Monday, August 16, 2010
Ending Violence in our Hearts, Families, Schools and Streets
Breaking News Center: At least 40 Shot Across City Over Weekend
Chicago Tribune June 21, 2010
At Least 52 Shot, Seven Dead Over the Weekend.
Huffington Post: June 21, 2010
Chicago Violence Shows No Sign of Slowing Down in July: More Than 220 Murders Since January
Huffington Post August 13, 2010
Three police officers have been murdered since May. Last week, two young girls were gunned down in a drive-by shooting.
Enough! This is the tip of the iceberg – violent behavior is being cultivated and nurtured in our families, schools, workplace, and is ferociously destroying God’s people. It affects us all – even those who are not direct victims of violence are victims to the chronic presence of violence in the media, in our homes, and in some neighborhoods, it is a part of daily life. This trend of violent behavior must stop. Just as we have a responsibility for saving a child in the womb, we too have the responsibility to respect and protect life from birth through “natural” death.
What are we going to do about it! We can no longer close our eyes and ears hoping that someone else will take up the cross that we as church have committed to carry. As hearers and doers of the word, we are called to address this deadly phenomenon proactively. We passively promote violence by not acting. It is time to ACT NOW. On Saturday, AUGUST 21, 2010 from 6:30 am – 8:30 pm, we are asking the entire Church community to attend one of 5 Back to School Sunrise Prayer Services, and receive practical material to help you help yourself and others in reversing this devastating trend of violence that is destroying the future of humanity. Services shall be held at,
2873 East 75th Street, (75th at Lake Michigan)
Preaching Peace Sunrise Mass
63rd Street / Jackson Park Beach
6300 South Lake Shore Drive, (East Hayes Drive at Lake Michigan)
Sunrise Praise and Mass
Oakwood / 41st Street Beach
4100 South Lake Shore Drive, (41st Street at Lake Michigan)
Praise and Worship Service
31st Street Beach
3100 South Lake Shore Drive, (31st Street at Lake Michigan)
Spanish Language Service
Misa en Español y Reflexión
12th Street Beach
1200 South Lynn White Drive (12th Street at Lake Michigan)
Sunrise Praise and Mass.
With hopeful joy, we pray that all will commit to the work of eliminating violence in homes, schools, family and our streets. Decide what your household can do to bring about peace to the people of God.
“I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security”