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 1st Sunday Advent (B)

 

The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 years old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ through whom all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.

In this double focus on past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and congregation, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power. So, as the Church celebrates God’s arrival into human history in the Incarnation, and anticipates a future consummation to that history for which "all creation is groaning awaiting its redemption," it also confesses its own responsibility as a people commissioned to "love the Lord your God with all your heart" and to "love your neighbor as yourself." While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation. Prayer, Penance and Fasting are appropriate during this season. I wish you all a blessed and a grace filled Advent season.

Thoughts and Reflection

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Catholic Charities has a client who is in need of a working refrigerator.  If you have one you would be willing to donate please call them at 304-822-5414.

We are considering having a Mass at 9am on Thanksgiving Day.  We need to know how many people would be attending.
 If you would attend a Mass on Thanksgiving day please let me know how many will be coming.

Congratulations to Herb Adrian and Ed Rodriguez on being chosen to represent our parish at the Vicariate Pastoral
Council.  Thank you to everyone who accepted their nomination and everyone who voted.

Have a good week.

 

                                                             Masks will be required during Mass. We have a limited supply available.  If you would like to purchase one they are available at Gina's Soft Cloth Shop, 78 E. Main St,
Romney for $6.95.  Their phone number is:  304-359-2585
 

Three of our parishioners; Donna Haught, Joanne Hooker, and Pat Whitfield,  are at Hampshire Center, behind Food Lion.  They are unable to have visitors because of the pandemic.  If you would like to send them a card or note they would really appreciate it.  The address there is:  Hampshire Center, 260260 Sunrise  Blvd, Romney, WV  26757.

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We would like to welcome new parishioners Dale and Margo Rogers.  We are happy to have you as parishioners

 

Congratulations to Herb Adrian and Ed Rodriguez on being chosen as our representatives for the Vicariate Pastoral Council.  Thank you to everyone who accepted the nominations.

 

 

 

Projects for the Giving Tuesday event are:  building a pavilion; remodeling the bathroom at the rectory; painting the hall, exterior doors and window frames; security cameras for the parking lot and hall.

 

 We received a very generous bequest of $25,000 from Sheila Melzac’s estate.  Fr. Thomas is considering different options for the use of this money.

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Come Celebrate With Us

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Are You Aware?

The Knights of Columbus are not only responsible for the Fish Fry and the Mother’s Day Breakfast, but also the Church Picnic, the church Dance, the Ping Pong Tournament and the Trivia Dinner

Sunday 11:00 am     

Tuesday 12:00 noon  

 

 

What is Mass

 

Our Lady Of Grace  Mission Statement

If you don't see the information you are looking for, always  check the Church Bulletin  click here

Deacon Larry has offered to take communion to anyone who is still unable to attend Mass.  If you know someone who doesn’t get emails please contact them and ask if they would like Deacon Larry to bring communion to them.  You, or they, can contact the office (304) 822-5561 or call Deacon Larry 703-421-5815.

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Church Announcements 

Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy.  This month they need disposable razors, ladies deodorant, q-tips, and toothpaste.

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Confessions are available  on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment.  Please email or call (Tuesday or Wednesday) the office 304-822-5561, to schedule an appointment. _________________

 

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic when our parish ceased having public Masses, some of the diocesan collections and special appeals, were affected.  Bishop Brennan is asking for the re-scheduling of the following collections. 

Diane Parker’s sister is requesting cards and notes for Diane.  Visitation at her facility is limited and she misses her friends at OLOG.  Send to:  F, Diane Parker, Chronicles; Elmcroft of Hagerstown, 1175 Professional Ct., Hagerstown, MD  21740-5984

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Volunteers needed

Thank you to the ladies who clean the church and hall on Tuesdays.  One of our cleaners is returning to Florida for the winter.   We need more helpers for this cleaning ministry.  If you are able to help please contact the office. Cleaning is on Tuesdays at 11:00 am.   We could also use another sanitizer on Sunday’s after Mass.  If you can help sanitize please contact the office or go to the kitchen after Sunday Mass.

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The church missal “Breaking Bread” is available for anyone who would like one.  You may take it home and bring it back to Mass.  Please do not leave it in the church or it will have to be disposed of.  The readings in it are good through November 22.  You can use it for the hymns after that.  The missals are on the table in the vestibule and in the plastic container outside the main doors.

