Most Reverend Nelson Perez, Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, will offer a special Mass for Peace and Healing at noon on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. This Mass presents an opportunity for people to gather as a community and unite our prayers into one asking God’s love and mercy and an end to the senseless violence that plagues our society today.
The Mass will be streamed live via the diocesan website.
Below is the statement from Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, regarding the shooting incident at a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas:
“Once again we are shocked and heartbroken at the latest incident in our country of senseless gun violence, this time at a house of worship, a place of prayer and peace.
I ask the faithful of the diocese and all people of goodwill to join me in prayer asking our most merciful and compassionate God for healing for those injured, His loving care for those who have died, and comfort and consolation for their families.
As we try to comprehend this horrific incident, we recall the words of Saint Pope John Paul II who implored us to reject a culture of death and embrace a culture of life.
May the Lord of life send us His Spirit that peace and love will prevail among all people always and everywhere.”