Welcome to all and thank you for joining us for this evening of prayer, community and mourning the loss of human life, the wounds inflicted, the immense sorrow caused and the disruption of peace in the attack on the gay community at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida. We share in their particular grief, and we remember all victims of gun violence and ask for healing, not only of those directly involved in those acts, but a healing of our society and the deep darkness which causes attitudes of anger, hatred and prejudice. These attitudes lead increasingly to acting out in words and deeds of disrespect for others and disregard for the human rights and human dignity of each person created in the image and likeness of the Creator.
Our gathering, and this celebration of the Sacred Liturgy expresses in prayer our gratitude to God for the gift and sanctity of life and a prayer for action to defend this precious gift. It also expresses our repentance (hence the purple vestments, symbol of penance in our Catholic tradition), reparation for sins against human life. During this month of June, dedicated in our church calendar to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, symbol of God's immense love for humanity and all creation, we renew our awareness of that divine love. Part of this traditional devotion to the Sacred Heart involves reparation for human failures to love as Jesus taught. The ultimate failure to love is the taking of human life and the infliction of pain and harm on God's precious creation.
And so let us pray that we may act with greater love as we prepare to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries this evening.
Assisting Fr. Norris was Fr. Art Gramaje, C.M.F and Deacons John Supino and Bill Lucido.