On Monday, August 18, Archbishop Robert Carlson issued a letter to the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, focusing on the “turmoil and tragedy” in the Ferguson, Mo., community and its struggle “to find peace in the chaos.” In the letter, he urged Catholic schools to pray daily Rosaries for peace and to “offer special intentions during all school Masses.”
“In all circumstances, but especially in these difficult times, we are called to be instruments of peace through our words and actions,” Archbishop Carlson explains in the letter. He also quotes Pope Francis’ recent statement: “All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace.”
Archbishop Carlson invited the faithful to attend a Mass for Peace and Justice at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, which took place the evening of August 20. A special collection was taken during the Mass “to assist food pantries and parishes in the Ferguson area that offer assistance to those who have been affected by the looting and destruction of property.” All parishes are also encouraged to offer Masses for peace in the Ferguson community.
Archbishop Carlson additionally stated:
Catholic Family Services, an agency of Catholic Charities, has made counselors available to any Catholic school that requests assistance. Catholic Family Services has also publicized tips for parents and schools when dealing with crisis situations.
Archbishop Carlson culminates the letter with encouragement from Pope Francis to pray for the intercession of Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots.
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