Portland diocese announces day of Prayer and Penance March 12

PORTLAND — Bishop Robert P. Deeley has designated Wednesday, March 12, as a diocesan-wide Day of Prayer and Penance to seek forgiveness for past harm while offering prayers for the healing of victims/survivors of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Deeley will celebrate Mass at 12:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

“We will always need to be attentive, in a particular way, to those whose lives have been so hurt by the scandals which have harmed them and the Church,” said Deeley during the homily at his Mass of Installation on Feb. 14. “We will continue our efforts to support the survivors and all victims of abuse. And we will continue to work to see to it that the Church is a safe place for our children.”

On March 12, priests throughout the diocese will be encouraged to observe the Day of Prayer and Penance, especially by offering Masses that include prayers for victims/survivors of abuse for their healing; for perpetrators of abuse to seek and find repentance and justice; for diocesan clergy, employees and volunteers to serve with a spirit of respect and humility; and for families to create a safe, loving and peaceful environment for their children.

Deeley encourages anyone who may have information about any case of sexual abuse of a minor by a church representative to contact civil authorities and Michael Magalski, director of the Office of Professional Responsibility for the Diocese of Portland, at 321-7836 or [email protected].

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