John Carroll Catholic High School will host a Community Prayer Vigil for Peace and Racial Justice on June 25th at 7:30 p.m. at Pat Sullivan Field on the John Carroll Campus. A joint effort by the John Carroll Office of Campus Ministry, the John Carroll Heritage Panel and the John Carroll Student Government Association, the event is an opportunity for people in the community to come together and join voices in prayer.
“Social justice has long been a pillar of the work that we undertake with our students at JCCHS,” said Abby King, JCCHS Campus Ministry Catholic director. “Catholic social justice teaches us that all people are made in the image and likeness of God and so possess an equal and inalienable worth. We are proud that our students have sought to make this event happen and we support them in their desire to continue to grow and learn through these challenging times.”
Participants will be led in prayer by John Carroll Chaplain Father Joshua Altonji, along with representatives from the student body, and will join together to pray The Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Prayer cards will be distributed as people enter the gates. The cards will include the Chaplet, and a list of additional resources for those wishing to further their understanding and action around this issue.
The gates at Pat Sullivan Field will be open at 7 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to wear a mask for their protection and the protection of others in attendance. Posters and signs will not be allowed at the vigil, according to organizers, due to the solemn and prayerful nature of the event.
Those who are unable to join in person can participate by praying The Divine Mercy Chaplet from home, starting at 7:30 p.m. Updates and resources will also be made available via the school Facebook page.
In the event of rain the vigil will be moved to Tuesday, June 30th, also at 7:30 p.m. A decision regarding moving to the rain date will be made by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25th and will be announced on the John Carroll Facebook page.