On July 8, in his initial response to the racially related shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted the need to look at ways the Catholic Church can walk with and help these suffering communities. He announced a National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on the feast of St. Peter Claver, Sept. 9. “I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence,” Archbishop Kurtz said. “The Day of Prayer and special Task Force will help us advance in that direction. By stepping forward to embrace the suffering, through unified, concrete action animated by the love of Christ, we hope to nurture peace and build bridges of communication and mutual aid in our own communities.” The Archdiocese of Chicago will recognize this day with a 7 p.m. prayer vigil in the spirit of Taizé on Sept. 8 at Holy Name Cathedral. All are welcome to participate. For resources and more information, visit the website of the Office for Divine Worship at www.odw.org.