On Friday 3 June, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, a Liturgy of Lament and Hope to acknowledge publicly the pain and suffering of those who have been wounded by abuse in the Catholic Church, was held in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Waitara.
Bishop Peter Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay, called upon his brother priests and the Diocesan faith community to join him for this sacred event, with more than 200 braving the wild Sydney weather to come together in prayer.
Opportunities for expressing lament such as this are important – a time at which people can give voice and shape to shared feelings of sadness, regret, and solidarity for what has occurred in our communities, and a time for the Diocese as a family to pray for those who have been wounded and turn towards the Lord with hope for healing.
The Liturgy begins a special week-long focus in the Diocese of Broken Bay during which local faith communities are invited to become more aware of all those who have been impacted by the darkness of abuse within the Church.
During the week, the community of Broken Bay will also seek to become more conscious of our shared responsibility to build a culture of safeguarding for our children and those who are vulnerable.
A dedicated space at the Cathedral in Waitara, and in the Diocesan Offices at Pennant Hills will be established, where anyone who wishes can take time to pray for those who have been abused – those whom we know and those who we do not know – and for each of us, who are impacted by such evil.
A LOUD Fence has also been established at both sites, and workshops are being offered for staff to explore the impact of working for the Church in these times of the Royal Commission. The Clergy of the Diocese will have their own session of professional development later in the month.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding or professional standards in the Diocese of Broken Bay, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne Walker, Chancellor, on 9847 0430 || Jodie Crisafulli, Manager, SafeGuarding and Professional Standards on 9847 0212.
Bishop Comensoli’s homily can be accessed on the diocesan website: http://www.dbb.org.au/news/fx-articles.cfm?loadref=12&id=493
For further information please contact: Annie Carrett, Director, Office for Communications.