This is my first blog on our Philadelphia blog site. I am Sister Mary Peter, one of the older members of our community in this City of Brotherly Love. Although many people whom we have met love and respect their parish priests and deacons, others may feel apprehensive because of the allegations of sexual abuse by some of the clergy in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. As we continue to support our faithful and dedicated clergy, we pray to for those who remain victims of the ordained ministers of the church who are guilty of sexual abuse.
There are prayers directed to God asking for healing for individuals and for entire parishes. Below is a link to a number of prayers and meditations to help heal the victims and strengthen all of us. The link also leads to articles and resources to help in this time of sadness for so many people.
May these prayers be a source of peace and healing for victims, and for anyone who suffers at the very thought that a clergy person would violate their innocence. May Jesus, our Sea of Peace, gift the wounded with healing and unshakable peace. May this month of March which will soon usher in the Lenten season bring with it a return to prayer, spiritual reading, reflections and good works.
On the calendar you may notice that this weekend will be a busy one. With the help of friends and Pauline laity, we will have a display of Pauline Books and Media at the Catechists Convocation to be held at Archbishop Carroll High School, 211 Matson Ford Rd., in Radnor, PA on Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:30; Saturday evening we will be at St. Albert the Great Church for their 5:00 PM Mass. St. Albert's is at 212 Welsh Rd., Huntingdon Valley. On Sunday, March 5, we will return to St. Alberts for all their Masses; and also we will be at St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Philadelphia. St. John's is at 21 S, 13th Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets. We look forward to seeing you at one of these upcoming events. God bless you! Sister Mary Peter