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Caring for Special Needs

Promote awareness of disabilities; ensure their sacramental needs are being met. 

Host a Mass for those who suffer physical or mental disabilities; coordinate with the Youth Group/Schools to assist at this Mass. Multi-parish involvement. Suggested Mass intentions here

Parish Movie Night – show a film celebrating people with special needs. Recommendation: Wonder.

Invite families to volunteer at organizations for people with special needs. Check out comprehensive volunteer listing here.

Host a book reading after the family Mass of “Look Again, Thomas!” by the Sisters of Life, for young children, supply cookies and milk. Order the book, here

Many parents with special needs children received an adverse prenatal diagnosis. Invite those parents to speak at Mass or afterward to help educate others.

Share stories in the bulletin of families with children with special needs. Check out a personal testimony here. Include resources such as Be Not Afraid and guidance for supporting families who receive a prenatal diagnosis. Offer resources for supporting families who receive a prenatal diagnosis like those found here.

Invite Dr. Parravicini to speak at your parish or parish mission. Get her bio and contact info here.