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Staff Report (Florida Catholic)

4/19/2017

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.

USCCB banner for April is 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:

  • To provide required education for all employees (clergy, religious and laity), those volunteers and others regularly involved with minors, and parents, as to the issue of abuse of children including the detection, prevention and reporting of child abuse.
  • To provide required training programs for children and young people in our Catholic schools and religious education programs. This includes age appropriate materials pertaining to personal safety and information about improper touching and relationships. Children are not expected to be fully knowledgeable about child abuse or of the laws governing care of children but they need to know when they should seek assistance from a trusted adult.
  • To thoroughly screen and evaluate the background of all Diocesan employees – clergy, religious and laity – and those volunteers who work with children and young people.
  • To hold those who minister in the name of the Church of Venice – all Diocesan employees (clergy, religious and laity) and those volunteers who work with children and young people – to Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct.

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

”God 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 people’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

sus corazones,

Dales la fe que calme sus espĂ­ritus perturbados.

Concédeles 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.

Concédenos el valor y la sabiduría,

La humildad y la gracia, para actuar con justicia.

Sopla tu sabiduría en nuestras oraciones y empeños.

Que todos los que han sido heridos por el abuso

encuentren paz y justicia.

Te lo pedimos por Cristo, nuestro Señor. Amén.

Courtesy of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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