We never know when a tragedy might strike us locally, nationally, or globally. It might be the horror of a nearby school shooting, or a natural disaster. Or it might be fall out from the waves of Catholic grief, angst, and anger over the clergy sexual abuse.
Parishes not only need physical emergency preparedness but they need it spiritually as well.
This is exactly the kind of book that every pastoral team member and staffer ought to have on hand. The Parish Emergency Kit: Responding with Compassion when Tragedy Strikes by Kathy Hendricks has the go-to suggestions when bad news strikes a community.
This booklet helps parish leaders respond to such a tragedy through Mass, prayer services, being a place of gathering, hospitality and welcome, community outreach. It offers assistance in assessing the parish’s ability to provide pastoral care and healing in the short and long-term at various ages and stages (children, teens, adults, elderly).
Also released, this important supplement: Responding to the Sexual Abuse Crisis.
This e-resource, like the rest of The Parish Emergency Kit, offers suggestions for dealing with the pain and betrayal so many are feeling, along with models for prayers and rituals that can be adapted to your individual parish. We hope it will foster deep and meaningful discussion, and that it will lead to the restoration of goodness and hope in our badly wounded Church.
(This is a reproducible file that you will receive once your order is processed. More here.)