STOP THE HIDING: START THE HEALING

VOTF National Vigil of Sorrow
Good Friday, April 2, 2010

Printable Handout Information Sheet

WHAT AND WHY

Good Friday is a day of sorrow for the Catholic Church. On this solemn day, we stand in solidarity with victims of clergy abuse and, as Pope Benedict requested of the faithful in Ireland, we too devote our penances for the healing and renewal of the Church. We call on our pastoral leaders to say “Stop the Hiding; Start the Healing.”

  •  The revelations emerging from Europe these past weeks demonstrate that all the cases have not been resolved, that some priest offenders are still serving. It is long past time to open the files on sex abuse.
  •  An apology is not enough. The secrecy and oaths of silence must end. The structures that favor deceptions and cover-ups must fall away in favor of the transparency and accountability essential for healing and rebuilding our Church.

WHEN AND WHERE

New York City
- St. Patrick's Cathedral, 12pm - 3pm

Boston
- Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 12pm - 3pm

Chicago
- Holy Name Cathedral, 3pm

Washington, D.C.
- Cathedral of St. Matthew, 12pm – 1pm
 

Other VOTF Holy Week Vigils

Philadelphia
- Holy Thursday – April 1st, 10am
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Cincinnati
- Way of the Cross – Way of Justice
Good Friday Interfaith Prayer Vigil
Fountain Square, 12pm

Long Island – Rockville Centre
- Easter Sunday, April 4th
St. Agnes Cathedral, 10am

Click below for the flyer/fact sheet to print out announcing this event in your local area that you can distribute to friends, family, and in your parish. It explains why it is so important for Catholics to rise up and call for accountability – FINALLY – in our Church leaders

Printable Handout Information Sheet

PRAYERS AND REFLECTIONS FOR GOOD FRIDAY VIGIL

Good Friday Vigil of Sorrow Prayer

Good Friday Stations of the Cross - written for vigil 

Stations of the Cross - from Weston Jesuit students in 2002