Cathedral hosts annual child-abuse prevention Mass

Holy Name Cathedral hosted the third-annual Child Abuse Prevention Mass on April 30, 2022. Worshippers were invited to plant pinwheels after Mass in the cathedral's courtyard and along Superior Street to raise awareness of the child safeguarding efforts in all archdiocese Catholic schools and parishes. Pinwheels are the national symbol of child abuse prevention and planting them together is a call to action to keep children safe. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Ministers lead the opening procession. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Deacon Dan Welter proclaims the Gospel during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Michael Hoffman, clergy abuse survivor and past president of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, speaks about healing and prevention during the Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Deacon Dan Welter joins Father Greogry Sakowicz, rector of Holy Name Cathedral, in the Eucharistic Prayer. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Rich Costa, head usher at the cathedral for over 30 years, hands out pinwheels to worshippers following Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Charlene Soby, a parishioner at the cathedral, plants a pinwheel in the courtyard. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Pinwheels line a garden bed in the courtyard following Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)