Ministries with individuals with disabilities.
"He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father." Ephesians 2: 17-18
Children and adults with disabilities are welcomed into Christian Formation and Sacrament Preparation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church! Various models of formation are considered including full inclusion, partial inclusion, self-contained or family centered.
The goal of SPRED is to prepare persons with intellectual disabilities to fully belong in the liturgical life of the parish. Catechists welcome their friends with disabilities into a small faith community. Within the community, the friends are invited to experience an activity of their choice like clay, painting or other centering activity to prepare their hearts to develop a sense of the sacred. The word of God is shared, reflection on life experiences with the use of symbols and a simple meal is enjoyed with their sponsor or helper catechist.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel currently has two Adult SPRED groups that meet on Wednesday evenings.
To read more about the SPRED method for Christian Formation, check out this recent article from Our Sunday Visitor.
Families gather together throughout the year for social activities. In the past, we have enjoyed a picnic in the summer and a Christmas gathering with carols and a visit from Santa! Check the parish bulletin for details throughout the year.
What is BREATHE?
BREATHE Special Needs Respite at OLMC seeking to provide a fun,safe, evening out for kids with special needs! Parents will register their children in advance then, drop them off for a night of fun provided by the BREATHE volunteers! This gives parents a chance to BREATHE by having a night out!
Volunteers are needed to serve as Buddies, Greeters, Pizza Servers, Games and Activity Leaders and Medical Professionals. BREATHE will happen once a month on a Friday evening!
Call Christa Blomstrom at 595-0385 ext 119 to register your child or to volunteer.
Special Blessings for Special-Needs Children: resources to help prepare for Sacraments including SPRED (Special Religious Development) from Our Sunday Visitor
The White Mass, honoring the giftedness of persons with special needs is celebrated in October throughout the Diocese of Richmond.
"By reason of their baptism, all Catholics are equal in dignity in the sight of God and have the same divine calling."
The White Mass has the designation white because of that color's connection to Baptism. All Are Welcome!
Parish Advocate News on Disabilities
Mission Statement:The Parish Advocate Network was established by the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities of the Diocese of Richmond and advocates for the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the full life of the Church.
Diocese of Richmond
Accessibility and Accommodations
National Catholic Partnership on Disability
National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry
National Catholic Office for the Deaf
Xavier Society for the Blind
Catholic Celiac Society
Faith Inclusion Network
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