FROM FATHER SIBBY & FATHER PETER
Our lives and Church have been turned upside down due to all that has been said about the Clergy Abuse and the manner in which it has all been handled. We are angry, fearful, ashamed, frustrated and full of questions and doubt about our leadership and the manner in which this has all been handled. It has rocked our faith to the point that some parishioners are willing to abandon the Catholic Church.
Father Peter and I stand before you as a Catholic Priests committed to our Church, our Faith and all of you. What I have heard and read about all of these cases upsets me and demands that honesty and transparency be used to face these abuses and bringing healing. What has happened over these last weeks is wrong and change must come about so we can survive this time in our Church. Honesty from everyone and be united as a Faith Filled Church is our only way to heal this.
Healing for the victims and their families, who I pray for daily; healing for the clergy whose human weaknesses have created this sinfulness and pain; healing for our Church that as we face this moment of the Cross, we may be there for one another to extend the touch of Christ to pick one another up.
As a beginning to bringing about healing, I would like to invite you to a gathering of All the Parishes of Tonawanda, Williamsville, Clarence, Buffalo and Amherst for this time of prayer on Friday, September 7, 2018 beginning at 3:00 pm at St Leo the Great Church. The focus will be: “Prayers for Reparation and Healing: A Path of Hope for the Church.” This time will include: Eucharistic Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Rosary and celebration of Mass. Consult next week’s bulletin for further details.
Let us bow our heads and Pray for Healing:
God of endless love, ever caring, ever strong,
Always present, always just:
You gave your only Son to save us by the blood of His cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt in body, mind and sprit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear our cries as we agonize over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers, soothe restless hearts with hope, and
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness, enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.
Holy Spirit, comforters of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace
So that we may act with justice and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.