Called to follow the message of our lord Jesus Christ; who suffered death without the desire to strike back; our St. Margaret Mary Parish Community, in agreement with our bishop, declare our parish buildings a gun free zone (see link to bishop’s memorandum to all pastors, below.)
While acknowledging the right “to bear arms,” Bishop Conlon stated that “we also profess to be disciples of the Prince of Peace whose one commandment for his followers is to 'love one another as I have loved you.' Firearms in our churches, halls, offices, cemeteries or other facilities seem contrary to the spirit of the Gospel. I strongly request that concealed guns be prohibited from all properties owned under the Diocese of Joliet.”
We take this action in faith and trust; knowing that God has called us to overcome all our fears as we extend our open hearts and arms to all; regardless of who they are. We pray for the courage and grace to embrace this call and we invite all parishioners and guests to honor our commitment.
- Issued by the St. Margaret Mary Parish Council, September 2, 2014