SI Church tolls bells for gun deaths
July 3rd, 2013
St. Ignatius Parish is tolling its bells daily for those who have died from gun violence – part of the San Francisco parish’s efforts to raise awareness and inspire prayer for victims.
In a note to parishioners in the Sunday bulletin of June 9, St. Ignatius pastor Jesuit Father Gregory R. Bonfiglio wrote: “Last month, the U.S. Senate was unable to provide the leadership necessary to pass any legislation to increase gun safety in our county. This despite 92 percent of the U.S. American public being in favor of some change.”
“Christians are called to live the ‘Gospel of Peace’ (Acts 10:36). This is a moral issue for those who hold to a consistent ethic of life and uphold the dignity and right to life for all, in this case the innocent victims of gun violence,” Father Bonfiglio wrote.
St. Ignatius will toll its bells each day: “… after the noon Angelus, a bell will sound once for each person who died the day before as a result of firearms, as reported by the Twitter feed @GunDeaths to Slate.com.”
The parish will continue until the Dec. 14 first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., tragedies, Father Bonfiglio said.
From July 5, 2013 issue of Catholic San Francisco.