April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
This is a both national and church effort. It is important to make this awareness part and parcel of the identity of men’s religious communities and institutes for consecrated life.
The USCCB and CMSM collaborate on many of these initiatives, and CMSM continues to build on our programming for the protection of minors.
Please make use of the resources provided below and adapt them to your pastoral and ministerial needs in communities, parishes, and other places.
If you have any ideas for additional resources from within our communities about how we might respond as religious to resource this need, please contact Tom Southard at 301-588-4030.
Above all else, let us remember in prayer all the victims of abuse both within the Church, religious orders and society.
Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles - This packet contains resources and ideas including a brochure, special blessings, petitions, bulletin announcements, pinwheel activities, and other parish and school-related activities.
USCCB - Eucharist with Special Intentions for Victims/Survivors and the Protection of Minors - Prayers of the Faithful | Prayers for Healing
Dioceses and religious communities are encouraged to celebrate a local Mass with special intentions for victims/survivors of abuse and the protection of minors. The encouraged common prayer time is Thursday, April 12 at noon. At the USCCB, Most. Rev. Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodríguez, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, will preside at Eucharist at that time.
Op-Ed from Dr. Francesco Cesareo, Chair of the National Review Board - We invite you to share this Op-Ed entitled "Lessons Learned. A Time for the Church to Lead." with your local media. The article highlights the efforts of dioceses in protecting children, and notes that secular organizations can learn from the practices of dioceses to better prevent abuse.
Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources (website)- including
- Rosary for Healing & Protection
- Resources for celebration of the Eucharist with Special Intentions for Victims / Survivors and the Protection of Minors
- Special Prayer Day
- Posters and Images for Social Media
Video: "The Catholic Church is Committed to the Safety of Children" - Highlights the efforts of the "Promise to Protect and Pledge to Heal" programs.