Upcoming Special Needs Ministry Events

‘All Persons Baptized in Christ Are Equal in Dignity in the Sight of God’

June 09, 2011

The Archdiocese of Washington’s Department of Special Needs Ministries invites persons who are Deaf and/or disabled and their families to learn more about spiritual and social service supports available to them at several upcoming events.

Family Support Ministry Day
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Noon – 3:45 p.m.
Vigil Mass at 4:00 p.m.
Center for Deaf Ministries
7202 Buchanan Street
Landover Hills, MD

The keynote address at the Family Support Ministry Day will on given by a father of a teen with autism on insights into keeping the faith and navigating the unique challenges of raising a child who has a disability. Families can sign up that day to meet privately with archdiocesan clergy who can offer spiritual direction, religious educators who can answer questions on special needs catechesis. Also, a range of social service providers who offer programs in the area of education, housing and employment for those with special needs will be available. ASL and Spanish interpreters will be on hand, and the location is wheelchair accessible. A Vigil Mass for the Feast of Pentecost will begin at 4:00 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. Registration information is available here.

Special Needs Ministry Mass
Sunday, June 12, 2011
12:30 p.m.
St. Patrick
4101 Norbeck Road
Rockville, MD

Meanwhile on Sunday, St. Patrick’s in Rockville will celebrate the formation of the new Inclusive Ministry.

The St. Patrick’s Special Needs Ministry will participate in their first Mass on the Feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. The church is wheelchair accessible and the Mass will be ASL interpreted.

The ministry will work to build a community of spiritual and social support for local area Catholics who are Deaf and Catholics with disabilities, along with their families and friends, to deepen their faith in order to grow in holiness to love and serve the Lord. The Special Needs Ministry will focus on the gifts each person shares with their faith community, and will work on enhancing that faith through participation at Mass, religious education and other programs, including social activities. This new ministry, being blessed and launched at Pentecost, seeks to be fully inclusive, recognizing that all persons baptized in Christ are equal in dignity in the sight of God.

ASL Interpreters’ Training on New Roman Missal
Saturday, June 18, 2011
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Center for Deaf Ministries
7202 Buchanan Street
Landover Hills, MD

ASL Interpreters working with the Catholic Deaf Community will learn the new language and proposed signs for the third edition of the Roman Missal, which will go into use in the fall. The Department of Special Needs Ministries has produced an online video training series that was created by a national team of experienced Deaf persons, clergy, pastoral workers, and liturgical interpreters for reference and practice. The link to video training is here.

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Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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