Every April, child and youth serving organizations, including Catholic dioceses, parishes, and schools, participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month to highlight the importance of protecting minors from abuse. These efforts are part of the ongoing work of the Church in the United States to carry out the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
We encourage you to participate throughout the month. Contact your diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator to learn more about opportunities to participate in your diocese.
Below are some opportunities to participate, and some resources that can be used in your own local diocese, parish, and/or school.
Call to Prayer, Friday, April 5th
Dedicate April 5th to prayer and sacrifice for the intention: "May survivors of abuse experience God’s profound love for them, and receive comfort and healing." More about the Call to Prayer is available at usccb.org/pray.
Each year, Blue Sunday Abuse Prevention also offers a day of prayer on the last Sunday of April. You can find resources and registration for the Blue Sunday Day of Prayer at bluesunday.org. . . .
Holy Mass with Special Intentions for Victims/Survivors and the Protection of Minors, Monday, April 8th at noon ET
Dioceses and parishes are encouraged to celebrate a local Mass with special intentions for survivors of abuse and the protection of minors. At the USCCB, Most. Rev. William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, will preside.
Rosary for Healing and Protection, Tuesday, April 9th at 4pm ET
Pray a rosary to Our Lady with special intentions for victims/survivors of abuse and the defense of the vulnerable. A rosary prayed in the USCCB Chapel will be streamed live on the USCCB Facebook and Twitter page.
Novena for Protection and Healing
Spend time with the Lord during 9 days in April to pray for the protection and healing of God's little ones. Encourage others to pray with you using by sharing these bulletin inserts and social media images.
Hang these victim outreach posters in your parish or school to encourage reporting and advocate for survivors.
Share these brochures with your parish or school to highlight the Church's work to fulfill it's "Promise to Protect and Pledge to Heal."
You can also find these and other resources in the USCCB Store.
For information on the Safe Environment programs offered by the Diocese of Dallas follow this link.