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Special Mass for victims and survivors of abuse to be held

A special Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families, supporters and all those affected by abuse is set to be held by the Diocese of East Anglia on Saturday April 25.


The Mass will be held from 12 noon onwards at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Wymondham, Norfolk, and there will be refreshments available both before and afterwards. It will be celebrated by Fr Pat Cleary from the Diocesan Safeguarding Commission.  

Full details will be published shortly in parish newsletters, the diocesan website and other channels of communication.

Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator, Mick Thurley (pictured right), spoke about his hopes for the Mass: “This is a very important event in our calendar and I hope and pray that for those affected by abuse, in whatever form that abuse may have taken, their families and friends, and others affected by abuse, will have the strength and courage to be able to attend. 

“It is open to everyone, from whichever diocese or religious persuasion they belong to or used to be part of, and it is sincerely hoped that it will go in some way towards healing and reconciliation. 

“It is an opportunity for us to come together and pray and demonstrate our commitment and support towards victims and survivors of abuse.  Bishop Alan will be joining us in the parish hall after the Mass and he will make himself available to speak to victims and survivors. 

“I hope that other members of the clergy will be able to support the event as well.  I would also like to reassure anyone who would like to attend that they will do so anonymously and that they would not be expected to talk about their own experience to anyone or identify who they are.”

For more details contact Mick at: safeguarding.coordinator@rcdea.org.uk

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