Safe Environment

Mass of Healing


The Mass for Victims of Abuse, held annually, will take place on Friday, April 5, at 12:15 p.m.

Epiphany Cathedral, 350 Tampa Ave. W, Venice


On Friday, April 5, a Mass will be celebrated in the Diocese of Venice on behalf of the victims of child abuse.

Now in its 17th year, this special Mass is always celebrated in April, to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

All are welcome and invited to attend. A prayer for healing, in both English and Spanish, is shared below. 

Through a comprehensive Safe Environment program, the Diocese of Venice, and its entities, take very seriously the safety of all young people and vulnerable adults. The Diocese has a zero-tolerance policy, and works to prevent any instances of abuse, particularly against minors and vulnerable adults. This comprehensive program aims to protect the most vulnerable from all types of abuse while raising awareness to prevent abuse from happening.

Report any abuse against minors to the Florida Department of Children and Families at 800-962-2873. Further, if Diocesan personnel or volunteers are involved, also notify the Diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator, Susan Benton, at 941-416-6114.

For more detailed information about what the Diocese of Venice does to prevent abuse and the Safe Environment program, click here