Fostering the full inclusion of people with disabilities
Serving as a pastoral resource for parishes and individuals
Providing welcome and access to persons with disabilities
into the life of the Church
Abbey Fest QZ
AbbeyFest is the premier celebration of family, friends, and contemporary Catholic/Christian music in the greater Philadelphia area held on September 24, 2016. This year the Office for Persons with Disabilities will help coordinate the AbbeyFest Quiet Zone /QZ: The QZ will be a quiet place with some relaxing sensory friendly activities as well as a place for a sensory break for children and youth with disabilities. Click here for details.
Walk for Life – Sept. 25, 2016
The Walk for Life is Sunday September 25, 2016. This year two of the talks show the connection between Disabilities and Life Issues. Steven Mikochic~he Allusion of Mercy:Threats Against Persons with Disabilities; Kate and Gaetano Chetta: Honoring the Life of Our Baby Lily. The Rally begins at Thomas Paine Plaza at 3:30 Pm and concludes with Mass at the Cathedral at 6:30 PM. Click here for details.
Inclusion Mass Workshop: This workshop will be offered on October 15, 2016 from 9:30 am to noon at the St. John Chrysostom Parish, Walingford. The presenters will be Fr. Ed Hallinan and the team from St. John's. The Parish Team of St. John Chrysostom will present how they have adopted a parish Sunday Liturgy to support the attendance and participation of children and adults with disabilities and their families. Resources will be shared. Parish Contacts for the Office for Persons with Disabilities, clergy and other parish leaders are encouraged to attend. For more information or to RSVP click here.
Our Lady of Confidence Retreat: October 11-13, 2016
OLC Retreat is a three-day, two-night retreat for adults with disabilities that will give participants a meaningful Christian Retreat experience. This retreat is geared for adults with mental, physical, emotional, social, or economic disabilities. Liturgies, presentations and communal prayer will be conducted in a serene environment together with comfortable, accessible facilities.
Volunteers will be available to assist and monitor physical needs and accommodations. For additional information, please call: 610-644-4363 or Email: OLCRetreat@gmail.com. Click READ MORE for registration form and details.
Featured Video: A Case for Down Syndrome
Stand Up for Life Dinner
The pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia STAND UP FOR LIFE dinner this year, will have Karen Gaffney as the featured speaker. Karen is the first person with Down Syndrome to complete a relay swim of the English Channel and the first to receive an honorary doctoral degree. The event is on November 20, 2016 at the Center City Sheraton. For on line registration and tickets for the dinner click here.
In the News
Congratulations to St. John Chrysostom Parish, Wallingford. They have been awarded the Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award for their efforts to welcome and include persons with disabilities into the life of their parish. Read more about the award by clicking here. View pictures and the Inquirer coverage of the award by clicking here.
Poor Prenatal Diagnosis Support
If a Prenatal Diagnosis is poor, you are not alone. Lily’s Gift, is a network of concerned parents and professionals who have experienced or worked closely with issues surrounding poor prenatal diagnosis.