Parish Resources

National Crime Victim's Week

National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 18-24, 2021, provides us with an opportunity to reach out to crime victims and survivors with a willingness to minister to their needs.
The theme this year is “Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.” Here are resources to use in masses during this important commemorative week.

Prayer Petitions (Spanish and English)
Bulletin Announcements (Spanish and English)
Pastoral Support for Traumatic Death Ministry Guide in English
Apoyo Pastoral en el Duelo por una Muerte Violenta

The Restorative Justice Committee of the California Catholic Conference have issued a statement of support. 

Read the statement: 
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Prayers for International Restorative Justice Month
November is International RJ Month. These resources are prepared by the Office of Restorative Justice, Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Download resources for family and parish prayers English | Spanish

Reflections and Prayers for Victim Awareness Month
April is Victim Awareness Month. These materials are prepared by the Office of Restorative Justice, Diocese of San Bernardino.

Week One | Week Two

Angel Tree Program, Prison Fellowship 

A program that churches can join to provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners in their own communities.

(877) 478-0100

Questioning Capital Punishment

A five-session DVD study featuring Sister Helen Prejean, one of the world's leading authorities and outspoken critics of state-sponsored execution.

Session 1: Crossing the Breach
Session 2: What in God?s Name?
Session 3: A Change of Heart
Session 4: Radical Forgiveness
Session 5: Next Steps

Sr. Helen Prejean has ministered to numerous inmates on death row, and has authored two books based on those experiences, Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. She is the founder of the Death Penalty Discourse Center in New Orleans. All proceeds from the sales of Questioning Capital Punishment will benefit the Death Penalty Discourse Network.

One-page summary of Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Pledge
For pledge cards in Spanish and English, contact the California Catholic Conference, (916) 313-4000.
English  |  Spanish

Symposium Recordings

Recordings of presentations at the symposium on Crime, Punishment, and the Common Good. The event was sponsored by the California Catholic Conference and was held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Available from St. Joseph Radio. Order by phone at (714) 744-0336.

  • American Violence: The Failure of Public Policy
  • Work of Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Battered Women's Syndrome
  • Catholic Judges Living their Faith in the Criminal Justice System
  • Catholic Lawyers Living Their Faith in the Criminal Justice
  • Christian Vision of Restoration, The
  • Criminal Justice: Or is it? Rehabilitation vs. Punishment
  • Death Penalty: Start to Finish
  • For God's Sake
  • From Exclusion to Participation:Story of a Victim's Family
  • From the Culture of Violence to the Culture of Life
  • Gendered Justice: Women in the Criminal Justice System
  • Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times
  • Hunger in the Spirit and Anger in the Flesh
  • Immigration: Unaccompanied Children
  • La Vision Christiana de Restitucion
  • Las Voces Del Desaflo
  • Myths and Realities of Transition from Prison to Community
  • Makers & Beacons on a Circuitous Road
  • The Other Saw Stars: Mentoring That Works
  • Out of Churches, on the Streets, Transforming Crime and Punishment
  • Proposition 36 and Drug Court
  • Reality and Concerns of Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • The Reality of Incarcerated Women
  • Restorative Justice Promotes Public Safety
  • RJ City: Building a Model Restorative Justice System