Pope Francis has asked us to pray and fast for peace in the Ukraine and the Middle East on Friday, October 27th.
We will offer the 8:30 a.m. morning Mass on Friday for peace and justice.
There is also a 1:45 p.m. school rosary and prayer service you can join in on, or another prayer service and rosary at 6:30 p.m. in church.
Along with prayers for peace along with the Holy Father on Friday, he asked us to fast, the way a Catholic would on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday, one meal with a couple of snacks if needed.
Pope Francis is asking the whole Church and all people of good will to beg God to bring peace in these areas of the world that people on their own, with hurt hearts, could not solve. Pope Francis encourages us all, with living faith, to entrust the cause of peace to the Lord, who alone can soften hearts and help us to love each other as He loves us.
Even just wars are in some sense a real failure for humanity. The Pope said: “Brothers and sisters, war does not solve any problem: It sows only death and destruction, foments hate, proliferates revenge. War cancels out the future, it cancels out the future. I urge believers to take just one side in this conflict: that of peace. But not in words — in prayer, with total dedication.”
Please fast on Friday, October 27th if you can, and pray along in person or in spirit with us.
You can also pray along with the Pope Francis at St. Peter’s in Rome, at 11:00 a.m. Central time (6:00 p.m. in Rome). All things are possible with God.
And of course, if you are reading this after Friday, you can pick your own day for prayer and fasting for peace.