Talking to Young People About Violence

St. Ann Parish Family,

In the shadow of this tragedy in Vegas, as well as many other incidents of violence recently, our attention should be drawn to the greater need to pray for peace and the conversion of hearts. We need to remember that we cannot obtain what we are not asking for.

By the grace of God the priests of our Deanery, which is made up of the parishes of the city of Bridgeport, had discerned to put our Deanery under the patronage of Our Lady Queen of Peace. Let us all, then, ask for her intercession with her Son, the Prince of Peace for our city, our nation and the world. Jesus is truly the answer to all this, and with bold confidence we need to not be afraid to proclaim Him! If more people had a true relationship with Jesus there would be less violence.

So, if we want peace then without fear we should be inviting people to faith in the Prince of Peace. As Jesus said: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." (John 14:27) there is no better time than the present to begin bringing an end to violence, and Jesus is the most powerful response we can have. Please pray and proclaim without fear!

Please read below a message from our Diocesan Leadership Institute with some resources for talking to children about the violence in our world.

Fr. Lynch

October 2, 2017
On this chilly fall morning, as we commemorate the memorial of the guardian angels, let us pray that the angels will welcome all those who died in last night's shooting in Las Vegas. Though the story will continue to unfold, it is never too early to hold one another in prayer.
Let us also continue to lift our prayers for peace in our country and in our world before Our Lady, the Queen of Peace, as we pray together, "Hail Mary, full of grace..."
For all those who are parents or who work with young people, we have gathered resources we think you will find helpful in light of the events of last night and the last several months.
Talking With Children About Violence (US Department of Justice)
How To Talk To Children After Charlottesville (LA Times)
When Violence Strikes (
Our Right To Be Protected From Violence (Activities from UNICEF)
Talking with Young People (National Crime Prevention)
Discussing Hate and Violence (ADL)
Discussion Difficult Situations With Your Children (NPTA)
Talking With Kids About News (PBS)
Confronting a Culture of Violence (USCCB)
Building Catholic Character (CERC)
Exceptional Learner Resources (NCEA)
A Prayer for Peace
Prayers for Peace from Popes and Saints

The Leadership Institute
(203) 416-1670