C H I L D A B U S E P R E V E N T I O N M O N T H
H E A L I N G G A R D E N P R A Y E R S E R V I C E
Pinwheels for Prevention
April 12, 2013
Healing Garden - Holy Family Parish
The Symbol of the Pinwheels - Pinwheels date back thousands of years. They
are often seen as childhood toys, and are often looked at as a symbol of
childhood innocence. The Chinese and other cultures have used the pinwheel as
a symbol of turning from the old to the new, from bad luck to good fortune. The
wind would turn the pinwheel, casting out the bad and replacing it with the good.
During times of slavery, pinwheels were often woven into blankets symbolizing the
hope of slaves to move from slavery to freedom. Most recently, pinwheels have
been used in a worldwide movement to fight against child labor, as well as to
Today we gather with pinwheels created by our children to symbolize the
innocence of youth and to express our desire that every child be safe wherever
they go. Unfortunately, many children and teens in our culture suffer abuse all
too often. Physical, verbal and sexual abuse can rob a child of their innocence.
So today the pinwheels we will plant will symbolize all of those children who have
been, or are at risk of, being hurt by adults in their life. We will pray that, as the
wind turns the pinwheels that we hold, that our prayer, united with the freeflowing
Spirit of God, will help reassure all children that we will support them in
their healing and work to make sure that every child will be safe.
It is the Spirit of God, often symbolized as a mighty wind, and yet a gentle wind,
that will help blow away the pain and the hurt, the fears and the tears of all
children or teens who have been hurt by an adult. It is the Spirit of God, that
mighty wind, that will move us to defend the dignity and protect the lives of all
children and youth who God has entrusted to our care.
T H A N K S A N D D E D I C A T I O N S
To the staff of Holy Family Parish, the St. Ignatius Formation & Ministry Office and the students of St. Ignatius College
Prep for joining the Healing Garden Committe for hosting this event, we thank you.
We would like to express thanks to our students, parents, family, and
friends who attended this prayer service in body and
in spirit. Thank you all for sharing this special day