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Fifth Annual Mass of Atonement Scheduled for April 14

MILWAUKEE – Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will preside at the fifth annual Mass of Atonement on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., Racine. Another step in the archdiocese’s journey of facing our sins, this Mass acknowledges the wrongs of the past in an effort to move forward towards a better future. All members of the Catholic community, especially victims of abuse, are invited to attend.

At the Mass of Atonement, as the faithful are called to remember their sins during the Penitential Rite, Archbishop Listecki will remove all symbols of episcopal ministry. Then, he will lie face down in front of the altar in prostration – a gesture that symbolizes our humility as a Church, before God.

The Mass of Atonement is the opening of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Safe Environment Week, which takes place each year in April to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month. While the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Safeguarding All of God’s Family ministry works to protect our most vulnerable year round, special awareness activities are added during this observance. Annually, every parish and school, as well as the entire Catholic community, places a simultaneous focus on the importance of keeping children safe.

For more information about Safe Environment Week, please contact Patti Loehrer, Safe Environment Coordinator, at (414) 769-3449 or  

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