Pastor’s Corner for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C by Rev. Fr. Nobert Munekani SJ
Safeguarding Sunday is an important event in our Archdiocesan calendar. Our first Safeguarding Sunday will take place on the 28th of August 2022 during the mass.
His grace Archbishop Buti is encouraging such an event and is very supportive of the cause of safeguarding in the Archdiocese. We as the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Committee have been working hard these last 18 months, promoting the policy and protocols. As we have begun the second phase which is vetting, this is the right time to unite our archdiocese in a common cause of bringing safeguarding home to our parishes.
Safeguarding Sunday is essentially about presenting the safeguarding committees to the entire parish. It is also aimed at making the parish aware of the policy and what it represents.
PRAYER DEDICATED TO SAFEGUARDING
God of mercy and compassion
You care for all your children
And never abandon them.
You see the suffering we cannot see, The wounds that lie deep within, and the cries which have been ignored.
Send us your Holy Spirit
To guide and support us.
Teach us to listen to the pain we cannot imagine,
to see the scars that time does not heal,
and speak with confidence for those who have no voice.
May we find in Jesus, your Son,
the courage to reach out to all who suffer,
the openness to respond to all in need.
He is the innocent victim
who redeems us by his love;
the face of mercy
who witnesses to the truth.
In his name may we treat survivors with dignity,
Learn from them with humility
And respond to them with integrity.
We pray for perpetrators to acknowledge and understand the pain inflicted unto their victims and for them to heal from the internal hurt they themselves experienced.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever.
Fr. Nobert Munekani SJ