On INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND, CHICAGO 2014, the headline news read, “Blood on the Fourth of July” Chicago’s deadly, gun-fueled holiday weekend was only marginally worse than last year’s holiday weekend. Here in the communities we serve, 82 people were shot in an 84-hour window, according to the Chicago Tribune. Fourteen were dead by Monday morning, including two boys, aged 14 and 16. This year’s July Fourth bloody toll was not unusual, last year more than 70 people were shot. The following weekend, July 14, 2014 headline news read, “4 Dead, 29 Wounded…”
The Lord said, 14 if my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
This country has one of the highest rates of interpersonal violence of any industrialized country and the facts should disturb our souls and cause us to act in bold unprecedented ways.
Violence affects us all – even youth who are not direct victims of violence—are victims to the chronic presence of violence via the media, in their homes, and in some neighborhoods. It is part of a daily life.
On Saturday, August 30, the Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago, in collaboration with many Priests, Deacons and laity from various communities, will pray together for non-violence and peace - the healing of our families, schools, and communities. This is only one thing that can be done, and we all know there is much work to be done. Please join us and receive our handbook title “A CALL TO ACTION” where we have outline a list of things that everyone can do.
SUNRISE PRAYER SERVICE & MASS
August 30, 2014
6:30 am – 8:00 am
41st Street & Lake Shore Drive
For additional information and confirmation of attendance, please contact:
Deacon LeRoy Gill at 773-933-0027/email firstname.lastname@example.org