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St James the Apostle Parish is committed to the care, wellbeing and protection of children, young people and people at risk in our community. We uphold that child protection and the dignity of every person is the responsibility of every adult.
This weekend, the Catholic Church in Australia marks Safeguarding Sunday, on which we pray for those who have been abused, their families and supporters. We recommit to practices that support survivors and make the Catholic Church and its ministries the safest possible place for children and people at risk.
Please check the Parish Website on https://www.stjamesapostlehcn.com.au to view the Parish’s policies and procedures regarding Safeguarding.
During this extended time of lockdowns and restrictions, we especially encourage all families to check in with their children and teenagers. Like all members of our community, it is important to recognise that we belong to a faith community that supports all of us.
St James Parish hosts a Youth Group for High School teenagers which are still meeting, via online platforms, during this time. If you would like details on connecting with St James Youth and other Yr 7s-12s, please contact our Youth Ministry Coordinator Red Lusterio on 0409 184 299 or email [email protected]
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With the delivery of the final report we move as a Church to the next stage of the painful process of atoning for the sins of the past. We continue to hold in our thoughts and prayers all those who have suffered abuse at the hands of clergy, religious, teachers and volunteers in our Catholic schools and homes. It is for these children, women and men that we offer our humble prayers for their healing and health as they, too, move to this next stage in their journey of their story. If you would like time to reflect and speak about this, you are welcome to meet Fr Jude or to contact Geralyn, our Child Safety officer, on 0416 059 673.
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At all masses this weekend (09/10 Sept), we focus on the important role that everyone within the parish plays in ensuring that our faith community is a safe place for children and young people. Please read the article on the back of this week’s newsletter to learn more about how the parish of St James the Apostle is working to ensure a culture of child safety. All parishioners are encouraged to become familiar with our Child Safe policies, processes and other child safe resources by referring to our parish website.
For more information, please speak with Fr Jude or our Parish’s Child Safety Officer, Mrs Geralyn McCarthy.