Recommended Intercessions for Life

The Florida Catholic Conference calls on Governor Rick Scott to show mercy to Robert Lavern Henry by commuting his sentence to life in prison without possibility of parole. Mr. Henry is scheduled to be executed at 6:00 p.m. on March 20, 2014 for the 1987 murders of Phyllis Harris and Janet Thermidor. 

Bishop Noonan has asked that each parish consider offering one of the following intercessions at all weekend Masses on March 15th and 16th.

For victims of violent crimes
and for those who are awaiting execution…
for Robert Lavern Henry, scheduled to be executed
this week 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