Ogden • Almost 200 parishioners followed the Rev. Erik Richtsteig through the brush around St. James the Just Catholic Church in Ogden on Thursday evening for a Liturgy of Reparation, a ceremony of healing in the aftermath of Sunday's shooting during Mass that left 66-year-old James Evans severely wounded.
"It is to atone for the damage one of our brothers [alleged shooter Charles Jennings] did in God's house," Richtsteig said. "This is an act of prayer. It's focusing far more on God than on us."
Although Jennings is not a Catholic, Richtsteig explained, he is "still one of our brothers in humanity," and Richtsteig asked those in attendance to pray for Jennings before beginning the ritual.