A Letter to a Suffering Church

Discussions and Holy Hours for Healing

After all of the Masses the weekend of August 24-25, each household received a short, yet powerful book that addresses so much of the struggle, the pain, and the anger surrounding the evil of sexual abuse and the stain this has left on our Church.  Bishop Robert Barron addresses this directly with his book, Letter to a Suffering Church.  In the preface, Bishop Barron expresses why he felt compelled to write this book, saying:

“This book is a cry from the heart . . . I have written this book for my fellow Catholics who feel, understandably, demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit.”

Hopefully this book can be a spark for conversation and a small, first step towards the peace and healing and change that we all desire.  To help in this conversation, we will be hosting a series of gatherings.  Using the book as a starting point, the idea for these gatherings is mostly to come together, to ask the tough questions, to talk through things together, to hear from others.  It will also be a much needed time to pray together.  The first part of our time together will be a discussion of the book and the topics raised by it, as well as a discussion of the issues we are facing here at St. Max.  The second half will be time spent in Adoration and Prayer.  These sessions are intended to last about two hours.

Listed below are the dates for the Discussion and Holy Hour for Healing sessions.  We hope you can attend one:

Wednesday, August 28, 7:00-9:00 PM Childcare available
Tuesday, September 3, 7:00-9:00 PM Childcare available
Sunday, September 8, 4:00-6:00 PM
Thursday, September 12, 7:00-9:00 PM
Sunday, October 13, 4:00-6:00 PM Childcare available

Babysitting will be available at the indicated sessions. Please register for childcare.

It is not necessary to attend more than once.  You are encouraged to read the book prior to the meeting, but if you do not, please don’t let that stop you from coming.

Register for Childcare

Resources

Below are some resources for anyone looking for some guidance on these issues and on how to talk with children about such difficult topics:

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Safe Environment Info

Diocese of Grand Island Useful Links

Bishop Barron's Resources on the Sexual Abuse Chrisis

American Psychological Association - Talking to Children

Friday, September 13 at 5:30 PM, we will celebrate a Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This Mass will specifically be offered for Healing and Reparation for our parish and our Church.