Pope Francis has called us to a time of prayer, fasting, and reparation for the evil of clerical sex abuse. Following his lead, Archbishop Lori has asked that the parishes of the archdiocese designate Friday, September 7 as a day of prayer and fasting in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As Christians who live in the hope given to us by Jesus, we invite all parishioners of St. John’s and St. Joseph’s to join together for an “Evening of Prayer and Reparation” to be held in St. Joseph-on-Carrolton Manor church beginning at 7:00 pm.
To read Father Kevin’s statement about the clergy abuse crisis click here.
To read Archbishop Lori’s statement about the clergy abuse crisis click here.
The following prayer is from the USCCB:
Prayer for Healing the 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 our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.