Please remember on Friday 30th December, the Feast of the Holy Family, to pray for those in the ministry of Safeguarding. Especially our Parish Representatives Bridget Cowens, Paul Robilliard and Pat Devenport.
Last year, at the request of our Safeguarding Commission and after consulting some of the clergy, I decided to establish this Feast of the Holy Family in the Diocese as an annual diocesan day of prayer for children and vulnerable adults, for the victims of abuse and for all who work in the ministry of safeguarding.
Just as Mary and Joseph created a safe home-environment for Jesus, so too on this day especially, let us pray that the Church in all her contexts will be a safe haven for our children and for the vulnerable. Indeed, for all their efforts, let us thank God today for the work of our diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator, for the members of the Safeguarding Commission and for all who serve so generously in our parishes as safeguarding representatives.
In Corde Iesu
Bishop of Portsmouth