Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Please pray for the trapped miners

Dear Readers,

Most of you have no doubt heard about the coal miners trapped in a mine collapse in Central Utah. Huntington is not far from Helper where I served as pastor for seven years. Mining is dangerous work that benefits us all. Please keep these men and their families in your prayers.

Here is a statement from my bishop:

On behalf of the Catholics of Utah, I wish to express our prayerful support for the miners, their families and colleagues during this most difficult time.

Tomorrow afternoon at 5:15 p.m. I will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of the Madeleine for the miners and their families, as well as for all those who are working so hard and courageously on their behalf. We also pray for the people of Huntington who are so deeply affected by the collapse of the Crandall Canyon Mine.

May the patron of our Huntington Mission, the Archangel Raphael, bring healing and strength to all involved.

+Bishop John C. Wester
Bishop of Salt Lake City
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