“The Church continues to affirm the dignity of every human being, and to grow in knowledge and understanding of the gifts and needs of her members who live with disabilities. Likewise, the Church recognizes that every parish community includes members with disabilities, and earnestly desires their active participation. All members of the Body of Christ are uniquely called by God by virtue of their Baptism. In light of this call, the Church seeks to support all in their growth in holiness, and to encourage all in their vocations. Catholic adults and children with disabilities, and their families, earnestly desire full and meaningful participation in the sacramental life of the Church.”
(Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities 1).
Young Adults With Special Needs
We provide a group for young adults (18-35) with special needs from 2:00-3:30 pm on most Sundays from September to May. This ministry is currently not running but we are hoping to bring it back soon!
In these meetings students socialize, learn more about the Sacred Scriptures and the Catholic Faith, participate in activities, service projects, games, and build friendships.
Through Baptism, we enter into the life of Christ, the life of the Church and the life of the community. “Because it is the sacrament of universal salvation, Baptism is to be made available to all who freely ask for it, are properly disposed, and are not prohibited by law to receive it. Disability, of itself, is never a reason for deferring Baptism”
(Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities 9).
If you are interested in receiving any of the Sacraments please contact Kate Kleintank Kkleintank@res-ec.org.