Pro-life prayer warrior, husband of Catholic school principal among the fatalities in San Bernardino

Bishop requesting parishes use Penitential Rite for the next two Sundays in response to violence
Victims of the San Bernardino shooting. Damian Meins is on the top far left corner. (photo from

Victims of the San Bernardino shooting (partial list). Nicholas Thalasinos is on the top row, second from right. Damian Meins, husband of the principal at Sacred Heart Rancho Cucamonga, is on the top far left corner. (photo from

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.

Memorial for the San Bernardino shooting victims. (photo from Chicago Tribune)

Memorial for the San Bernardino shooting victims. (photo from Chicago Tribune)

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.

In Christ,

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.
Amen. [Source]

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
their families.

(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
common good…

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…

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  1. Abeca Christian says:

    Yes they will be in my prayers. Its a tragedy. My condolences to all the families. This is very sad.

  2. The immigration and refugee laws of this Country need to be reformed. And the laws we do have must be upheld.
    Sanctuary Cities must stop their illegal activities.
    USCCB charities must stop relocating and assisting the Obama administration regarding Muslims and other non-Christians, and illegals.
    Our FBI has made it very clear that Vetting of most people from the middle east is almost impossible.

    We have to stop being “politically correct”. – Truth is critically important.

  3. Catherine says:

    Portugal is spared from war – In June 1952, Douglas Hyde, former director of a British communist newspaper, came to Fatima in Portugal, to thank Our Lady for his conversion. He also paid a visit to President Salazar, then head of the country. He asked Salazar: “Do you think the spiritual revival of Portugal is a result of the events in Fatima?” The president answered: “That’s the general opinion here, everybody thinks so … and I am one of them, but we have no reason to boast about it.”

    A member of the Congregation of Our Lady since the age of 13, Salazar often said: “Our Lady is a close friend.” And one can add that it is probably thanks to his prayer that Portugal was spared from the war.


    • Thank you, Catherine, for setting the story straight. All we were taught in this country was that Salazar was a “dictator.” Same was said of Franco. These men performed great service for their people.

  4. Catherine says:


    Indeed, when Hitler announced his intention to invade Portugal, Salazar spent the whole night on the phone with Generalissimo Franco to convince him not to allow German troops into Spain. At the same time, he kept reciting the Rosary. He spent the night with the phone in one hand and his Rosary in the other and the miracle happened.

    Knowing the campaign that was waged against the Rosary, Salazar stated in public: “Our Lady loves this devotion. We must maintain it in our homeland.”

  5. Steve Phoenix says:

    “..Therefore, keep watch, for you do not know the time nor the hour..” (Mt. 25:13)

    Walid Shoebat, former Muslim Brotherhood member and now a convert to Catholicism was interviewed on the Michael Savage show on Dec. 5, 2015: he points out that ISIS’ goal is to kill 10 million Americans. As Shoebat observes, ISIS is very clear on its goals and announces everything it wishes to carry out. The “San Bernardino” killers were directly involved with ISIS contacts, and many people don’t know they both had body cameras to apparently record and transmit the killings in real time. Tashveen Malik took time to tweet support of ISIS during her killing spree.

    Shoebat says that, unfortunately, many more Americans may have to be killed…

    • Steve Phoenix says:

      Shoebat says that, unfortunately, many more Americans may have to be killed before we wake up that there is a serious threat and we have permission as Christians to defend ourselves, others and our loved ones.

  6. Steve Phoenix says:

    Here is a view of ISIS’ plan to launch a world war, as Walid Shoebat warns:

    One has to go the UK news media usually to get some semblance of the reality we are facing.

  7. OneoftheSheep says:

    Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “As for me, in my justice I shall see your face and be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory.” (Psalm 17:15)
    When our mission on earth is done, we shall be called into the eternal life and enter into our true home. To die just prior to Christmas, is to live to the hope of celebrating this great church feast in heaven with baby Jesus. Glory to God in the Highest and we all pray for peace on earth to men of goodwill.

  8. Linda Maria says:

    God knows all, and sees all— and He will not favor the Muslim jihadists (who evilly claim His favor) and who falsely use His holy Name to kill, in the name of their false “religion!” Their diabolic “religion” is not from God! They will find that someday, they will all be defeated and crushed, due to their actions– God will work His true Justice! The ISIS jihadists will not triumph, in the end! God will triumph, over all Evil!!

  9. Linda Maria says:

    A truly religious people will always have God at their side, to help them! The Rosary is a big “spiritual weapon,” to defend against all Evil! I appreciated the posts regarding the truly religious people of Portugal, where the Miracle of Fatima occurred! We must all listen to Our Lady!

  10. May the souls of all these departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  11. Linda Maria says:

    It is too bad that there cannot be laws, worldwide, against radicalizing! And anti-terrorist laws, too! Especially, laws that forbid using religion– worldwide– as an excuse to persecute and kill others! It is a shame, that there are also periods of history, in which Christians killed too, in the name of Christ! May God bless and comfort all those who are mourning, in San Bernardino! And may God bless the souls of the victims, too!

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