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Hope and Healing Mass

Eighth Annual Mass for Hope and Healing

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019
11 a.m.
Holy Family Parish
1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago
Presider: Rev. Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Agatha Catholic Church

Peace Circle with Victim-Survivors Prior to Mass
9:30 a.m.


“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.” – 1 Corinthians 12:28


Mass for Hope and Healing

Our Annual Mass for Hope and Healing is a safe haven for victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse, victim-survivors of sexual abuse by adults, family members of victim-survivors, and those who feel betrayed by the inaction and silence of some Church leaders. Join us to show support and pray for all who have suffered and continue to suffer from child and youth sexual abuse.

The Mass will take place on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago. Rev. Larry Dowling of St. Agatha Catholic Church will preside at Mass, and victim-survivors will do the welcome, participate in the Mass and anointing, and share final thoughts during the Mass.

Peace Circle with Victim-Survivors
As in past years, before the Mass for Hope and Healing, on October 19, 2019 at Holy Family Church in Chicago there will be a 75-minute peace circle at 9:30 a.m. The event is open to all victim-survivors of sexual abuse.

The theme of the peace circle will be “To be understood as to understand,” taken from the Mass entrance song.

All are welcome to attend to show their support. For more information, please contact victim-survivor, Jim Richter at 773.412.0909, or Tom Tharayil, director of the Office of Assistance Ministry at 312.534.8267.

More on the Mass for Hope and Healing
The Mass for Hope and Healing started in 2011 in close collaboration with victim-survivors, clergy and staff to offer support to victim-survivors, their families, and any Catholic who was seeking assistance and healing from clergy sexual abuse.

The Mass is an outgrowth of the creation of the archdiocesan Healing Garden, which is a place created to support the healing of victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse, their families and all Catholics. The Healing Garden is located on the west side of Holy Family Church.

Michael Hoffman and Jim Richter, clergy sexual-abuse survivors, believe that “prayer, reflection, action and shared experiences can make the difference in promoting healing and engendering hope. We welcome all of our brothers and sisters to celebrate this sacrament of unity with us; priests, parishioners, Virtus trainers, survivors, families, friends and all who minister to children and youth.” Let us join together in prayer, all of us precious children of God, on Oct. 19, 2019.

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.

“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 6:66-6