As the invasion of Ukraine continues, Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, will celebrate a Mass for peace and justice in Ukraine at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 25 at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Harrisburg.
At this Mass we will unite ourselves with Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, taking place that same day. March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Mary, a day that Catholic’s observe the Blessed Virgin receiving the message from an angel that through the power of the Holy Spirit, she would conceive a son, Jesus, who would be the Savior of the World.
“As we continue to watch the horrors being inflicted on the people of Ukraine, the loss of life and the extensive devastation, let us join together to pray for and support the Ukrainian people. I echo the words of Pope Francis in calling for an immediate end to this armed aggression and a return to peace,” said Bishop Gainer. “I ask the faithful to join me in praying for the people of Ukraine, to lend aid for humanitarian efforts, and to call for an end to this conflict. May Our Lord, the Prince of Peace, comfort and protect those in harm’s way and through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, may peace come to Ukraine, Russia and throughout our world.”
To aid the people of Ukraine, a special collection will be taken during the Mass. The Diocese is also encouraging donations to the Humanitarian Aid Fund for Ukraine through the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Please visit www.ukrarcheparchy.us and click on “Donate via PayPal” to make a gift online.
All are invited to attend the Mass with Bishop Gainer in person or to join through the live stream on the Cathedral Parish of Saint Patrick YouTube channel.
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By Rachel Bryson, The Catholic Witness