Request for Prayers

I have a special request for Father’s Day.

Pray for the parishioners of the parish entrusted to Fr. Erik Richsteig.  Fr. Richsteig is seen around the interwebs.  There was a terrible shooting at his parish this morning.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune a man with a criminal record came into the church – I believe during Mass – and shot his father-in-law in the back of the head.  He then fled and carjacked a truck.  Later he was arrested. The father-in-law is in critical condition.

Everyone, especially the poor woman and rest of the family, must be in complete shock.



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  1. I know the person who got shot, and the wife, will definitely be keeping everyone in my prayers.

  2. Mike says:

    I will pray for them!

  3. James Joseph says:

    I know Fr. Richsteig, priest among the Mormons. I lived across the canyon (35 miles) from him. How strange indeed! I posted about him yesterday here.

  4. StJude says:

    oh that’s terrible. I will pray for all involved.

  5. Catholictothecore says:

    Will keep them in our prayers.

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  7. TLM says:

    Prayers for Fr. Richsteig, his father and all his family.

  8. Tradster says:

    There is no indication in the news article but I hope Father Richsteig immediately administered Extreme Unction to the poor man.

  9. Fr. Erik Richtsteig says:

    Thanks for the prayers and concerns everyone. The victim is going to be OK and the shooter is in custody. We will have Mass in the church this morning, with the rite of reparation, from the 1962 Rituale later in the week.
    To answer Tradster. I gave him the Apostolic Pardon. I am embarrassed to say that I couldn’t anoint him as I forgot the words and couldn’t find the copy of the book I keep in the church. As soon as I was sure the people were safe, we finished the Mass. Remember, the Mass once begun must be finished.

  10. VerbumJournal says:

    Prayers to all involved. Fr. Erik, what a wonderful job you did amidst most trying circumstances.

  11. Suburbanbanshee says:

    What a blessing that the victim wasn’t killed!

    I guess you’ll have to do one of those Masses of Reparation or whatever they’re called, to re-consecrate the church, as soon as the police are done.

  12. Fr_Sotelo says:

    Father Erik: You and your parishioners have been in my constant prayers. It sounds like they are a great group of parishioners–thank you for being such a good shepherd to them.

  13. benedetta says:

    I am praying for everyone at St. James the Just and in a particular way for the victim and his wife.

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