A Catholic Church with predominately mature parishioners always community minded and supportive!
Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW State Road 200, Ocala, Florida.
On Saturday, July 11th, around 7:30am, a horrific attack on this peaceful community minded Church. Regardless of your faith or belief, there is no foundation for the criminal act of violence and hate putting innocent lives at risk.
Our Priest witnessed the entire chain of events and I urge you to view the video on YouTube, link and title provided below. The video is an accurate first hand account of the attack on parishioners in the torched church structure and premeditated harm of this individual’s act.
As our country, is in biased turmoil over opinion based news and radical politically funded movements, derails the foundation of the United States. The emotionally charged movements seem to have lost focus on right from wrong. Our judicial system seems to undermine law enforcement efforts to keep people safe. Although, the act on Queen of Peace and innocent church members inside worshiping. We must thank GOD and the FIRST RESPONDERS. Marion County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department and 911 for their fast response. Firefighters were on the scene within minutes to contain the heated blaze. Sheriff Deputies transmission of critical information, provided a description of the vehicle and person. The vehicle was seen by other Deputies. The perpetrator wouldn’t stop. Started a dangerous chase down our public streets. Fortunately, the trained Deputy, utilizing the PIT maneuver, which pinned the vehicle minimizing additional injuries. The suspect was apprehended and arrested.
The thought of defunding the Police, Firefighters or any other public safety entities is RECKLESS. In fact our judicial system must protect citizens of their jurisdiction. People need help for mental competency, financial, health and other human needs. This is not about politics, ethnicity, gender or entitlement! It’s about people, communities and decency of the human race.
Less than 24 hours after the attack on Queen of Peace. Parishioners gathered in our Parish Hall to worship. Father Patrick O’Doherty, gave a short account of the events, of the previous morning. He did not want us to be angry, mad or sad. He wanted us to be thankful no one was injured but most of all, “WANTED US TO PRAY FOR THE MAN” “that’s what we do, is forgive”.
Please take time to use the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RhxZLcDbfU
YouTube Queen of Peace or titled: “The question today is where is the good news”
Suspected Arsonist is in Custody. It is said the Church is praying for him!