Disability Services & Ministries Newsletter
Faith & Sharing Retreat
The Faith &
Sharing Retreat will be June 27 – 30, 2013, at Ursuline
The theme is “We Believe”
and the speakers are Mary Bastedo and Fr. Jacques
The cost is $160 for adults
and $125 for children.
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New Roman Missal Interpreter Training available online
Beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, our Church will
begin using a new Roman Missal for our liturgies. Many
of the words are changed and may be challenging to
persons interpreting the liturgy for the Deaf. This
past March, an online video training series was created
by a national team of experienced Deaf persons, clergy,
pastoral workers, and liturgical interpreters for
reference and practice while preparing to interpret the
new translation of the Roman Missal into American Sign
Language for the Catholic Deaf Community.
It is important to note that this is a
working draft model and focuses on the Common parts of
the Mass. In addition to serving as a training tool for
Sign Language Interpreters, this project will also be a
valuable resource for Deaf Adult Formation classes,
Small Group discussion groups, and Religious Education
classes for the Deaf, and more.
For use with Sign Language Interpreters,
this model is intended to communicate the concepts in
the text through: Choice of appropriate ASL signs; Use
of space; Directionality; Eye gaze; and Facial
Click here to view the demonstration.
Points of Interest on this Site!!!
Guiding Principles & Strategies for Inclusion in the
Liturgy of Catholics with Disabilities
These guiding principles are provided for Pastors,
Liturgists, Parish Advocates, Liturgy Planners,
Designers, Architects, and all those who have a concern
for the design of the worship space and the planning
Moving from Inviting to Inclusion to Integration
Many people believe that "inclusion" is the goal that
churches should be achieving. This piece challenges
that theory and urges us to consider "integration" as
the goal! Ironically, the original U.S. Bishops'
Statement on Disabilities (1978) used the word
"integrate" before the word "inclusion" became the norm.
Pastor's Tip Sheet: Welcoming People with Disabilities
(Adapted from the National Apostolate for Inclusion
Ministry). NAfIM has developed a very practical
one-page sheet of facts and appropriate pastoral
responses for welcoming persons with disabilities. In
addition, this page gives suggestions for a DRE to be
more welcoming and how to make Liturgies more
Click here for more information on Services and
Ministries for Persons with Disabilities in the Diocese
Ministering "to" someone is a start... Ministering
"with" someone is the goal!
It is a matter of moving from "Inviting" to "Including"
When this happens a parish, a congregation, or a
forever transformed and enhanced!
This website began as a project for a Doctorate of
Ministry program at St. Mary's Graduate School of
Click here to learn more about this project..
Your dedication and your caring enhance the Church's
ability to welcome and integrate persons with different
needs and different talents!
May God bless you!
Dennis C. McNulty, D, Min.
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