Statement from Bishop Robert Gruss regarding the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

"My heart aches for the parents and families of the 19 children and two teachers who tragically lost their lives in yesterday’s school shooting in Uvalde. As the U.S. Bishops shared in their statement, 'There have been too many school shootings, too much killing of the innocent.'

"I ask you to please join me in praying for all who have died, all who are injured and all who must now bear the incredible wound of a life without their beloved.

"We ask the Lord to pour his tender love and mercy into the suffering hearts of those who are mourning, as we cling to our belief in his promise of eternal life."

Your prayers and support are needed in the Diocese of Gaylord 

The faithful of the Diocese of Saginaw and all people of goodwill are invited and encouraged to support our neighbors in the Diocese of Gaylord who have been so greatly impacted by the May 20 tornado. The tornado claimed the lives of two Gaylord residents, injured more than 40 people and caused significant destruction to buildings and property in the community.

All funds are being sent to the Otsego Community Foundation’s "Tornado Response Fund" for immediate relief, short-term recovery and long-term rebuilding. The foundation will work with community partners such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity, the Food Pantry and more. Grants will focus on getting displaced people into both short-term and long-term housing and provide basic necessities.

If you are able to give to the relief effort, you may do so online here. 

"The recovery will take much time and all of our prayers are needed for healing," said Bishop Robert Gruss. "Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters to our North, and asking our merciful Lord to bring his comfort and peace to all who are grieving."
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*Above photo courtesy of Otsego Community Foundation
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