Dear Friends of Gazette Chicago:
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in myriad ways. Every aspect of what was once “normal” in our lives has been turned upside down. We have lost loved ones; we “shelter in place” and our fears and anxieties increase daily; we worry for our family members, friends, and neighbors who are on the front lines of this healthcare crisis, providing the critical care we need and so many other essential services. We see so many of our favorite shops and businesses shuttered and we hope that they will reopen in brighter days ahead; our places of worship are dark in these very special times of the year; and we watch the news and fret and worry even more.
Everything has changed. Nothing seems to be the same.
Gazette Chicago wants to be there for you. We invite you to participate in a unique Community Prayer. There is no charge for this. This is our way of showing that we care and to offer a platform to acknowledge our heroes and ask for prayers for those in need.
We will offer our Community Prayer both on our website and in print in the Friday, May 8, issue. You can begin sending your prayer listings immediately to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Prayer will have three sections:
1. Heroes and Essential Workers:
Examples (last names are not necessary):
For John Smith, a Chicago firefighter
For Susan Jones, a nurse on staff at Mercy Hospital
For Robert Anderson, a grocery clerk at Jewel-Osco
2. Those Who Have Recently Died
3. Family, Friends and Neighbors Who Need Our Prayers and Support During These Unprecedented Times
Please note that Gazette Chicago reserves the right to edit listings to fit or to adhere to our publication guidelines.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to our readers, advertisers, and your loved ones. Your loyalty to Gazette Chicago humbles and gratifies us, and we are honored to provide this service to you.