Staff Report (Florida Catholic)
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection has joined in the national effort in recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane strongly supports this effort and celebrated two Masses praying for victims of abuse on April 19 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice and April 20 at St. William Parish in Naples.
In addition to the Masses, each year the Diocese of Venice conducts Safe Environment Program training sessions.
As April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is important to provide an overview of the Diocese of Venice Safe Environment Program. All men and women have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of minors and other vulnerable adults. As minors and vulnerable adults participate in activities within or sponsored by the Diocese, it is the commitment of the Diocese of Venice to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing. Therefore, the mission of the Safe Environment Program is:
Each year thousands complete this important program. In addition, the Safe Environment Program has a component which includes training sessions for children and young people in Catholic schools. The Diocese annually undergoes a comprehensive audit from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection to ensure that the Diocese of Venice is in compliance with current directives.
For a more detailed information about what the Diocese of Venice does to prevent abuse or where the nearest Safe Environment class is being held, please visit www.dioceseofvenice.org/safeenvironment.
PRAYER FOR HEALING VICTIMS OF ABUSE (Below in English and Spanish)
During April, the Secretariat encourages the faithful to recite:
A PRAYER FOR HEALING VICTIMS OF ABUSE
â€ťGod of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just:
You gave your only Son to save us by his blood on the cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters
who have been gravely harmed,
and the cries of those who love them.
Soothe their restless hearts with hope,
steady their shaken spirits with faith.
Grant them justice for their cause,
enlightened by your truth.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your peopleâ€™s wounds
and transform brokenness into wholeness.
Grant us the courage and wisdom,
humility and grace, to act with justice.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors.
Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
UNA ORACIĂ“N DE SANACIĂ“N VĂŤCTIMAS DE ABUSO
Dios del amor infinito,
Siempre presente, siempre justo;
TĂş nos cuidas y nos proteges
Y nos diste a tu Ăşnico Hijo
Para salvarnos con su sangre en la cruz.
JesĂşs manso, pastor de la paz,
DĂgnate unir a tu propio sufrimiento
El dolor de todos los que han sido heridos
De cuerpo, mente y espĂritu
Por parte de aquellos que traicionaron la confianza puesta en ellos.
Escucha el clamor de nuestros hermanos y hermanas
Que han sido lastimados gravemente,
AsĂ como el clamor de aquellos que los aman.
Dales la esperanza que mitigue el desosiego de
Dales la fe que calme sus espĂritus perturbados.
ConcĂ©deles justicia para su causa,
IlumĂnalos con tu verdad.
EspĂritu Santo, consolador de corazones,
Cura las heridas de tus hijos e hijas
Y devuelve la integridad a lo que ha sido quebrantado.
ConcĂ©denos el valor y la sabidurĂa,
La humildad y la gracia, para actuar con justicia.
Sopla tu sabidurĂa en nuestras oraciones y empeĂ±os.
Que todos los que han sido heridos por el abuso
encuentren paz y justicia.
Te lo pedimos por Cristo, nuestro SeĂ±or. AmĂ©n.
Courtesy of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.