A Day to Reflect on Meaningful and Lasting Reconciliation
The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes September 30th as the Day for Truth and Reconciliation in our province.
Holy Family Schools will be closed on September 30. On September 29, in a variety of ways, permeated by our Catholic faith, our students will remember, reflect and learn about the history and long-standing effects of residential schools.
Prayer for Truth and Reconciliation
(Prayer of repentance and solidarity with Indigenous Peoples following Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission)
O God, Great Spirit and Creator,
We praise you for your gifts that surround us –
For the gift of the land that gives us food, shelter and water;
For the gift of the sun that gives warmth and light to all that grows;
For the gifts of the moon and stars which you have arranged for your glory;
For the gifts of language and culture, through which your peoples praise you, and share the most deeply held values you have engraved on their hearts.
Come upon us, O Divine Healer and open our eyes –
To the injustices brought against our Indigenous Peoples, their language and culture in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools.
Give us repentant hearts –
That ache with sorrow for their violence against First Nations families and their children.
Give us determined hearts –
That refuse to stand by when the dignity of our Indigenous brothers and sisters is trampled.
Give us healing hearts –
That beat with the drum of Jesus’ Gospel, to defend and honour our Indigenous neighbour, their language and way of life.
Give us flaming hearts –
That burn with love for you, who come to us
… in every human face
… in every language and culture
… in every gift of creation.
Make us stewards –
Of one another’s dignity,
Of one another’s safety,
Of one another’s lands,
Of one another’s right to a cultural identity:
… as unique peoples,
… as gifts to the human family,
… as your beloved children.
Pour out your healing love on all who suffered in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools;
- on bodies, minds and spirits wounded through abuse,
- on hearts wounded through separation and disdain,
- on families wounded through trauma and anguish that still torment over the course of generations.
Jesus – gentle Saviour, forgiving and humble of heart,
Good Shepherd, Divine Healer,
Great Lover of all peoples:
We offer you our sorrow
For the wrongs committed
Against our First Nations’ children in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools.
We offer you our desire
To walk with our First Nations brothers and sisters;
To journey with them
On the path of truth, healing and reconciliation,
As we share this earthly pilgrimage to our heavenly homeland,
Where every tear will be wiped away
And every sorrow will be turned to joy.
Give us one heart and one mind
To walk forward together along this path
In the love and strength of your Spirit,
In truth, reconciliation and peace.
We make this prayer In the power of your Most Holy Name.