In unity with the victims and survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month, SJB’s Administration, Students, Faculty and Staff participated in the national walk-out.

Students made signs and chanted, “Disarm hate,” “Justice for Douglas” and “Enough is enough.” Participants stayed outside for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 victims, then made their way into St. Jean Baptiste Church for a prayer service.

The following prayer opened the service:

“Ever Loving God, Prince of Peace, Reconciler of the World, today as we remember the lives of the 17 lost in Parkland, Florida and the thousands of victims of Gun Violence who die every year, send us your love and your all empowering Spirit to guide us as we seek healing in a hurting world, as we seek justice in a broken society. Give us the strength to turn our swords into ploughshares, to fight violence with love, and to stand up and speak out against injustice with truth and clarity. Lord God, Giver of Life, Redeemer of the Cosmos, Maker of all things new, enkindle the Spirit of your liberating and reconciling love within each one of us and empower us to be instruments of your peace in this world.” The following prayer opened the service: We pray for the Parkland, Florida victims, and all victims of gun-violence and are thankful for the police officers, EMT workers, doctors, nurses and all first-responders who put themselves on the front lines every day to ensure our safety. May God bless them all.