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Dear fellow parishioner,

 

For better or worse, you will find either a physical or scanned copy of “Thoughts and Reflections”

included in the weekly bulletin.  Since I have not been able to contribute to the common liturgical or

ministerial good during this plague, I asked Fr. Thomas if I could perhaps contribute such weekly

offerings instead.

 

These reflections were written in an ad hoc basis during my years of active ministry in these Potomac Highlands.  They were, for the most part, cobbled together on those Saturdays when I had the

weekend homily in hand by the time I left for the 5:00 P.M. Mass at Epiphany.  They have been

excavated from my physical files (I suspect that there are many more if I opened one of the many thumb-drives I’ve ignored since I retired.)  They are passed on to you in their original state with all the errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and typos, of that which is written in haste.  Such is the

laziness of this retiree.

 

These have no pretense of being anything more than what they are -  a backward glance upon the scatterings of grace which a generous God has strewn upon the surface of my daily life.  If you find any merit in them; if you find them helpful in recognizing the touch of grace in the simplicity of your own lives, them I am pleased and grateful.

 

Fr. Giles

St. Giles, Abbot (Patron of Physically Disabled) Feast day - September 1

St. Giles is said to have been a seventh century Athenian of noble birth. His piety and learning made him so conspicuous and an object of such admiration in his own country that, dreading praise and longing for a hidden life, he left his home and sailed for France. At first he took up his abode in a wilderness near the mouth of the Rhone river, afterward near the river Gard, and, finally, in the diocese of Nimes.

He spend many years in solitude conversing only with God. The fame of his miracles became so great that his reputation spread throughout France. He was highly esteemed by the French king, but he could not be prevailed upon to forsake his solitude. He admitted several disciples, however, to share it with him. He founded a monastery, and established an excellent discipline therein. In succeeding ages it embraced the rule of St. Benedict. St. Giles died probably in the beginning of the eighth century, about the year 724.

 

Prayer to Saint Thomas the Apostle

Dear Saint Thomas,

You were once slow in believing that Christ had gloriously risen; but later, because you had seen him, you exclaimed: "My Lord and my God!"

According to an ancient story, you rendered most powerful assistance for constructing a church in a place where pagan priests opposed it.

Please bless architects, builds and carpenters that through them the Lord may be honored.

Contact the office...      Tuesday or Wednesday

                          -  304-822-5561

     

      If you would like to register as a parishioner.

If your address, phone number or email address has changed.

      If you or a family member is hospitalized so that Fr. Thomas can visit.

      If you become homebound so that a Eucharistic Minister can visit and bring you Holy Communion.

Congratulations, we have $10,125.00 pledged, with 35 gifts; that is 112% of our goal.  If you haven’t donated, it’s not too late.  All of the money donated will still come back to Our Lady of Grace.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed.  Envelopes are available on the table in the vestibule. 

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Baby bottles are available in the foyer to collect your loose change between now and Christmas.  The money will support the Knights of Columbus Pro-life ministry.  Please take a bottle home, and when filled, place it in the basket at Our Lady’s feet in the sanctuary.

Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for the new flag for our flagpole.  The other one was worn and tattered.  Thank you also to Dan & Bob for all the work they do around the church and grounds.  Your hard work is greatly appreciated.                                                                               

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A book of redemptive suffering by parishioner Tom Eades

Donation $10.00  and this is tax deductible Proceeds go to

Hope in the Darkness Project 

Harley Carriger has written an autobiography.  It recounts his growing up experiences and early life.  He has donated a copy to our library.  If you would like to read Harley’s book please use the sign up sheet in the vestibule.  We will circulate the book through the list and then put it in the church library.

Phil Gallery’s newest book is

“Saint Francis and the Animals.” 

Books will be available for sale for $18.00.

 

Below is a prayer for Bishop Brennan that the Lord will strengthen him in his new role as shepherd of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. 

Lord, our God, You have chosen Bishop Brennan as a successor to the Apostles, to be a shepherd to Your flock in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston; grant him, we pray, a spirit of counsel and fortitude, a spirit of knowledge and piety, so that by faithfully governing the people entrusted to him, he may help build Your Church as a sign of salvation for the world. 

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

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If you did not sign up to get your house blessed but would like to have it blessed, Fr. Thomas will continue to do blessings on Tuesdays.  Contact Margaret or the office if you would like your house blessed.

