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ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
The 2017 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is now underway in our parish. Your support of this year’s Appeal ensures that essential charitable, educational and pastoral ministries of the Archdiocese of Hartford are carried forward. If you would like to make a gift, kindly mail in the pledge card your received in the mail. If you did not receive the mailing, there are envelopes on the bench at the side entrance you may pick up. Our goal is to engage our entire parish family in this year’s Appeal. Please pray for its success both here in our parish and across the three counties of the Archdiocese.
THE POPE’S EFFORTS TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Pope Francis held a summit of judges and prosecutors from around the world at the Vatican on June 3 to draw attention to the problem of human trafficking and rally resources to fight it. The Pope is asking for us to pray for riddance of this crime against humanity. St. Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of law enforcement. Catholics also have at their disposal the immense power of the holy mass and the rosary. We should also understand that human trafficking is coming closer and closer to us and our loved ones. It is pervasive in the United States, claiming victims of all social status in rural as well as urban areas. Prayer and awareness are critical. Please report to law enforcement anything you see that seems strange. The suffering of the victims is immense and their life expectancy is short. ‘St. Michael the Archangel, patron of law enforcement, please send out your angels to rescue trafficked people.’
INTERESTED IN THE DIACONATE?
You must attend the following two informational sessions, be a Catholic man ages 35 to 60: Sundays, March 12 and March 26 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. To register call 860-242-5573 ext. 7447, or email Mary.email@example.com.
HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT OF SEXUAL ABUSE TO THE DIOCESE
The Archdiocese of Hartford has a process in place if you have knowledge or suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult (an adult with an intellectual disability) has been sexually abused in any manner by personnel of the Archdiocese of Hartford. This does include volunteers who have contact with children in the parish setting. Please contact the Archdiocese of Hartford by calling 1-860-541-6491 and speaking with Victim Assistance Coordinator. Kathleen D. Nowosadko at (firstname.lastname@example.org.) You will be asked to provide a written detail of the facts involved and you can find specifics of the written report in the Policies and Procedures of the Archdiocese of Hartford, on their website, relating to allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors and vulnerable adults. The Archdiocese will report any and all incidents to the proper civil authorities.
VIRTUS – PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN
The Archdiocese of Hartford and St. Michael Parish are committed to ensuring the safety of all children and vulnerable adults. All priests, staff members, CCD and Polish Saturday School teachers and other volunteers who have any contact whatsoever with children and other vulnerable adults in the parish are required to be trained through Virtus (the Safe Environment Program) to recognize any signs of abuse. If you suspect an incident of abuse please contact SKathleen D. Nowosadko at (email@example.com.) , at 860-541-6491.