The following comes from a December 4 Live Action News article by Carole Novielli:
One of the victims of Wednesday’s mass killing at a San Bernardino social services center was a staunch pro-life advocate.
By Thursday morning a post from Nicholas’s wife confirmed that he was indeed a victim of the attack.
Juda Myers, founder of Choices4Life, called Nicholas a “prayer warrior for Choices4Life,” adding that he was almost a board member but later changed his mind after praying about it further. “He was an awesome man of God,” she told Live Action News.
Nicholas Thalasinos was outspoken about Islam and allegedly spoke against the religion online.
Shortly before the shooting, friends say he received some threatening messages. “Blessed be the memory of Nicholas Thalasinos! He loved Yisrael and Jewish people. Muslim extremists had been sending him threatening Facebook messages. He posted one of these messages at 12:30 AM on December 2, 2015, approximately, eleven hours before the San Bernardino shooting started! Now we have lost him forever. Nick was very courageous and spoke the truth. It is my honest belief that Nicholas was murdered because of his alliance with Israel and Jewish people,” one of his friends posted on Facebook Thursday morning.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for this victim’s family here.
The following comes from a December 3 Aletetia post by Deacon Greg Kandra:
A priest in the Diocese of San Bernardino forwarded to me the following email, which was sent to diocesan employees:
It is with great sadness that I ask for your support. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Damian Meins, husband of the principal at Sacred Heart Rancho Cucamonga, who did not survive yesterday’s attack.
Late yesterday, the bishop released this statement:
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today, we have experienced another tragic act of public violence, this time in our own Diocese of San Bernardino. Please join me in praying for all of the victims of this horrific incident and their families. For those who lost their lives, we pray for their eternal rest and God’s strength to their loved ones left behind; for those who are wounded, we pray for their health and healing. Let us also ask God to protect the brave men and women in law enforcement who are pursuing the suspects in this case.
Our community of San Bernardino has faced great challenges through the years. Let us come together now in unity to bring light to the darkness of this day.
Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes
Pray without ceasing.
Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend
and taught that they who mourn shall be comforted,
grant us the comfort of your presence in our loss.
Send Your Holy Spirit to direct us
lest we make hasty or foolish decisions.
Send Your Spirit to give us courage
lest through fear we recoil from living.
Send Your Spirit to bring us your peace
lest bitterness, false guilt, or regret take root in our hearts.
The Lord has given.
The Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
O sweet mother Mary,
who knew the sadness of mourning those your heart loved most,
Jesus, your Son,
and Joseph, your devoted spouse,
pray for us in our time of loss.
The following comes from a December 4 email from Sister Jeremy Gallet, SP, the director of the Office of Worship for the diocese of San Bernardino:
Bishop Barnes has requested that all parishes use a special Penitential Rite for the next two Sundays of Advent responding to the violent events in our diocese.
Throughout history God has manifested Divine Love and care for those who suffer
from violence, hatred and oppression. As we come together to celebrate this
Eucharist, let us pause in silence to pray for all victims of violence in all war-torn
countries of the world, but especially today for those who were injured or lost
their lives in the most recent San Bernardino shooting; for their co-workers and
(Significant pause for silent prayer)
Presider, Deacon, or Cantor:
Lord Jesus, deliver us from self-centeredness and indifference. Help us to be
caring and compassionate toward all people, no matter their race, religion, or
country of origin… Lord have mercy; Senor ten piedad, Lord have mercy
Christ Jesus, deliver us from the silence that gives consent to abuse, violence and
oppression. Grant us the passionate desire and strength to risk speaking for the
Lord Jesus, deliver us from apathy, and hardness of heart. Give us sympathetic
hearts to reach out to those around us who are in deep grief – especially the
children of our diocese who are suffering from fear, confusion, and profound
Christ Jesus, deliver us from the fear of speaking the truth. Help us to be a voice
for the voiceless, for the poor, and for the ones who have no one to speak for
Lord Jesus, deliver us from social isolation and disinterest. Grant us the grace to
join with our law enforcement and public officials to be sources of change, of
healing and of love…