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There are copies of “Letter to a Suffering Church” on the bookshelf at the back of the church.  This book is by Bishop Robert Barron, the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

 

From the Author’s Preface:

 Why Stay Catholic with So Much Scandal?

“This book is a cry from the heart.  I am a lifelong Catholic, and I’ve been a priest for thirty-three years and a bishop for four years.  I have dedicated my life to the Church.  The sexual abuse scandal has been for me, for millions of other Catholics, and especially for the victim-survivors, lacerating. 

I have written this book for my fellow Catholics who feel, understandably, demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit.

What I finally urge my brothers and sisters in the Church to do is to stay and fight-and to do so on behalf of themselves and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men.”

 

You may take a copy home to read.  Please return it when you are done so someone else can read it also.

A Message from

Fr. Thomas Anatharackal CST

Our Lady of Grace

Administrator

 

11/8/2020

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

What do coins and the law of economics have to do with the kingdom of God (Mt.25:14-30)? The Lord entrusts the subjects of his kingdom with gifts and graces and he gives his subjects the freedom to use them as they think best. With each gift and talent, God gives sufficient means (grace and wisdom) for using them in a fitting way. As the parable of the talents shows, God abhors indifference and an attitude that says it is not worth trying. God honors those who use their talents and gifts for doing good. Those who are faithful with even a little are entrusted with more! But those who neglect or squander what God has entrusted to them will lose what they have. 

There is an important lesson here for us. No one can stand still for long in the Christian life. We either get more or we lose what we have. We either advance towards God or we slip back. Do we seek to serve God with the gifts, talents, and graces he has given to us? Let us pray: Lord Jesus, be the ruler of my heart and thoughts, be the king of my home and relationships, and be the master of my work and service. Help me to make good use of the gifts, talents, time, and resources you give me for your glory, and good of your people. Amen.

Have a Blessed and Joyful  Week

 

Please Pray For

Lynn Adams, Kevin Adrian, Bill Batton, Julie Beavers, Dann Biser, Christine & Dan Brown, Harley Carriger, Casey Carriger, Sandra Carriger,  Paul Clower, Harrison Codo, Shirley Craver, Steve Davidson, Connie Davis, Mary Ellen Davis, DeVan Family, Anna Dodson, Londa Dodson, The Downey family, JoAnn Drahos Hooker, Theresa & Tom Eades, Ginny Hajash, Steve Hajash, Grace Jackson, Ronnie Keiter, Tom & Nora Kessel, Sharon Kuykendall, Pam Kizer, Loretta Leach, Lance LeVasseur, Mike Lippold, Norma Llewellyn, Andy Mason, Tyler Milbourne, Diane Parker, Eileen Passauer, Terry Peel, Braydon Pound, Richard Ramsay III, Ashby Reddick, Gary Reddick, Teresa Reddick, Kathy Steiner, Sue Stimak, Jerry Vowels, Pat Whitfield, Jim Wysopal, Benny Young, Dana Zucker

(To add or remove a name, contact the office or put a note in the collection basket.  A new list will be  printed every three months.)

 

 Mass schedule for Our Lady of Grace

Sunday 11:00 am     

Tuesday 12:00 noon  

 

Wednesday  12:00 Mass the Perpetual Novena

in Honor Of 

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

will be said  

 

Special Occassions

 

Holy Days of obligations

times are coming

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation: 

 

Weekday Mass's

Half Hour

before and after

 

1/2 hour before  Saturday or Sunday Mass

    or by appointment

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OLG's  Seminarian 

 

PHILLIP SZABO'S MAILING ADDRESS

Mount Saint Mary's Seminary

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road

Emmitsburg MD  21727-7797

Sacrament of Marriage

Please contact our office at least 6 months in advance of the desired date

 

Sacrament of Baptism

please call the office to set up an appointment

 

Office Hours: 

Tuesdays & Thursdays

9:00 am—3:00 pm

Please use office door

 

Location

299 School Street

Romney, WV  26757-0871

304-822-5561

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Parish Email: 

 

ourladyofgrace@atlanticbbn.net

 

Our

Pastor

 

 

 

 

Fr.Thomas Anatharackal CST

 Father Thomas comes from India and has been a Priest for 29Years.

 

Our

Deacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Hammel

lmhammel@verizon.net

 

 

            Bishop Schmidt assigned Deacon Larry Hammel to our parish in the Summer of 2002 as they have a small "get away" place in Romney.

