Events

Child-Abuse Prevention Month

8th Annual Prayer Service for Child Abuse Prevention

Pinwheels for Prevention at the Healing Garden

Join the Archdiocese of Chicago in its ongoing commitment to the ministry of protecting children at the annual Prevent Child Abuse Prayer Service.

Participants will be invited to plant a pinwheel (national symbol of child abuse prevention efforts) during the service.

Friday, May 3, 2019
11:30 a.m.
Healing Garden at Holy Family Parish
1080 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago

Please RSVP by April 26 to mflores@archchicago.org.

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If you are unable to attend the event, there are simple ways to have your community at the parish or school commemorate that April is National Child-Abuse Prevention Month:

  • Hold your own prayer service at your parish and/or school. The Child-Abuse Prevention Prayer Service Worship Guide is posted online to use at your site.

  • Create a banner, pinwheel, poem or other creative display about child-abuse prevention and send a photo to the Office for the Protection of Children & Youth: we will display images of your projects on our webpage.

  • Consider creating your own pinwheel garden and hanging blue ribbons (around trees, on fences/gates, etc.) at your parish/school. 

  • Dedicate a moment during Mass or school assembly to child-abuse prevention: make an announcement, say a prayer, read a poem, or have a moment of silence.

  • Visit the Healing Garden website for more information.

Resources to Use throughout April:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed resources to be used during the month of April: 

  • Liturgy Resource Guide

  • Prayer Service for Healing

  • Child Abuse Prevention Blessing

Pinwheels for Prevention

Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is part of a national movement by Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) to not only raise awareness to child abuse, but also to promote supporting positive practices to allow healthy child development. 

The Archdiocese of Chicago joins PCA America in planting pinwheel gardens throughout the archdiocese to remind each of us of the important role we play in children’s and young people’s daily lives.