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BACK TO SCHOOL SUNRISE PRAYER SERVICE AND MASS TO BE CONDUCTED AT CHICAGO LAKEFRONT ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

Chicago, IL (August 12, 2014) – The Black Catholic Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago, in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics are hosting their fifth annual Back to School Sunrise Prayer Service and Masson Saturday, August 30, from 6:30 to 8 a.m.  Worshipers will gather together to pray for nonviolence in the hearts of people, in families, in schools and on Chicago streets.

In honor of the fifth anniversary, this year’s Sunrise Prayer Service will be held at a single location allowing worshipers to come together and focus their prayers on nonviolence. It will be held at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street at Lake Michigan, 4100 South Lake Shore Drive. The Prayer Service will begin with Praise and Worship from 6:30 to 7 a.m., followed by a bilingual Mass that will be concelebrated by Most Rev. Joseph Perry and Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago. Participants are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets.

Back to School Sunrise Prayer Services are organized, planned and sponsored by the Black Catholic Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago, assisted by the Office for Black Catholics. All faiths are encouraged to participate in this celebration by praying to end violence, to protect the children of the City of Chicago, and for the upcoming school year.

For more information regarding the Sunrise Prayer Service, please contact Deacon LeRoy Gill of the Black Catholic Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago at deacongill@sbcglobal.net, or call the Office for Black Catholics at 312-534-8377.

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