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Diocese of Toledo to participate in National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas invites all 123 parishes and communities in the 19 counties that make up the Diocese of Toledo to participate in the Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on Friday, September 9, the Memorial of St. Peter Claver.

This initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) comes as a response to the pressing need for civil dialogue with regard to race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity and gun violence.

All are encouraged to pray on this day for the intention of peace and racial justice, with others at Mass and also in personal and devotional prayers, and to observe a voluntary fast and abstinence for peace.

To mark the day in the Diocese of Toledo, a "Prayer of the Faithful" will be included in all Masses celebrated September 9, and all parishes are requested to ring their church bells at 3 p.m. for three minutes on that day.

More information and resources on the Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities can be found at www.USCCB.org.