Prayers and Special Collection for the Ukraine Crisis, March 2, 2022

The Church of St. Luke The Church of St. Luke
In response to Pope Francis’ 
call to pray for peace in Ukraine, 
Bishop Bejarano will lead a 
bilingual Holy Hour this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. 
at Our Lady of Angels, 
or online at 
Dear brothers and sisters!
In recent days we have been shaken by something tragic: war. Time and again we have prayed that this road would not be taken. And let us not stop talking; indeed, let us pray to God more intensely. For this reason, I renew to all the invitation to make 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine. A day to be close to the sufferings of the Ukrainian people, to feel that we are all brothers and sisters, and to implore of God the end of the war.
Those who wage war forget humanity. They do not start from the people, they do not look at the real life of people, but place partisan interests and power before all else. They trust in the diabolical and perverse logic of weapons, which is the furthest from the logic of God. And they distance themselves from ordinary people, who want peace, and who – the ordinary people – are the real victims in every conflict, who pay for the follies of war with their own skin. I think of the elderly, of those who seek refuge in these times, of mothers fleeing with their children… They are brothers and sisters for whom it is urgent to open humanitarian corridors, and who must be welcomed. With a heart broken by what is happening in Ukraine – and let us not forget the wars in other parts of the world, such as Yemen, Syria, Ethiopia... – I repeat: put down your weapons! God is with the peacemakers, not with those who use violence....                                                                                    
 -Pope Francis                                                                                                   February 27, 2022 
Prayer for Ukraine Our Lady of Zarvaniza
Holy Mother of God,
spread your maternal mantle over all Christians
and over all people of good will
who live in this great nation.
Lead them to your Son, Jesus,
who is for everyone the way, the truth and the life. 
Donate to Help Families Affected in Ukraine
CRS (Catholic Relief Services) has been added to the home page of the diocesan website, 
Catholic Relief Services is providing relief to 
the many refugees who are arriving in other 
countries in the region.
This weekend
The Church of Saint Luke
will take up a Special Collection for the 
benefit of those affected by the war in Ukraine.
Thank You for your generosity!
Sent by Joanie Maitilasso