Bishop Mark Seitz | Photo courtesy Diocese of El Paso
The Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of El Paso will be holding a memorial mass Friday afternoon for the migrants who drowned trying to cross into the U.S. illegally.
The mass, to be held at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, comes on the heels of the recent deaths of several immigrants who drowned in the river during the course of the week. Bishop Seitz also makes reference to the recent death of ten immigrants found in a sweltering trailer in San Antonio.
Below is the full statement about he mass from Bishop Seitz:
Silence. Prayer. Action. These seem to be the only responses to the death of four of our brothers and sisters in El Paso’s Rio Grande this week. Among them, a 14-year-old girl, a 20-year-old woman and a 17-year old boy. Their eyes closed and their breath forever quenched. We must reflect in grave silence. We must offer the Church’s ancient prayer for the dead.
And in the words of my brother bishop, Gustavo, the Archbishop of San Antonio, following the murder of 10 migrants trafficked liked cargo last week in San Antonio, we must “work together in new ways which have eluded us in the past for common sense solutions.
No more delays! No more victims! Enough death!
WHAT: Memorial mass to pray for recent migrant drowning victims and to pray for change.
WHERE: Sacred Heart Church, 602 S. Oregon Street
WHEN: Friday, July 28 at 2pm Memorial Mass