Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento released the following statement today following news reports of a tragic shooting near the town of Corning that has so far resulted in five deaths and 10 injured.
"This morning, we received the heartbreaking reports of a shooting incident at Rancho Tehama School and other locations near Corning. I ask everyone to pray for the people who have been injured or killed and for all the families who have been affected by the senseless violence.
“May the Lord Jesus bring His dominion of peace over our homes, schools, churches, and communities. Good Shepherd and Good Teacher, guide us with your wisdom and grace.
"To everyone in the affected communities, know that we stand with you. You are not alone.
“To parishioners and families with students at our Catholic schools and religious instruction classes in the area, know that your pastors and principals are working to ensure that our churches and schools are safe. In these days, I hope may we continue to serve an oasis of mercy and hope.
“Grief counselors and other assistance will be available at Catholic Schools and parishes to help families and students cope with this shocking tragedy.
“Holy Mary, Mother of Mercy and Queen of Peace: Pray for us."
View the text of Bishop Soto's statement in English and Spanish below.
(In photo above, Bishop Soto leads prayer at the U.S. bishops' fall general assembly in Baltimore Nov. 14 for victims of the shooting in Tehama County.)