A CATHOLIC RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA

The most recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas has left us shocked, confused, heart-broken and angry. Tragedies such as this, and others in the past, can leave us feeling lost or helpless, wanting to offer our thoughts and prayers, but knowing we need to do something more. As Catholics, prayer is only meaningful when it changes our own hearts and leads us into action. We cannot have one without the other.

This page offers resources to help you learn, share, and respond to the shooting and other acts of gun violence in America.

You can use the Podcast player ABOVE to listen to Fr. Eric’s Homily from May 29, 2022 where he talks about Uvalde, TX or you can watch the Homily as part of the Mass by using the player BELOW. 

The two podcasts below were recorded in 2019 in the wake of mass shootings that occurred in June and August of that year. The information and reflections they contain still hold great value for us today. We invite you to listen to “The Conversation with Jill McMahon” and Fr. Eric’s Homily below. 

Community Resources for Texas Tragedy

Talking to Children about the Shooting

Resources

Resources in Response to the Robb Elementary School Shooting
In response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde Texas, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, educators, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. These resources include:

Psychological First Aid

The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. PFA Mobile and the PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provide a quick reminder of the core actions. The PFA online training course is also available on the NCTSN Learning Center.

Additional PFA resources for schools include:

From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center

From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University

Disaster Helpline
SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.