Partnership Mass with Persons who are Deaf or with Disabilities

Southern Maryland, DC and Prince George’s County residents to be honored

September 30, 2009

The Archdiocese of Washington will hold its annual Partnership Mass with Persons who are Deaf and Persons with Disabilities:

Sunday, October 4, 2009
3:00 p.m.
Little Flower School
20410 Point Lookout Road Great Mills, MD

The theme is Creating Faith Communities of Belonging. The celebrant and homilist will be Washington Auxiliary Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, S.F. Prior to the Mass, Reverend Joseph Sileo, pastor of Holy Face Parish, will present several awards from the Archdiocese of Washington’s Special Needs Constituent Advisory Committee to individuals and a parish that have exemplified special service. A ministry/services fair will follow the Mass. This year’s honorees are below:

Dolores Steinhilber, pastoral associate at St. Philip the Apostle Parish, Camp Springs, Md., will receive the 2009 Rocky Stone Award for her many years of teaching special religious education. The award is given to a lay Catholic whose leadership and commitment has helped the life and dignity of persons with disabilities.
Reverend Peter Daly, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, Prince Frederick, Md., will receive the Good Shepherd Award for his parish’s outreach to the Deaf community.
The Center for Life Enrichment in Hollywood, Md., will receive the St. John Vianney Award for its high quality programs and services, enhancing the potential of individuals with disabilities.
Kurt Kauffman will be the first recipient of the Kathy Buta Award, given to an emerging leader in disability or Deaf ministry. The award is named after the director of religious education for the Center for Deaf Ministries, who died this past summer in a car accident. Mr. Kaufmann joined the Catholic faith under the guidance and support of Ms. Buta. He is a leader of the Gallaudet University Bible study group and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Deaf Catholic Church in Landover Hills, Md.

This event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington’s Department of Special Needs Ministries, providing access to the Church through the Center for Deaf Ministry, Ministry for Blind Awareness and the Office of Ministry for Persons with Disabilities.

The Mass and reception site are wheelchair accessible and the liturgy will be sign language interpreted. For more information, contact Peg Kolm at 301-853-4560 or Peg Kolm.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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