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This website is dedicated to providing Catholic teachings and suggestions to assist persons with disabilities to participate more fully in the Church.  If you are from another religious tradition, this website is a way for us to share our beliefs about persons with disabilities.

 

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I 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

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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 liturgical celebrations. 

 

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 meaningful.

 

 

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Click here for more information on Services and Ministries for Persons with Disabilities in the Diocese of Cleveland

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Think Differently!

Ministering "to" someone is a start... Ministering "with" someone is the goal!

It is a matter of moving from "Inviting" to "Including" to "Integrating"

When this happens a parish, a congregation, or a neighborhood is

forever transformed and enhanced!

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This website began as a project for a Doctorate of Ministry program at St. Mary's Graduate School of Theology. 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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Last Update to the website was May 30, 2014

Copyright 2006 Dennis C. McNulty