St. Pius V Leads Response to Domestic Violence

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Fr. Brendan speaking a the neighborhood street Mass.

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel asked Fr. Brendan to represent faith communities on Chicago’s Domestic Violence Coordinated Response Council. Recently Chicago police reported receiving an average of 550 domestic violence calls a day. “Think of the pain and suffering this number represents: frightened children, desperate women, families living in constant violence,” Fr. Brendan said. The domestic violence council initiated a pilot program to train police officers to more effectively respond to victims’ needs.

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St. Pius V parishioners and other Pilsen residents celebrating the final street mass of the summer in the Zocalo on 18th St. This summer weekly street Masses and basketball and volleyball games were part of the neighborhood strategy to prevent violence.

St. Pius V continues its own outreach in the region. This fall Fr. Chuck Dahm, OP will preach at all Masses at eight additional parishes (a total of 46) and then assist them in developing their own domestic violence response committees. The parishes are Divine Savior in Downers Grove, St. Aloysius, Old St. Patrick’s, Good Shepherd, St. Felicitas, Our Lady of the Angels, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Our Lady of the Wayside in Arlington Heights. He will also meet with representatives from 20 of these parishes in order to develop an archdiocesan organization to carry on and expand this work to aid victims and end violence.