Liturgy launches Safeguarding Month

"I call us together again to listen with a compassionate heart, to hear the truth of the situation, and to strengthen our commitment to change.” 

31 August 2017 General Interest

"We have come here tonight from many places,
From east and west, north and south,
From pain and disillusionment,
From anger and confusion,
From sadness looking for hope..."

The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay is dedicating the month of September 2017 to Safeguarding, with the theme Compassion and Commitment.

The month was officially launched with a Liturgy held at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral Waitara on Thursday 31 August.

Led by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay, the gathering came together to pray in solidarity for those affected by abuse.

Last year the Diocese gathered under the calling of Lament and Hope, in acknowledgement of the pain caused by abuse of our most vulnerable in our communities, and the lack of action by some of our leaders.

“This was not a one-off gathering,” said Bishop Peter A Comensoli.

“Just as the pain and hurt for survivors continues daily, we too need to come together regularly as community to acknowledge suffering, to give public expression to our sorrow, to seek forgiveness, to make a public commitment to change, and to draw hope from the encounter with our merciful God. I call us together again to listen with a compassionate heart, to hear the truth of the situation, and to strengthen our commitment to change.”

The Office for Safeguarding and Professional Standards (Chancery) in Broken Bay places a special devotion to the blessed Mother under the title “Mary, Undoer of Knots”.

Sometimes we cannot unravel our own knots, or our own pain, without help. Mary Who Unties Knots is there for us.

Attendees at the Liturgy were given a ribbon with a knot tied in it, and were invited to untie the knot and place it in a basket, or take it home and untie in their own time.

Throughout September, the agencies of Broken Bay such as CatholicCare, Catholic Schools Office, Chancery Offices and Parishes will be promoting or participating in a number of scheduled events including Child Protection Sunday on 10 September, Safeguarding Workshops, Twilight Talks for Youth, Children’s Choir Games and a Foster Care Picnic Day. A full listing of events and details can be found at

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is the action of many within a community. Actions of Safeguarding are often proactive, common sense, practical and visible and implemented by a community to ensure children and vulnerable adults are welcomed and know that they are cared for and safe.

The Office for Safeguarding and Professional Standards (Chancery) looks after all child protection and safeguarding matters for the Chancery and Parishes of Broken Bay. For more information contact The Office for Safeguarding by email or phone 02 9847 0432.


Bishop Peter's Homily for the Liturgy: READ HERE

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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