Broken Bay Diocese launched its annual Safeguarding Month this week with a liturgy focused on inclusion and care for vulnerable people and those with disabilities. Source: Broken Bay News.
This is the fourth year Broken Bay Dicoese has held a Liturgy of Inclusion and Care in Safeguarding Month at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral in the Sydney suburb of Waitara. The service is held to pray for all those that have been hurt in the Broken Bay community by members of the Church, and to further the Diocese’s commitment to safeguarding young and vulnerable persons.
The liturgy included an image of Jesus with ribbons woven across his face to demonstrate how the Broken Bay community is woven together, a unity in our loving God. Participants from across the Diocese removed the ribbons one by one to reveal Jesus’s face, symbolising that we are born in the likeness and image of Jesus.
Liturgy participants were asked to take a card containing a word and Scripture quote, and a painting from local artists with disabilities from the Boonah Creative Arts Centre. They were also invited to walk a labyrinth path in a nearby room outside the Cathedral to reflect and pray. Participants also received a card with a raised labyrinth they could trace with their finger.
Fr David Ranson, Broken Bay’s Diocesan Administrator, gave a reflection at the liturgy. He spoke of the Diocese’s commitment to safeguarding.
“Our commitment … is not simply concerned with the delivery of effective remedy to social need; it is about the restoration of dignity,” Fr Ranson said.
“It is not simply concerned with bandaging broken bodies; it is as much about tending the wounds of the human spirit.
“It is not simply concerned with a kind of rehabilitation that can surrender social responsibility; it is about the formation of relationships which break the fetters of isolation – lasting relationships, continuing relationships, committed relationships, relationships that weave us together.”
Safeguarding Month begins with Liturgy of Inclusion and Care (Broken Bay News)