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

 

Totus Tuus for Children with Special Needs

·      Totus Tuus for Children with Special Needs will be offered at the Spiritual Life Center July 30 through August 2, from 10:00am to 2:00pm each day.  This program is designed for children ages 6-13, with moderate to severe special needs.  During each day, children will be taught by the Totus Tuus teachers, have an opportunity for Mass, and engage in hands-on activities to learn about the Creed and the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.  Cost is $50.00 per child.  For more information, call 316-269-3940 (Office of Faith Formation) or 316-269-3900 (Ministry with Persons with Disabilities). 

5th Annual Wichita Saints Sports Team Celebration

To congratulate and celebrate our Wichita Saints Special Olympics Teams, we will be hosting the 5th Annual Special Olympics Celebration on Sunday, August 19 beginning with Holy Mass at 4:00 pm at St. Patrick Parish in Wichita. Dinner will immediately follow at 5:15 pm in the school cafeteria. Please click on this flyer for more information. 

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.