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Archdiocese of Denver Reaches out to the Victims of the Aurora Shooting Tragedy

By Catholic Online
July 22nd, 2012
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But in Aurora, which means "the dawn," the sun rose this morning. In a city whose name evokes the light, people of hope know that the darkness may be overcome. For those who were killed, our hope is the tender mercy of our God. "Neither death nor life," reflected St. Paul, "can separate us from the love of God." We commend their souls, and their families and friends, to God's enduring love

AURORA, CO (Catholic Online) - The Archdiocese of Denver announced that Archbishop Samuel Aquila would offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Friday evening July 20, 2012 for those killed, survivors, family and all those impacted by the multiple shootings at the Century Movie Theater in Aurora early Friday morning.

The liturgy was held at 5 p.m. at Queen of Peace Parish, 13120 E. Kentucky Ave., Aurora, 80012. Archbishop Aquila will be joined at the Mass by priests of the region.

In addition, Regina Caeli Counseling Services of Catholic Charities will offer counseling over the next few weeks to those directly impacted as survivors or family members of victims. For more information about this service, contact Kay Leiner of Catholic Charities at 720-377-1398 or kleiner@ccdenver.org to schedule an appointment.

Archbishop Samuel Aquila and his auxiliary, Bishop James Conley, released the following statement Friday morning:

"Last night at the Century Movie Theater in Aurora, a gunman walked into a full theater and opened fire on scores of moviegoers. In the largest mass shooting in America in more than five years, 12 people were killed and about 50 were wounded by gunfire. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by this evil act.

"In the chaos of the moment, people poured from the movie theater into the darkness of the night-the darkness of confusion, of ambiguity, of despair. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters cast into that darkness. They do not stand alone. As Catholic bishops, we "weep with those who weep."

"But in Aurora, which means "the dawn," the sun rose this morning. In a city whose name evokes the light, people of hope know that the darkness may be overcome.

"For those who were killed, our hope is the tender mercy of our God. "Neither death nor life," reflected St. Paul, "can separate us from the love of God." We commend their souls, and their families and friends, to God's enduring love.

"For those who were wounded-physically, emotionally and spiritually, our hope is in their recovery and renewal. To them we offer our prayers, our ears to listen, and our hearts to love. The road to recovery may be long, but in hope we are granted the gift of new life.

"We hope also for the perpetrator of this terrible crime, and we pray for his conversion. Evil ruled his heart last night. Only Jesus Christ can overcome the darkness of such evil.

"We hope that all of us may find the peace which surpasses understanding.

"The Archdiocese of Denver stands ready to assist the victims of this tragedy, and our community. Regina Caeli Counseling Services of Catholic Charities will offer counseling over the next few weeks to those who need it. We look for opportunities to pray with our community. And we continue to work to support families and communities in forming people of peace."

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