SPARTA, NJ- Prayers of protection were said in front of the Sparta Township municipal building on Saturday.  A group of about 20 parishioners from Our Lady of the Lake gathered with a banner petitioning prayers from St. Michael. 

Led by Rafael Gonzalez, they said “two Rosaries for the police to protect us and to be protected,” a participant said.  They also sang the Star Spangled Banner and other patriotic songs. 

“We greatly appreciate the support that was shown and has been shown to our police officers consistently throughout the start of this pandemic unrest that has gone on nationally,” Police Chief Neil Spidaletto said. “I have said previously we as officers are committed to serve and protect our community.”

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“We have done this for years but it is the first time at the municipal building,” Gonzalez said. The group said they are part of or Tradition, Family and Property organization of lay Catholic Americans who, according to their writings, are “concerned about the moral crisis shaking the remnants of Christian Civilization.”

They said this Day of Prayer was something being done all over the country.  In Washington DC Rev. Billy Graham led a prayer march on the National Mall.

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