Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

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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Child Safety

Catholic Royal Commission Public Hearing – Update

On Monday 6th February, the final hearing into the Catholic Church will begin. Ahead of this hearing, Archbishop Denis Hart has issued a message to Australian Catholics. Copies of this message are available in the Magazine Rack in the Narthex. This case hearing will examine why historical child sexual abuse was so prominent in the Church and the changes put in place by the Church in recent years to respond to abuse and better protect children.

As a parish, we remain resolutely committed to promoting the inherent dignity of our children, young people and all who are vulnerable. Copies of our parish Commitment Statement to Child Safety are also available in the Narthex. Please ensure that you have read this important document. Throughout 2017, we will continue the process of ensuring that we are compliant with the Victorian Child Safe Standards. In the coming months, more information will be made available to parishioners about our child safety measures. For more information please speak to our parish priest, Fr Jude Pirotta (9748 6800) or the parish’s Child Safety Officer, Mrs Geralyn McCarthy (0416 059 673).


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We are committed to a safe and nurturing culture for all children and young people in our Church

St James the Apostle Parish, Hoppers Crossing North, holds the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. This commitment is drawn from and inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.

We want our children to be safe, happy and empowered

As a parish within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, St James has a universal expectation for the protection of children. It is resolutely committed to ensuring that all those engaged in the Church and within our parish promote the inherent dignity of children and young people and their fundamental right to be respected and nurtured in a safe environment. This is particularly so for the most vulnerable children, including aboriginal children, those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and children with a disability.

The Catholic Church has a moral, legal and mission-driven responsibility to create nurturing environments where children and young people are respected, their voices are heard and where they are safe and feel safe.

We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously and reported in line with our legal obligations, our moral obligations and our Church policies.

Creating child-safe environments is a dynamic process that involves active participation and responsibility by parishes, schools, families and their communities. It is marked by collaboration, vigilance and proactive approaches across policies, procedures and practices.

We are committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early and then reducing or removing them—If you see something of concern, please let us know.

Every person involved in the Catholic Church has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make

For more information please speak to our parish priest, Fr Jude Pirotta (9748 6800) or the parish’s Child Safety Officer, Mrs Geralyn McCarthy (0416 059 673)


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