Everyone is encouraged to wear orange to local events commemorating Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. Many parishes will commemorate Orange Shirt Day at worship services held on Sunday, October 1. By wearing an orange shirt, you make a statement to support reconciliation and commit to the enduring truth that EVERY CHILD MATTERS. To learn more about truth and reconciliation, visit the Indigenous Ministries' Resources page. If you are interested in having the Remembering the Children diocesan weaving come to your parish, email Fiona Brownlee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remembering the Children Prayer
God of our Ancestors,
who holds the spirits of our grandmothers and grandfathers and the spirits of our grandchildren,Remembering the Children,
we now pledge ourselves to speak the Truth, and with our hearts and our souls
to act upon the Truth we have heard of the injustices lived,
of the sufferings inflicted, of the tears cried,
of the misguided intentions imposed, and of the power of prejudice and racism
which were allowed to smother the sounds and laughter of the forgotten children.
Hear our cries of lament
for what was allowed to happen, and for what will never be.
In speaking and hearing and acting upon the Truth may we as individuals and as a nation
meet the hope of a new beginning.
Great Creator God
who desires that all creation live in harmony and peace,
Remembering the Children
we dare to dream of a Path of Reconciliation
where apology from the heart leads to healing of the heart and the chance of restoring the circle,
where justice walks with all,
where respect leads to true partnership,
where the power to change comes from each heart.
Hear our prayer of hope,
and guide this country of Canada
on a new and different path. Amen