National Day of Prayer for PEACE in our Communities - September 9th

The Archdiocese of Hartford is uniting with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archdioceses and Dioceses across the U.S. in a “National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities.”  It will be held on Friday, September 9th, the feast of St. Peter Claver.  All churches are encouraged to observe this day through prayer and action on a local level.  Prayers may be offered at Mass, during Eucharistic adoration, at schools and in homes.  

Please join us in prayer at one of these locations in the Archdiocese:

 Watertown:  St. John the Evangelist Church 574 Main St.

Holy Hour with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  All are welcome.


Hartford:  St. Patrick–St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St.

Hour of Prayer from 5 to 6 p.m. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will preside. Other religious leaders from Greater Hartford will take part.  All are welcome.  Free parking is available across the street from the parish.   Stop by after work, on your way home, and stay for an hour…stay for as long as you can!


New Haven:  St. Mary Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave.

Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m.  Special prayers will be included for the intention of peace in our communities. Rev. Elias Henritzy, OP, former Promoter of Social Justice for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, will be the celebrant and homilist. Please make an effort to attend.


Waterbury:  Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main St.

Hour of Prayer from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Very Rev. Christopher Ford, rector, will preside.  Attend both, or stop by and offer your prayer for peace.  All are welcome! 




According to Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, “Let us remember that Jesus says, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’ (Mt 5:9).   This is as necessary as it is challenging at a time of global and domestic unrest, in a world fraught with aggression, terrorism and mistrust.   If we are to find peace, healing and hope, we must stand together and in the conviction that ultimately a loving God rules the world, not man, his selfish passions or personal agendas.”