What is #prayforpeace?
An effort to connect parish and community members with our neighbors in Chicago by praying victims of violence. We encourage you to pray for our neighbors and learn about initiatives that directly lead to change in violence and social justice in order to bring about peace to our own city.
How to get involved
Pray for the victims of violence in Chicago, especially those who’ve lost their lives to violence in 2017. Pray for them by name, and pray for their families. We pray for each week’s victims during Mass in the Prayer of the Faithful and also include the names at Tuesday Eucaristic Adoration. Names are printed in the bulletin each week and available here online.
You can also sign up to pray for a specific neighborhood in Chicago. See the #prayforpeace board in the gathering space. Pick a neighborhood, pray for those who live and work there. Take it one step further by visiting the neighborhood, support a local business, get to know our Chicago neighbors.
Listen to those who are affected by violence and learn how you can plug into existing efforts to bring about peace in our city.
On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, St. Teresa’s hosted an event at which a keynote speaker and thirteen organizations who are working to fight gun violence in Chicago all presented their perspectives on what’s happening in our city. We are pleased to say that over 200 attended! Thank you to all our parishioners who joined us that night. We also want to say a special thank you to those who volunteered to help things run smoothly. Another great example of St. Teresa’s pulling together for a meaningful purpose! If you’re interested in learning more about the organizations that participated, click on their name to go directly to their website.
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, UCAN, Chicago Jesuit Academy, Chicago Survivors, Urban Gateways, Boy Scouts of America, G-PAC, Illinois Council against Handgun Violence, Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, Umoja, PEAK, The BLOC, Healing Corner