Cardinal-designate Wuerl to Celebrate White Mass for Persons with Special Needs

October 22, 2010

Cardinal-designate Donald W. Wuerl will be the principal celebrant for the Archdiocese of Washington’s first annual “White Mass” to honor the gifts of persons with special needs.

Sunday, October 24, 2010
11:30 a.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

The Mass will bring together national, regional and local leaders who have special needs and those who care for or serve them, including Janice L. Benton, Executive Director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and Barbara Lampe, Executive Director of the National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry. Persons with special needs, family members, clergy, pastoral care workers, ministry and nonprofit staff, as well as leaders in business and government will also attend.

The Mass has the designation of white because of the color’s connection to baptism and new life.

The archdiocese has been serving Catholics and others in the community with special needs for almost 30 years. The archdiocesan Department of Special Needs Ministries, which is hosting the Mass, provides many programs and initiatives to the community, including support for mothers receiving a prenatal diagnosis of a disability, parish-based catechetical programs for students with special needs, and adult faith experiences for Catholics who are deaf.

The White Mass will be sign language interpreted and low gluten hosts will be available upon request. The cathedral is wheelchair-accessible.

For more information, contact Peg Kolm, Special Needs Ministries, 301-853-4560.

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