Statement from Bishop Barbarito
Tragic Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Once again we are stunned by horrific violence in another school shooting at Marjory Stoneman DouglasHigh School, this time within our State and neighboring to us in Parkland, Florida. As a diocesan family, we extend our heartfelt compassion, prayers and whatever support we can offer to our brothers and sisters so directly and deeply wounded by this tragedy.
At the very beginning of the Lenten season, the reality of evil presents itself manifesting its ugly and destructive consequences. Relying on the grace of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord, which we reflect upon during Lent, we embrace the hope and resolve to overcome this evil that strikes at the safety and peace of our schools, so much are an extension of our homes.
We pray for the deceased, the wounded physically and emotionally, their families and the school community with so many fine staff dedicated to our young people. We also pray for all those who give themselves to protecting our communities and for all those involved in the long healing process. Finally, we pray that our nation, a home of peace, justice and faith, may be delivered from these unspeakable crimes.