Ministry with Persons with Disabilities

The mission of the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities is to help each parish keep all parishioners actively involved in parish life regardless of type, severity or age of onset of a disability.

Disability is a natural part of the human condition. Most of us will experience some type of disabling condition in our lifetime.

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Recognizing that individuals with disabilities have a claim to our respect because they are persons, because they share in the one redemption of Christ, and because they contribute to our society by their activity within it, the Church must become an advocate for and with them.

- - U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Statement

 

Financial Planning for a Child with Special Needs

Join Sean DiGiovanni and Travis Pearson for a presentation with a comprehensive approach to financial and estate planning for your child with special needs. You won't want to miss it!

Tuesday, May 22
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church Assembly Room
1321 Stratford Lane, Wichita

Here is a flyer with more information and how to rsvp: Beyond One Day at a Time

Sports Physicals to Benefit HFSNF - May 5

Need a sports physical for next year? St. Gianna Family Medicine is offering sports physicals for $20 from 8:00 a.m. - noon on Saturday, May 5.
100% of the proceeds will go toward supporting students with special needs in our Catholic Schools! No appointment necessary! Click on the flyer below for more information. 

Flyer: Sports Physicals to benefit Holy Family Special Needs Foundation

St. Gianna Family Medicine
2135 N. Ridge Road, Suite 400 
Wichita, KS 67212
316-768-6444

 

Holy Family Camp Applications Now Available!

Holy Family Camp will take place June 11-15 at Camp Hiawatha in Wichita. Volunteers are still needed!!

Contact Christina Streeter with questions: 316-269-3900 or email her at streeterc@catholicdioceseofwichita.org

Reference Guide on Disability Services

The Ministry recently compiled a quick reference guide on disability services in and around the Diocese of Wichita. Our hope is that this guide will be used as a resource for parishes in serving persons with disabilities and their families. Access the guide here:

Things You Can Do to Help Persons with Disabilities Feel Welcome in Your Parish

Every person is made in the image and likeness of God, building up the Body of Christ. Every person offers gifts and talents that help to shape your parish life. Inclusion starts with you! Here are things you can do to help people with disabilities feel welcome in your parish:

How to Build a Culture of Life

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published a wonderful article on how to build a culture of life in our communities and world. It's worth the read! Access it here: How To Build a Culture of Life

Be Not Afraid - Commentary from the Little Sisters of the Poor

Sister Constance Veit, the Director of Communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, comprised a lovely commentary on facing disability in the Church. It is a must-read! View her commentary here:

The Voice of Ability Series

Take a look at this awesome series of articles: The Voice of Ability Series.  All people have the same needs and desires for relationships and for spiritual growth – persons with disabilities are no different. This series, written by persons with disabilities, allows us to learn about each other, to pray together, and to understand we are one flock under one shepherd. These articles are published regularly in the Catholic Advance. 

Special Olypmics

The Wichita Saints track & field team will begin practice soon! Young Athletes will begin their spring session on Wednesday, March 7. You can learn more about the Wichita Saints Special Olympics teams and Young Athletes program by clicking on the Special Olympics and Young Athletes links.