NKY, Cinti, Indy to Observe Day of Prayer in September
The Diocese of Covington will pray in all parishes, and the bishops Archdioceses of Cincinnati and Indianapolis will hold special Masses, on September 9th, a National Day of Prayer called for by the bishops of the United States.
The President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz (Louisville), called for Sept. 9th to be a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Community.
A response to racially motivated violence affecting many U.S. communities, Sept. 9th is the Feast of St. Peter Claver. A Spanish Jesuit priest and missionary who ministered to slaves for 40 years in Columbia, St. Peter baptized some 300,000 slaves. He is the patron saint of slaves, the Republic of Colombia, and ministry to African Americans.
Covington Bishop Roger Foys has declared a Day of Prayer and Penance for the diocese. All churches will be open for prayer, and most will hold Eucharistic Adoration. Students in Catholic schools will pray the rosary simultaneously, and Bishop Foys will lead at a Holy Hour for Peace at 7 pm at the city’s cathedral.
Bishop Foys will also lead Vespers for peace on Sept. 11th at the cathedral (see box below).
In the Archdiocse of Cincinnati, two special Masses will mark the National Day of Prayer, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will celebrate Mass at the Church of the Resurrection (Bond Hill/Cincinnati) at 9 am, and Bishop Joe Binzer will celebrate Mass at Precious Blood Church (Dayton) at 8:30 am. Both churches have a largely African-American heritage.
Each parish in the Archdiocese is being encouraged to send at least one representative to one of the two Masses, so that the local Church, a reflection of the universality of the Catholic Church in the world, can worship and pray as one.
“We cannot emphasize enough the importance of the local, Catholic community lending its prayers and faithful action to advancing racial reconciliation and peace,” Archbishop Schnurr said.
Because many people cannot attend a weekday Mass, Archbishop Schnurr also asks that all parishes extend the spirit of the Day of Prayer to their Sunday, Sept. 11th Masses. The Archdiocese has given all parishes liturgical resources and suggested readings for both days.
Indianapolis will hold a Day of Peace prayer service at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Indianapolis, beginning at 6 pm. Fr. Doug Hunter will celebrate.
“In the days ahead, we will 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,” wrote Archbishop Kurtz, who also appointed a task force to promote peace and healing
“By stepping forward to embrace the suffering, through unified, concrete action animated by the love of Christ, we hope to nurture peace and build bridges of communication and mutual aid in our own communities.”
“During this Jubilee Year of Mercy,” Archbishop Schnurr said, “all of us will want to take advantage of this opportunity to join other parishes in the Archdiocese and across the country as we pray for the peace of Christ to reign in our hearts, our homes, our parishes, our communities, and our nation.
Covington Vespers for Peace , Sept. 11
Bishop Roger Foys will celebrate Vespers for Peace at 3 pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption on Sept. 11th, the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack against the United States.
“I felt the need to do that for the same reason that Archbishop Kurtz is recommending the Day of Prayer for Peace — because we can forget,” said Bishop Foys. “When I look around me and I see the children in our high schools, for example, this is history to them. This is something that happened some time ago. They weren’t around for it. I think we as people and we as a Church need to remember events like this. We need to take stock where we are 15 years later. Where are we as a nation? Where are we as a world? Where are we as a Church?
“They say that those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it. It’s true. It goes hand in hand with that notion of indifference — something that happened way back when. These are historical facts but some of us lived through that and if we don’t pass the story on, who does? It gets lost. We also need to ask ourselves what caused that terrorist attack and what can we do to remedy that? So the 15th anniversary is a time, again, for us to come together, to take stock and to pray for peace.”
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