Students organize prayers for International Day of Peace

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Dianne Towalski / The Visitor

By Dianne Towalski
The Visitor


Dianne Towalski / The Visitor

A group of students at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud organized an outdoor candlelight prayer service for the International Day of Peace Sept. 21. The group, all seniors taking a campus ministry class, wanted to do something that involved prayer and the greater community, said Deb Schnettler, who teaches the class. They also wanted to answer the Holy Father’s call to help Syrian refugees, she said.

About $300 was collected during the event and donations will be taken through Sept. 25. The money will be sent to Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian agency founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops.

“Just seeing all the troubles in the Middle East with Syrian refugees and all that’s going on we just thought that we should help out,” said Thomas Schmidt, one of the students that helped plan the event.

The campus ministry students were called forward to light their candles during the service and then went out to light others’ candles.
“They were instructed to light each other’s [candles] because that’s how the light of Christ goes, it’s not just specific people, it’s everybody that gets involved,” Schnettler said.