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Masses for peace, justice in wake of Las Vegas shootings

People gather at a makeshift vigil on the Las Vegas Strip Oct. 2 following a mass shooting at an an outdoor country music festival late Oct. 1 A gunman perched in a room on the 32nd floor of a casino hotel unleashed a shower of bullets on the festival below, killing at least 59 people and wounding another 527. (CNS photo/Chris Waittie, Reuters) People gather at a makeshift vigil on the Las Vegas Strip Oct. 2 following a mass shooting at an an outdoor country music festival late Oct. 1 A gunman perched in a room on the 32nd floor of a casino hotel unleashed a shower of bullets on the festival below, killing at least 59 people and wounding another 527.
In the wake of the largest mass shooting in modern American history, Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has asked Vermont priests to celebrate Masses on the weekend of Oct. 7 “for the preservation of peace and justice.”   
 
On the night of Oct. 1, from a 32nd-floor Las Vegas casino hotel room, Stephen Paddock shot on and off for about 10 minutes at 22,000 concertgoers below at a country music festival; more than 50 died and more than 500 were wounded.
 
Among those killed was Sandy Casey, a graduate of the College of St. Joseph in Rutland.
 
Paddock’s motive is still unknown; authorities believe he killed himself before they arrived at his hotel room.
 
“In light of the terrible tragedy in Las Vegas, I ask that the ‘Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice’ (in the Roman Missal) be celebrated at Sunday Mass this weekend,” Bishop Coyne said in an Oct. 3 email notice to all pastors and administrators.
 
While the priests could compose their own Prayers of the Faithful, the bishop suggested these two intercessions:
 
+ “Let us pray for the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Grant eternal rest to those who have died, healing to those who were wounded and comfort and peace to all their families and friends.”
 
+ “Let us pray for our country, that we may seek to live in peace and harmony with each other in thought, word and deed.”
 

 
 
 
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