(En Espanol) Catholic dioceses in California are offering special prayers and Masses in observation of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an annual event established in 1981 to draw attention to the people and families whose lives have been affected by violent crime. In recognition of those impacted by crime, the Restorative Justice Committee of the California Catholic Conference has issued the following statement. (Members of the Committee are the Most Rev. Richard Garcia, Bishop of Monterey, the Most Rev. Armando Ochoa, Bishop of Fresno, Most Reverend David O’Connell, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, and the Most Reverend Myron Cotta, Bishop of Stockton):
No one can learn to hope on their own, because Christian hope needs to be “embodied” in a community of mutual support and loving concern. – Pope Francis
Bulletin Announcement (PDF)
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
April 8-14, 2018
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was established in 1981 to inspire the community, raise awareness of victims’ rights, and address unmet needs. Please remember the needs of many crime victims and survivors, so they are acknowledged and supported by our Church.
This year, OVC will commemorate NCVRW April 8–14, observing the 2018 theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims. The theme emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services.
For more information, contact your local Diocesan Restorative Justice Director at (add local diocesan contact information) or visit the California Catholic Conference website at www.cacatholic.org or www.restorejustice.com