Friday, September 9, 2016, 12:10 PM
In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on Sept. 9, 2016, the Feast of St. Peter Claver. He has also appointed a special task force to support bishops in marking that Day of Prayer, and more broadly, in promoting peace and healing during this time of great strain on civil society.
A Mass will be celebrated on Sept. 9 at 12:10 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston. Auxiliary Bishop George Sheltz will be the celebrant.
There will also be a 7 p.m. Prayer Service for Peace in Our Communities that same evening at the Co-Cathedral. Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza will be the presider and homilist; the Catholic African American Mass Choir (CAAM) will be leading the assembly in song. The Office for Vicar for Catholics of African Descent is coordinating the service for the Archdiocese.
To learn more about the Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities, see the links below or visit the
USCCB resource page