Spiritual Support for Safeguarding
Thursday 30 January 2014
A ˜Dedication and Commissioning Service for all those who work in Safeguarding in the Diocese of Motherwell will take place on Feb 2nd at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell. The service will take place during Solemn Vespers at 5pm.
Speaking ahead of the Service, Tina Campbell who is National Safeguarding Coordinator for the Catholic Church in Scotland said:
Throughout Scotland a considerable amount of the work of safeguarding in each Diocese is dependent on many volunteers who give generously of their time as Parish Safeguarding Coordinators, as well as Trainers who deliver the Awareness and Safety Programme and Counter signatories and ID checkers who implement the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Scheme. This work represents a huge commitment to ensuring the safety and welfare of everyone in the Church and I am delighted it is being recognized in this way. An important aspect of our safeguarding work is to place all we do into the hands of God both for His protection and guidance. In my first few months in post I have been encouraging each Diocesan Safeguarding Team to consider the Dedication and Commissioning of all who share in this important work of Safeguarding.
The first such service will take place on Sunday February 2nd in the Diocese of Motherwell. It is rather fittingly the Feast of the Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple. All who share in the work of safeguarding in the Diocese will gather at the Cathedral for Solemn Vespers. The principal celebrant will be Bishop Joseph Toal and priests and Deacons throughout the Diocese have been invited to join him. During Vespers, everyone will be invited to take part in the Act of Dedication and also to say the Prayer of Dedication and Commissioning together. This will be a very powerful witness to the good work which is taking place in our parishes and a clear sign of the importance given to the work of safeguarding. I am personally delighted that this is happening in the Diocese where I have previously worked for 13 years before taking up my National post. I know that the Diocese of Dunkeld will follow suit with a Mass of Dedication and Commissioning in March and I look forward to this continuing throughout Scotland as the year progresses.
Commenting on the Service, Bishop Toal said;
"As we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Our lord, we hear the story of Mary and Joseph as loving parents presenting the Child Jesus to God in the temple according to the Jewish tradition. It is a good day then to pray for all who care for children and to renew our commitment to protect them from any possible harm. In our Evening Prayer we express our desire as a Church to safeguard fully children and vulnerable adults and we ask God's blessing on the clergy and lay faithful who have special responsibilities in carrying out this essential service in our parishes and church organisations."
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Notes to editors:
1. You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the Cathedral in Motherwell on Feb 2nd at 5pm
2. The following Prayer of dedication will be read at the Service:
Lord Jesus we praise you for calling us to the service of others.
We pray for a generosity of spirit to ensure the vulnerable are protected..
We pray for a compassionate heart so that we will reach out to those who are wounded by abuse.
We pray for courage and determination as we seek the safety of everyone in our parish communities.
We dedicate ourselves to this work of service and pray that you will help us to do your will at all times and in all places..
3. For further information, Contact Tina Campbell on 07862 271774