Ministry for Persons with Disabilities
Discover the ways in which we serve our brothers and sisters living with disabilities and their families.
Special Needs Catechesis: Ongoing training, materials development for parents and catechists, including best practices for using Religious IEP’s.
- Sacramental Resource Guide (pdf)
- Catechetical Resource (pdf)
- Click here for an example of an adapted religious education program at St. Rose of Lima in Gaithersburg, MD.
Affirming Life/Prenatal Diagnosis Initiative: Helping parishes support women and families to carry to term following unexpected prenatal diagnosis of a disability or fatal defect. For more information click here.
White Mass: Annual Mass celebrating the giftedness of all persons especially Deaf Catholics and Catholics with Disabilities. This Archdiocesan Liturgy is celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl.
Rally for Life: Creating opportunities at Rally to consider disability issues.
Parish Ministry Formation: Helping create ministries serving persons who are disabled that meet the specific needs of these persons in their parishes.
Mental Illness Outreach: Training of clergy, parish personnel, school personnel and others in how parishes can support the spiritual needs of persons with mental illness and their families.
- Mental Illness Pew Card (English) (pdf)
- Mental Illness Pew Card (Spanish) (pdf)
- “Welcomed and Valued” Mental Illness Resource Manual and DVD
Adult Faith Formation: Supporting Faith & Light communities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Contact the Department of Special Needs Ministries for information on Faith and Light Communities in your area.
Housing Opportunities: Helping create group homes for persons with disabilities on parish property, using the Rosaria Communities, Inc. model.
Hispanic Ministry Special Needs Catechesis: Translating materials into Spanish; developing Hispanic Special Needs ministries based in parishes.
Veterans Outreach: Offering spiritual retreat for veterans with a service-related disability, mental illness or PTSD; creating materials for use in parishes. For more information click here.
Retreats for Families: Spiritual retreats for families caring for a person with a disability.