 

         Larry was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in 1984 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY.  He had a career in transportation planning, retired in1992, spent a year in chaplaincy training and then worked for seven years in two Catholic hospitals in New York, having been certified as a chaplain by the US bishops.  He and Marianne, his wife, relocated to Virginia in 2000, as most of their family is in that metropolitan area.  Larry is also currently assigned to St. Francis de Sales in Purcellville, VA and splits his time between that parish and ours.

 

        Larry is one of the on-call chaplains at INOVA Loudoun Hospital and also leads a spirituality group in the hospital’s Mental Health Facility.  He is the coordinator of Prison Ministry at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, Leesburg, VA for Catholic Charities and does prison ministry here in West Virginia at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

 

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Other Local Options 

 

Saturday evening Masses:  

4:00 PM Keyser,

4:30 PM Fort Ashby,

5:30 PM Winchester,

6:00 PM Moorefield

 

Sunday early Masses:  

8:30 AM Moorefield,

9:00 AM Keyser,

9:00 AM Fort Ashby,

7:30 and 9:15 AM Winchester

 

Sunday evening Mass

5:30 PM  Winchester 

Liturgical Ministers

 

 

September 27                

Lector:  Kerns

 

 

October 4

Lector:  Gallery

Weekly Offering  

     November 1

 

General: $ 2590.00

Poor Box: $ 89.00

Building Fund:  $ 360.00

All Souls:  $ 435.00

Attendance: 48

 

The second collection next Sunday is the World Mission Sunday Collection.

 

Money in the poor box in October will go to Catholic Charities’ Romney Office.The Romney Food Pantry is running low on food.  Additional donations of non-perishable food would be greatly appreciated.  There are baskets in the vestibule to put the food in. 

Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy.  This month they need soap, shampoo and conditioner

 

Please Pray

for the Sick listed at

Our Lady of Grace 

online Prayer Chapel

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Mass Intentions

Offer a Mass for your loved ones, living or deceased.  We will try to schedule the Mass on your requested date (birthday, wedding anniversary, death anniversary, special event etc.) or as close to it as possible.  Please send requests at least three weeks ahead of the date you would like. The amount set by the diocese for Mass intentions is $10 for weekday and $20 for weekend Masses, but any amount, more or less, will be accepted.  Mass Intention envelopes are in the vestibule.

Due to having fewer Masses, it is more difficult to schedule Mass intentions on a requested date.  If you would like a Mass said on a particular date, please send the request in at least 4 months before that date.  Mass intention envelopes are on the table in the vestibule.  Contact the office with any questions.

New Requests

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Pray for our homebound parishioners and our falling away Brothers and Sisters

 

 

DO YOU KNOW OF ANYONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC OR LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH?

 

 Registration forms for classes are in the church vestibule. Sessions begin at the end of September.  If anyone has any questions, please call or e-mail me.  I am glad to meet with you beforehand.   We want to provide classes for the following:

 

1.  Unbaptized adults who are considering to join the Catholic Church

 

2.  Baptized non-Catholic adults who want to join the Catholic Church

 

3.  Baptized Catholic adults who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation

 

4.  Catholics and non-Catholics alike who want to know more about the Catholic Faith

 

Do you know of anyone who wants to find out more about the Catholic Faith?  Please invite them to these sessions.

Check out FaithInWV.org

 

The of Wheeling-Charleston has rolled out #FaithInWV, and it is all presented online through a new website - FaithInWV.org.  It is an online pathway to stories, photos, and videos of how our people in West Virginia are following Christ by actions and choices.

#FaithInWV is giving hope, rising above the odds, being a blessing, and leading by example. It is choosing to find the good in others, and letting others see Christ in you. Ultimately it is having faith in God the Father above all.

Learn how our brothers and sisters in Christ are doing His work. Let’s imitate their love, joy, strength, and resilience through the website. 

Do you know an exceptional Catholic in West Virginia, someone or a group who is a shining example of #FaithInWV? Email Bibey your feature idea to jbibey@dwc.org.

Our Lady Of Grace

Mission Statement

 

              We the members of Our Lady of Grace Parish are a Catholic Christian, ecumenical community under the auspices of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. 

 

             We are dedicated to providing an environment for ourselves and for others in which we can grow in a spirit of thanksgiving , worship, and love.  We wish to deepen our individual and collective faith in God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in the Sacraments of the Church, Particularly the Eucharist, and in Mary, Mother of Grace.

