Here at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Charlton Kings we strive to be a family-friendly community, where sincere affection, patience, tolerance and mutual respect be freely given to all.
Families today seem to come in more shapes and sizes than ever before. There are:
- Single people who have never married
- Single people who have been divorced, and possibly share the care of their children
- Couples without children
- Widows and widowers of all ages
- Lone-parent families
- Two-parent families
- Families with one or more disabled children or adults
- Extended families
- Adoptive families
- Friends living together
- Foster families
- Blended families
- Families with many children
- Families from different cultural backgrounds
- Mixed-faith or inter-church families
- Carers and their elderly or disabled relatives
- Service families
and probably many more.
What are We Aiming Towards?
- Having an awareness of Safeguarding, which within the Catholic community is a collective responsibility. All members must recognise, cknowledge, value and adhere to the policies and procedures that are in place to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults during any activity that takes place within a church context.
- Actively involving adults, and children of all ages, both in the Mass and other liturgies on aregular basis.
- We hope our community is part of a church where everybody feels welcome and comfortable, and knows that their individual needs have been considered, and met wherever possible.
- Encouraging all members of the church to have a positive attitude towards each other, especially across generations and cultures.
- Having buildings that are safe and accessible to everyone (ramps, toilets, access, protective railings, etc).
- Being aware of the special needs of larger families, whether two-parent or “blended”, with children across a broad age range.
- Reaching out to individuals and families in the local community, through our facilities and outreach work
“Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s Ministry to children and vulnerable adults. The work of safeguarding has to be seen within the overall mission of the Church. As she seeks to protect the vulnerable and weak, the Church needs to ‘act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God’. (Micah 6:8).
It is a ministry of love and healing and seeks justice for all”.
The Cumberlege Commission 2007
As Catholics, we recognise that every human being has a value and dignity which we acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness.
Bishop Declan’s Pastoral letter 18th February 2012