This has been an unbelievable day. I would like to share with you the letter that I sent out to the Catholic students this evening and have posted on the campus ministry blog:
April 15, 2013
Once again we are witnesses to just how cruel human beings can be
towards others. Patriots Day is a day of great celebration in our
beloved Commonwealth. We look forward to the Sox, the Boston Marathon
and the Bruins. Many go to Boston to be a part of this great day first
hand. Today’s tragic events have hurt us all. We pray for those who
lost their lives or who were injured.
I am mindful that as I am writing this, many of you are still awaiting
word from loved ones who went to Boston today. It will be a long
evening as our family and friends finally make their way out of the city
and are able to reestablish communication with us. If you have not
been able to reach somebody please be aware that cell towers in part of
the city have been shut down for safety purposes. If you know of
somebody who was running the marathon, you can call (617) 635-4500 to
As this event is still playing itself out, I invite you to take some
time this evening to say a prayer for the victims of today’s attack, the
first responders and all those who are searching for their loved ones.
Tomorrow evening (Tuesday) a special Mass will be offered at 8PM in the
Reflection Room. You are invited to join us as take some time as a
family of faith to pray for the victims of today’s violence as well as
for an end to such violence.
If we can be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to contact
us. The office number is 508-999-8872. You can also reach us through
Facebook or by cell. Go to www.umassdcatholics.com.
This time of the semester is already a stressful time and today’s events
can certainly make things seem overwhelming. As Catholics, we are
mindful of Jesus’ words in Matthew’s Gospel “For where two or three are
gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt.
18:20). In times like this we come together to support and encourage
one another, to remind us that the darkness that exists at times in our
lives will not have the ultimate say. Please make use of this family of
faith so that we may persevere as a people of faith and joy even in
this time of darkness.