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
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.
Support & Training
Workshop for Parish Staff, Catechetical Leaders, Youth Ministry Coordinators & Parents:
Join us at Ministry Days on April 1 & 2 at Holy Family in Citrus Heights for the following workshops!
Through Patris Corde: Serving Our Church with disAbilities
Is it a challenge to serve our brothers and sisters with disAbilities? We are starting this workshop with a prayer to St. Joseph integrating American Sign Language. Traveling into his heart, we will discover how his courage, love, and obedience can renew our own service. We will explore the concepts of accessibility, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in serving persons with disAbilities. We will learn some simple catechetical activities for the classroom and home. To end our time together, we will do so with an adaptive prayer.
A Través de Patris Corde: Sirviendo a Nuestra Iglesia con disCapacidades
¿Es un reto servir a nuestros hermanos y hermanas con disCapacidades? Comenzaremos este taller con una oración a San José que integra el lenguaje de señas americano. Viajaremos a su corazón para descubrir cómo su valentía, amor y obediencia pueden renovar nuestro propio servicio. Exploraremos los conceptos de accesibilidad, diversidad, inclusión y pertenencia al servir a personas con disCapacidades. Aprenderemos algunas actividades catequéticas para el salón y el hogar. Terminaremos nuestro tiempo juntos con una oración adaptativa.
Speaker: Ana Barraza is a national Catholic bilingual speaker, catechetical leader, certified Special Education teacher, and digital evangelizer with a certificate in Digital Content Creation. She is also a member of the Loyola Press Speaker Corps.
Register for Ministry Days here: https://ministrydays.com
Support/Resource Meeting for DRE/CREs who are providing faith formation & sacramental preparation to Catholic Children with disAbilities
2nd Friday of every month at 2pm on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86941599163
ADAPTIVE CATECHESIS / ADAPTIVE FAITH FORMATION
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
Divine Savior Parish
St Joseph Parish
St James Parish
Holy Spirit Parish
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
St Anthony Parish
St Ignatius of Loyola Parish
St. John the Evangelist Parish
St. Joseph Parish
Good Shepherd Parish
St Anthony’s Church
Holy Family Parish
Holy Trinity Parish
St. John the Baptist Parish
St. Joseph Parish
St Michael Catholic Community, Travis Air Force Base
St. Dominic's Church
St Mary’s Parish
Holy Spirit Parish
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
Holy Rosary Parish
St Patrick’s Church
St Theresa Church
Faith Formation At Home
Calming Individuals in Distress
Supporting Persons with Mental Illness
Apoyando a estudiantes con necesidades de procesamiento sensorial
Recognizing the Body of Christ (8 videos)
Understanding Autism (Workshops 6 videos)
Autism Strategies, Resources, and Models (Workshops 6 videos)
Preparing an Annual Mass for People with Mental Illness
Theological and Pastoral Implications of Suicide (Webinar)
Cerebral Palsy Guide Provides free educational materials, financial options, and support to help those affected by this condition