Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

With a world struggling to stay together as a family of God because of the impact of COVID-19, we have witnessed the Evil One at work causing further division in God’s plan that “they all may be one.” It is horrifying and saddening to see the impact of racism, hatred, division and violence disrupting our nation. I urge the Church to turn to God, the Father of all, with increased fervor to bring to an end to this horrible hatred, division and violence. Also, please pray for our first responders who continue, with the utmost professionalism, to daily risk their lives as they respond to safeguard the common good for greater protection and respect of the human family. God truly desires that we all live in peace and safety united in His name as one family.

I ask that each parish add a special petition during the General Intercessions praying for an end to racism, hatred, division and violence. Praying that the Holy Spirit bring forth justice founded in peace and unity.

The following is an Opening Prayer for a Votive Mass #30 “For The Preservation of Peace and Justice.” Please feel free to use this in your bulletin and pray it at home.

“O God, who show a father’s care for all,
Grant, in your mercy,
That the members of the human race,
To whom you have given a single origin,
May form in peace a single family
And always be united by a fraternal spirit.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.”

John 17:20-21: “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.“

Sincerely in the Peace of Christ,
Bishop Chad Zielinski