Ministry with Persons with Disabilities
We assist parishes in opening their doors to welcome persons with disabilities, and their families, into the full life of the Church. Consultation and formation opportunities are available that promote lifelong faith formation, sacramental preparation and total parish access for every baptized Catholic. Strategies, best practices, and resources exist that support the inclusion of diverse learners.
"Every parish should seek out its parishioners with cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities, support them with love and concern, and ensure that they have ready access to a catechetical program suited to their needs and abilities." - National Directory for Catechesis, 61.
Faith-Based Strategies to Reach and Teach Learners with Disabilities
Sensory Friendly Mass:
We thank Fr. Martial Oya and the faith community of St. Matthew the Evangelist parish for offering the first “Sensory-Friendly” Mass in our Archdiocese on Saturday, August 17, 2019. The aim of such a Mass is to provide intentional support for individuals with sensory processing needs so that they may more easily attend Mass.
St. John Vianney Faith Formation Class for Learners with Autism; Penny Khuri, Catechist/Parent