Statement from Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito for Sept. 7's Day of Prayer and Fasting


With encouragement from Pope Francis, the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach will join the Holy Father and Catholics around the U.S. and world this weekend in a Day of Fasting and Prayers for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World. Pope Francis has called upon the world’s Catholics to fast and pray on Saturday, September 7. In the Diocese of Palm Beach, that vigil will take place between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (EST), which coincides with many parish functions, including the Saturday Vigil Masses. 


Below is a statement from Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach, regarding the Day of Fasting and Prayer, and asking the faithful of the diocese to join together on Saturday in a spirit of prayer and solidarity with Catholics and men and women of good will around the world.


Below is a statement from Bishop Barbarito regarding the Day of Fasting and Prayer.::


“Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked that we all join in a special day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world this Saturday, September 7, the vigil of the Birth of Mary, who is the Queen of Peace. We, in the Diocese of Palm Beach, join with the Pope and all people throughout the world in this special day of prayer.  The vigil Masses on Saturday evening will be a natural and excellent opportunity to be united in this prayer throughout every parish in our Diocese. At the time the vigil Masses are taking place here, the Pope will be concluding a special prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square to which he has invited all people. I especially invite the families of our Diocese to pray the Rosary for the intention of people on Saturday. The Pope has often affirmed the beauty and power of the Rosary as a prayer essential to our lives as Catholics.


As we join in this special day of prayer, with the terrible images from recent days burned into our hearts and minds, we heed the words of Pope Francis, “Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love.  She is our Mother: May she help us find peace; all of us are her children!  Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day in building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace.  Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!”


To read more about the Day of Fasting and Prayer in the Diocese of Palm Beach, please read our press release.