Child Safeguarding

Our Parish values and encourages the participation of children in our church, and recognises the importance of Child Safeguarding in line with current legislation. We have been appointed as Parish Safeguarding Representatives and have undergone the required training by the Dublin Archdiocese. Our responsibilities include:

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The inaugural meeting of the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee was opened by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in January 2013. It shows the diocese’s further commitment to promoting the involvement and participation of children in the life of the Church in Dublin. The Diocesan Child Safeguarding Statement sets out the safeguarding policy and principles of the Diocese. The Committee’s second three-year strategic plan runs for 2017-2019, and its remit has been extended to include vulnerable adults.

The role of the Committee is supportive and developmental. Speaking at the inaugural meeting Archbishop Martin said: “Child safeguarding is not yesterday’s issue but one that belongs to our today and to our tomorrow. It is really about how we as Catholic Christians respect the lives of the youngest and most vulnerable. Child safeguarding is a truly pro-life witness, about a Jesus who reminded all of us that children are a sign of the Kingdom of God and that therefore our attitude to children tells a lot about our understanding of the Kingdom of God.”

Regina Bradford and Gaye Duke

 

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Meditation on the Stations of the Cross
1. Jesus is condemned to death. Do I ever criticise others, blame others? Do I recognise my own fault before I look for the faults of others?
2. Jesus takes up the Cross. Do I accept crosses or burdens in my life without complaint? Do I ever load burdens onto others?
3. Jesus falls the first time. When I fall or make mistakes do I get up again or am I inclined to give up?
4. Jesus meets his mother. Do I recognise the hurt even unintentional that my life can cause to others especially those I love the most?
5. Simon helps Jesus carry the Cross. Am I always grateful to those who offer me help or who share a burden with me?
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. Do I always recognise Christ’s image in others and can others see the image of Christ in me?
7. Jesus falls the second time. If at first I don’t succeed do I keep trying – do I persevere?
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. Even when I’m weighed down by the difficulties of my own life am I always ready and willing to help others and to put their needs before my own?
9. Jesus falls the third time. Am I ever the cause of others falling or do I comment on the faults or failures of others?
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments. Am I willing to deprive myself of attachment to material things to give more time to God?
11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross. Can I bear pain without always seeking instant relief? Am I ever guilty of causing pain to others?
12. Jesus dies on the Cross. Am I willing to die to my own sinfulness and selfishness? Do I always want my own way?
13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross. Have I a devotion to Mary in my life? As Jesus gave us His Mother from the Cross do I accept Mary as my Heavenly Mother who intercedes for me?
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb. Do I live my life in such a way that I can be confident the grave will not be the end for me but that I will share in Christ’s Resurrection?
 
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