United Together

Novena for Healing from Abuse

“Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.”

Since 1983, April was declared the National Abuse Prevention Month. From Saturday, April 18th-Sunday, April 26th, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles came together for nine days of prayer and reflection for those healing from sexual abuse. Although we were unable to physically gather, parishes around the archdiocese led us in a novena organized by the Archdiocese’s Victims Assistance Ministry, which was offered in support of all sexual abuse survivors – those harmed in their families, or the church, or the community at large.

In a time where prayer is most needed, we thank you for joining us in this novena and for those parishes that led us in prayer. Using the chart you can use the links to revisit the livestream from each day. (If you wish to follow along, download novena worship aids here: English | Spanish)


Date Time Location Region Link to Live Prayer
Saturday, April 18 5:00pm St. Didacus, Sylmar San Fernando Facebook
Sunday, April 19 2:00pm St. John’s Seminary Santa Barbara Facebook
Monday, April 20 7:00pm Christ the King, Los Angeles Our Lady of the Angels Facebook
Tuesday, April 21 5:15pm St. Mary Magdalen, Camarillo Santa Barbara Facebook
Wednesday, April 22 5:30pm Holy Family, Glendale San Fernando Facebook
Thursday, April 23 5:00pm St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Encino San Fernando Facebook
Friday, April 24 5:30pm & 7:00pm St. Pancratius Church, Lakewood San Pedro Facebook
Saturday, April 25 5:00pm St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rowland Heights San Gabriel YouTube
Sunday, April 26 5:30pm St. Kateri, Santa Clarita San Fernando Facebook


My hope is that the novena will bring people across the Archdiocese into a place of collective prayer and reflection.

Heather Banis

Victims Assistance Ministry Coordinator