MISSION

St. Mary's Haven is a coalition of Survivor advocates that recognize the distinct lack of resources and organizations who support Survivors of clergy abuse. Together with Survivors and advocates we aim to change this, and build a strong alliance which champions the health and recovery of Survivors, first and foremost.

CONTACT

P.O. Box 7093

Detroit, MI 48207

stmaryshaven@gmail.com

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© 2019 by ST. MARY'S HAVEN

Prayer To St. Mary MacKillop

O God, source of all goodness,

who have shown us in Saint Mary

a woman of faith living by the power of the Cross,

teach us, we pray, by her example

to live the Gospel in changing times

and to respect and defend

the human dignity of all.

Amen.

St. Mary MacKillop

Prayer Intentions

Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you grant our request……………….
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Prayer for Victims

& Survivors

Jesus, by becoming human you have elevated the human body to the dignity of divinity. Sadly, there are among us those whose bodies have been savaged by the very ones who have been called to serve and protect them. These crimes cry out for justice and for healing, and we raise our voices in prayer for the healing of our brothers and sisters. We acknowledge that by our silence and our blindness we are complicit in these crimes and sins, and we ask for forgiveness.

Lord Jesus, during your life on earth you were known as a healer of bodies, minds and spirits. Send your healing Spirit upon these brothers and sisters of ours that they may begin to experience some light, peace and joy in this life.

Pour your Spirit of peace into the hearts of their families - parents, brothers and sisters, spouses and children - that they may recover a sense of your presence in their lives.

And make us all more sensitive to the need to protect our children from those who might harm them that your Body here on earth may be made whole to the glory of God.

Amen.

Novena Prayer

Faithful and devoted Virgin St Mary of the Cross, you have said, ‘Never see a need without doing something about it’; have pity on me. You know the multitude and diversity of my needs. Graciously hear me and deign to obtain from God a favourable hearing for this my request (mention your request). I am firmly convinced that through your merits united with the merits of the death and passion of Jesus your spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of you: and in the joy of my heart I will bless God who is admirable in His saints.
Amen.

Novena Prayer for the

Abuse Crisis

Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world.  Holy Spirit, comfort us, give us clarity, and bring light to this darkness and evil. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.
 

Prayers of the Faithful

God in whom we trust, save and protect our children who are both witnesses to violence and survivors themselves. Provide them with caregivers who will love and nurture them in the midst of being violated by those they trust. Keep them ever safe from all harm.

 

Lord, in your mercy,
 

hear our prayer.

God of justice, reveal to us those who are perpetrators of clergy abuse, those who crave power and control, yet profess to love their victims. Help us to hold them accountable for their actions, and to show them a better way to live, the way of surrender to you, the one who alone holds power, and the one who is love.

 

Lord, in your mercy,

 

hear our prayer.

 

God of true power, be with all our systems of justice and those who have been entrusted with authority over others. Guide all police officers, attorneys, judges, lawmakers, and religious leaders in the decisions they make and the counsel they give. Fill them with your compassion and keep them from abuse of power.

 

Lord, in your mercy,
 

hear our prayer.

God of action, we, your holy Church, find ourselves doubtful to believe, slow to show compassion, paralyzed to act, and withholders of hope. Give us understanding and patience. Help us to respect the decisions of those who have been violated. Keep us from dictating what another should do or how they should live, as we have not walked in their shoes. Show us that we, the Church, are called to be a

survivor’s last hope. 

 

Lord, in your mercy,
 

hear our prayer.

Prayers of Intercession

God of mercy, broaden our understanding of violence and abuse in all its forms – emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, economic, spiritual, and psychological. Guard the abused from shame and humiliation. Keep them out of harm’s way amidst the anger, rage, coercion, and betrayal of their abusers. Pour out upon them your guidance and wisdom as they are forced to make difficult decisions on the part of themselves and their families.

 

Lord, in your mercy,

 

hear our prayer.

God of healing, hear the cries of all who are being beaten and battered through intimate partner violence, those who are isolated, silenced, numb, and unable to trust. Give them clarity in the midst of confusion, deliverance from danger, healing from hurt, and help amidst their helplessness. Watch over them at home, at work, at church, in court, and as they travel, and show them a way out of their pain and suffering.

 

Lord, in your mercy,

 

hear our prayer.

Amen.