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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Throughout the Gospel, Christ calls upon his followers to care for the most vulnerable among us, especially children. Our faith also calls for us to uphold the value of human life and the dignity of the human person. The protection of children is the responsibility of the entire Church, including the faithful.

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, we are reminded of the call to be instruments of justice, working for the common good of all, which includes the protection of children. As Jesus entrusts to Peter the care of the flock, we are reminded that this responsibility belongs to everyone as a matter of charity and justice. Child Abuse Prevention Month should lead to heightened awareness of the need to be vigilant about providing a safe environment for all within the Church and for our communities.

Recent statistics tell us one out of every four girls, and one out of every six boys, are assaulted before they turn 18. If those statistics are correct, on every Sunday in our congregation are people who have been abused and are feeling the pain of that abuse. Reaching out to all victims of abuse is critical in bringing hope and the love of Christ to them. Our diocese is here to provide anyone suffering from abuse with steps towards healing.

  • In November 2009 the U.S. Catholic Bishops approved a pastoral letter called “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” The letter presents the essential points of Catholic teaching on marriage as a natural gift, as a sacrament, and as a public commitment between a man and a woman. It also discusses several contemporary challenges to marriage and how the Church addresses those challenges.



  1. Theme 1: A Natural and Supernatural Union
  2. Theme 2: Unique Union of a Man and a Woman
  3. Theme 3: Communion of Love and Life
  4. Theme 4: Sacrament of Christ's Love
  5. Theme 5: Foundation of the Family and Society
  6. Theme 6: Journey of Human and Spiritual Growth
  7. Theme 7: School of Love and Gratitude

  • Weekend Program Dates for Metro Detroit

April 28-30, 2017, June 23-25, 2017

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