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Every April, child and youth serving organizations, including Catholic dioceses, parishes, and schools, participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month to highlight the importance of protecting minors from abuse. These efforts are part of the ongoing work of the Church in the United States to carry out the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
We encourage you to participate throughout the month. Contact your diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator to learn more about opportunities to participate in your diocese.
Below are some opportunities to participate, and some resources that can be used in your own local diocese, parish, and/or school.
Annually the Secretariat produces a resource booklet containing various events, sample liturgies for healing prayer services and social media graphics. Download this year's booklet from the link below.
Each year, Blue Sunday Abuse Prevention also offers a day of prayer on the last Sunday of April. You can find resources and registration for the Blue Sunday Day of Prayer at bluesunday.org.
Dioceses and parishes are encouraged to celebrate a local Mass with special intentions for survivors of abuse and the protection of minors. Mass will also be celebrated at the USCCB, on April 3rd celebrated by Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Washington.
Pray a rosary to Our Lady with special intentions for victims/survivors of abuse and the defense of the vulnerable. A rosary prayed in the Saint Pope John Paul II National Shrine on Monday, April 20th at 1:30pm will be streamed live on the USCCB Facebook and Twitter page.
Spend time with the Lord during 9 days in April to pray for the protection and healing of God's little ones. Encourage others to pray with you using by sharing these bulletin inserts and social media images.
Hang these victim outreach posters in your parish or school to encourage reporting and advocate for survivors.
Share these brochures with your parish or school to highlight the Church's work to fulfill it's "Promise to Protect and Pledge to Heal."
You can also find these and other resources in the USCCB Store.
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