The abuse crisis in the Catholic Church has left people feeling hurt, angry, demoralized…the list of feelings goes on and on. On January 16th and 23rd, we will have a very important discussion. The book is a quick read and Bishop Barron confronts the question “Why stay Catholic with so much scandal?” We will gather to discuss Bishop Robert Barron’s book, Letter to a Suffering Church. We have copies of the book in the parish office if you would like one.
These discussions will take place over two days/evenings. We wanted to give people the option of attending the morning session or evening session. If you miss the morning session, please feel free to come to the evening session.
Morning sessions will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church on January 16th and 23rd at 9:00 am. Evening sessions will be held at St. Joseph on these same dates at 7:00 pm in LaPointe Hall. January 30th is reserved as a snow date if needed.
Please come. We hope that you can read the book in advance, but if you cannot, come anyway for an important time of discussion. You are still welcome to join us if you miss the first week sessions! Thank you for considering these most important gatherings.
To see what Father Kevin has said about the abuse crisis click here.
Prayer for Healing of Victims of Abuse
God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his 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. (USCCB)