After the Grand Jury Report was released last August, we here at Saint Joan of Arc held our own listening sessions early on to talk about our thoughts and feelings over this deep crisis in the Church. After the initial 3 listening sessions, we had a follow-up session in November to discuss some concrete actions we as a parish could do to bring healing and understanding to those who are hurting. There was a desire on the part of those involved to look at the subject of healing from a spiritual, educational and catechetical approach. As part of our parish follow-up, I am glad to announce the following activities for our parish during 2019. The whole series will be called “Toward Healing.” (All events will take place in the cafeteria unless otherwise noted):
"An Evening with Janet McNeal”, the coordinator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg’s “Safe Environment” program. A retired captain in the PA State Police, Janet ran the Megan’s Law Section of the State Police.
April 19 (Good Friday, 12:30PM)
Outdoor Stations of the Cross for the Healing of Sexual Abuse Victims
“The Church’s Teaching on Human Sexuality: An Overview” (Adult Religious Education)
“Building Bridges Between Estranged Members in the Christian Family: A Family Therapy Perspective” led by Dr. Joseph Dreiss, PhD, clinical psychologist
Saints who have Endured Sexual Abuse” Presentation and Prayer Service
“Prayer as a Way Toward Healing” (Adult Religious Education)
Day of Fasting and Prayer for Healing of those Sexually Abused by Clergy—All day fast followed by Evening Prayer Service and Reflection
“Domestic Violence: A Catholic Perspective” by Susan Kelly-Dreiss, founder and former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Holy Hour for those who have suffered Clergy Sexual Abuse
There will be more information in the coming months on these presentations/prayer services. Mark your calendar now! May we as a parish, Church, and society find a way “toward healing”.
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