Sep 162009

CLINTON — Clinton’s Stop the Hate/Show the Love Walk, held annually in conjunction with the global observance of the U. N. International Day of Peace, will take place Sept. 17.

The Clinton Peace Coalition has been sponsoring the walk since shortly after Alma Mariano, the Sisters of St. Francis and Clinton Community College undertook the first walk and then partnered with Clinton YWCA and the Week Without Violence.

The walk starts at 5 p.m. at Clinton Community College and ends at Ashford University in Clinton.

The International Day of Peace was established by the UN General Assembly in 1981. The Clinton Franciscans have been observing the Day of Peace with a 24-hour public vigil in their chapel since 2002. This year’s vigil will begin at midnight Sept. 21 with constant prayer presence in the chapel.

Among special activities at The Canticle vigil will be the Arboretum Drumming Circle at 8 a.m., a Mass for peace at 9 a.m., adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 3:45 p.m., evening prayer at 4:30 p.m. and singing prayer with members of the Zion Lutheran Church community at 7 p.m.

“Any faith community who would like to be the prayer presence during any hour or half-hour of the vigil at The Canticle is most welcome,” said Sister Mary Luke Sondgeroth, coordinator of the observance. To reserve a specific time for group prayer, call her at The Canticle, (563) 242-7903, ext. 2483.

Doors to The Canticle will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 21. Persons wishing to come between midnight and 6 a.m. or between 9 p.m. and midnight may call Sr. Sondgeroth by Sept. 20 to make arrangements for admittance.

For more information, call Sisters of St. Francis, (563) 242-7611.

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