invite each one of you to work ever harder at the integration of persons
with disabilities into society, into the world of work and into the
Christian community, as I remind you that every human life deserves
respect and must be protected from its conception to its natural end. I
assure my support and my prayers to all those who are already dedicated
to this immense task.”
POPE BENEDICT XVI
St Peter's Square
Second Sunday of Advent, 4 December 2005
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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