needs You!

 


Church Reopening

Reopening Announcement:  Mass Attendance Guidelines

Phased Reopening:  Parishes of the Diocese of Joliet

 


Other Announcements

Prayers:  For Diocese and New Bishop

Click here:  For Litany for Peace and Healing

Contact Info:  St. Vincent De Paul