 

           W e gather together as a community of Faith, based on love, acceptance, interdependence, compassion, and service.

 

             Our purpose as a parish family is to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ by word and example. We use our God-given talents to bring ourselves and others close to God. We accept our Baptismal call to make the faith of the Church known to all people by taking our personal part in evangelization.  

 

 

Congratulations, we have $10,125.00 pledged, with 35 gifts; that is 112% of our goal.  If you haven’t donated, it’s not too late.  All of the money donated will still come back to Our Lady of Grace.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed.  Envelopes are available on the table in the vestibule. 

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Did You Know?

If you  make a donation to the church in memory of a loved one it is exempt from the 9% assessed by the Diocese on regular donations.

The Knights of Columbus Council #10011 meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm in Quinn Hall

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We need someone to take over the Lighthouse Catholic Media ministry.   It would involve checking the inventory of cds, ordering new ones when needed, and reporting the money taken in monthly.  Contact Terry or the office if you are interested.

 

What is the

 

Sacrifice of the Holy Mass

 

      Perhaps the best way to describe this connection is to say that in the Mass we re-link ourselves to Calvary.  In the Mass, Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary is perpetuated by the priest, who offers it anew to the Father.  St. Paul told his converts in Corinth, "Every time, then, you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes" (1 Corinthians 11:26).

       It is not a new sacrifice, but rather the same sacrifice that Jesus offered on the cross 2,000 years ago.  The Eucharist is not a matter of "repeating" that action but of reestablishing our bond with it. The difference, however, is that Jesus no longer  dies at each Mass, but is simply re-offered to the Father.  It is a “bloody” sacrifice only in the sense that it contains the Body and Blood of Christ.  But it is “unbloody” in the sense that it is offered only in a sacramental fashion under the appearances of bread and wine. 

     In other words, in the Mass, we re-present -- or mystically renew -- the Sacrifice of Calvary.  In other words, we offer Jesus’ sacrifice to God the Father on the altar during Eucharistic celebration   for the remission of our sins, using signs and symbols.  This means that, once again, we offer Christ to the Father, saying: "Father, look upon the Lamb that was slain for our sake." By the words of consecration, Christ is made present again through the “transubstantiation" of the bread and wine into Christ's Body and Blood.

 

 

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One of the CD’s available on the display in the vestibule:

 

Sister Bethany Madonna, vocations’ director for the Sisters of Life, shares how God not only wants us to know Him, but also to give us the desires of our heart and gifts that bring purpose, meaning, and hope. She makes it clear that “receiving is the gift that we give” to the Lord and that He wants to be invited into every aspect of our lives. Speaking from her own life experience, Sister Bethany shows the importance of asking in order to receive all the Lord has in mind for us. 

Parishioner Comments

I was really impacted by how accessible the Lord makes Himself to us, if only we will ask. Tim - Fort Meade, MD

We need to hear more like this: ‘God is our Father in a way that none of our fathers can be.’ He said, ‘I will not leave you orphans.’ Donna - College Station, TX

Our Lady of Grace Romney WV

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is committed to the protection of its children and young people. The Diocese complies with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by maintaining an Office of Safe Environment. To report an incidence of suspected child sexual abuse, please contact your local law enforcement agency, or you may confidentially contact the West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families/Child Protective Services by calling the Child Abuse Hotline at 800.352.6513. To report suspected cases of sexual abuse by personnel of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to the Diocese, please contact one of the Bishop’s designees at 888.434.6237 (toll free) or  304.233.0880: Sister Ellen Dunn, ext. 264; Mr. Bryan Minor, ext. 263; Msgr. Frederick Annie, ext. 267, or Msgr. Anthony Cincinnati, 270. For more information on the Diocese’s Office of Safe Environment, please go to www.dwc.org, then click the “Diocese” tab, then click “Office of Safe Environment” under the “Offices” menu.  To learn more about the Catholic Church’s efforts in preventing sexual abuse of children in the United States, please visit http://www.usccb.org.  Under “Issues and Action,” click “Child and Youth Protection” from the drop down menu.

 

Trafficking is not just an issue that happens to people in other countries.  The United States is a source and transit country and is also considered on of the top destination points for victims of child trafficking and exploitation.  Are you aware of any trafficked children in your area and services available for them?  U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (sistersagainsttrafficking.org)

 

 

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