Ministry for Catholics with DisAbilities

Mission 

Often families are not prepared for the birth of a child with a disability or the development of impairments. Our pastoral response is to become informed about disabilities and to offer ongoing support to the family, and welcome to the child. Welcome and Justice for Persons with disabilities 1998, 9

Goals

Assisted by this same principle, the Ministry for Catholics with disAbilities derives three main guiding key words for our mission in serving Catholics with disAbilities: information, support, and welcome. These, in return, have given us a strong base for our general goals and objectives:


1. We will strive to create ways to inform ourselves and those we serve on persons with disabilities by using social media and training opportunities.

2. We will support parents and caregivers of persons with disabilities by creating online resources of available and existing services.

3. We will identify opportunities to welcome persons with disabilities to the Body of Christ through awareness and advocacy.

SOME STATISTICS TO CONSIDER

The Diocese of Sacramento serves 20 NorCal counties. Following is a breakdown of disAbilities by category and enrollment for individuals, newborn through 22 years age, who received special education services in the public school system for the school year, 2018-2019:

Autism: 120,095

Deaf-blindness: 114

Deafness: 3,223

Emotional disturbance: 25,233

Hard of hearing: 10,657

Intellectual disabilities: 43,770

Multiple disabilities: 7,308

Orthopedic impairment: 9,916

Other health impairment: 104,792

Specific learning disability: 300,295

Speech or language impairment: 164,698

Traumatic brain injury: 1,541

Visual impairment: 3,405

 

ADAPTIVE CATECHESIS / ADAPTIVE FAITH FORMATION

What? 

“Parish catechetical and sacramental preparation programs may need to be adapted for some parishioners with disabilities, though, as much as possible, persons with disabilities should be integrated into the ordinary programs.” Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, General Principle 5

 Who?

“Catholics with disabilities have a right to participate in the sacraments as fully as other members of the local ecclesial community.” ibid, 2

“All members of the faith community have a role to play in the invitation, welcome, and inclusion of people with disabilities.” ibid, 7

Where?

“Since the parish is the center of the Christian experience for most Catholics, pastors, and other parish ministers should make every effort to provide for all Catholics with disabilities who reside within a parish’s boundaries.” ibid, 4

When?

“Sacred ministers cannot deny the sacraments to those who seek them at appropriate times, are properly disposed, and are not prohibited by law from receiving them.” Codex Iuris Canonici, 843, §1

Why?

“All persons with disabilities have gifts to contribute to the whole Church. When persons with disabilities are embraced and welcomed and invited to participate fully in all aspects of parish community life, the Body of Christ is more complete.” ibid, Conclusion.

Diocesan Parishes with Adaptive Programs

St. Clare Parish        
1950 Junction Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747
Contact: agness@stclareroseville.org

Divine Savior Parish
9079 Greenback Ln, Orangevale, CA 95662
Contact: jennifer@divinesavior.com

St Joseph Parish
280 Oak Tree Ln, Lincoln, CA 95648
Contact: stjoelincolndre@gmail.com

St James Parish
1275 B St, Davis, CA 95616
Contact: jmislang@stjamesdavis.net

Holy Spirit Parish
3159 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: rachel@hs-sacramento.org

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
4123 Robertson Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821
Contact: sid@presentationparish.org

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
1951 North Ave. Sacramento, CA 95838
 Contact: dre.olol25@gmail.com

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
 1019 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
 Contact: lmdoty@cathedralsacramento.org

St Anthony Parish
 660 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95831
 Contact: christine@stasac.org

St Ignatius of Loyola Parish
 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825
  Contact: fohlsen@stignatiussac.org

St. John the Evangelist Parish
5751 Locust Ave. Carmichael, CA 95608
 Contact: jkoeckgiffard@aol.com

St. Joseph Parish
1717 El Monte Ave, Sacramento, CA 95815
 Contact: atonio.latu@yahoo.com

Good Shepherd Parish
 9539 Racquet Ct, Elk Grove, CA 95758
 Contact: goodshepherdcff@frontiernet.net

St Anthony’s Church
14012 Walnut Ave, Walnut Grove, CA 95690
Contact: jcbaranek@gmail.com  

Holy Family Parish
7817 Old Auburn Rd, Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Contact: bjohnson4310@yahoo.com

Holy Trinity Parish
3111 Tierra De Dios Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Contact: cmulcaire@holytrinityparish.org

St. John the Baptist Parish
307 Montrose Dr, Folsom, CA 95630
Contact: slanger@folsomcatholic.org

St. Joseph Parish
1162 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
Contact: j.jones@sjauburncatholic.com

Our Lady of Grace Church
911 Park Blvd, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Contact: westsacolg@gmail.com

St Michael Catholic Community, Travis Air Force Base
200 Hackett Ave, Travis AFB, CA 94535
Contact: jp_uk14@yahoo.com

St. Dominic's Church
475 E I St, Benicia, CA 94510
Contact: ekissinger@stdombenicia.org

St Mary’s Parish
350 Stinson Ave, Vacaville 95688
Contact: martha@stmarysvacaville.com

Holy Spirit Parish
1070 N Texas St, Fairfield, CA 94533
Contact: MObregon@holyspiritfairfield.org

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
2700 Dover Ave, Fairfield, CA 94533
Contact: olmc.diana@gmail.com

Holy Rosary Parish
505 California St, Woodland, CA 95695
Contact: bcontreras@holyrosary.com

St Patrick’s Church
235 Chapel St, Grass Valley, CA 9594
Contact: stpatsdcnrick@gmail.com

Assumption Parish
10930 Alder Dr, Truckee, CA 96161
Contact: dreassumptiontruckee@outlook.com

St Theresa Church
1041 Lyons Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
 Contact: sttheresare@gmail.com

                                     

RESOURCES

Faith Formation At Home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6GijTPZkcI&list=PLQry1jGzLxp-wy08QzeQ2pFf5GgtbQrIl&index=3 

Calming Individuals in Distress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdSyLuf0pv8&list=PLQry1jGzLxp-wy08QzeQ2pFf5GgtbQrIl&index=1

Supporting Persons with Mental Illness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuJe_iDqEhk&feature=youtu.be

Apoyando a estudiantes con necesidades de procesamiento sensorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E0GlK-gT2s&feature=youtu.be

Recognizing the Body of Christ (8 videos)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQry1jGzLxp_V5hnKfGESSPAsT_iOohl-

Understanding Autism (Workshops 6 videos)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQry1jGzLxp90T3GBSNSIxRy78ni9_yHT

Autism Strategies, Resources, and Models (Workshops 6 videos)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQry1jGzLxp9WWmv13OKGKkMVLIYdkhkU

Preparing an Annual Mass for People with Mental Illness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6laq6Na08Q

Theological and Pastoral Implications of Suicide (Webinar)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngw2z92kRmY&list=PLQry1jGzLxp85e2gs83m2y68D2UH8aKUr