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Hope and Healing Mass

Seventh Annual Mass for Hope and Healing

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
11 a.m.
Holy Family Parish, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago

“As a result of this, many [of] his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, ‘Do you also want to leave?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’” – JN 6:66-68

This year, the Seventh Annual Mass for Hope and Healing will take place on Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago. Fr. Larry Dowling of St. Agatha Church will preside over the Mass, while victim-survivors will do the welcome and share final thoughts.The Mass for Hope and Healing started in 2011 in collaboration with victims-survivors, clergy and staff to offer support to victims-survivors, their families, and any Catholic that was seeking assistance as well as healing from clergy sexual abuse. Every year, the Mass for Hope and Healing has witnessed people coming together to pray for all who suffered and continue to suffer from heartbreaking events of sexual abuse.

The Mass is an outgrowth of the creation of the Healing Garden, which was created as a place of healing for victims-survivors of clergy sexual abuse, their families and all Catholics. The Healing Garden is located next door to Holy Family Church. 

Michael Hoffman and Jim Richter, clergy sexual-abuse survivors, believe that “prayer, reflection, action and shared experiences can make the difference, promote healing, and provide hope. We welcome all of our brothers and sisters to celebrate the sacrament with us; priests, parishioners, Virtus trainers, survivors, families, friends and all who minister to children and youth.” Let us join them on Oct. 20, 2018. 

Hoffman is board president of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and is also co-founder, editor and contributor of the Healing Voices newsletter. In Healing Voices, he writes about reconciling his faith with the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harm he had to endure when – and since – he was abused.