Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Every year in the city of Marlborough, we hold a vigil in observance of the International Overdose Awareness Day. Unfortunately, the opioid crisis in the country and around us continues to grow and claim more and more victims. It is important for us Christians to help one another regardless of the nature of our problems, whether it is depression, loneliness, substance addiction or something else. St. Paul calls us to "rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep." (Rm 12:15).
The Candlelight vigil is an event organized by Kathy Leonard, who every year along with a group of people sets up purple flags in front of the walker building in memory of those who passed away because of drugs. Whether someone in your family or close to you suffer with substance abuse or not, we need to support each other. Last year I participated for the first time. It is very moving to see how many people come to support each other and celebrate the lives of those who passed away. It is a beautiful celebration that brings hope and healing to many people. I would like to invite the whole parish to take part of the vigil.
If someone is not able to attend, or for whatever reason is not comfortable attending, let us pray for each person who lost their lives because of drug addiction. Let us also pray for their families, and all those who struggle and suffer with addiction.
We pray to God that He may strengthen them and help them one day at a time. For those who have died, may their souls through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace.
INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
(Rain Date is Thursday, August 29)
Frank D. Walker Building/Front Lawn
255 Main Street Marlborough, MA
Guest Speakers will include:
Chris Sullivan, former professional football player for the New England Patriots, who will share his message of hope
Franklin Cook, of Unified Community Solutions, Peer Grief Support Specialist
This event is free and open to the public
Memorial Slideshow, Speakers, Candle Lighting
In memory of those lives lost to overdose in Massachusetts in 2018,
2,033 purple flags will be placed on the front lawn of the Walker Building.
For more information, contact Event Coordinator, Kathy Leonard, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Steven Clemence