Our hearts are heavy with sadness in the wake of the horrific shooting that claimed the lives of at least three innocent victims and injured several others at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday. I am grateful for the first responders and individual citizens whose quick thinking and professional actions saved countless lives.
I would like to bring to your attention a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe in which dioceses across our California will begin praying on August 3rd. In a special way, this novena will commend all young college-age women and unborn children to the protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn. Praying this novena will serve as an opportunity to join the struggle of women who feel the pressure to abort their children, and witness to the love and support these women and children have in the Church. May all women and unborn children find safety, support, and welcome in the Church.