The archbishop prayed that everyone involved is “aware of and reminded of God’s profound love.”
“I ask the Holy Spirit to provide healing and comfort to our families and communities, especially those who are poor, fearful and vulnerable during these most challenging of times,” he added.
The archbishop especially praised the employees of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
“We are called by Jesus to accompany the poor and care for them,” he said, saying this is what the employees do “every day.”
“They journey with the people they serve through very challenging difficulties—and they do so with the love and care of our Savior.”
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Etienne said he was grateful for the employees and leadership at the services center for their quick response in following safety protocols. He also thanked the Seattle Police Department and other first responders.
“I encourage anyone who is struggling during these difficult times, or who has a loved one who is struggling, to reach out for help,” Etienne said. “Our Catholic community is here to support you through our parishes, Catholic Community Services, or our mental health ministries. Please remember that you are not alone.”