Prayer Vigil Set for Victims of Orlando Shooting

A Prayer Vigil to pray for and honor the memory of those killed and wounded in the shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando will be held at St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm. The Prayer Vigil is open to all people throughout the diocese.

“The Vigil will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary, and silent prayer, as we ask God to grant peaceful rest to those who lost their lives, and pray for the healing of those survivors and family members who mourn,” said Fr. Samuel Kachuba, Pastor of St. Pius X Church, who will lead the service.

“Let us pray for an end to violence, terrorism, injustice, and hatred, and for the establishment of a culture of life and mercy,”  he said, referring to the words of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz has said, “The merciful love of Christ calls us to solidarity with the suffering and to ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person.”

Since news of the shooting was broadcast on Sunday, many people throughout the diocese have requested information  about events taking place in the Diocese to pray for those who lost their lives.

St. Pius X Church is located at
834 Brookside Drive
Fairfield, CT 06824

Read statement from Courage International:

Like all people of good will, Courage International condemns the atrocious violence perpetrated at Pulse Orlando in the early hours of June 12, 2016. We make our own the words of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which insisted nearly 30 years ago:“It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church’s pastors wherever it occurs. It reveals a kind of disregard for others which endangers the most fundamental principles of a healthy society. The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in word, in action and in law.”

In the face of such outrageous violence and loss of life, human words and explanations fall short, and so people of faith look to the everlasting mercy and compassion of almighty God, who “is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18 RSV).  Courage International calls on all of its members to pray for the eternal rest of those who were murdered, and for the consolation of their families and loved ones.  Courage International stands committed to proclaiming and living the Gospel demands of charity, respect for human dignity, and solidarity in the pursuit of righteousness, which are essential for building a society of true justice and peace.