Intercessions for Life

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Florida’s next execution is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  Robert E. Hendrix was sentenced to death for the murder of a Lake County couple (Elmer Scott Jr., 25, and Susan Michelle Scott, 18,) in 1990.  Please pray for Mr. Hendrix, his victims, his family, the victims’ family; for all the public officials involved in this scheduled execution; for Governor Scott, that he will discern God’s will and apply the teachings of our Catholic faith on the death penalty.

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Florida’s next execution is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  Robert E. Hendrix was sentenced to death for the murder of a Lake County couple (Elmer Scott Jr., 25, and Susan Michelle Scott, 18,) in 1990.  Please pray for Mr. Hendrix, his victims, his family, the victims’ family; for all the public officials involved in this scheduled execution; for Governor Scott, that he will discern God’s will and apply the teachings of our Catholic faith on the death penalty. 

Please contact Governor Scott to voice your concern. Parishes are encouraged to participate in prayer services at the parish or to attend a prayer service at the execution site in Starke.

Bishop Noonan has asked that each parish consider offering one of the following intercessions at all weekend Masses on the weekend of April 13th and/or April 20th.    

For victims of violent crimes
and for those who are awaiting execution…
for Robert E. Hendrix, scheduled to be executed
by the State of Florida;
We pray to the Lord

For the men and women who sit on death row
awaiting the end of their life,
that we might pray for them
with compassion and care;
We pray to the Lord
For those who have lost hope,
and especially for those condemned to die,
that we might work to save their lives;
We pray to the Lord

For those condemned to die,
and especially for men and women on death row,
that their plight might move the hearts of the people of this nation;
We pray to the Lord

“Abolition of the death penalty is most consonant with the example of Jesus, who both taught and practiced the forgiveness of injustice.”

– US Bishops, Statement on Capital Punishment, Article 13