UPDATE: Wisconsin parishes pray for victims after SUV plows through parade crowd

WAUKESHA, Wis. (CNS) -- Church leaders and parishes offered prayers for those who died and dozens more who were injured, including a Catholic priest, church parishioners and Catholic school students, when an SUV plowed through spectators watching a Christmas parade.

"Our prayers are with the people who have been injured and killed during the tragic incident in Waukesha," Sandra Peterson, communication director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, said in a statement posted on the archdiocesan website hours after the incident occurred the evening of Nov. 21.

Waukesha is about 20 miles west of Milwaukee and is in the archdiocese.

"Among the injured are one of our Catholic priests, as well as multiple parishioners and Waukesha Catholic school children," Peterson said. "Please join us in prayer for all those involved, their families, and those who are traumatized from witnessing the horrible scene."

A post early Nov. 22 on the Facebook page of the Catholic Community of Waukesha, a group of four parishes, said church leaders were monitoring "the impact of yesterday's tragic event" and ministering to injured parishioners as well as those who attended the parade but were uninjured.

"It is in our most difficult hours that we, as a community, turn to our Lord for refuge, strength and love," the post said.