Amidst parishioners and clergy from across the Diocese, Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, along with Coadjutor Bishop Oscar Cantú, led a Prayer for Reparations and Healing on October 1 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph.
Each of the Diocese’s 54 parishes was asked to send a representative to the service as the Bishop commissioned them that they may be “a tangible sign of our unity in prayer.”
In addition, each parish has been asked to celebrate “an evening of prayer and adoration” on one night each week in October. The night will vary from parish to parish, depending on parish schedules. Please check your parish bulletins regarding when this will be in your parish.
The Prayer Vigil was held in conjunction with the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, which has called on all parishes to dedicate the month of October, Mary’s month, to prayer for victims and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy, and those who enabled them.
In a previous letter to the priests, Bishop McGrath noted just some of the reasons to gather for this prayer: “Prayer for victims and survivors, prayer for the purification of the Church, prayer to continue to strengthen efforts aimed at the safety of children and all vulnerable persons and, finally, prayer to build up in Christ the Church as an instrument of God’s peace.”