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Toronto Catholic District School Board

TCDSB Response to Recent Terrorist Attacks

 
 
 
As you aware from extensive media reports, there have been recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
 
This follows terrorist attacks in other parts of the world.
 
This type of news can be particularly alarming to our students. 
 
As a Catholic community, we invite everyone to join in prayer and reflection.
 

TCDSB Prayer for Peace

(Adapted from Pope JPII’s Prayer for Peace, 2001)
 
God of infinite mercy and goodness, as we continue to face the horror of destructive violence around the world, we humbly pray to you for Peace. You offer us your peace continually (Jn.14:27) and constantly remind us that peacemakers are blessed, “for they shall be called children of God” (Mt.5:9). May your voice resound in the hearts of all as you call us to follow the path of reconciliation and peace, and to be merciful as you are merciful.
 
We pray for the people of _______________________who are facing tragedy and turmoil in their country (countries). Bless the leaders with wisdom, vision and perseverance needed to build together a world of justice and solidarity, and to break down walls of hostility and division.
 
To you we entrust all families and pray that they may never yield to discouragement and despair, but become heralds of new hope to one another in this challenging time.
 
May you continue to inspire all of us to oneness of heart and mind, to work generously for the common good, to respect the dignity of every person and the fundamental rights which have their origin in the image and likeness of God impressed upon every human being.
 
Grant eternal rest to the dead and quick recovery to the wounded. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen!
 
Let us now ask our mother Mary to intercede for the people of ________________ by praying together: Hail Mary....
 
 
Resources for supporting students can be found below:
 

Tips for Supporting Children After a Crisis

 
 
 
From the TCDSB Psychology website, a resource document on helping students deal with trauma:
 
 
Safe Schools Department Document:
Threats to School Safety

 
 
Informative web links include: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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