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Friday, April 4, at 11 a.m.

Chicago, IL (April 3, 2014)  A prayer service and pinwheel planting will be held at the Healing Garden of the Archdiocese of Chicago located at Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago, on Friday, April 4, at 11 a.m.  The outdoor service will include prayers and reflections from Mike Hoffman, Chairman of the Healing Garden Committee, Fr. Larry Dowling, Pastor of St. Agatha Parish and Fr. Jeremiah Boland, Administrator of Holy Family Parish, as well as music performed by students from St. Ignatius College Prep.

Over two hundred students from Chicago Catholic schools are expected to participate in the prayer service and Pinwheel Planting event, including those from St. Agatha Catholic Academy, St. Angela School, St. Ignatius College Prep, St. Mary of the Woods School, St. Sylvester School and St. Thecla School.

Each student will plant his or her own pinwheel for prevention, many of which are being handcrafted for this event.  The pinwheels symbolize the innocence of youth and stand as reminders that every child deserves to be safe wherever they go.

The Healing Garden was created in 2010 as a place of prayer and healing for victim/survivors of clerical sexual abuse, for their families and for the greater Catholic Church.  The concept of the garden came from clergy abuse victims, priests and Office for the Protection of Children and Youth staff members, and was approved by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago.  A focal point of the Healing Garden is the sculpture, Circle of Love, depicting the Holy Family, a gift of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

More information can be found on the Healing Garden website,

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