Masses Praying for Victims of Abuse in April Print this post

Staff Report, Florida Catholic


In 1983, recognizing the alarming rate at which children continued to be abused and neglected and the need for innovative programs to prevent child abuse and assist parents and families affected by maltreatment, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives proclaimed April the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In keeping with continued efforts to nationally promote the awareness of child abuse and neglect, the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined in promoting this effort.

For the 10th year in a row, during Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Month, the Diocese of Venice will be offering annual Masses in prayer for the victims of abuse. These Masses will be celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane and take place at 8:30 a.m., April 19 at Epiphany Cathedral 350 Tampa Ave. W., Venice; and then at 8 a.m., on April 20 at St. William Parish, 750 Seagate Dive, Naples. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

“The Diocese of Venice is committed to providing a comprehensive program to protect the most vulnerable from all types of abuse while raising awareness to prevent abuse from happening in the first place,” Bishop Dewane said.

In addition to the Masses, each year the Diocese of Venice conducts Safe Environment Program training sessions. The mission of the Safe Environment Program is to provide education for all employees (clergy, religious and laity), those volunteers and others regularly involved with minors, and parents, about the issue of abuse of children, including the detection, prevention and reporting of child abuse. 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

PRAYER FOR HEALING VICTIMS OF ABUSE  (Below in English and Spanish)

During April, the Secretariat encourages the faithful to recite:



”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.



Dios del amor infinito,

Siempre presente, siempre justo;

TĂș nos cuidas y nos proteges

Y nos diste a tu Ășnico Hijo

Para salvarnos con su sangre en la cruz.

JesĂșs 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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