In the wake of the series of shootings in our country, especially those in California, and in our neighboring community of Half Moon Bay, we extend our prayers to all the grieving families, work colleagues of the victims, and all those affected by these tragedies. We pray for healing to all those who are injured, and comfort to those who mourn.

As we Catholics seek the face of Jesus the healer and consoler. Let us remember that we are called to offer loving presence and support to one another in a real and concrete way. Let us build a community that provides support, especially to those who struggle with mental health, as we come together urging our leaders to work towards finding common-sense solutions to the scourge of gun violence. We also call for dignified treatment and living conditions for our brothers and sisters who work on farms to provide the food we eat.